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Oregon State University’s Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering is looking for opportunities to strengthen our existing connections with industry and to develop new relationships—locally, nationally, and worldwide.

If you're serious about wanting to help shape the next generation of biological and ecological engineers, access an exceptional pool of engineering and scientific research talent, and connect with Oregon State's Biological & Ecological programs in other ways, we want to work with you.

Hosting Field Trips

Students benefit from seeing classroom knowledge applied in the real-world. Coordinate an onsite presentation/tour to familiarize our students with your company and its facilities.  Hosting field trips requires as little commitment as a few hours showing students around your workplace once per year.  We will arrange for students to be transported to your place of work.  

Guest Lecturing

Present a seminar or workshop here on campus to broaden our students' (and faculty's) perspectives on real-world engineering issues, career options, communication skills, challenges of working on project teams, and other industry-relevant topics.  We are interested in having you come speak to our students at any time you are available, and also during our fall term seminar course, if that fits in your schedule.  

Job Shadowing

The department’s Job Shadowing program is designed to allow students to see “a day in the life” of your profession.   This program is open to students of all levels and is a useful tool for them to explore various career paths and professional interests.  Students will arrange for their own transportation to your place of work and will work around your schedule to shadow you.


Internships are opportunities for students to both apply their academic lessons in an organizational setting and continue their learning in areas relevant to their college studies.  It is a great opportunity for your organization to be able to evaluate top-quality engineering prospects at no obligation to hire long-term.  Internship placement will be determined by your needs and the student’s interests and availability.  Most students want full-time internships during the summer break (mid-June through mid-September).   


Mentor programs offer a structured setting in which to develop beneficial one-on-one relationships between students and professionals. Acting as a friend, a teacher, and a guide to the real world, mentors have the opportunity to encourage and advise students by sharing their own experiences and knowledge of the profession.

Time commitment will vary based on individual needs, but mentors should communicate with protégés at least once every two weeks.   Mentors and protégés may, but do not have to, meet in-person.  Virtual meetings are welcome.  Should you choose to participate in this program; the department will provide guidelines and suggested activities.

Industry Advisory Board

Our BEE Industry Advisory Board members serve the department in an advisory role, helping us with program planning, decision making, and direction setting. Board membership also provides many opportunities for close association with department faculty and students. Please visit the advisory board webpage for more information.


If you would like more information or to let us know how you would like to be involved, contact Jennifer Cohen: Email contact form, phone 541.737.6292, or use the form below.  

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