An Oregon State education can lead to the forefront of discovery. For OSU Alum, William Allen, it led to NASA and the Perseverance Mars rover. 

Here's an excerpt from the article "Alumnus Plays Pivotal Role in getting Perseverance to Mars" originally published in the Spring 2021 issue of the Oregon Stater:

"William Allen’s trip to Corvallis four decades ago as a prospective Beaver helped set the stage for a much longer journey, one that’s capturing the world’s attention as NASA’s Perseverance rover searches for signs of life on Mars.

'Oregon State was touted as a good engineering school, and once I stepped foot on that campus, that’s all it took for me,' Allen, a 1986 engineering physics graduate, said in February on the day after the Perseverance rover landed and successfully deployed. He played a key role in the Perseverance project as a mechanical engineer with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory."