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Excellent! 10 OU Engineering Students Receive Dissertation Awards

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Ten students from the Gallogly College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma were selected to receive this semester’s Engineering Dissertation Award, a $5,000 award created to encourage doctoral students to graduate with excellence. The award helps scholars who are near completion of their Ph.D., says Zahed Siddique, the college’s associate dean for research who heads the committee.  Established in 2018, the Engineering Dissertation Award is made possible by the Thomas Ira Brown, Jr. Endowed Scholarship. Brown (1926-2016) created a new market for electronic control of industrial gas turbines. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electric engineering from OU in 1950. Spring 2022 recipients are: Brandon Abbott,  School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering Recommended by Keisha Walters, Professor, University of Arkansas Dissertation Topic: Synthesis of Polymer-Inorganic Nanocomposites with Well-Defined Structures and Chemistries for Water Remediation Efforts In his words:

OU Engineering, Earth and Energy Colleges Announce Industry and Government Day

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A new event to encourage networking and community building among researchers in engineering and energy sectors will be held April 28-29 at the University of Oklahoma. The inaugural Industry and Government Day, hosted by the Gallogly College of Engineering and Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy at OU, will be held at the Thurman J. White Forum Building, 1704 Asp Ave., starting at 8 a.m.  “The University of Oklahoma has a long history of working and collaborating with various engineering and energy sectors such as aerospace, defense, electronics, environmental, infrastructure, biomedical, software and many others,” said Sridhar Radhakrishnan, Ph.D., interim associate dean for partnerships for the Gallogly College of Engineering. “This inaugural event will enable networking and community building among researchers and practitioners. Our hope is that through these new connections, organizations can leverage the engineering and energy knowledge available at OU to improve or create new pr

$11.3 Million Federal Grant Establishes New Center for Cancer Research at OU

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Left to right: Stefan Wilhelm, Han Yuan, Bin Zheng, Hong Liu, Yuchen Qiu The University of Oklahoma has received funding from the National Institutes of Health to establish the Oklahoma Center of Medical Imaging for Translational Cancer Research, a collaboration between the Gallogly College of Engineering on the OU Norman campus and OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center in Oklahoma City. “Great scientific advancements are best achieved through multidisciplinary collaboration, which is exactly what will be accomplished at the Oklahoma Center of Medical Imaging for Translational Cancer Research,” said OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. “This exciting effort unites some of the brightest minds from across two of our campuses, who will combine their expertise to develop life-changing solutions. Their work is a prime example of how OU researchers are reaching beyond traditional boundaries to spark new discoveries with real-world impacts.” The award from the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence

Engage! 9 High School Students Win OU Engineering Scholarships at Open House

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Unpredictable weather couldn’t stop Oklahoma high school students from learning about engineering principles and concepts at the Gallogly College of Engineering’s 110th Engineering Open House on March 4.  More than 300 high school students attended the event that helped students explore engineering concepts with their teachers before even enrolling in college, says Dalton Brasington, coordinator of engineering outreach and recruitment. “This year, student teams designed, prototyped and tested a device in advance and then brought their best-performing product to campus to compete against other teams,” he said. Each Engineering Design Challenge winner received an OU Engineering scholarship. They are: Egg Drop : Layne Spaulding and Josiah Medina (Mid-America Technology Center); Design, Build, Fly Glide r: Josue Chapa (Great Plains Technology Center); Model Bridge : Abigail Allison and Samantha Groves (Bridge Creek High School; and Recycling Sorter : Caleaha Sparks, Eren Tecimer, Evan Shep

Represent! OU School of Computer Science Attends Artificial Intelligence Conference

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Day in and day out, faculty in the Gallogly College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma create research opportunities for their students. Dimitris Diochnos ( photo, on left ), an assistant professor in the OU School of Computer Science, has helped a student do just that. In February, “Wind Prediction under Random Data Corruption” was showcased during the Conference on Artificial Intelligence (known as AAAI-22) sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. Over 40,000 researchers, practitioners, scientists and engineers took part in the virtual event Feb. 22-March 1. The paper was co-authored by Diochnos’ former student Conner Flansburg ( photo, on right ) whose work was initially supported by the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program funded by the National Science Foundation.  "In this work, Mr. Flansburg showed experimentally that L1-regularization can be an effective defense mechanism for machine learning models that are used for

OU Biomedical Engineering Student Receives NIH Award to Research Imaging of Pancreatic Cancer

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A University of Oklahoma engineering student has received the rare honor of being awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health.  Bill MacCuaig, a doctoral student in the Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering in the Gallogly College of Engineering, has been recognized for a technique that may help improve the detection of pancreatic cancer, a particularly aggressive disease in which only one in 10 people diagnosed live beyond five years.  “The NIH award allows promising doctoral students like Mr. MacCuaig the opportunity to develop into productive, independent scientists. External awards like this will provide him with funding support, as well as give him career-enhancing recognition,” said John Klier, Ph.D., dean of the Gallogly College of Engineering. “His work could make a notable and valuable contribution to the field of pancreatic cancer research. We’re very prou

OU's Muraleetharan to be Celebrated by Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence

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K. K. “Muralee” Muraleetharan, in the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science, has been recognized for outstanding research university teaching by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.  “Oklahomans know that education is the best investment we can make for our future,” said Elizabeth Inbody, executive director of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, a nonprofit that recognizes and encourages academic excellence in the state’s public schools. “By honoring these exceptional educators, we are sending a message that we value excellence in public schools and the professionals who have given so much of themselves to enrich the lives of our children.” Muraleetharan is one of five educators who will be honored at the foundation’s 36th Academic Awards Celebration on May 21 at the Omni Oklahoma City Hotel. Muraleetharan, a David Ross Boyd and Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma, has developed a five-part approach over his 28-year teaching career that seeks to