Showing posts from March, 2011

IE Students Bring Home Top Honors at Regional Competition

February 26th, 2011 Pictured from left to right are 3rd place winners – Fahad Khan, Miguel Ortiz, and Ali Shakroun and 1st place winners – Tobi Olusola and Kaycee Wilson. The OU School of Industrial Engineering took 19 students to Stillwater Feb. 19 for the IIE Regional Technical Paper Competition. The event was attended by students from across our region including Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Two OU IE teams presented their work in the competition and both did an outstanding job. Congratulations to Kaycee Wilson (BS'10 and current MS student) and Tobi Olusola (BS'10 and current Pharmacy student) for winning top honors at the conference. Their paper, "Balancing the Flow of a Multi-Pallet Process", developed originally for their capstone course, won first place. They will now get to compete against the winners of the other regions at the national conference this May in Reno, Nevada. Congratulations also to Ali Shakroun (BS'10), Miguel Orti

CBME and Bioengineering Students Prickett and Westbrook Bring Home Awards from Bartlesville

March 2011 Whitney Prickett, a masters student from Dallas studying Bioengineering at the University of Oklahoma, won first place in the poster session with 53 posters at the Annual Pentasectional American Chemical Society Meeting in Bartlesville on March 12 for her paper "Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Targeted to the Tumor Vasculature and Near Infrared Light Therapy for Breast Cancer Treatment." The paper was co-authored with Professors Roger Harrison and Daniel Resasco. Prickett received a $350 award. She is in the accelerated BS/MS program in Bioengineering. Harrison serves as her research advisor. Aaron Westbrook, a senior from Norman pursuing his bachelors degree from the School of Chemical, Biological and Mechanical Engineering, received an award of merit for his poster "Expanding the Traditional Definition of Naphthenic Acid Structures: Inclusion of Aromatic and Dicarboxylic Acid Functional Groups." Professor Mark Nanny co-authored the poster. In additi

Professor Focuses Biomedical Engineering Research, Education on Improving Cancer Diagnoses, Minimizing Radiation

From According to a top 100 careers rating by and, biomedical engineering ranked tenth out of the 100 top careers with an estimated 79 percent job growth forecasted for the next 10 years. These kinds of statistics look good for Hong Liu, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Oklahoma and endowed Charles and Jean Smith chair in biomedical engineering, who also holds the George Lynn Cross Research Professorship. With approximately 10 graduate students typically pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in electrical and computer engineering with an emphasis in biomedical engineering research, Liu is pleased to know his students are entering a growing field that has the potential to save lives. Liu focuses his current research on medical imaging technology to decrease radiation and generate earlier diagnosis in patients diagnosed with breast cancer, cervical cancer and leukemia. “Medical imaging research will help

Joint Effort Announced by Honors College and the College of Engineering

March 2011 Honors College e newsletter Beginning in August 2011, the Honors College and the College of Engineering will sponsor a new major effort to help engineering majors complete their Honors requirements by the time they graduate. The two colleges have agreed to jointly fund the new position of Honors Liaison in the College of Engineering, and Dr. Chris Dalton has been selected to fill this role. Dr. Dalton received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from OU in 2004, also having completed the Honors curriculum and graduating magna cum laude. He continued to complete his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees, both at OU, in 2007 and 2010 respectively. Currently, he is also an affiliate instructor with the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering as well as a project director for a National Science Foundation GK-12 program operating out of the Sooner Engineering Education Center. “I am very excited to begin this cooperation with the Honors College,” Dr. Dalton said. “Bei

Researcher Gives Hope to People with Hearing Loss

Published March 8, 2011 - New Technology Will Eliminate Social Stigma of Hearing Aids - Rong Gan, a biomedical researcher supported by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2005, is working on a totally implantable hearing system that would be unseen from the outer ear and restore hearing to those with moderate to severe hearing loss. She is in the final stages of development, but needs a company with existing products or distribution channels that reach the hearing impaired to take it to market. Three years ago, Rong Zhu Gan predicted her totally implantable hearing system (TIHS) would be fabricated, FDA approved, developed into a product and brought to market in 2012. With two years left, she’s already achieved the first two objectives, bringing her closer to her goal of giving the gift of sound to more people experiencing hearing loss. “Conventional hearing technology has advanced tremendou