The Patricia Valian Reser Faculty Scholar

Patricia Valian Reser '60 In 2011 Patricia Valian Reser established an endowment to support a faculty member in OSU's chemistry department. She and her late husband, Al, previously made a $10.65 million gift for the construction of the Linus Pauling Science Center. Their family has made many other transformational gifts to Oregon State, particularly in support of athletics.

One of the university's most dedicated volunteers and impactful philanthropists, Reser is co-chair of the OSU Foundation Campaign Steering Committee, helping to guide the $1 billion Campaign for OSU. Along with other leadership roles, she has served on the Board of Trustees Executive Committee and the College of Science Board of Visitors.

Reser graduated from OSU in 1960 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education; she later earned a master's in special education at Portland State. She taught in Forest Grove and Hillsboro, Ore., before retiring from the Beaverton School District in 1995. Together she and her husband grew Reser's Fine Foods — a family-owned fresh refrigerated food company based in Beaverton — into an international business with 18 facilities in the U.S. and Mexico. She now serves as the company's board chair.

 

Vincent T. Remcho

Vincent T. RemchoThe inaugural Patricia Valian Reser Faculty Scholar is Vince Remcho, a professor of chemistry and materials science at Oregon State since 1998. He was associate dean of the College of Science for four years before serving as its interim dean from 2012-13.

Remcho, who has adjunct appointments in OSU's Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and the School of Mechanical, Industrial, & Manufacturing Engineering, specializes in the design and fabrication of microfluidic analytical instruments, a multidisciplinary field using practical applications to design systems in which small volumes of fluids are used — such as on DNA chips, lab-on-a-chip technologies, and micro-propulsion technologies. He is co-founder of two start-up companies built in part on OSU technologies: Trillium Fiberfuels (which converts the non-edible material in wheat and grass straw to ethanol) and GeneSpace (a synthetic biology start-up that focuses on automated, benchtop systems for replicating specific portions of DNA).

Remcho is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Milton Harris Award for Research Excellence, and a College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award. He earned his bachelor's and doctoral degrees from Virginia Tech.

 

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