Universities teach about green building
Oregon State and Portland State universities to partner on green building research programs.
Oregon State University and Portland State University are collaborating to spend $1.6 million to create green building research programs at both universities.
The universities are working with the Oregon Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Center (Oregon BEST) to establish research centers to offer Oregon’s green building businesses access to advanced research tools, expertise and better trained employees.
The OSU portion of the investment is $920,000, including $400,000 from Oregon BEST, $470,000 from certificates of participation (via Engineering and Technology Industry Council) and $50,000 from the OSU Research Office. It establishes the Oregon BEST Green Building Materials Laboratory at OSU, a collaboration between the College of Engineering and the OSU College of Forestry. Research in the shared facility, which will be accessible to and open for research by industry partners, will focus on innovating new green building materials, including: hybrid poplar wood engineered to be three times stronger than old-growth Douglas fir, new types of concrete and pavement that are more durable and environmentally friendly and recycled plastics used as building insulation.
Read the full Oregon State press release.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.