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