Monday, July 7, 2014

Pulat to Serve OU as Vice Provost for Faculty Development

Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Simin Pulat, has moved to Evans Hall to serve OU as the Vice Provost for Faculty Development. Over the past eight years, Dr. Pulat has served our OU engineering community as Associate Dean and most recently Senior Associate Dean. While continuing to be highly productive as an ISE faculty member, she has had a transformative influence on the entire CoE. She has been a most effective agent for positive change in engineering education. She has given extraordinary leadership in the engineering accreditation process and led our initiatives in experiential learning, including first and second year courses that are attracting substantial private support and national recognition. We are grateful for all she has done and for the opportunity to continue working with her in advancing the University and the College, through STEM initiatives and faculty professional development.

President David L. Boren Visits CS Software Studio Student Presentations

President David L. Boren and Dean Tom Landers enjoy listening to the student presentations at the Software Studio's project report out.
Sridhar Radhakrishnan, director of the School of Computer Science, had an idea to develop a Software Studio, a working environment designed to help students explore high-level computer programming, develop computer programs, collaborate with non-computer disciplines and connect to business professionals.

“The Software Studio gives students from all areas of study the access and support to bring their big ideas to digital life,” Radhakrishnan said. “This is not organized by a professor, but rather by groups of students who have the desire to learn and apply computer science.”

In the program’s first year, three student teams developed apps for mobile devices and one team is developing an interactive video game to address bullying. One team will begin beta testing their app, a road condition monitoring system called Siren, with more than 1,700 semi-trucks prior to the official launch in February 2015. 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Gavia Named One of Nine Regents' Alumni Award Recipients

David Gavia, holding the Regents' Alumni Award, stands with President David L. Boren and members of the OU Board of Regents.
Nine exceptional University of Oklahoma alumni and friends received Regents’ Alumni Awards for their dedication and service to OU in a ceremony on May 9, on the Norman campus.

Gavia, who earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2000, is the sole holder of two U.S. patents and the co-inventor on three patents, all related to drill bit technology. He has been published twice by the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

A walk-on member of the Sooner cross country team for two years, Gavia studied abroad at Polytechnic University in Valencia, Spain,  was a member of the Multicultural Engineering Program and an officer of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.

Professionally, Gavia was instrumental in encouraging Baker Hughes, where he serves as product manager of drill bits in the North America region, to sponsor mechanical engineering capstone projects, and has served as a mentor to teams for two years. He has participated on the Baker Hughes Campus Champions team for OU and regularly engages in recruiting and interviewing activities. A true ambassador for OU, Gavia regularly uses social media to share Sooner success stories, ensuring new audiences have access to the great work of OU students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Gavia serves as a member of the College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Board on Diversity and Inclusion, currently on the external relations committee. Dedicated to guiding and encouraging students through their pursuit of an engineering degree, he spends countless hours mentoring and coaching students in person and virtually. He and his wife, Jennifer, have supported OU through a number of initiatives, including establishing a Multicultural Engineering Scholarship to provide financial assistance to students from underrepresented groups in the College of Engineering.

Presented by the OU Board of Regents and OU Alumni Association, the Regents’ Alumni Award honors the important roles of OU alumni and supporters to the life of the university. A committee formed by the Alumni Association selects the award recipients from nominations made by alumni, friends, and OU faculty and staff. Each year’s recipients receive a plaque and their names are engraved on a permanent plaque in Oklahoma Memorial Union.

Three Inducted Into the Distinguished Graduate Society During May Convocation

From left, Alan Armstrong, Dean Thomas L. Landers, Anil Gollahalli and Charles Richard "Dick" Sivalls.
Alan Armstrong
Alan Armstrong graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

He is the president and chief executive officer of Williams, as well as chairman of the board and chief executive officer for Williams Partners L.P. Since joining Williams in 1986, his notable career has included previous appointments as president of Williams’ midstream and olefins businesses in North America, vice president of gathering and processing, vice president of commercial development, vice president of retail energy services, and director of commercial operations for Williams’ midstream business in the Gulf Coast region.

Armstrong served as a board member and past chairman of the OU College of Engineering’s Board of Visitors. He is committed to education and community service, and serves on the boards of directors of several education and community-focused organizations including Junior Achievement USA, Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, Teach for America – Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Business Education Coalition and the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s executive committee as the vice chair of economic development. He is also on the boards of The Williams Foundation and the Philbrook Museum of Art.

Armstrong lives in Tulsa with his wife Shelly, and their children Caitlin, Claire, Jarret and Gabrielle.

Anil Gollahalli
Anil Gollahalli graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. In 2000, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School.

Gollahalli serves as the University of Oklahoma vice president and general counsel. Within that role, he is also counsel for the OU Board of Regents, and is responsible for the legal matters of all OU campuses, Cameron University and Rogers State University.

His past appointments at OU include vice president and associate vice president for technology development, assistant general counsel and fellow in the Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth. He has taught classes at the university in both the College of Law and the Price College of Business. Before returning to OU, Gollahalli worked in the field of litigation and intellectual property law.
Gollahalli is involved in Leadership Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and the Oklahoma Venture Forum. He is a board member of Oklahoma Youth in Government, and sits on the community investment committee of the United Way of Norman. Among his many awards and commendations, Gollahalli was a recipient of the “Forty under Forty” award by OKC Business in 2006 and “Achiever Under Forty” by the Journal Record in 2009.

Gollahalli lives in Norman with his wife and children.

Charles Richard “Dick” Sivalls
Dick Sivalls graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree with distinction in mechanical engineering. He is a licensed professional engineer and a Fellow with the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Sivalls is the president and chief executive officer of Sivalls, Inc., and has been employed with the company since 1959. Under his leadership, Sivalls, Inc. has grown to be a major lease surface equipment supplier worldwide. He is also the president of Control Equipment, Inc. and Tectrol, Inc., both in Odessa, Texas.

In addition to being a leader in his field, Sivalls has authored more than 40 technical papers on oil and gas production and processing equipment design, and has taught short courses on gas processing and oil treating practices at the University of Oklahoma, Texas Tech University and Texas A&M University. As a young man, he served a brief stint in the U.S. Army.

Sivalls has held multiple leadership posts in many civic organizations including the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, Odessa Industrial Development Corp, Odessa Rotary Club and other local organizations. He is an active lay leader in his church.

He lives in Odessa, Texas, with his wife, Lura Jo. He has a son and daughter and three grandchildren.

In 1990, the College of Engineering Distinguished Graduates Society was established and distinguished professional or technical achievement, notable public service, outstanding profession.

Membership in the society affords the public acknowledgment and recognition befitting administration, faculty and students of the College of Engineering at the University Convocation.
We welcome the 2014 members of the College of Engineering Distinguished Graduates

Sunday, April 13, 2014

OU-Tulsa Team Takes First Place in ITERA Student Case Study Competition

TULSA, Okla. – A team of OU-Tulsa telecommunications engineering students took top honors in the ITERA (Information and Telecommunications Education and Research Association) Student Business Case Study Competition, held at ITERA’s 12th Annual Conference on Telecommunications and Information Technology, April 4-6, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Students Rasha El Hajj, Kyrus Kuplicki, Kashish Jaiswal and Rupesh Nomula were awarded first prize for their presentation, “Critical Infrastructure Secure Network.” They developed their project in response to a solicitation by the U.S. government and the governments of Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee for the design, implementation and operation of a secure and sustainable communications system linking five sites that store dangerous materials.

“ITERA’s annual conference is highlighted by a challenging network design case study open to teams of graduate and undergraduate students,” said ITERA Board Chairman Michael Bowman, associate professor of Telecommunications System Management at Murray State University. “In addition to the technical aspects of a network, students must include critical business and project management issues such as return on investment, business plan and life cycle costs. We congratulate the University of Oklahoma – Tulsa’s winning team.”

Student team leader Rasha El Hajj said it was an honor to represent OU-Tulsa in the ITERA case study completion. “We learned a great deal and worked hard, so it is gratifying that our work was acknowledged. We are grateful to our faculty sponsor and to everyone else who supported us.”

Pramode Verma, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Telecommunications Engineering Program at the University of Oklahoma College of Engineering, served as faculty sponsor.

James J. Sluss, Jr., Ph.D., Director and Morris R. Pitman Professor, University of Oklahoma School of Electrical and Computer Engineering said the college is proud of OU-Tulsa’s student team. “The first place win is strong evidence of their intellectual capability, excellent academic preparation, competitive spirit and strong work ethic.”

The University of Oklahoma Schusterman Center is home to all OU programs in Tulsa. Located on a 60 acre campus at 41st and Yale, it strengthens OU’s presence in northeast Oklahoma and expands educational, research and patient care programs in the Tulsa area. OU-Tulsa offers six bachelor’s degree completion programs; 14 master’s degree programs, including the physician assistant program, nurse practitioner program, doctoral programs in medicine, physical therapy, education, early childhood education, engineering, pharmacy and nursing, as well as nine residency programs in medicine. It is also home to the OU School of Community Medicine, created with the explicit purpose of improving the health of all Oklahoma communities. For more information about OU-Tulsa, call 660-3318 or visit

Friday, March 28, 2014

Biomedical Engineering Seminar Presented at 7:15 p.m. on April 3 in DEH 120

Biomedical Engineering Seminar presented by the University of Oklahoma College of Engineering

John (Jack) H. Linehan
Biomedical Engineering Advisor from Stanford University and Northwestern University

TITLE: Medical Device Innovation: Engaging our Students

Thursday, April 3, 2014
7:15 - 8:30 p.m.
Devon Energy Hall, Room 120


ABSTRACT: Medical devices can save lives and improve our quality of life. Disruptive medical devices often emerge from small, entrepreneur-led, start-up companies. In present times, funding for early-stage companies has been challenging. Investors tend to be risk adverse. To minimize risk, understanding the process of medical device innovation is critical. While not formulaic, the steps leading to a successful medical device innovation are known. Training opportunities can help make the innovation process more efficient.

This lecture will discuss the medical device industry and current training opportunities in the medical device space. Students are eager to engage in this type of experiential learning because it is “real-world”. Learning in the innovation space supports multi-disciplinary (engineering, medicine and business) team-based approaches.

Early stages in the process of medical device innovation will be discussed with examples. The first step is to find the right unmet/undermet clinical and and then ensuring that one has gotten the need right (validation and verification).

Before brainstorming solutions to the need, it is prudent to understand current products addressing the clinical need, the intellectual property space covering the need and do market research on the scope of the need. Brainstorming and prototyping are keys to identifying potential product concepts, which are evaluated by clinicians and other users. Attention to manufacturing issues and regulatory pathways complete the businss plan.

BIOGRAPHY: Since 2005, John Linehan has been a Consulting Professor of Bioengineering in the Department of Bioengineering and the Bio-design Program at Stanford University, and since 2007 he has been a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University. From 1998 - 2005, Dr. Linehan was Vice President of the Whitaker Foundation. Dr. Linehan was responsible for implementing and managing educational grant programs and for creating and organizing a number of unique national programs including the Biomedical Engineering Educational Summit meetings (2000 & 2005) and the Academic Leadership Program for developing young faculty leaders. The Whitaker Foundation, having invested more than $800 million primarily in biomedical engineering education and research in the past 30 years, closed its doors in June 2006.

Prior to joining Whitaker in 1998, Dr. Linehan was the Rose Eannelli-Bagozzi Professor of Biomedical Engineering and the founding Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Marquette University in Wisconsin. Until 1998, Dr. Linehan was also adjunct Professor of Physiology and Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is a fellow and past president of the Biomedical Engineering Society and a founding fellow and past president of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. In 2006, Dr. Linehan was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Accommodations on the basis of disability are available by contacting or (405) 325-8539

Thursday, February 20, 2014

OU-Tulsa Telecommunications Professor Receives High Award from Indian Government

Tulsa, Okla. – Pramode Verma, Ph.D., Director of the Telecommunications Engineering Program at the University of Oklahoma – Tulsa School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, recently returned from New Delhi, where he received one of the highest awards bestowed upon non-resident Indians by the Government of India. Dr. Verma was honored with the Hind Rattan award, (translated to English as “jewel of India”), given annually by the NRI (non-resident Indians) Welfare Society, under the umbrella of the Government of India. The award is given to people of Indian origin in recognition of their research, professional accomplishments and positive contributions to the scientific community and a growing world economy.

James Sluss, Jr., Ph.D., Director and Morris R. Pitman Professor, University of Oklahoma School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, said, “The fact that Dr. Verma has been presented with this prestigious award is a clear indication of the high regard in which he is held by the engineering profession and the notable contributions he has made over his exemplary career.”

Dr. Verma also holds the Williams Chair in Telecommunications Networking. Prior to joining the University of Oklahoma in 1999, he held a variety of professional and leadership positions in the telecommunications industry at AT&T Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies. He is the author/co-author of more than 100 journal articles and conference papers, and several books in telecommunications engineering. He is also the co-inventor of seven patents. He has been a keynote speaker at several international conferences and has lectured in several countries.

In his acceptance speech, Dr. Verma called the evening “an exciting moment,” and said he was thrilled to be in the company of other honorees.

“As I reflected on this award, I thought of a quote from Gandhi that has resonated with me: ‘Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.’  When I look back at my own accomplishments – it is this tenet of learning, lifelong learning that has been the key to my success. Even today, after being in a diverse and rewarding career that has spanned over 40 years, I continue to learn and apply new ideas to what I do every single day.  I credit this desire for lifelong learning to my upbringing in India.  From my family who supported my education to my grade school teachers who kept me interested and to the brilliant educators at the Indian Institute of Science that I had the fortune of learning from and who inspired and stretched me to be my best.  Suffice it to say, it is this India, this culture and the vibrancy and talent of this nation that helped me get my start and gave me the tools I needed to be successful.

Finally, I would be remiss if I did not recognize my wife, Gita, who has been alongside me in this career journey, who has unconditionally supported me, and is never short of great advice.  I truly would not be here without her and she is as deserving as I of this recognition.  Gita, I share this award and recognition with you.”