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Membrane Science Researcher Awarded NSF CAREER Grant

Michele Galizia, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Gallogly College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma, has received a 2021 National Science Foundation Early CAREER Development grant to continue his research focusing on membrane technology, a technique that separates molecules from mixtures by size and shape. About 10% of global energy consumption is devoted to these chemical separations and enhancing the energy efficiency of industrial separations is crucial to decreasing costs and controlling environmental pollution. The five-year grant – CAREER: Engineering polymers cohesive energy density and free volume for highly selective organic separations – begins Sept. 1 and has a  total anticipated award amount of $543,641. “This project will combine experimental and computational approaches to discover a new class of materials prepared by properly manipulating the structure of polymer membranes ,” Galizia said. “I am tha
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OU Biomedical Engineering Researcher Receives NSF CAREER Award

OU researcher Stefan Wilhelm, Ph.D., recently received a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Program Award from the National Science Foundation. The NSF awarded Wilhelm a $761,727 CAREER award to continue his research in nanotechnology, which assists in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as cancer. Wilhelm’s work focuses on individual nanoparticles – which are about 1,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair – and how they interact with the body’s cells. “I’m so pleased to get this kind of recognition and financial support from the National Science Foundation,” said Wilhelm, who joined the OU faculty in 2017. “The award not only allows me to continue my research to help design safer and more effective nanoparticles to diagnose and treat diseases, but also will help increase the number of Native American students in college STEM programs.” Beyond research, the grant will fund Wilhelm’s BE4NANO – Bionanotechnology Engagement for Native Americans in Oklahoma

OU Engineering Faculty Receive Top Honors at Annual Celebration

Numerous faculty from the Gallogly College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma received honors for their outstanding work during the 2021 OU Faculty Tribute. They are: Janet Allen , Ph.D., a professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, was presented with the Vice President for Research and Partnerships Award for Excellence in Applied Research and Engineering . She is known for her work in decision-based design and formulating problems and modeling uncertainty. Rong Gan , Ph.D., a professor in the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, received the George Lynn Cross Research Professorship, the highest research and creative activity honor given by OU to a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership over a period of years in his or her field of learning or creative activity. She is a researcher and scholar in ear biomechanics for sound and blast overpressure transmission, computational modeling of the ear and implantable hearing devic

OU Engineering Professor Creates Graduate Endowment

An accomplished engineering professor at the University of Oklahoma has established an endowed fellowship to help graduate students further their studies in the OU School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering.  The Roger G. Harrison, Jr., Graduate Fellowship will support doctoral students. The $200,000 endowed fellowship will help fund advanced study in research areas such as biopharmaceuticals, nanostructure materials or sustainable energy. “The fellowship continues to enhance the Gallogly College of Engineering’s ability to attract top graduate students,” said Brian Grady, Ph.D., the school’s director. “Since Dr. Harrison’s fellowship is not attached to a grant, it will allow the recipient to embark on more speculative work that might not otherwise be covered financially by a grant.” Harrison, a native of Altus, Oklahoma, joined OU as a chemical engineering professor in 1988. His area of study focuses on the application of biotechnology to solve medical programs. He hol

Ramseyer, Holliday and Sherry Receive ASCE Outstanding Paper Award

The ASCE Forensic Engineering Division traditionally selects a paper published in its  Journal  during the previous calendar year for their Outstanding Paper Award. The 2019 paper award goes to “Lessons Learned from Two Elementary School Collapses during the May 20, 2013 Moore Tornado,” by Chris Ramseyer, Ph.D., P.E.; Lisa Holliday, Ph.D., P.E.; and Samuel T. Sherry, M.ASCE. The paper was published online on November 20, 2018 and was included in the Volume 33, Issue 1 (February 2019) issue.   Learn more:   https://ascelibrary.org/doi/10.1061/%28ASCE%29CF.1943-5509.0001583 .   Chris Ramseyer is recently retired from the OU School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and is the facilities director of the Donald G. Fears Structural Engineering Laboratory. He has received many awards including the OU Vice President for Research Award for Improving Quality of Life and Communities, the CEES George W. Tauxe Outstanding Professor Award twice, the OU College of Engineering Alumni Teac

Two Endowments Established to Benefit the University of Oklahoma Colleges of Education and Engineering Honor the Memory of Dr. Kent Thomas

NORMAN, OKLA. – The Thomas family, in honor of their family’s patriarch, who passed away in May 2020, have established The Dr. L. Kent Thomas AIM Fund to support the advancement, innovation and mentoring of graduate students. The $170,000 gift to the University of Oklahoma Foundation establishes two endowments—one in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, where Kent’s wife, Kayleen, earned her bachelor’s degree, and another in the Gallogly College of Engineering. “I am very grateful that Dr. Thomas’ family has chosen to honor him in a way that supports graduate students in the Gallogly College of Engineering,” said Dean John Klier. “The legacy of his life will be realized by the accomplishments of these students.” Dr. Thomas was born and raised in Miami, Oklahoma, where he attended Northeastern Oklahoma Junior College before earning a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from OU in 1962, followed by a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan. In 1966,

Petroleum and Chemical Engineering Students at OU Win International PetroBowl Competition and Becomes First University to Hold Four Wins

NORMAN, OKLA. – A team of petroleum engineering students from the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy at the University of Oklahoma are international champions after being named winners of the 2020 Society of Petroleum Engineers PetroBowl competition last week. PetroBowl, founded by the Society of Petroleum Engineering in 2002, matches SPE student chapter teams against each other for fast-paced quiz competitions. Students answer both technical and nontechnical questions about the energy industry. The OU team advanced to the international championship after winning the North American Regional Qualifier in Los Angeles last February. This year’s championship was hosted virtually and delayed from its usual fall date to three weekends during January 2021 because of COVID precautions. While the format differed, it was still fast-paced and as competitive as ever. “A top-level PetroBowl round is eight or 10 minutes of pure pressure,” said team member and Ph.D. student Felipe Cruz. “We must c