Randi Mendes wins best poster at 2014 PNW LSAMP conference

Ecological Engineering student, Randi Mendes, won best engineering poster at the 2014 The Pacific Northwest Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (PNW LSAMP) Conference at Portland State University.  Randi’s poster titled “Fish Behavior With Respect to Engineered Log Jams: Log Jam Hydraulics” presented a summary of research she conducted with Dr. Desiree Tullos and fellow Ecological Engineering student Tessa Hanson.

The broader goal of the NSF-funded study is to link fish behavior with the turbulence and behavior of fluids around engineered log jams in order to better understand how and why fish use different log structures. Randi worked on the project as a participant in the EcoInformatics Summer Institute (http://eco-informatics.engr.oregonstate.edu/). Her analysis focused on processing and visualizing millions of hydraulic observations, measured in experimental channels at the Oregon Hatchery Research Center. 

PNW LSAMP is composed of colleges and universities in the three-state region of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.  LSAMP is dedicated to increasing the quality and quantity of traditionally underrepresented students successfully completing science and engineering baccalaureate degree programs. At the same time, LSAMP is working to increase the number of students interested in and qualified for graduate level studies. 

student standing in front of a poster