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OU President David L. Boren Announces $30 Million in Gifts to Benefit OU Students in Engineering and Related Fields

President Boren announces historic $30 million in gifts to the College of Engineering University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren today announced more than $30 million in new resources to benefit OU students in engineering and related fields on the Norman campus, including construction of a new academic building in the Engineering Quadrangle, creation of a School of Biomedical Engineering, establishment of 12 new endowed positions and formation of a $3.5 million endowment for graduate fellowships. The resources are being made possible through major gifts from Jim Gallogly of Houston and Peggy and Charles Stephenson of Tulsa. A New Academic Building In addition to serving the full College of Engineering community, the new academic building to be constructed will house the new School of Biomedical Engineering, which will integrate engineering and medicine and will further develop three areas of existing strength in the College of Engineering: biomedical imaging, nanomedicine

OU Engineering Researcher Reshapes Military Communications

Jessica Ruyle, electrical and computer engineering professor in the University of Oklahoma College of Engineering, is improving communication abilities for soldiers in the field by literally reshaping how they transmit communications. With a nearly $500,000 grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Ruyle will design and develop a thin, flat antenna that can be placed conformably on anything from vehicles to uniforms – making the antennas both less conspicuous and more rugged for field use. “The design is similar to a sticker that is flexible and can conform to a variety of surfaces and shapes,” Ruyle explained. “What makes it radical is that it is a completely different antenna than what is currently being used in our nation’s defense.” Invented in the late 1800s, whip antennae have been a staple in military communications. Inexpensive production cost and easy installation has kept the metal antenna in military use for more than 80 years wi

Texas Instruments Names Patrice Tompkins-Everidge Vice President

DALLAS (March 4, 2015) – Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) today announced that Patrice Tompkins-Everidge has been elected vice president of the company. Tompkins-Everidge serves as worldwide Environmental Safety and Health (ESH) director and is responsible for ensuring the safety and health of TIers working in over 250 sites worldwide while also ensuring that TI complies with environmental laws in the countries in which it does business. Tompkins-Everidge joined TI in 1997 as an ESH manager for TI’s non-manufacturing sites. She has since held a number of positions within ESH, including worldwide facilities project engineer and ESH manager for TI’s DMOS5 manufacturing facility. Tompkins-Everidge most recently served as worldwide ESH risk & compliance manager. Tompkins-Everidge earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from The University of Oklahoma. About Texas Instruments Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company t

Civil Engineering and Meteorology Student Ben Toms Named Goldwater Scholar

University of Oklahoma honors student Ben Toms had been named one of two 2015 Goldwater Scholars, placing OU in the top ranks of universities nationally with 48 Goldwater Scholars since the competition began in 1991. The prestigious scholarships are awarded on the basis of potential and intent to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering. “The University is extremely proud of Brandon Curd and Ben Toms,” said OU President David L. Boren. “They are continuing OU’s winning tradition nationally in the competition for Goldwater Scholars.” Toms, a junior from Aurora, Colorado, maintains a 4.0 grade-point average and is pursuing degrees in civil engineering and meteorology. He has extensive research experience, including a project detecting black ice on Oklahoma roads with Jeffrey Basara, OU associate professor of meteorology and director of research for the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, and Yang Hong, professor of civil engineering and environmental s

OU-Tulsa Telecommunications Professor Honored with National Award

--> The Information and Telecommunications Education and Research Association   (ITERA) honored Pramode Verma, Ph.D., Director of Telecommunications Engineering at   the University of Oklahoma – Tulsa, with its 2015 Distinguished Service Award for lifetime contributions to education and research. Dr. Verma received the award at ITERA’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., on March 28.  ITERA is a non-profit academic association representing colleges and universities with degree programs focused on telecommunications, networking, information and computer science.   “ITERA is excited to recognize Dr. Verma,” said Michael Bowman, Ph.D., Chairman of the ITERA Board of Directors. “For more than 40 years, he’s made significant contributions to the telecommunications industry and the education of young women and men in the U.S. and Canada. We’re especially happy to acknowledge and commemorate his service with this award.” “I’m deeply honored to be recognized by colleagues wh