Showing posts from August, 2011

Mistree Honored By ASME For Furthering Engineering Design Education

From: NEW YORK, Aug. 15, 2011 – Farrokh Mistree, Ph.D., a resident of Purcell, Okla., and professor at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, will be honored by ASME. He is being recognized for lifelong dedication and numerous contributions to the engineering design community, particularly for instilling a passion for design in generations of students as an inspirational advisor and mentor. He will receive the Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Design Educator Award. The award, established in 1998, recognizes a person who exemplifies the best in furthering engineering design education through vision, interactions with students and industry, scholarship and impact on the next generation of engineers, and a person whose action serves as a role model for other educators to emulate. It will be presented to Dr. Mistree during the International Design Engineering Technical Conference to be

University of Oklahoma engineering teams have successful summer

Engineering competition teams from the University of Oklahoma had successful showings at regional and national competitions this summer. BY DARLA SLIPKE Oklahoman Published: August 25, 2011 NORMAN — Thomas Ingram and other members of the University of Oklahoma's Sooner Racing Team scrambled to fix their car. They had just finished the first of four runs during an acceleration test at the Formula SAE-West competition in Fontana, Calif. It was obvious the car's engine wasn't running at peak performance, said Ingram, the team's captain. Students had about an hour to diagnose the problem, solve it and make their last three runs. Turns out, the fuel filter wasn't working properly, which caused problems with one of the fuel injectors. Despite the glitch, the team finished 10th in the event and second overall at the competition. Judges evaluated students on their performance in several areas, including endurance and cost analysis. Suc

OU College of Enginering Hosts Open House of Practice Facility

The University of Oklahoma College of Engineering is hosting an Open House of the ExxonMobil Lawrence G. Rawl Engineering Practice Facility from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3 from 3 to 6 p.m. Come meet members of our competitive teams including the Sooner Racing Team; Concrete Canoe; Design, Build, Fly; and Sooner Powered Vehicle to name a few. The Practice Facility is located at the corner of Felgar Street and Jenkins Avenue. We look forward to seeing you there. Visit us on the Web:

School of Dreams Academy Robotics Team Named International Rookie of the Year

Written by Deborah Fox/News-Bulletin Photo courtesy of Rita Garcia July 23, 2011 School of Dreams Academy's state Botball champions competed in the 2011 International Botball tournament and Global Conference on Educational Robotics July 12 in Garden Grove, Calif. Photo courtesy of Rita Garcia: The School of Dreams Academy state champion Botball team visits the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology during their stay in California for the 2011 International Botball Tournament. Pictured, from left, are Danielle Garcia, Chloe Grubb and Abel Romero, who are checking themselves out on the video screen of an infrared heat-sensing camera. They won the judge's Rookie of the Year award. Not bad when you consider the competitors they were up against. In the students' first year in Botball, they took the state by surprise when they won overall first place in Las Cruces in April. Now they are recognized as Rookie of the Year internation

Money Majors

Some degree paths offer better employment opportunities than others. PAUL FAIRCHILD When children are young, parents tell them that they can do anything they want to when they grow up, as long as they do the best job they can do. When those children land in college, parents change their tunes. Kids have learned to do the best they can do. Now it’s about having the best job they can have. Getting that job makes living in the jungle – that place graduates reach on the other side of the stage after picking up their diplomas – a lot easier. Only 10 percent of students are employed immediately following graduation. Roughly 75 percent are employed within six months of leaving school. Those numbers could be better if students had the right degrees. Experts from three of Oklahoma’s top universities know what those degrees are. The common quality these degrees share is the placement of graduates in positions and fields that are in demand. Engineers design, make and manage compl

OU Men's Gymnastics Season in Review

Greg Fewell/The Daily Monday, May 9, 2011 Senior Stephen Legendre performs his floor routine in a meet this season. Legendre won the prestigious Nissen-Emery Award, presented annually to the nation’s top senior gymnast. (Ty Russell/OU Athletic Department) The Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team has steadily become one of the top programs in the nation. With three NCAA titles already under its belt, the program was already one of the elites in the nation when current head coach Mark Williams took over in 2000. Since then, however, Williams has taken the program to the next level. In his 12 seasons at Oklahoma, Williams has led the men’s gymnastics program to five national titles — 2002, '03, '05, '06 and '08. On top of that, the men now have four national runner-up finishes. The numbers alone speak volumes about the program. The Sooners are now a gaudy 270-25 under Williams with 17 individual national champions, 103 All-America honors, eight conference titles and

Project Helps Earn Teen Eagle Scout Status

July 16, 2011 By Jocelyn Pedersen The Norman Transcript NORMAN — Slaughterville’s Anthony Strevett recently earned his Eagle Scout award. The son of Keith and Stacy Strevett of Slaughterville, who will turn 15 this month, has been a member of the Boy Scouts of America for about four years. He said most scouts don’t make Eagle until they are over 16 years old, but he didn’t want to wait. “I didn’t want to rush at the last minute to make Eagle,” Strevett said. “I wanted to get my Eagle long before that so I could do it well.” Eagle Scout is the highest rank in scouting. Strevett said earning Eagle is a chance to experience leadership. Part of the qualifying process requires that the scout completes a community service project that they take on themselves. Strevett’s project was to survey Turnbull Cemetery in Atoka, which is a Choctaw Indian cemetery. He said he went around and surveyed head and footstones, came home and geo-referenced them in degrees, minutes and sec