Showing posts from June, 2011

SRT Update: Oklahoma Takes 2nd Place Overall in Fontana, Calif.

Date: June 27, 2011 From: Thomas Ingram, Sooner Racing Team Captain To: Sponsors, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and Friends of the Team Photo by Robert Story SRT Update: Oklahoma Takes 2nd Place Overall in Fontana, CA! The University of Oklahoma's Sooner Racing Team finished 2nd place overall at the Formula SAE - West competition in Fontana, Calif.! 61 Teams from 8 different countries showed up to Auto Club Speedway on June 15th to compete in the FSAE competition. After the static events on Thursday, SRT finished 4th place in Engineering Design, 13th in Business Sales Presentation and 19th in Cost. With a smooth first two days of competition, the team went on to the dynamic events on Friday. An unpredictable fuel issue left the car down on power for the acceleration run. Despite the lack of horsepower, we still achieved 10th place in acceleration. The team then went on to win the skidpad event! At the end of the day on Saturday, the team finished 6th place in the Autocross event

Sooners Help Clean Water in Bolivia

Alyssa Grimley/ The Daily Thursday, June 9, 2011 Six OU students, all members of Sooners Without Borders, and one OU staff member returned from a two-week engineering service trip to Potosi, Bolivia on June 2. The students, along with staff and students from St. Francis University in Pennsylvania, spent the trip constructing a limestone channel to treat contaminated river water in Potosi. Rachel Rogers, a member of the small group that made the trip to Bolivia, explained the work the group did while in the country. “We implemented a limestone channel outside of Potosi, Bolivia,” Rogers said. “Water flowing out of mines is contaminated with metals and this flows downstream and adversely affects crops and livestock. The limestone channel we are implementing is part of a larger project which will help filter out metals from the stream.” Despite the technical nature of the limestone filtration system, the work the OU team did was largely physical, Rogers said. “We physically put th