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Engineering Disciplines: Biomedical, Mechanical, Electrical, and Software

Founded in 1963, BIOTRONIK, Inc. is a pioneer in developing innovative technologies and medical devices that save and enhance the quality of life for millions of individuals living with cardiovascular disorders.

Biotronik focuses on medical devices for vascular intervention and electrotherapy of the heart. Its products include pacemakers, implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD), closed-loop stimulation devices (CLS), cardiac resynchronization therapy devices (CRS), leads, catheters, a magnesium bioresorbable stent, measurement and ablation systems for electrophysiology, vascular intervention products for treatment of stenosis and occlusion in arterial vessels, guidewires, balloon catheters, stents and stent systems for coronary and peripheral diseases, and related technologies such as the external devices used to monitor implants.



Engineering Disciplines: Mechanical, Materials, and Manufacturing

Blount is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of cutting chain, guide bars, and chain drive sprockets for chain saws, and a leading manufacturer and supplier of outdoor equipment parts. Blount is also known for it’s OREGON® brand, which is the choice of the trade in more than 100 countries around the world.

Known for its innovative spirit, the company focuses on manufacturing products that offer a superior competitive advantage and hold leading market share positions. Blount has always been headquartered in Portland, Oregon, but also manufactures in the United States, Canada, Brazil and China. The Portland-area headquarters include product design, manufacturing method design, manufacturing fabrication, and manufacturing facilities, which means that the Blount engineers in Portland are not only design the best chain saw components in the world, but they also test those parts (just consider for a moment all the ways you can test a chainsaw), they are designing and constructing the specialized equipment that builds the chainsaws, and they are design and managing the production system that manufactures the chainsaws. 

If you like watching “How It’s Made” then this is your dream field trip.


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Engineering Disciplines: Civil, Mechanical, and Electrical

Everyone has heard of The Boeing Company and knows they build airplanes, but what exactly does that mean? Students will visit Boeing’s Portland fabrication site where numerous large airplane structural parts are designed and constructed.  In addition, the students will interact with Boeing engineers to learn more about their daily lives while working in a large, successful company.


Legacy Health

Legacy Health Biomechanics Lab

Engineering Disciplines: Biomechanical, Mechanical, Electrical, and Computational (Finite Element Modeling)

The Biomechanics Lab was established in 1999 to design, test, and evaluate novel orthopedic treatment methods that can be applied to direct patient care. The lab has state-of-the-art equipment for inclusive research and testing capabilities, combining design, prototyping, macro and sub-micro scale material testing, motion analysis, and finite element modeling, and has a shop with a full complement of precision machine tools.

The lab demonstrates how collaborations between orthopedic surgeons and engineers have produced compelling findings that have led to the development of new devices and processes that address unmet medical treatment needs.

Students will interact with lab staff and talk about each of the different projects, getting a hands-on introduction to how engineering research can improve treatment of injuries.


Oregon Health and Science University Biomedical Department

Engineering Disciplines: Chemical, Mechanical, and Biomedical

The Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department at OHSU encompasses multidisciplinary and multi-scale research applied to significant health problems. BME faculty link basic engineering and science to the clinic by providing advanced technical solutions -- computational models, engineered experimental systems, advanced measurement technologies, and reporter chemistry -- to pressing biomedical problems. Specifically, the BME Department works in four areas of research – cardiovascular, neuroengineering, biomedical optics, and nanotechnology.

On this field trip students will meet professors, researchers and graduate students studying the interplay between cell biology and fluid mechanics.  Professor Owen McCarty, who runs the lab, will share how his background in chemical engineering has morphed into a career in biomedical engineering. Students will explore how engineering concepts are being used to study underlying processes of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and inflammation.


PDX Airfield (Portland International Airport)

Engineering Disciplines: Civil, Structural, Electrical, and Mechanical

Tour of Portland International Airport.  PDX is the 29th largest passenger airport and the 24th largest cargo airport in the United States.  The airport encompasses 3,296 acres, with three runways and includes the Oregon Air National Guard base.  In 2014, there were 214, 279 commercial, general aviation and military operations, 15,568,679 passengers and 222,822 short tons of cargo which went through the airport.  This tour highlights the infrastructure at PDX that supports the aviation operations.  The tour will give students access to the airfield, follows the perimeter road and highlights aircraft movement areas, navigational aids, Oregon Air National Guard base, ground run up facility, storm water treatment facility, airfield fire station and various other features of the airport.

Port of Portland - River Dredge

Engineering Disciplines: Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical

The Port of Portland was created in 1891 with the purpose of dredging the Willamette and Columbia Rivers from Portland to the Pacific Ocean to enable trade navigation.  Today, the Port owns and operates the only 30-inch pipeline dredge on the Columbia River.  The tour will take students onto the dredge where they will get to see the control room, engine room, dredge pump, electrical generators and other supporting equipment.

PSU Engineering Research Facilities (Portland State University MCECS Labs) - TBD (Still Awaiting Confirmation for 2017 Field Trips)

Engineering Disciplines: Civil, Environmental, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical, Mechanical, Materials

The Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science (MCECS) is the Center for Engineering, Science and Technology on the PSU campus. Both undergraduate and graduate students study and perform research in over 40 multi-disciplinary laboratories for degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Materials Engineering.

The tour at MCECS will include an up-close look at some of these laboratories, and it will give examples of the different types of research that PSU students have been working on at these facilities. This is the perfect tour for those who are interested in the different kinds of engineering opportunities offered at schools such as Portland State University.

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Engineering Disciplines: Civil, Mechanical, Electrical

Vestas is the only global energy company dedicated exclusively to wind energy. Since Vestas was founded in 1979, Vestas has gained a market-leading position with more than 58 gigawatts of installed wind turbines, comprising around 19% of total global capacity. The goal at Vestas is to bring wind energy on par with oil and gas, thereby addressing the growing demand for electricity.

The tour will include an overview of the company, a tour of their training center (where several wind turbine nacelles are on display), as well as a discussion of what Vestas engineers do in the field of wind energy.


Vigor (Oregon Iron Works, Inc.)

Engineering Disciplines: Chemical, Mechanical, and Industrial

Oregon Iron Works is a major manufacturer or structural and mechanical products such as bridges, buildings, hydroelectric equipment, marine crafts etc.  Oregon Iron Works takes customer's designs and determines how to build and make functional products within specific timelines, budgets and specifications.  Engineers must do many things from setting up manufacturing stations, determining manufacturing sequences, welding, interpreting codes, moving equipment and more!  

In this field trip, students will tour the corporate headquarters and main manufacturing facility where many managers, engineers and craftsman work to produce steel and metal products.