From September 8-14, 2015, the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering hosted its first Photo Challenge where students were encouraged to complete various challenges in return for a complimentary AME t-shirt. Students had to complete three out of four photo challenges and post the photos to the AME social media sites using the hashtag #AMEChallenge by the end of the day on Monday, September 14th in order to receive the complimentary t-shirt.

The challenges were as follows:

1. Take a photo of yourself with an AME faculty member.

He, Jason Hughes, Derien2. Take a photo of yourself inside or outside of Felgar Hall.

Tran, Viet 2Dashti 2

3. Take a photo of yourself in front of the trophy case outside of the AME Office.

Bradshaw, Jacki 2 Campbell, Evna

4. Take a photo of yourself in the mezzanine (2nd floor) of the Rawl Engineering Practice Facility.

Arment, Alex 3 Rann, Dustin 3

Over 60 students participated in the AME Photo Challenge receiving the t-shirt. Click here to view all the photos from the AME students. It was a nice little study break for the students and a fun time for all!

Saeed, Mohammad 2

Members of OU’s American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) attended the Bell Helicopter Fort Worth Alliance Air Show in Fort Worth, Texas over the weekend of September 12-13, 2015. AIAA members who attended include Matthew Bagley, Coleton Domann, Travis Phifer, Dustin Rann, Colin Riggert, Alex Spens, Aidan Van Maren and Dr. Thomas Hays, AIAA Advisor.

On the evenings of September 1st and 2nd, 2015, Dave Bert, AME Board of Advisor member, met with AME’s undergraduate and graduate students in the Engineering Practice Facility. On September 1st, Mr. Bert spoke with freshmen, sophomores and juniors about about résumé building, the importance of internships and how to choose elective courses. On September 2nd, Mr. Bert spoke with seniors and graduate students regarding important strategies to securing full-time employment including the interview process and résumés. Students were engaged throughout the evening by asking questions, leading discussion and taking notes.


Dave Bert is the Vice President of Drilling at Chesapeake Energy Corporation in Oklahoma City. He is a proven oil and gas executive with significant expertise in drilling, completion, field development, operations management and engineering. Dave has been instrumental in Chesapeake’s achievement of industry-leading unconventional horizontal drilling, operational efficiency and production growth. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, an M.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California and is a licensed professional engineer. Dave was inducted into the University of Oklahoma Gallogly College of Engineering Distinguished Graduates Society. He serves as a member of the Gallogly College of Engineering Advisory Board and the AME Board of Advisors.



On Friday, August 21, 2015 the Gallogly College of Engineering hosted the annual Meet & Greet for the incoming engineering students. The new AME students then attended a session with AME faculty and staff in attendance. There were over 100 students and parents in attendance. The students were 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 student teams and internships. It is safe to say the new engineering students are looking forward to starting this new adventure at OU and AME.

AME Class of 2019, welcome to OU and AME! Good luck on your first week of classes!

Congratulations to the mechanical engineering capstone team Pedal Centered Sealed Gearbox System. The student team members were the Grand Prize winner of the Designing for the Future Student Competition sponsored by Design Engineering Division of American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The team was selected as one of the four finalists to attend and present their project at the 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC 2015) and shared the Grand Prize jointly with a capstone team from Yale University.

Trek Team Blog Photo

The members of the capstone team from OU AME are Morgan Andersen, Allicyn Berka, William Cook, Clayton Stich and faculty advisor Dr. Harold Stalford. The project was sponsored by Trek Bicycle.

Trek Group 14 Poster Final Draft

Designing for the Future is an ASME undergraduate competition that allows students to utilize their capstone design experience. This competition is an undergraduate design competition funded by Design Engineering Division. The purpose of this competition is to recognize that our undergraduate students are the future of the engineering profession while highlighting the importance of working together in our diverse world community and the appropriate stewardship of our resources as technology continues to move forward. The competition encourages undergraduates in design activities to improve education in the art and the science of mechanical engineering design for students. While also providing an incentive to continue in design and become the researchers, educators and professional design practitioners of the future.

Congratulations again to the AME capstone team for their great success! It is such an honor to be named Grand Prize winners of the competition, and we are all very proud of you!

The Gallogly College of Engineering and the Multicultural Engineering Program recently hosted the AT&T Summer Bridge Program. The program is a four-week residential, on-campus program for incoming freshmen at the University of Oklahoma who plan to major in an engineering discipline.

The program is designed to introduce the students to the rigorous engineering coursework through course credit, team building exercises and seminars. Students complete a math and a chemistry course during the four-week program. They also work in teams to create a Rube Goldberg Machine. This allows students to begin building relationships with their peers, faculty and staff.


From the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, 17 incoming freshmen participated in the AT&T Summer Bridge Program. Director M. Cengiz Altan and Mechanical Engineering Chair Wilson Merchán-Merchán spent time with the AME students during a luncheon at Hideaway Pizza on Campus Corner. At the luncheon, students learned some basic information about the coursework at AME and were introduced to the student teams.


On July 31, 2015, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin spoke at the ExxonMobil Lawrence G. Rawl Engineering Practice Facility (REPF) about the importance of STEM programs in today’s education and in the industry. She also spoke about the impact of the AT&T Summer Bridge Program for our students. AT&T Oklahoma President Steve Hahn also spoke on behalf of AT&T and the program.

To conclude the four-week program, students finished coursework testing and also tested their Rube Goldberg Machines in REPF as family, friends, faculty and staff watched from the mezzanine.


Congratulations to the incoming students on the completion of the AT&T Summer Bridge Program. Good luck as you begin your journey as an engineering Sooner!

During the week of June 14, 2015, several AME students presented papers at the annual conference for American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) in Seattle, Washington. The ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition is the only conference dedicated to all disciplines of engineering education. It is committed to fostering the exchange of ideas, enhancing teaching methods and curriculum, and providing prime networking opportunities for engineering and technology education stakeholders such as deans, faculty members and industry and government representatives.

ASEE AME Attendees

Pictured from left to right: Madhumitha Ramachandran, M.S. student in industrial and systems engineering; Austin Burrus, senior in mechanical engineering; Dr. Diana Bairaktarova, College of Engineering Assistant Professor; Othman Bawareth, senior in mechanical engineering; and Nooshin Nassr, Ph.D. student in general engineering.

On Monday, June 15th, Ramachandran and Bawareth presented their paper, “Differences in Ethical Decision-Making between Experts and Novices,” in the Engineering Ethics Division. Bairaktarova said they did an excellent job, and she is so proud of them.

Austin Burrus will present today, June 16th. His paper is titled, “The Effect of Multilevel Examples,” which is in the Mechanical Engineering Division and the Thermodynamics, Fluids and Heat Transfer Session.

Nassr will be also present her paper today with Bairaktarova titled, “Special Skills Development in Engineering Students: Identifying Instructional Tools to Incorporate into Existing Curricula,” in the First-Year Program Divisions, Hands-on Projects and Spatial Skills.

Click here for more information about the ASEE Conference.

As the end of the school year came to a close, the AME Graduate Student Community ended it with a bang. They hosted several events at the end of the semester to boost morale during an overwhelmingly busy time of year with finals, project deadlines, approaching internships and graduation.

They held an afternoon of relaxation and yoga techniques led by Amber Kapoor followed by lunch and thanking those graduate students who hosted a seminar during the spring 2015 semester.


Graduate students who hosted a seminar include Mohammad Imran, Mahyar Pourghasemi, Amber Kapoor, Lucas Balmer, Mortaza Saeidi, Maya Pishvar, Mani Razi (not pictured) and Anna Masters (not pictured).

GSC also held a picnic at Reaves Park to enjoy food, treats, time together and getting to know one another’s family and friends.



Lastly, GSC took a trip to RedPin Bowling Lounge in Oklahoma City for a weekend outing and some friendly games of bowling.


AME’s GSC had a very active year with many new and successful events. We look forward to seeing what next year will bring the group!

On Thursday, April 30, 2015 the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering hosted the annual Capstone Senior Design Poster Fair in Devon Energy Hall and the ExxonMobil Lawrence G. Rawl Engineering Practice Facility. A total of 28 senior teams participated in the poster fair. These student groups have been working on their capstone research throughout their senior year. Students presented their posters to a group of judges who later selected the outstanding teams in each category. The categories consisted of aerospace engineering, prototype design, studies, testing, interdisciplinary and vehicle design. Click here to see the project summaries.

Aerospace Engineering:

JNB_09671st Place Aerospace Engineering: Design/Build/Fly Speedfest-Cody Shell, Justin Parks, Josiah Lund, Austin Jones and Di Zhu

JNB_09662nd Place Aerospace Engineering: Lockheed Martin Supersonic Business Jet-Corbin Graham, Allison Parker, Kylie Richardson, Ashley Carpenter, Blake Riojas

JNB_09833rd Place Aerospace Engineering: Northrop Grumman Scale Model of Reusable Spaceplane-Jared Repplinger, Andrew Hawkins, Evgeniy Ilichev, Resen Praytor, Kegan Duplechin

Mechanical Engineering:

JNB_0938Outstanding Prototype Design: Baker Hughes Alternate Closure Mechanisms for Safety Valves-Antonio Marquez, Andrew Roberts, Patrick Wood, Jeffrey Walker, William Maez

JNB_0942Outstanding Prototype Design: Trek Bicycle Corporation Pedal-Centered Sealed Gearbox System-William Cook, Morgan Andersen, Allicyn Berka, Clayton Stich

JNB_0952Outstanding Interdisciplinary: Baker Hughes Production Decline in Shale Wells-Eric Douglas and Bryan Bodie

JNB_0948Outstanding Vehicle Design: Sooner Off Road-Ray King and James Patrick Dunbar

JNB_0946Outstanding Testing: Schlumberger Design of an Experimental Setup to Measure High Temperature Shear Strength of Polymeric Materials-Robert Marcham, Brian Rockwell, Braden Hobaugh, John Shetley, Mohammed Abu Alrahi

JNB_0944Outstanding Studies: Cameron Valve Seat Analysis and Redesign-Conor McBride, Daniel McCaskill, Melissa Oestmann, Benjamin Schoen and Joshua Woodward

To view the full album from the poster fair, please click here.

Congratulations to all the outstanding groups and all the seniors on their success as undergraduates at OU and AME. We wish you the best in your future endeavors and your engineering careers!

BOA SP 15 Cropped

The School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Board of Advisors attended their annual spring meeting on Friday, April 24, 2015. The BOA had a busy day with a full agenda. They held their meeting in the Hitachi Conference Room in Felgar Hall. In addition, they attended the Senior Luncheon at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Dave Bert, BOA Chair, was the keynote speaker for the event. Thank you to all for making the day a success!

Next Page →


Follow this blog

Get every new post delivered right to your inbox.