Oregon CAS/EPS & SMTA Oregon - Leading Enabling Adolescents Futures in STEM (LEAFS)


IEEE Oregon Joint EPS (CPMT)/CAS Chapter

(in cooperation with SMTA, IMAPS, IPC & EMA)

Topic: Leading Enabling Adolescents Futures in STEM (LEAFS)

Speaker: Matt Harrison, Oregon State University


Date: Thursday, November 291th, 2018, 6.00–8.00pm

Location: PCC Willow Creek Center, Room 310

241 SW Edgeway Drive (near SW 185th and Baseline Road) Beaverton, OR 97006

(seminar room sponsored by the PSU ECE department)

Directions: http://www.pcc.edu/about/locations/willow-creek/

  Date and Time




  • 241 SW Edgeway Drive
  • Beaverton, Oregon
  • United States 97006
  • Building: PCC Willow Creek Center
  • Room Number: 310
  • Click here for Map
  • Jim Morris

  • Co-sponsored by SMTA, IMAPS & EMA
  • Starts 05 November 2018 04:00 PM
  • Ends 29 November 2018 12:00 PM
  • All times are US/Pacific
  • No Admission Charge
  • Menu: pizza
  • Register


Matt Harrison of Oregon State University


Leading Enabling Adolescents Futures in STEM (LEAFS

Leading Enabling Adolescents Futures in STEM (LEAFS) was started in January 2018 when the program was awarded funding through IEEE’s engineering projects in community service program. It is a four weekend STEM bootcamp for junior and high school students who experience a disability. Through adapted science projects the LEAFS program will enable youth with disability to see how they may affect the world through choosing a career in the sciences. We take early information on each student’s disability and design solutions so that they may feel the wonderful feeling of scientific discovery and success from hands on projects. The program will feature 3D printing, solar energy, programming, CT Microscopy, electrical and structural engineering principles. Through this program we hope to change the way these youth view their future and potential and hope to open doors they thought were never imaginable.


Matt Harrison is from north-east Oklahoma. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Previous industry experience includes research for the USDA and two and a half years as a project engineer working for Koch Agriculture and Energy Services. While working for Koch he specialized in capital projects specifically around instruments and controls. He currently is in his third year of a mechanical engineering PhD program at Oregon State University. His research interests include novel measurement techniques, flow visualization, two-phase cooling technologies, and electronics thermal management. Since starting his PhD at Oregon State, he assisted in re-opening IEEE’s Oregon State University Student Branch and was awarded an EPICS grant in 2018 to start a STEM outreach program for disabled youth. In his free time, he enjoys photography, watching/playing basketball and acts as the assistant coach to the Rolling Beaver’s wheelchair basketball team on Oregon State’s campus. Matt is currently projected to graduate with his PhD in early 2020.

Address:Corvallis, Oregon, United States


6:00pm Refreshments and social

6:30pm Presentation

7:30pm Questions and Discussion

8:00pm End