The Tom and Carmen West Faculty Scholar

Tom and Carmen WestTom West received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Tennessee, and taught at both Georgia Tech and Tennessee before earning his doctorate from Oregon State University in 1976 and joining its faculty. While at OSU, he served the College of Engineering as the head of the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department, associate dean, and interim dean.

West helped modernize Oregon State's curriculum via the establishment of its manufacturing engineering and MECOP programs, and he authored two classic texts in engineering economics with Jim Riggs. Among other activities, he served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, on the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, and as a member of the committee that established the current ABET 2000 criteria by which all engineering programs are now evaluated.

West is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and a member of the College of Fellows for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He has been recognized as a National Society of Professional Engineers Outstanding Engineering Professor and as Oregon Industrial Engineer of the Year.

In 2012 West and his wife, Carmen, who worked in Hewlett-Packard management for many years, established the West Faculty Scholar endowment to continue to enhance OSU's industrial and manufacturing engineering programs.


Brian Paul

Brian PaulA member of the OSU faculty since 1995, Brian Paul became the inaugural Tom and Carmen West Faculty Scholar and OSU Industry Partnering Award winner in 2012. A professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, he co-directs the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute (MBI), an Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) facility jointly operated by OSU and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The MBI is committed to developing microchannel and nanomanufacturing process technologies for applications in clean energy and health care, among other areas.

In his work at the MBI, Paul has pioneered new manufacturing methods for reducing the costs of microchannel arrays (with channels no wider than a human hair), nanomaterials, and liquid-deposited thin films. His collaborative publications on the scale-up of nanomaterial synthesis and deposition have been highlighted in Materials Today and were distinguished on the 2011 Society of Manufacturing Engineers' "Innovations That Could Change the Way You Manufacture" Watch List.

Paul has authored more than 100 technical papers, received several U.S. patents, and presented invited lectures at workshops and conferences in the U.S. and abroad. Among his patents, one he co-created with other OSU engineers established the core technology for spin-out company Home Dialysis Plus, which in 2010 received the largest first round venture capital funding in Oregon's history. Paul also cofounded CSD Nano, Inc., a Corvallis firm specializing in the development of anti-reflective films on solar cell cover glass for increasing the efficiency of solar cells.

Paul earned his doctorate at Penn State after completing his bachelor's degree at Wichita State University and master's at Arizona State University.


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