Thursday, May 17, 2018

Two Inducted in to Class of 2018 Distinguished Graduates Society

Edward Holstein, Dean Tom Landers and
Dolly Wagner-Wilkins at the 2018
Conovocation Ceremony

In 1990, the the Gallogly College of Engineering established the Distinguished Graduates Society to honor our most accomplished alumni. Selection is based upon prominent and distinguished professional or technical achievement, notable public service, outstanding contribution to and support of education, honors of election in organizations, and other contributions to the engineering profession.

Introducing the DGS Class of 2018: Edward D. Holstein and Dolly Wagner-Wilkins. These newest members of the DGS were inducted during the engineering convocation on May 12 at the Lloyd Noble Center.

Dolly Wagner-Wilkins
BS Industrial Engineering ’87

Dolly Wagner-Wilkins is the chief technology officer at Worldwide Express, with oversight and leadership across the technical spectrum of the company. She is accountable for the company's technology strategy, as well as development, delivery, IT operations and customer support—aligning across technology and business functions to ensure optimal results. Highly skilled with 30 years of experience, Wagner-Wilkins is a seasoned travel and transportation industry executive, having led global software development and enterprise operations teams through transformational change and complex customer migration and integration programs. During her career, she has directed software delivery teams, operated large enterprise-scale environments and worked with global airline and travel agency customers in a variety of technology and marketing capacities.

Prior to joining Worldwide Express as CTO, Wagner-Wilkins held high-level positions at Sabre, the leading technology provider to the global travel industry. There, she was focused on leading a large software delivery team, migrating airlines to the Sabre Airline Solutions Customer Sales and Service platform, and a number of integration efforts. Previously, she was responsible for a global team of software development professionals accountable for design, development and delivery of high-volume systems powering Sabre's two largest business units, Sabre Airline Solutions and Sabre Travel Network.

Edward D. Holstein
MS Chemical Engineering '55

Edward D. Holstein is a retired coordinator in Exxon's Houston headquarters Production Department. During his tenure with Exxon, he served as liaison between research and production groups, performed technical review of major capital projects and review of reservoir performance. He also developed, monitored and participated in reservoir engineering training, managed groups associated with the company's reserve records and technical computer applications, including an automated production tracking system.

Prior to joining Exxon, in 1955, Holstein was employed by Carter Oil Company (later merged with Humble to become Exxon). His work with Carter was interrupted when he reported to the U S Army, serving two years active duty with the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps, with most of his time serving as head of the metallurgical lab at White Sands Proving Grounds, New Mexico, leaving as a First Lieutenant. Upon returning to Carter, Holstein worked in reservoir surveillance, facility design, well completion planning, artificial lift design and field operations.

Since retirement, Holstein has been involved in multiple consulting projects and as editor of the reservoir section in the update of the SPE Petroleum Engineering Handbook and the SPE Waterflooding Monograph. 

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Holstein graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and from the University of Oklahoma in 1955 with an Master of Science in Chemical Engineering.

OU Professor to Receive IEEE Satellite Communications Technical Contribution Award

A University of Oklahoma professor, Mohammed Atiquzzaman, is the recipient of the prestigious Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Satellite Communications Technical Contribution Award for 2018. The annual award is given to an accomplished, senior-level researcher who has achieved outstanding results in satellite communications and recognizes excellent scientific contributions done by academia and industries. Atiquzzaman will receive the award at the IEEE International Conference on Communications in Kansas City, Missouri, May 20-24. 

“Professor Atiquzzaman is an international expert in the area of satellite communications as witnessed by his many research contributions and international collaborations,” said Sridhar Radhakrishnan, director, OU School of Computer Science, Gallogly College of Engineering. “We are truly honored to have such an esteemed colleague.”

Atiquzzaman, a professor of computer science in the School of Computer Science, Gallogly College of Engineering, is receiving the award for research achievements in the field of satellite and space communication, specifically related to research in next-generation computer networks, wireless and mobile networks, satellite networks, switching and routing, optical communications and multimedia over networks.

The IEEE International Conference on Communications is one of the IEEE Communications Society’s two flagship conferences dedicated to driving innovation in every aspect of communications. The IEEE Communications Society is a leading global community comprised of a diverse set of professionals with a common interest in advancing all communications and networking technologies.

For more information about Atiquzzaman and his research, visit his website at or contact him at

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

AME Student, Sarah Ciccaglione, Reflects on Internship at Telsa

For the past eight months, I have been working at Tesla's headquarters in Palo Alto, California as a part of their internship program.  During my time there I worked on the Hardware Development, Test and Analysis team, where I specialized in test development.  As a participant on this team, I had the opportunity to focus on three different areas of test development and execution: thermal systems, off-board charging and mechanical systems.  I worked to design and execute tests for each of these areas, many of which involved prototype components.  In order to do this, I used programs such as CATIA (CAD software), MATLAB, Python and LabVIEW.  I also used resources such as thermal chambers, humidity chambers, vibration tables and Ingress Protection testing in our Powertrain Test Lab.  

It was an extremely exciting time to be at Tesla! I had the opportunity to be a part of the launch of the Model 3 to the public, as well as the announcement of the Tesla semi-truck and Roadster 2.0.  I also had the opportunity to participate in full vehicle testing, as well as to interface with many Tesla customers. My time at Tesla was also extremely unique as I was in the heart of Silicon Valley.  I had the opportunity to participate in many development programs on Stanford's campus, as well as getting the chance to visit other tech companies, such as Facebook and LinkedIn. 

My biggest piece of advice to other students is to take advantage of internship/co-op opportunities that arise.  My time at Tesla helped me to grow in countless ways as an engineer and young professional, and also really helped affirm that I am on the right track in my selection of major.  It can be scary to contemplate taking a full year off of classes, but in the end I am so glad that I had the opportunity to be there for two full semesters, as it allowed for so much richer and immersive of an experience.  I also recommend that students take risks and try new things in their internship experiences.  Being pushed outside of my comfort bubble allowed me to grow in my confidence as an engineer and to also explore many other areas of the field.  

While I am sad that my time at Tesla this year has drawn to an end, I am more excited than ever to come back to my home at OU! This opportunity has infused so much drive into me to keep working hard on my schoolwork. It also helped me to further appreciate all of the amazing resources that the Gallogly College of Engineering has to offer.  The college has provided me with so many opportunities to grow as a young engineer, and also as an individual. While I came to OU with the beginning traits of some of these skills, the faculty, staff and programs here have helped and supported me in elevating them to a level that I could not previously have imagined.  I believe that my time as an OU engineering student will uniquely elevate me to be able to tackle so many different challenges in order to better our world.  I highly encourage every student to take advantage of the unbelievable opportunities found here - it's truly a remarkable place!

Majors: Mechanical Engineering and Vocal Performance
Minor: Professional Piloting
Year: rising junior
Hometown: Farmington, CT

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

OU Radar Team Developing New Technologies for U.S. Navy Next-Generation Radar Systems

Nathan Goodman
A University of Oklahoma Advanced Radar Research Center team is developing new antenna and related technologies for U.S. Navy next-generation radar systems with a two-year, $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research. The ARRC research and development program under way is designed to improve the agility and multi-functionality of radio frequency sensors and communication systems, while enabling future implementation on a variety of surfaces and platforms.

“The ARRC team is developing agile sensors that can effectively maneuver in frequency and space while retaining the ability to avoid and cancel interference,” said Nathan Goodman, director of research at the ARRC and professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Gallogly College of Engineering. “Multi-function capability will also reduce the number of individual systems needed during deployment, improving mobility and operational agility. Our tunable, integrated antenna designs will allow agile RF sensor implementation on smaller platforms.”

The ARRC program will focus on four major areas of research: research on integrated filter-antennas that provide frequency tunability with reduced size and weight; a state-of-the-art, all-digital phased array antenna and electronics that will be synchronized with another all-digital phased array system already under development at the ARRC; implementation of dual-band, dual-polarized antennas; and algorithms for using and exploiting the agility enabled by these hardware technologies.

The ARRC team endeavors to demonstrate important technologies, such as tunable antenna arrays capable of handling high power; synchronized all-digital systems that can be used for a variety of experiments on waveforms, interference cancellation, coexistence of multiple systems and other important technologies; and state-of-the-art algorithms for controlling agile sensors.

ARRC team members involved with this project include: Goodman, Jessica Ruyle, Hjalti Sigmarrson, Mark Yeary, Jorge Salazar Cerreno, Caleb Fulton and Robert Palmer. For more information about this program or other ARRC research and capabilities, please contact

Monday, April 23, 2018

EATIN - A Place Where Engineering Meets Service


By Lea Morisato
Industrial and Systems Engineering Senior

When I was a freshman, there were several technical engineering organizations that I could join, but I had to go to other areas in the university to find a community service group. As engineering students, many of us are constantly strapped for time; thus, the organizations we participate in are typically those where we can refine our skills. It was not until my sophomore year that one of my professors, Dr. Randa Shehab, put out a call for a group of students to resurrect an organization that had previously worked with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. I joined as an officer and after one volunteering session, I thought that as engineers, there is more we can do to help our community. The next semester, I became president of the organization with the goal of promoting healthy growth and blending community service with technical aspects in order to make one club that could satisfy several needs, both for the student volunteer and the nonprofit we were serving. I believe Engineers Assisting Those In Need provides a place where students of all backgrounds, classifications, and majors can come together to learn about continuous improvement while applying the valuable skills they are learning in the classrooms to help nonprofits serve more people.

To make this vision a reality, I focus on cultivating targeted volunteering sessions, where students look for specific sources of inefficiencies and identify/report areas needing improvement from a volunteer's perspective. It is vital for nonprofits to get this feedback, because while a supervisor may know what steps need to happen, they may not understand what the volunteers think or see as they go through a shift. The goal is that every time we volunteer somewhere, we are able to provide feedback to the organization to allow their future volunteers to be even more efficient. This tactic worked well for people that were free over the weekends, however, we found so much more we could do to help our community that we launched project teams. These teams work on a continuous improvement project over several months to apply their skills in a team environment. Each project was procured personally and is under close supervision to ensure the team is working effectively and that any roadblocks become a learning experience. We are available to volunteer with all non-profit organizations in our community, and are always looking for new ways to serve.

We have gained several new project partners over the past year, allowing us to have six project teams finish their work by this summer (2018). These partners include Meals on Wheels, the OU Food Pantry and Hope Retreat Ranch. For Meals on Wheels, we researched the feasibility of implementing a grocery route in addition to the regular meals they are providing, an evaluation of their volunteer management software and the development of a program with the ability to optimize driving routes to ensure volunteers have a good experience and return for future driving sessions.

For the OU Food Pantry, we coordinated an inventory day to record all of the items in the store, as well as a layout redesign to optimize the items after the pantry received a new shelf.

Lastly, for Hope Retreat Ranch, we designed playground equipment for kids of all ages, sizes, and disabilities that was built on-site in one day during our first volunteer retreat. Each project is designed and procured to add value to the organization and in the way that they need it. I am a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and am pursuing my Black Belt this spring, which means I am specially equipped to identify, target and eliminate waste. I intend on sharing a lot of this knowledge with the group’s members to ensure we are continuously improving as a group.

Overall, the organization has proven to be more successful this year than I could have ever imagined. We have had more than 100 people join our orgsync portal; we are now on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; we have conducted volunteering sessions with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Moore Food and Resource Center and OU Food Pantry; we also added three new project partners; and we had six project teams. We opened our organization to all majors, because we want to include anyone who wants to serve the community in creative ways! All of this progress happened in one year, and we still have so much we want to do!

We hope to expand to other organizations by continuing both our community service sessions as well as our project teams. We also hope to grow in size and coordinate with other groups to become the service hub for OU Engineering. Our mission is to get more engineers involved in community outreach, and the more people we can reach the better!

I have one more year of service as president of this organization, and I can’t wait to see how far we go. It is truly a place where engineering meets service, and I am so grateful for all of the opportunities we have had to serve others and for all the engineers that are getting involved in order to help make their community a better place. I believe community outreach is vital, and it is incredibly important to give back the places where we live and work. I am truly blessed to be able to encourage more engineers to take a break from the textbooks and apply their valuable skills in such a special way, and I believe that everyone can and should be involved with EATIN in one way or another.

Monday, April 9, 2018

OU Engineering Senior Wins Grand Prize at 2018 Research Day at the Capitol

A University of Oklahoma Mechanical Engineering Senior in the Accelerated Bachelor and Master of Science program, Devin W. Laurence, is the Grand Prize winner at the 2018 Research Day at the Capitol, sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Oklahoma Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research and National Science Foundation. Laurence was one of 23 undergraduate student researchers who presented poster presentations based on a technical abstract and five-minute presentation for review and evaluation by a panel of EPSCoR-appointed judges.

“Congratulations to Devin on his outstanding achievement. What a great success from our student representing cardiovascular biomechanics research at OU,” said Chung-Hao Lee, master’s thesis advisor and assistant professor in the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Gallogly College of Engineering. “Laurence presented, ‘An Integrated Experimental-Computational Approach for Multiscale Investigations of Atrioventricular Heart Valves with Applications to Individual-Optimized Surgery Planning.’”

As the Grand Prize winner, Laurence is the recipient of a $500 award, plus a $4,000 summer research internship. A $2,500 award is given to the sponsoring Oklahoma college or university laboratory to offset expenses of hosting the internship. In this case, OU’s Biomechanics and Biomaterials Design Laboratory ( will receive the award for conducting cutting-edge research in cardiovascular heart valve biomechanics.

Research Day at the Capitol was established more than 20 years ago to showcase the outstanding undergraduate research being conducted at Oklahoma’s colleges and universities in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students are nominated by their institution’s leadership to participate in the prestigious event. Students present their research to state legislators and the public in the Capitol Rotunda during the legislative session.

Winners were announced at the conclusion of Research Day during an awards ceremony held on March 27 in the Capitol’s Blue Room. For more information, contact Gina Miller, Outreach Coordinator, at

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Gallogly College Graduate Students Advance in OU Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition

From left: Lin Guo, First Place, ISE Ph.D. Student; Patrick McKernan, Runner-Up, SBME Ph.D. Student; and Bhagyashree Waghule, Runner-Up, AME Ph.D. Student 
Four graduate engineering students participated in the annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®), a research communication competition developed by The University of Australia and held at more than 200 universities worldwide. Competitors are tasked with presenting their master’s or doctoral research in three minutes, conveying the major research points in an interesting and concise manner.  

The 3MT® at OU began with preliminary competitions Jan. 29 through Feb. 1, at which time ten students were selected to advance to the final competition Feb. 23. Among the ten finalists were – Lin Guo (advisors Drs. Farrokh Mistree and Janet Allen) and Saptarshi Mandal (advisor Dr. Ziho Kang) from the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering; Byagyashree Waghule (advisor Dr. David Miller) from the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering; and Patrick McKernan (advisor Dr. Roger Harrison) from the Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering. 

Patrick McKernan and Bhagyashree Waghule tied for runner-up; both were awarded a $1,500 cash prize. Lin Guo was awarded first place and will advance to compete at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools 3MT® Competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan April 4-6 . In addition to the OU Graduate College sponsoring Guo’s participation in Grand Rapids, she also was awarded a $2,000 cash prize.