Patterns can be seen throughout nature and are astonishingly beautiful when created by weather. When the upcoming Oregon State University - Cascades Science Pub visits Sisters, Ore., OSU-Cascades Courtesy Professor Rod Ray will present “The Ordered Dissipation of Energy in Nature,” an exploration of repetitive structures in nature, such as cloud formations, ocean currents and waves, snowflakes, rivers’ paths and even hurricanes.
Inspired by research conducted during his graduate studies focusing on natural stone patterns found in the Arctic, Ray will also draw from the work of scientists at MIT, NOAA and OSU to explore how the sun’s energy is the driver for these repetitive and natural patterns. Using photographs, he’ll discuss several examples of ordered structure, including their key physics and how each structure dissipates energy in the environment.
Ray is the former chief executive officer and president of Bend Research, Inc., where he was employed for more than 40 years.
He holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado, and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Oregon State University. He is a registered professional engineer in Colorado and Oregon, holds 23 U.S. patents, and is the author of 46 research publications.
An alumnus of Oregon State University, Ray sits on the OSU College of Engineering Dean’s Leadership Council.
OSU-Cascades Science Pubs engage community members in the work underway by Oregon State researchers and scholars from around the state. Since 2009, OSU-Cascades has hosted Science Pubs on topics ranging from fermentation science to forest fires to autism.
Science Pubs take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Networking and food and beverage service begin at 5:30 p.m., and the presentation starts at 6:30 p.m. Science Pubs are free to community members, but reservations are required. Space is limited to 100 guests.
Register by 5 p.m. the day prior to each Science Pub at http://www.osucascades.edu/sciencepubs.