Chris Hagen, a faculty researcher whose work focuses around energy systems, advanced internal combustion engines, unconventional fuels, applied thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, was named by Oregon State University - Cascades to join its recently launched energy engineering management program as assistant professor.
Prior to joining the faculty at OSU-Cascades, Hagen was an assistant research professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University. His industry experience includes serving as a lead research engineer at the Chevron Energy Technology Company where he investigated novel fuels for advanced internal combustion engines. He also worked as an application engineer for Woodward, Inc., a global energy system solution provider. Hagen received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Valparaiso University in 1997, his M.S. in mechanical engineering from CSU in 2002, and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006. Dr. Hagen's current research involves investigating a variety of fuels, including biomass, shale gas, and renewable jet fuel, for optimized energy conversion.
In the two years since the EEM program launched, it has grown from four to 24 students, with an additional 39 students taking pre-requisites at Central Oregon Community College or on OSU's main campus in Corvallis. By fall term, officials anticipate nearly 100 students in the EEM program, either enrolled at OSU-Cascades or in the pipeline to transfer to OSU-Cascades. The program's first graduates are expected in fall 2012.