Our Purpose:

The Open-Sensing Lab is focused on developing environmental sensing projects and research. From soldering stations to 3D printers to laser cutters, our lab provides the tools necessary for students, professors, and researchers alike to develop tools used locally and worldwide by the ecological science and engineering community.

Need help designing, soldering, or printing? Ask us for help! Aside from managing the machines, our employees are also here to help design and create projects that are beyond the scope of the developer.
The goals of the OPEnS Lab are to:
  • Develop new approaches to precision farming under a changing climate. Specifically, how to have sensor-systems of low enough cost and high enough accuracy to be used across most agricultural settings.
  • Advance the field of environmental sensing for agricultural and environmental sciences through development of novel adaptation of 3-D printing and solid-state sensors of water, atmosphere, and soil status;
  • Create global engagement through the world’s first curated system of peer-reviewed, DOI indexed, open-source publication of designs and validation studies of evolving scientific instrumentation;
  • Provide user, student and researcher access to the power of hands-on experimentation and experimental design through access to a wide range of machines;
  • Develop extensionist, student and faculty’s excitement, creativity and innovation by translating their ideas into functional systems;
  • Promote collaborative learning between farmers, extension agents, faculty and students around the world. 

Team Members:


Dr. Selker, OSU professor of Biological and Ecological Engineering and co-Director of both CTEMPs.gor and TAHMO.org, has worked USA, Kenya, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Canada, Chile, and Engleand and carried out reasearch in Chile, Ghana Senegal, Israel, China, and 10 European contries. His areas of expertise include electronic design irrigation water systems, and development projects. Dr. Selker has been a professsor in the department of Biological and Ecological Engineering at Oregon State University for 25 years focused on Water Resources Engineering, publishing 160 peer-reviewed articles. In 2013 he was elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and 2013 received the John Hem Award for Science and Technology from the American Groundwater Association. 

 Manuel Lopez is a current second year student majoring in electrical engineering at Oregon State University. He is from Hillsboro, OR and attended Liberty high school. One of his hobbies is to play the guitar, he has been playing since he was six years old. He also likes to travel and is traveling to Mexico this summer. 

 Mitch Nelke is a current second year student majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He is from West Linn, OR and attended West Linn High School. He competed in highschool FRC and has interned at 3D Systems, and his hobbies include 3D Printing and camping/traveling.