Showing posts from February, 2012

Students develop cancer technology

By Paighten Harkins Campus Reporter for OU Daily A group of OU researchers tucked away inside the Stephenson Research and Technology Center is developing new technologies to detect certain cancers at earlier stages. “We build toys,” team leader Hong Liu said. These toys are the equipment that Liu, chair of Biomedical Engineering and his team have developed to make cancer detection a more streamlined and efficient process. The researcher is focusing on phase-contrast imaging and how it can be used for earlier and less invasive treatment of breast cancer. Normal X-ray imaging relies on how much radiation objects absorb, according to the OU Biotechnology website. These differences create contrasting images. However, in phase contrast X-ray imaging, the X-ray beams collect information as they pass through the body. This creates a better picture because it picks up weakly absorbing areas as well and exposes patients to less radiation, according to the website. The current pro

College of Engineering adopts new name to reflect expanding program

Xiaoquan Wang, Campus Reporter Feb. 23, 2012; OU Daily Leaders within the School of Industrial Engineering are changing its name to better reflect the expanding skills of its students, according to officials. The school, part of the College of Engineering, is now the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Systems engineering focuses on complex projects over a span of time and involves coordination among many teams. “Today, systems are more complex and larger scale, and our graduates work in a very broad range of environments...,” Director Randa Shehab said. “Bringing the word systems into our school name better reflects our broad perspective on engineering problem solving.” OU graduates are working in fields from government agencies to health care companies to oil and gas manufacturing and processing, Shehab said. As part of the name change and new focus, the college has added courses to teach students more about decision making and critical thinking with systems, She

Early motivation leads to success in STEM

BY THOMAS LANDERS Published: February 22, 2012 Most engineers can recall when their interest in engineering was sparked at a young age. Some recall taking toys apart and rebuilding them. Others had a parent in the industry or an outstanding teacher or a camp or extracurricular activity that ignited a passion. But as economic growth becomes increasingly driven by the ability to generate ideas and translate them into innovative products and services, it becomes more apparent that all children should be prepared for a world immersed in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This is National Engineers Week, a time to celebrate the advancements in the field. It's also a time to encourage current and future generations to explore the career possibilities in engineering. Recent studies show the importance of engaging middle school students with STEM education as it prepares them for the high school courses necessary to pursue engineering in college. Simply ex

Pramode Verma discusses aleviation of poverty through technology

Read article from publication Vision Tulsa by Pramode Verma, director of OU-Tulsa's Telecommunications Engineering Program, in which he discusses alleviating poverty through technology.

James Sluss Jr.: Disruption helps advance technology, nation

By JAMES J. SLUSS JR. Published: 2/18/2012 Tulsa World This week, on engineering college campuses across the nation, we celebrate National Engineers Week - a celebration and observance of the positive impact engineers make on society through advancing technology. Our celebration offers a platform on which to reach out to and inform people of all ages about the rewarding profession of engineering. It also provides an opportunity to highlight the key role engineers play in leading technological innovation that is so vital to our knowledge-based economy. Today more than ever, as the United States strives to maintain its preeminence as the innovation hub of the world, we must challenge engineers to explore innovative and disruptive technology ideation - the process of conceiving new ideas. Technology advances at an ever-increasing pace, so it is important that today's students learn to think beyond incremental improvements and discover ideas that challenge the status quo. As

Engineering safer drinking water in Africa

February 6, 2012 Community outreach helps technology solve water problems in Africa In the United States and other developed countries, fluoride is often added to drinking water and toothpaste to help strengthen teeth. But too much naturally occurring fluoride can have exactly the opposite effect. Large amounts of fluoride can lead to dental fluorosis and skeletal fluorosis. "Dental fluorosis is a darkening or mottling of the teeth, and you can tell very easily when people smile, because their teeth will be dark and discolored," says Laura Brunson, environmental scientist at the University of Oklahoma (OU) in Norman, Okla. While dental fluorosis is not painful, it can have a dramatic effect on an individual's ability to get a job or find a spouse. "They may have a harder time finding some type of public service job. And there is sort of a social stigma attached to it, a poverty stigma," says Brunson. Skeletal fluorosis is much more debilitating. &

MacDonald to Lead Navajo Code Talkers

At the annual meeting of the Navajo Code Talkers held on Saturday, February 11, 2012 in Window Rock, Arizona, Peter MacDonald, Sr., 83, was elected to lead the Navajo Code Talkers Association and the Navajo Code Talkers Foundation. He assumes the duties of well-known Navajo Code Talker, Keith M. Little, who passed away on January 3, 2012. In accepting the position, MacDonald told his fellow comrades and their families, “I will do my best as your president. I am committed and dedicated to establishing the National Navajo Code Talkers Museum and Veterans Center…I need your help.” MacDonald, a World War II Veteran and a Navajo Code Talker, served in the U.S. Marine Corps, 6th Marine Division from 1944-46 in the South Pacific and North China. Upon his discharge, with a rank of Corporal in October 1946, he headed home to Teecnospos, Arizona. He graduated from Bacone High School, earned a Social Science degree from Bacone Junior College, and received an electrical engineering degree fro

Computer science graduate student, Susanna Rodriguez, to serve as course instructor for techJOYnt

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (PRWEB) February 10, 2012 Students at techJOYnT learn app development for Android platforms and iPhone. Students will be introduced to and learn graphics, game design, and the current uses of smart phone apps. Student will explore the possibilities that smart phone apps have in today’s society and possible future uses. The course instructors will be professionals and graduate level students in the fields of computer engineering and programming. Our instructors include Susanna Rodriguez , a graduate student seeking her Master's in Computer Science Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. This previous semester she was an intern developer for the EMMA iPad application project at the Center of Creation in Economic Wealth. Currently she is the Vice-President of the Society of Hispanics Professional Engineers and a coach for three BotBall teams. In both of these activities she promotes engineering, science and math to the Hispanic community. Our guest inst

David Sabatini receives Distinguished Alumna Award by the Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Association

2012 CEEAA Alumni Awards 02/08/2012 The Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Association is pleased to announce the 2012 recipients of its Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award and Young Alumnus/Alumna Achievement Award. The Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award recognizes professional accomplishments or unique contributions to society by alumni of the department. The Young Alumnus/Alumna Achievement Award recognizes a recent graduate who has achieved distinction in his or her field and reached a level of accomplishment significantly greater than that of other recent graduates. The honorees will be recognized at the CEE at Illinois Alumni Dinner in Chicago on March 14. The Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Association annually presents awards to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of CEE alumni. Nominations are accepted throughout the year. To nominate, please fill out and submit the appropriate form on the 2013 CEEAA Award page. For outstanding leadership and pio

Gollahalli named AIAA Fellow

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics recently announced that S.R. Gollahalli, AME professor, Lesch Centennial Chair and former AME director, was selected to become an AIAA Fellow in 2012. He will be honored at a Gala in Washington, DC later this year. This distinction, among the highest honors that can be bestowed upon an aerospace professional, places Gollahalli in a small and elite group of aerospace professionals throughout the world selected for their notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics and astronautics. “Sub Gollahalli is a wonderful ambassador for the engineering profession and the OU College of Engineering. His technical expertise in the field of combustion is vital to aerospace propulsion systems. He led the School of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering during a very important period of research, teaching and technology innovation. His students are in many technical and managerial leadership positions a

Students from Sequoyah Schools visit OU College of Engineering

By Caitlin Schudalla The Norman Transcript NORMAN — Native American high school students from Tahlequah’s boarding school, Sequoyah Schools, visited the University of Oklahoma campus yesterday as part of a special recruitment program sponsored and organized by Sooner Engineering Education Center (SEED). In partnership with the Cherokee Nation and other Native American nations in Oklahoma, SEED and the OU College of Engineering brought 26 students and 5 teachers to campus yesterday to give these students special insight into the classwork, facilities, and overall day-to-day experience of college students pursuing engineering and science degrees. Helping with the event were several OU students who are members of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, who acted as mentors and provided students with firsthand perspective. “High school students usually have little to no idea what the academic side of college is like,” said SEED Center Director Dr. Mark Nanny. “Today’