National bike design finalists include UO alumni

Online voting ends August 2 for The Bike Design Project, a national competition intended to develop the “next-wave urban bike.” One of the five finalist teams includes University of Oregon graduates whose “key influencers” include A&AA alumnus Tinker Hatfield of Nike, Inc.

SOLID bike


UO condom research in 'Men’s Journal'

A story in the current Men’s Journal features research by a UO Product Design Program class on how to design a next-generation condom. In a classroom laboratory, the students tested seventy different condoms on twenty attributes.

condom research


Student-built house on this year’s Tour of Homes through July 27

The first student-built house in the OregonBILDS (Building Integrated Livable Designs Sustainably) project is on the Home Builder’s Association of Lane County’s 2014 Tour of Homes through July 27. The house was featured in a Register-Guard story about the tour and is open weeknights from 6-9 p.m. and weekends from noon to 6 p.m.



Eckblad’s firm among few chosen for RAIN sponsorship

Zander Eckblad, BS ’14, materials and product studies, is among six entrepreneurs accepted into the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN) to work with the City of Eugene to grow innovative technology businesses. Eckblad is the founder of Black Lodge Design Lab, which is developing environmental-friendly building materials using nanocellulose. RAIN, funded by $3.75 million from the Oregon Legislature, aims to help entrepreneurs turn new technologies into businesses that will create well-paid jobs. Eckblad was an Oregon BEST Red List Design Challenge winner in 2013.

Zander Eckblad


PPPM sophomore will use award to study in China

Planning, Public Policy and Management (PPPM) undergraduate Erik Thorbeck has been awarded a prestigious scholarship for study abroad. He will use his David L. Boren Scholarship to study in China from January to September 2015.

Erik Thorbeck