Graduate Student Orientation

Graduate Student Orientation

On Tuesday, August 19, 2014 the AME Graduate Student Community (GSC) held a graduate student orientation for the new graduate students as well as a refresher to the current graduate students. The orientation included guests of faculty, staff, the GSC Leadership Team, and the current graduate liaison, Dr. Kuang-Hua Chang. During the orientation, information was provided to the new graduate students about resources, research, GSC involvement, and the opportunities awaiting each of them at AME.
AME would like to welcome the new graduate students and wish them good luck on their academic and research endeavors! We are glad to have you!

GSC Leadership Team

GSC Leadership Team

 

On Friday, August 15, 2014 the College of Engineering hosted the annual Meet & Greet for the incoming engineering students. The new AME students then attended a session just for them with AME faculty and staff in attendance. There were roughly 70 students in attendance ready and eager to begin their journey at AME. During the session there was great discussion about mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering as well as questions about the student teams, internships, and studying abroad. It is safe to say these new students are looking forward to starting this new adventure and all of us at AME are also looking forward to meeting and working with the students over the next several years.

AME Class of 2018, Welcome to OU and AME! Good luck on your first day!

Meet & Greet 2014

Meet & Greet 2014

Dr. Mrinal C. Saha and Dr. M. Cengiz Altan recently received research funding from ConocoPhillips for research titled Measurement of Thermal Conductivity of Insulation Materials Containing Moisture at Different Temperatures. Saha and Altan are working to increase the reliability and longevity of the pipelines used to transport oil and natural gas across the world.

Through the years many different insulation materials have been used to prevent corrosion in the pipelines. However, recent studies have shown different types of insulation materials are often damaged by humidity and rain, which may cause severe corrosion to the pipelines. Not only is corrosion difficult to detect, but it could possibly cause structural damage in the pipeline.

Dr. Saha and Dr. Altan will perform relevant experiments and develop predictive models for the longevity of a safely functioning pipeline before it must be replaced. First they will test the effectiveness of different types of wet and dry pipeline insulation by measuring their thermal conductivity. Saha and Altan will perform accelerated testing using a freeze-thaw cycle to achieve maximum water absorption by the insulation in a reasonable amount of time. They predict most insulation will absorb 70-80 percent of water in one week, whereas reaching this level of absorption may take several years for pipelines without accelerated freeze-thaw cycles.

Following the thermal conductivity measurements of the wet insulation, Saha and Altan will begin developing a predictive life cycle model for the pipeline insulation. There are many factors affecting the longevity of the insulation, water being the major factor. Different model parameters, extracted from the experimental data, will be incorporated in developing the predictive model for the pipeline insulation.

“The outcome is very important because the process is not only applicable to the gas pipeline, but it is also applicable in other areas such as asphalt, pavement, household insulation, shingles and roofing, and so on,” said Saha. “This could really benefit the industry as a whole.”

Dr. Chien Pan, Project Manager from ConocoPhillips, Dr. Mrinal Saha, Associate Professor at AME, and Elias Marsee, AME undergraduate researcher, observe tested insulation material.

Dr. Chien Pan, Project Manager from ConocoPhillips, Dr. Mrinal Saha, Associate Professor at AME, and Elias Marsee, AME undergraduate researcher, observe tested insulation material.

On Monday, July 14, 2014 a delegation group from Thai Nguyen, Vietnam visited the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. The trip occurred to discuss a possible collaboration with the mechanical engineering program between OU and Thai Nguyen University of Technology (TNUT).  If this program were put into place, it would send Vietnamese students selected by the government to OU and AME for Ph.D. completion. Those students would then return to Vietnam to become faculty members.

In order for TNUT students to qualify for the potential program, they must first be selected by the university, must have completed their advanced program which is a 5-year curriculum taught in English. To enter the program, students have to take a highly competitive entrance exam to qualify. Once that is completed, the student must apply through the Graduate College at OU before acceptance into the graduate program. This collaboration between AME and TNUT would have support for at least four years from the Vietnam government.

Dr. Feng C. Lai, AME Professor, has spent time in Thai Nguyen, Vietnam teaching students during the summer and winter intersessions. He is hopeful for the possible collaboration as he says the students in Thai Nguyen study hard and the overall quality is great. “This is a win-win situation for all,” said Dr. Lai, “This is a great opportunity to increase the number of Ph.D. students in our graduate program, while recruiting these highly qualified students.”

Details are in the works and still being finalized. The program may begin as early as Spring 2015, but the ultimate goal is to begin in Fall 2015.

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Quang T. Phan, Rector of TNUT, Ms. Le Ha Do, Director of International Training Cooperation Center, Mr. Quoc H. Nguyen, Head of Management and Services Department, Mr. Ba Dung Ho, Director of Service Center, Dr. Feng C. Lai, AME Professor, and Dr. M. Cengiz Altan, AME Interim Director and Professor.

Dr. Li Song

Dr. Li Song, assistant professor in the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma, along with her fellow research colleagues created a method to overcome inefficiencies in heating and cooling systems to reduce building operation costs as well as reduce energy consumption significantly. Song’s research has the possibility of reducing energy consumption in a single structure by as much as 20 percent. Furthermore, Song estimates some buildings could save as much as 30 to 50 percent.

A mathematical formula was created by Song’s research team based on existing output data such as pump speed and power. This formula allows monitoring of energy use in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units. From these results, the formula can detect unreliable systems and faulty equipment that affects energy consumption. The formula creates virtual sensors used to identify energy waste in an air-handling unit and in a whole building.

“Waiting until exorbitant utility bills appear may be a sign that the equipment hasn’t worked optimally for years,” said Song. “This method allows earlier detection of minor equipment faults, possibly preventing an overhaul of the entire system.”

In addition to saving money on utility bills, Song’s formula is a low-cost option for commercial monitors allowing more companies to track and reduce energy consumption. An organization would need to purchase several ultrasonic flow meters, which monitor water pump performance, in order for accuracy costing roughly $5,000 per meter. This virtual process is within ±2% uncertainty range compared to commercial meters.

Previously, Song applied the energy monitoring, fault detection, and diagnosis manually in over 100 buildings saving over $70 million. For instance, in one building Song’s method reduced annual electricity consumption by 53 percent, electricity demand by 21 percent, and gas consumption by 49 percent in only one year. Another building qualified as an Energy Star building just after five months.

Song’s research has grown from the corporate sector and will now focus on the government division starting at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. The U.S. Department of Defense awarded her research team a three-year $1 million contract to increase building efficiencies at military installments.

“The U.S. Department of Defense spends $4 billion each year in facility operations,” said Song. “They have a federal mandate to reduce building energy consumption by 30 percent by 2015. My research team thinks we can double the reduction.”

Song is only one of a few researchers working on efficiency improvements in heating, ventilation, and conditioning units using virtual sensor measurements. In addition, Song is currently developing a smart-device that contains the mathematical formulas allowing building owners to easily monitor an existing system as an ongoing task.

“The virtual valve flow meter won’t replace conventional flow meters if they are needed for utility metering for billing,” said Song, “but it does offer companies an inexpensive and readily accessible solution to monitor energy consumption. Companies can use the information to create a more efficient system, saving them money while reducing energy consumption.”

Drew KershenYou are invited to this week’s session of the Political Economy, Technological Innovation and Values Dream Course.  This week we’re welcoming guest lecturer Drew Kershen, OU College of Law emeritus professor.

BENEFITS OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FOR SUSTAINABILITY
Wednesday March 13
10:30 a.m. – noon
Price Hall 2030

Human beings depend upon agriculture to produce food, fiber, fuel, and industrial products that humans need for survival and (hopefully) flourishing well-being.  As a consequence, agriculture (like energy) has a major impact on the use of natural resources and upon the planetary environment.  In recent years, there has arisen a wide-spread chorus that agriculture must be sustainable, though precisely what “sustainable” means and how it should be achieved are hotly contested.  The March 13 class will focus on agriculture and the concept of sustainability.  Participants are encouraged to read the assignments and be prepared to engage in discussion about the dilemmas existing in agriculture and sustainability and about the values (explicit and implicit) in the contested visions about agriculture’s future.

ABOUT PROFESSOR KERSHEN:

Professor Drew Kershen, who joined the OU law faculty in 1971, teaches courses on agricultural law, legal history, professional responsibility and water rights. In recent years, Professor Kershen has focused his teaching, research and lecturing on agricultural biotechnology law and policy.

After receiving his juris doctorate in 1968, he joined a private practice in Atlanta. In 1973, he was named a fellow in law and humanities at Harvard University. He has held visiting professorships at the universities of Kansas, Illinois, and Arkansas Little Rock. During the summer terms and semester intersessions, he has taught at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, Oklahoma City University, the University of Texas, and Texas Tech.

Kershen is coauthor of Farm Products Financing and Filing Service, written in 1990 with J. Thomas Hardin. He has authored more than 40 other book chapters, grant reports, and law review articles.

READ-AHEAD MATERIAL:

Instead of a straight lecture, Professor Kershen plans to engage the participants in dialog.  For this dialog to be effective, he has provided some read ahead material, linked below:

Food crisis will prompt GM foods rethink Mar 2013

Contested Vision — Kershen Conf Paper ver 2

Mark Lynas Lecture Dream Course

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For Additional Information, visit http://www.ou.edu/content/coe/ame/research/dream_course_2013 or contact Farrokh Mistree at 405.325. 2438 or farrokh.mistree@ou.edu

The lecture is complementary and open to the public. The University of Oklahoma is an equal-opportunity institution. For accommodations on the basis of disability, please contact Sarah Warren at (405) 325-1715.

We hope to see you there!

Mark HalleYou are invited to this week’s session of the Political Economy, Technological Innovation and Values Dream Course.  This week we’re welcoming guest lecturer Mark Halle.

Mark Halle is the executive director of the European organization of the International Institute for Sustainable Development. He lectures, writes and publishes frequently on issues relating to sustainable development. He is founder and former Chairman of the Board of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development. Throughout his career, he has worked with the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, the United Nations Environment Programme, the World Wildlife Fund International and the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Mark was born in the United States, but grew up in Switzerland. He took a degree in history and French from Tufts University and a postgraduate degree in history from the University of Cambridge.

Mark is scheduled to give two talks.

 

REBOOTING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FOR THE 21st CENTURY

Wednesday March 6, 10:30 a.m. – noon
Price Hall 2030

Nobody actively wants a form of development that carries the seeds of its self-destruction.  Especially since we know how to avoid it.  Yet if sustainable development is widely accepted as a goal we are, as a planet, headed in the opposite direction.  Why that is and what we can do about it is the subject of this lecture.

 

PUBLIC LECTURE – POLITICAL ECONOMY OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Wednesday March 6, 6:30 p.m.
Devon Energy Hall 120

It is commonplace for our leaders to say one thing and to do something entirely different.  They publicly embrace sustainable development and then give priority to action that undermines sustainability.  The reasons lie not simply with the hypocrisy and short-sightedness of politicians.  There are real and easily identifiable reasons for this.  Unless these are addressed it is hard to see how sustainable development will advance.  Happily, we now have an ever-clearer picture of what the transition will require.

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For Additional Information, visit http://www.ou.edu/content/coe/ame/research/dream_course_2013 or contact Farrokh Mistree at 405.325. 2438 or farrokh.mistree@ou.edu

Both talks are complementary and open to the public. The University of Oklahoma is an equal-opportunity institution. For accommodations on the basis of disability, please contact Sarah Warren at (405) 325-1715.

We hope to see you there!

 

Carl Pope photoYou are invited to this week’s session of the Political Economy, Technological Innovation and Values Dream Course.  Our featured speaker is former Sierra Club executive director Carl Pope and current principal of Inside Straight Strategies.

Date:  February 27, 2013.
Time:  10:30AM to Noon.
Location:  Price Hall 2030

Title:  Innovation and Rights; Rigged Markets and Sustainability.  The Conflict we Can’t Resolve

Synopsis:  Carl Pope will employ a rights-based frame to the problem of sustainability, pointing out that if we genuinely tried to apply pure free market rules, in which all transaction were voluntarily agreed to by all whose rights are effected, innovation, which by its nature tramples existing rights in unanticipated and involuntary ways, would grind to halt — but sustainability would be ensured as a practical matter, because activities which infringe on the interests of the future invariably have dissenters victims in the present as well.

 

Date:  February 27, 2013.
Time:  6:30PM.
Location:  Devon Energy Hall 120

Public Lecture:  Extraction vs. Development.  Why technology and innovation make war on property rights and sustainability — and why free market ideology doesn’t help.

Synopsis:  Natural resources, and ecosystem services, pose problems that no version of conventional economics — however Chicago School or Keynsian it might be — has honestly confronted The real conflict is not between development and sustainability.  It’s between extraction and development, and between property rights and innovation.  These conflicts cannot be resolved.  They can only be managed.  Blind faith in free market ideology makes the problem worse.  But taking market principals seriously, and seeing where they take us, opens up some new opportunities.

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For Additional Information, visit http://www.ou.edu/content/coe/ame/research/dream_course_2013 or contact Farrokh Mistree at 405.325. 2438 or farrokh.mistree@ou.edu

Both talks are complementary and open to the public. The University of Oklahoma is an equal-opportunity institution. For accommodations on the basis of disability, please contact Sarah Warren at (405) 325-1715.

We hope to see you there!

 

Bergey WindPower in Norman has a job opening for an engineering intern!

Job Function:

  • Engineering Drafting & Design position.
  • Review manufacturing BOM’s
  • Assist with prototype design & build.

Requirements:

  • A working knowledge of Solid Works 3-D modeling software.

For information about this paid internship, contact Dr. Karl Bergey, CEO of Bergey WindPower and former AME professor at kbergey@bergey.com.

 

 

 

You are invited to this week’s session of the Political Economy, Technological Innovation and Values Dream Course.  Our featured speaker is former United Nations director for the Division of Sustainable Development and lead author on the Nobel Prize-winning panel on climate change, Tariq Banuri, Ph.D.

Professor Banuri is giving two talks:

 

RESOLVING THE CLIMATE-DEVELOPMENT DILEMMA
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 10:30 a.m. – noon Price Hall 2030

Conventional climate policy has consistently envisaged the threat in terms of what economists call a zero-sum game, to wit, there is a finite atmospheric space available, and the goal of climate agreements is to agree on proportioning it between the North and the South (or further divisions thereof). Not surprisingly, the result has been a total impasse, neither side having enough condign power or moral authority to impose a solution. Admittedly, there is talk of technological alternatives, but these remain on the sidelines, i.e., as options that will emerge once the finite space has been allocated. The argument advanced in the attached paper is that (a) this is not how things work; (b) the better option is to shift the focus from “space allocation” to “technology incentivization”; and (c) here is how it can be done.

 

EARTHLAND: THE WORLD AS A SINGLE COUNTRY
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m.   Devon Energy Hall 120

In this talk Professor Banuri will focus on the implications of treating the entire world as the unit of analysis for addressing current and emerging challenges. The talk will bear upon the resolution of current policy dilemmas (including climate, energy, and development) and also help articulate the intricate nexus between politics, economics, and technology.

 

Dr. Banuri is a professor at the College of Architecture + Planning at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He is the former director of the Division for Sustainable Development of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and served as Head of Office of the Conference Secretary-General for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio20).

Previously he served as a Senior Fellow and Director of Future Sustainability Programme at Stockholm Environment Institute. He was a Coordinating Lead Author on the Nobel Prize-winning Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change.

He started his career in the Civil Service of Pakistan and held several key positions including as the founding Executive Director of the Sustainable Development Policy Institute.

Dr. Banuri received his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.

 

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For Additional Information, visit http://www.ou.edu/content/coe/ame/research/dream_course_2013 or contact Farrokh Mistree at 405.325. 2438 or farrokh.mistree@ou.edu

Both talks are complementary and open to the public. The University of Oklahoma is an equal-opportunity institution. For accommodations on the basis of disability, please contact Sarah Warren at (405) 325-1715.

We hope to see you there!

 

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