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Industry Partnerships Programs and Recent Projects

  • Engineering and Technology Industry Council (ETIC Established in 1997, the mission of ETIC is to make post-secondary engineering and technology education a strategic resource that fuels the Oregon economy and creates opportunity for all Oregonians. It establishes success criteria and measurements for investments from the Oregon Engineering Education Investment Fund, makes specific investment recommendations, and monitors the results of these investments.
    • Oregon Pre-Engineering and Applied Sciences Initiative (OPAS)  OPAS is a collaboration of industry, non-profit, and public educators and leaders working to help achieve ETIC's goal of increasing the number and diversity of Oregon students pursuing engineering and similar fields at colleges and universities. OPAS develops and implements strategies that expand formal and informal educational opportunities in pre-engineering, computer science, and other applied sciences for students in middle and high school.
  • Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Programs (ORTOP) Administered by OUS, ORTOP is a volunteer-led team robotics program that implements the Jr. FIRST LEGO League, FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge programs for students in kindergarten through high school. All three programs are based on national and international programs offered by FIRST.  Students experience the challenges and rewards of technical teamwork and gain insights into possible careers in engineering, computer science, and other technical areas.  Students build and program robots, prepare research presentations, and compete in local and state tournaments.
  • GET REAL: Explore Computer Science Campaign The GET REAL website is part of a collaborative outreach effort of Oregon University System (OUS), Oregon high school teachers, and many of Oregon’s top industries, to provide college and career information about the fields of engineering and computer science to high school juniors and seniors.   
  • Oregon Metals Initiative, Inc. (OMI) OMI is a consortium of metals industry companies and research institutions that pursues research to improve the long-term competitiveness of the metals industry and the research infrastructure in Oregon.  The Oregon University System matches each corporate research dollar on a 1:1 basis for approved projects. Major achievements include new material discoveries, technological advances, multiple patents, and several successful commercial applications.