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Study Finds U.S. Future Floods Becoming More Frequent, Wider Spread, Yet Less Seasonal

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Floods in 2022 have set records, and new research suggests that could become the norm. Summer 2022 has been an unprecedented one with five “1-in-1,000-year” floods experienced across the U.S.: St. Louis on July 26, Eastern Kentucky on July 28, Southeast Illinois on Aug. 1, Death Valley on Aug. 5 and Dallas on Aug. 22.  “The intense rainfall combined with conducive land surface conditions, known as impervious surfaces, have caused flash floods and widespread inundation in cities,” said Yang Hong, Ph.D., professor of hydrology and remote sensing in the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science in the Gallogly College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. “The continued warming climate and aging water infrastructure will exacerbate flood risks.” Hong is leading a research team with Zhi Li, Ph.D., and Jonathan Gourley, Ph.D., research hydrometeorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Severe Storms Laboratory. Their latest study,

Department of Energy Funds OU Study That May Reduce Greenhouse Gas

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Funded by the Department of Energy, a theoretical study led by Bin Wang, associate professor in the School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering in the Gallogly College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma, is modeling how carbon dioxide could be combined with ethylene, the most common industrial chemical, to make acrylic acid, a common component of many household industrial products. Acrylic acid is used to make disposable diapers, clothing, plastics, and many other consumer applications. It is currently produced by oxidation of propene, a gaseous product of oil refineries. “If you can replace propene and find alternate ways to make acrylic acid using CO2 as feedstock, there are two advantages,” said Wang. “It provides an opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas and make CO2 more valuable.” Researchers have been investigating this alternate approach for more than four decades to try to find a more durable solution to making acrylic acid. “Over the last 40 years, homoge

OU, Phillips 66 Collaboration Earns OU Engineer International Honor

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The American Chemical Society honored University of Oklahoma engineering professor Daniel Resasco, Ph.D., with the Exceptional Achievements in Catalysis award at a special symposium of the Catalysis Division during its Fall 2022 national meeting in Chicago.  Resasco was recognized for advancing solutions for a lower-carbon future working closely with researchers at Phillips 66. Walter Alvarez, Ph.D., principal scientist at the Phillips 66 Research Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, led the nomination effort. “The catalysis group at the University of Oklahoma and researchers at Phillips 66 have a long-term research collaboration focused on the development of an in-depth understanding of the chemical reactions of interest in the production of fuels,” Alvarez said.  The collaboration covers a wide range of interconnected areas such as the analysis of the molecular structure of the reactants, detailed catalyst design and catalyst characterization, reaction kinetics and processes optimizatio

OU Engineering Welcomes 23 New Faculty for 2022-23

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The Gallogly College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma has added 23 new faculty to its schools, laboratories and centers for the 2022-23 school year.   They bring expertise across a broad range of fields critical to the 21st century and will provide the best possible educational experience for students through excellence in teaching, research and creative activity.  Vivek Bajpai, M.D., Ph.D., School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering Before joining OU, Vivek Bajpai was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Chemical and Systems Biology at Stanford Medicine. With a focus on stem cell reprogramming for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, he holds a bachelor of medicine and a bachelor of surgery from Maharani Laxmi Bai Medical College in India. He earned a master’s degree in biological sciences and bioengineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a doctorate in chemical and biological engineering from the University at Buffalo, St

GCOE Selects Inaugural Engineering Pathways Faculty

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The Engineering Pathways Program in the Gallogly College of Engineering at OU is creating new opportunities for engineering students starting this fall. Eight world-class faculty who are experts in engineering education and in technical areas of engineering research have been hired to provide student academic education and support. The faculty were hired to help address Oklahoma's growing need for engineers.  Serving as program director is Susan Walden, Ph.D. , an American Society for Engineering Education Fellow. New faculty members will be housed in the  McCasland Foundation Engineering Pathways Hub  in historic Felgar Hall. They are: Tierney Harvey, Ph.D., EP Assistant Professor Harvey earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in civil and environmental engineering focusing on hydrology and fluid dynamics from Duke University. Before joining OU, she was an instructor and first-year engineering coordinator in the Engineering a

Computer Science Scholars Give Back to Tribal Nations

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The University of Oklahoma announced nine recipients of the Computer Science Indigenous Community of Learners United to Develop, Excel and Succeed  (CS INCLUDES) scholarship. The program is focused on students majoring in computer science at OU. Funded by a nearly $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the project will support at least 24 full-time scholars with demonstrated financial need and a commitment to giving back to Tribal Nations.  Now each in their first semester at OU, the 2022 scholars are: Jacob Amberg, of Owasso, Oklahoma Jax Breedlove-Donlon, of Norman, Oklahoma Ava Feierabend, of Norman, Oklahoma Richard Luevano, of Idabel, Oklahoma Jesse Newby, of Owasso, Oklahoma Barrett Ray, of Sapulpa, Oklahoma Shiloh Sells, of Owasso, Oklahma Jacob Tedder, of Antlers, Oklahoma Keith Thompson, of Moore, Oklahoma  The scholarship will provide up to $10,000 per year for up to four years. Additionally, CS INCLUDES provides mentorship support from Indigenous and comput

Growing OU's Engineering Pathways Program

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Launched with support from the State of Oklahoma in 2021, the Engineering Pathways Program plays a major role in meeting the Gallogly College of Engineering’s strategic goal to grow enrollment and degree completion. The college’s approach has many aspects and is based on evidence-based practices and research in engineering education, says Randa Shehab, the college’s senior associate dean for academic affairs and faculty development. “We realize that to grow participation in engineering among college-going students we have to develop excitement and motivation about engineering, as well as create programs that support them during their academic experience,” Shehab said. Engineering Pathways is creating that excitement through several programs while enhancing and growing programs to support students during their academic journey. “At universities across the nation, it is expected that first-year students enroll in calculus as their first math class. This just isn’t the reality for many of

Reimagining Education: Engineering Pathways Program Launches

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The Gallogly College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma has launched an innovative new program to help address Oklahoma’s growing need for engineers. Starting this fall, the Engineering Pathways Program combines high-quality teaching with student-centered learning in historic Felgar Hall. Plans for the facility are twofold. Now operational, the  McCasland Foundation Engineering Pathways Hub on the first floor focuses on teaching students and provides modern facilities for collaboration. The hub accommodates faculty who are experts in engineering education or dedicated to improving learning experiences for engineering students.  Susan Walden serves as the program’s executive director.  “The new Engineering Pathways faculty will add energy and new ideas, teaching excellence and student mentorship to the program and will provide essential support to grow our engineering student body,” said Walden, an American Society for Engineering Education Fellow.  This summer, eight faculty

In Memoriam: August 2019 to July 2022

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Allan W. Neustadt View obituary Mr. Allan W. Neustadt, 93, of Dallas, Texas, and Colorado Springs, Colorado, passed away July 9, 2022, at his Dallas home. He was born Nov. 11, 1928, in Ardmore, Oklahoma, to pioneer oilman and philanthropist Walter Neustadt Sr. and Doris Westheimer Neustadt. He grew up in Ardmore and later graduated from Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania, before attending the University of Oklahoma to study petroleum engineering. He received his bachelor's and master's degree from OU and went on to work at Westheimer-Neustadt Corporation, where he served as vice president of engineering. After serving as vice president, he was named president of Pilgrim Drilling Company, and later became a partner in Neustadt Land and Development Company. In 1968, he married the love of his life, Marilyn Leaman. They were married 44 years until she passed away in 2013.  Col. Harold L. Beasley View obituary Col. Harold L. Beasley, retired U.S. Air Force, of Murfreesboro, Tenne

Teaching Teachers: NSF Funds Summer Program at OU Engineering

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For Mark Nanny, a professor in the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of Oklahoma, it’s all about putting teachers in the driver’s seat.  This summer is no different. Nine K-14 teachers from Oklahoma’s rural communities are participating in OU Research Experiences for Teachers in Engineering and Computer Science, which is funded by the National Science Foundation. The program backs summer research experiences that help nurture long-term relationships between the state’s school districts, community colleges, industry partners and universities.  This year’s program focuses on renewable energy. From studying materials for energy-producing structures like wind turbines to learning about sustainable material innovation that uses 3D printing technology, teachers spend six weeks on OU’s campus embedded in engineering research labs.  Nanny emphasizes the goal is for K-14 teachers to have a “real” research experience.  “We, along with the NSF, want teachers

OU's Venkatesan Turns the Page: Honored by 4 Noted Organizations

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Over the years, Thirumalai “Venky” Venkatesan, a University of Oklahoma professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering , has received many prestigious honors and awards for his achievements in advanced technology innovation.  This year, Venkatesan has received four such honors.  On June 24, Venkatesan traveled to London for an invocation ceremony where he was inducted as a Royal Society Fellow . The distinguished group comprises 1,700 Fellows and Foreign Members, including 85 Nobel Laureates who were all selected for exceptional contributions to science. Venkatesan joins the ranks of Stephen Hawking, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Dorothy Hodgkin.  "The ceremony was a 1 1/2-day event and will forever remain in my memory as very special," Venkatesan said. "I signed the same book as Michael Faraday and Isaac Newton, two of my heroes!" he added.  Top photo, Venkatesan with the Royal Society's charter book that was created in 1663.

OU's Kianoosh Hatami Elected American Society of Civil Engineers Fellow

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Kianoosh Hatami, a professor in the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science in the Gallogly College of Engineering, has been elected to fellow status by the American Society of Civil Engineers, an honor held by only 3% of ASCE members.  Hatami , a President’s Associates Presidential Professor, joined the University of Oklahoma in 2004. A well-known scholar in geosynthetics and soil reinforcement, he has five U.S. and international patents and more than 135 peer-reviewed technical publications. He has received numerous academic achievement awards from OU. In addition to being an ASCE Fellow, Hatami has been recognized by organizations that include McMaster University and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Southern Plains Transportation Center, Oklahoma Transportation Center and Oklahoma Department of Transportation. He has received industry support from many global manufacturers in geosynthetics and

OU Industrial and Systems Engineer Kash Barker Named Fulbright Scholar

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Kash Barker, Ph.D., a David L. Boren Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the Gallogly College of Engineering, has been selected to receive a Fulbright U.S. Scholar fellowship for the 2022-2023 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Barker and William Frick, Ph.D., in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, are among approximately 800 U.S. scholars, artists and professionals selected for the honor. As Fulbright scholars, they will receive a grant to conduct research or teach abroad for the next academic year and will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to challenges facing communities and the world. Barker was selected for the Fulbright Finland Foundation’s Seeking Solutions for Global Challenges program. He will spend five months at Aalto University in Finland working with Ahti Salo, a leader in decision analysis, to research how to more effectively make relocation decisions

OU Environmental Engineering Students Recognized at ASRS Meeting

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Two current members of the Center for Restoration of Ecosystems and Watersheds (CREW) have received top honors from the American Society of Reclamation Sciences (ASRS), an international society focusing on land reclamation and the protection and enhancement of soil and water resources.  OU doctoral student Nick Shepherd received first place in the ASRS Best Student Oral Presentation. A CREW member, Shepherd conducts research on watershed biogeochemistry and ecological engineering. His studies revolve around mine drainage at the Tar Creek Superfund Site ranging from the physical and chemical characterization of mine drainage to the biological impacts on receiving aquatic ecosystems.  OU doctoral student M’Kenzie Dorman was awarded second place in the ASRS Best Student Oral Presentation. Her research focuses on the passive treatment of acid mine drainage to create more sustainable treatment processes that limit the footprint and resources required to properly treat mine drainage. Her int

Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science and Technology Selects Funding Recipients

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Four interdisciplinary biomedical research projects have been selected for funding through the 2022 IBEST-OUHSC Cross-Campus Program, a co-funding mechanism created to facilitate the development of multidisciplinary teams of OU Norman and OU Health Sciences Center faculty to compete for external funding on significant cross-disciplinary healthcare research topics.  The  Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science and Technology in the  Gallogly College of Engineering spans research and education activities in bioscience and biomedical engineering on the Norman and Oklahoma City campuses. The four teams are: Project 1:   A pilot bedside-to-bench study, employing a pre-clinical localized ablative immunotherapy-based combination approach to modulate biomarkers of immunotherapy resistance identified in metastatic melanoma patients treated with immune checkpoint inhibitors.  Led by Abdul Rafeh Naqash, OU Health Sciences Center,  and Wei Chen , Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering