The Sooner Off-Road team competed in SAE Baja, an international vehicle design competition held by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The team competed against more than 100 teams from around the world to design and create an off-road vehicle accepted for manufacture by a fictitious firm. The project simulated a real-world engineering design project that involved planning, designing, manufacturing, testing, generating financial support, and working with team members who have diverse academic backgrounds.

The 2016-2017 team finished 36th place overall out of 110 teams at the 2017 Kansas competition, which is two consecutive years of double-digit improvement in final placement.  The team achieved a personal best performance in the suspension event, finishing in 6th place, and dramatic improvements in both the acceleration (30th place) and maneuverability (30th )place) events.  The team successfully finished the four-hour endurance race for the second consecutive year.

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Front Row, L to R: Ryan Hill, Kelsey Chofey, Zac Watkins, Haley Ricks Back Row, L to R: Bryson Simer, Richard Perry, Chris Bilings, Dr. Chris Dalton, Bradley Alex, Evan Stone (captain), Matt Muhlinghause, Mr. Jimmy Cannon

 

AT&T hosted the Sooner Rover Team at their offices in Dallas, TX on April 21, 2017. AME Board Member and AT&T Assistant VP of Technology Monica Browning Mitchell invited the team to tour the operations and labs in Plano, TX and to have lunch at the AT&T headquarters.

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The team had lunch with CEO Randall Stephenson, Chief Strategy Officer John Donovan and President of Technology Development Melissa Arnoldi.

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Back Row: Robert Kunkel, Brent Wolf, Randall Stephenson (CEO ATT), Dane Scholen, Bill Doyle, Aaron Condreay, Alex Borgerding, Ashley Findley Front Row: John Donovan (ATT Chief Strategy Officer), Zachary Zurkowski, Cory Laxton, Oskar Paredes, Jacob Jordan, Melissa Arnoldi (ATT President, Technology Dev), David Miller

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After lunch, the Sooner Rover Team traveled to Plano to explore the social media operations center and labs. The lab makes use of 3D printing and some forward-thinking engineering skills.

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The Design Build Fly Crimson Skies team finished sixth out of 95 teams at the AIAA DBF competition in Tuscon, Arizona this year! The team finished all missions and received many compliments from judges and competitors on the novelty of their inflatable fabric wing.

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SpaceX, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Textron, and Northrop Grumman were just a few of the companies on-site recruiting.   A SpaceX recovery systems employee was particularly interested in our inflatable wing and came by our work tent several times to chat with students.

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According to the DBF rules, Student teams had to design, fabricate, and demonstrate the flight capabilities of an unmanned, electric powered, radio controlled aircraft that could best meet the specified mission profile. The goal was to have a balanced design possessing well-demonstrated flight handling qualities and practical and affordable manufacturing requirements while providing a high vehicle performance.

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The objective for this year’s competition was to design a tube-launched UAV. The UAV must fit complete inside the launch tube, which also acts as the UAV handling and storage container. The launch tube must protect the UAV from damage during normal handling and storage. Upon removal of the UAV from the launch tube, all folded or stowed surfaces or features must move into the flight condition. Teams had to design a UAV and launch tube that minimizes system weight while maximizing speed, range, endurance and payload capacity.

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DBF Crimson Skies tested multiple designs before creating the successful “Batwing II,” which is the given name of their winning aircraft.

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On April 19, 2017, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) OU section elected their new officers for the 2017-2018 school year. Many of the busy mechanical and aerospace engineering members of ASME took time out of their schedules to participate in the election. There was a great variety of candidates who ran for positions and participated in many positive discussions. With great ambitions for growing the OU section next year, the candidates shared their ideas during the elections. After elections were completed, they immediately convened for a brief introductory meeting.  OU ASME recently spent a great amount of effort over the past academic year to foster greater engagement and a higher involvement on campus.  The new officers seek to heighten the presence of ASME both on a school and college level and hope to do more for its members. The new officer group hit the ground running with continuing events, including a tech talk with Chevron and joint study night with OU American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

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Sam Tran Secretary (junior), Angel Szymanski Records Chair (freshman), Josh Scherrer Competitions Chair (junior), Clayton Smith Vice-Chair (junior, returning officer) , Janella Clary Chair (junior, returning officer), Shihui Liu Company Outreach Chair (sophomore), Aubrey Carr Engagement Chair (sophomore), Emily Sharp Treasurer (junior).

 


Written by: Clayton Smith, OU ASME Vice-Chair (2016-2017)

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Two AME undergraduate students received prestigious American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) awards. Clayton Smith, junior in mechanical engineering, received the 2017 Tom J. Love Award. This is an outstanding student member award given to the most active student member of ASME at the University of Oklahoma. Clayton served as the president of ASME OU chapter in the 2016-2017 academic year. He has led multiple ASME events and has significantly increased membership for this student group.

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Devin Laurence, junior in mechanical engineering, received the ASME Central Oklahoma Section Undergraduate Scholarship of $500. Devin served as the vice president of engagement of ASME OU chapter. He is currently working with AME faculty, Dr. Chung-Hao Lee, to pursue his accelerated master’s degree. He plans to continue his doctoral study after graduation.

Please join AME in congratulating these students!

 

aiaa-asme-ame-symposium-2017AME faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students attended the 37th Oklahoma AIAA/ASME Symposium at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 15, 2017. AME students contributed 15 technical presentations to the symposium. AME faculty, Drs. Chung-Hao Lee and Yingtao Liu, served as session chairs and led technical discussions in their session.

The Oklahoma AIAA/ASME Symposium is an annual student conference in the State of Oklahoma. Students majoring in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, and University of Tulsa present their research at this conference. This is a prestigious opportunity for OU AME students to publicize their research and prepare for their academic / industrial careers.

 

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The inaugural OU Giving Day was February 28, 2017. It was a 24-hour online fundraiser for scholarships to give everyone the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of OU students.

The funds raised on OU Giving Day go directly to the Gallogly College of Engineering unrestricted scholarship fund. Scholarships through this fund will be awarded to undergraduates and graduate students in any of the College’s seven schools of any major and awarded in 2017.

Gallogly College swept 2 of the 3 University competitions and will receive an additional $2,000, bringing the OU Giving Day total to $30,386! This means that 30 students will receive a scholarship this fall, and YOU made that possible.

1st Place: Most New Donors, with 138. 62% of those that gave to GCoE made their first gift!

1st Place: Most Dollars Raised

Each department within Gallogly College competed to raise the most money and the results are in!

1st Place – Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering 

2nd Place – Computer Science 

3rd Place – Industrial and Systems Engineering

Our very own Director Altan donated and even made a video to encourage others to participate.

Thank you to everyone who donated!

At the Max Westheimer Airport on April 11, 2017, The Norman Chamber of Commerce Aviation/Transportation Committee hosted OU Aerospace Engineering Seniors Kevin Murray and Seth Eilerts of the OU Crimson Skies Design, Build, Fly (DBF) competition team. Also in attendance was Dr. Thomas Hays – the faculty advisor the DBF team who made a special appeal to the committee to involve the University in its conversations around UAVs.

Murray and Eilerts presented to the committee, airport staff and OU faculty their design and plans for the upcoming competition in Tucson, AZ and engaged in a discussion about UAVs (also popularly referred to as “drones”) in the local area. The staff of the Max Westheimer Airport (KOUN) commented on the popularity of drones in airspace across America and the FAA’s efforts to regulate their use. The airport staff further alluded to one recent incident that saw a small recreational unmanned vehicle crashing unexpectedly onto a runway – at the time of comment, the owner had not been identified. Murray and Eilerts detailed DBF’s approach to design, construction and testing of this and previous year’s aircrafts, while reminding all in attendance of their safety record and willingness to be a part of the greater conversation in Norman concerning UAV usage.

They reported this year’s design is being “lightweight and portable” as it folds into a tube for transportation and must be flight ready after removal without the use of tools. The presenters went into detail on how the design was optimized, multiple builds were implemented and tested, and furthermore predicted a favorable outcome at this year’s competition. The committee members wished the team well and reminded them of their support for the team’s endeavors.

This year’s AIAA DBF Flyoff Competition will be held in Tucson, AZ from April 20 – 23. The OU team will set off next week for a road trip to the venue. Follow the OU School of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering Facebook Page for updates from the team at competition. This year’s team is following last year’s 5th place overall from 80 teams from across the world including the University of Texas, Georgia Institute of Technology, Cornell University, University of Southern California, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cairo University, Johns Hopkins University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and many more[1].

Story & Photos By: Jawanza Bassue (M.S. Aerospace Engineering, May 2017)

[1] https://blogs.ou.edu/ame/2016/04/20/crimson-skies-places-5th-at-aiaa-dbf-competition/

Salma Mahzoon, one of our amazing AME graduate students, won 3rd place at the OU-OUHSC Biomedical Engineering Symposium on Friday, March 24, 2017! There were 210 registrations, and she was selected from among 58 abstracts, based on a review of the abstract and independent judges who met the students at their posters and asked questions.

 

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Salma Mahzoon presenting at the 1st OU-OUHSC Biomedical Engineering Symposium Poster Session

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The Norman graduate students presenting at the 1st OU-OUHSC Biomedical Engineering Symposium Poster Session!

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Salma Mahzoon – 3rd place in the 1st OU-OUHSC Biomedical Engineering Symposium Poster Competition.
From left to right: Darrin Akins, Salma Mahzoon, Michael Detamore, Lei Ding — with Salma Mahzoon at OU Medical Center/ Nicholson Tower.

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The 1st OU-OUHSC Biomedical Engineering Symposium Poster Competition Winners!
From left to right: Darrin Akins, Jakob Townsend, Pratik Samant, Salma Mahzoon, Michael Detamore, Lei Ding.

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Dr. Hays’ Aerospace Structures class tested their UAV Wing Structural Design and Destruction projects on March 24, 2017 in the Rawls Engineering Practice Facility.

The task description was to design the structure of an assigned UAV wing outer mold line.  These wings were placed in a table testing mount and loaded with sandbags corresponding to the lift distribution across the wing.  While this is an older method of testing, it is still very much in use today and serves as a very definitive demonstration of strength. The objective was to construct a suitable wing structure to carry the defined load while keeping the overall structure as light as possible.

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