Ivan Pratt was a Marine Biologist for Oregon State College in the 1940's and 1950's. Pratt created a parasitology lab to help support and expand Marine Biology studies. Pratt discovered a new species of mite that attacked beachhoppers, a type of crustacean, along Oregon and Washington coasts.
Ernest J. Briskey was the Dean of Agricultural Science from 1979-1987 and professor of Animal Sciences from 1987-1998. Briskey studied the alterations undergone by meat tissue as it was produced by slaughterhouses for customers.