AME students and members of OU’s American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) attended the ASHRAE Conference and Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigerating (AHR) Expo in Orlando, Florida from January 23-27, 2016. The AHR Expo displayed the most advanced products and latest technology in the heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, and refrigerating (HVACR) field. More than 2,000 exhibitors and 60,000 HVACR professionals participated in the AHR Expo this year. Attending the AHR Expo presented the opportunity for AME’s students to see everything new in the HVACR field all in one place.

Members in attendance (pictured left to right) included Oluwaseyi Ogunsola, Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering; Junke Wang, visiting M.S. candidate in mechanical engineering; Dr. Li Song, AME Associate Professor in mechanical engineering; Jordan Miller, senior in mechanical engineering; and Alejandro Rivas, M.S. candidate in mechanical engineering.


Ogunsola and Wang have been assisting Song on an ASHRAE sponsored research project titled, Survey of particle production rates from process activities in pharmaceutical and biological cleanrooms. The project is fundamental to develop design guidelines that can assist engineers, owners, and contractors to arrive at an appropriately sized and energy efficient cleanroom system. As part of the ASHRAE conference activities, Ogunsola, Wang and Song presented the progress of the project to the Project Monitoring Subcommittee on Sunday, January 24, 2016. The ASHRAE project is to be completed in May 2016.

Some other conference activities included attending seminars and technical presentations, participating in Young Engineers in ASHRAE events, dinner with students and officers of the ASHRAE regional chapter, and attending technical committee meetings.

The mechanical engineering capstone students were recently given a task to complete as their pre-capstone project titled Project POP. For this project, students teamed up to design, build and test a mechanism capable of traversing and maneuvering through a given obstacle course. After that, it had to transform itself into a piercing mechanism that could pierce through a surface layer made of Styrofoam. Then the mechanism had to pop a balloon lying underneath the Styrofoam surface. Students use Project POP to learn about principles of design.


  • The weight of the mechanism, including the power source, should not exceed two pounds
  • The device should have dimensions no longer than 1 ft. x 1 ft. x 1 ft. in any direction

Performance Test:

The Performance Test consisted of two parts:

  • Prospecting the obstacle course—This part tested the ability of the mechanism to traverse any kind of terrain, including sand, gravel, road bumps and grease. The amount of time taken to traverse the track from start to finish was used in the calculation of points.
  • Piercing—This part tested the versatility of the mechanism. After the mechanism crossed the finish line, it had to pierce through the Styrofoam layer and pop a balloon underneath the surface. The time clock started as soon as the mechanism crossed the finish line and then stopped when the mechanism had completely pierced the balloon. The time was used in the calculation of points for this portion of the test.

Each team was required to go through both performance tests twice. Students were allowed two minutes to set up their mechanism before each run on the obstacle course. The weight of the mechanism was measured before undergoing any of the performance tests. Lastly, the sum of the original points from both runs + bonus points – penalties was considered the group score. The team with the most points was granted as the winners of the competition.

1st Place: Team 2.8

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Members: Jeremy Adams, Michael Allen, Keelan Prewett and Kyle Wager

2nd Place: Team 1.6

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Members: Garrett Svane, Michael Howell, Tyler Spencer and Colin Sullivan

3rd Place: Team 2.11


Members: Joshua Ellenburg, Remington Butler, Michelle Musgrove and Marli Sussman

Congratulations to all the teams! Next stop: Capstone Poster Fair

To view more photos of Project POP, visit the AME Facebook page. 

Dr. Thomas Hays’ Introduction to Aerospace Engineering class recently designed and built gliders for testing. In teams of two, students chose one of three “proposals” to design and build a prototype for:  Range, Endurance or Payload.

On Dec. 10, 2015, the teams tested their glider prototypes in the field house. Each team launched their glider from a sled capable of propelling a one pound aircraft at 20 feet per second.

In addition to building the gliders, students wrote fully detailed reports requiring them to compute aircraft performance across the full range of possible speeds and all three mission objectives. Students developed code to calculate the best flight speed for their aircraft and perform simple trade studies to further optimize their score.

“The project naturally exposes students to the need for their future courses in flight mechanics, aerospace structures, aerodynamics and optimization,” said Dr. Hays. “It generated an environment where students naturally asked questions from these advanced topics, and the project also helped generate an eagerness to more completely answer questions about aircraft design.”


The winners of the Endurance Challenge were Colton Johnson and Jerrod Watson.


The winners of the Range Challenge were Sung Jae Kim and Shaik Zehad.

Check out the video of Kim and Zehad’s winning Range Challenge here.

Dr. Hays will continue this project in future classes, allowing each year to compete against the best records set by previous participants.

For more photos, please click here.

The School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Community (GSC) hosted an International Food Festival at the end of October. The event was open to graduate students, faculty, family and friends. The attendees were encouraged to prepare a dish that represents food served traditionally in their country to share. The International Food Festival allowed for members of GSC and attendees to learn more about one another while experiencing aspects of different cultures.


The Sooner Rover Team was one of only eight teams selected to compete in the 6th Annual NASA RASC-AL Robo-Ops Challenge. The team received $10,000 from NASA to build a planetary rover prototype, which they will use to complete a series of competitive tasks in field tests at the NASA Johnson Space Center’s Rock Yard in Houston, Texas in May 2016. The winning competition team will win a $6,000 prize.

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Sooner Rover Team’s 3D Model Proposal

The other teams selected for the competition include California State University Long Beach, University of California at Berkeley, University of Maryland, University of Buffalo in New York, University of Utah, University of Wyoming and West Virginia University.

The competition team, made up of AME students, includes Bill Doyle (BS ME), Jacob Jordan (BS ME), Nathan Justus (BS AE), Dane Schoelen (BS ME) and Brent Wolf (BS ME). The team is advised by Dr. David Miller.

 Click here to view the official NASA news release.

 Congratulations to the Sooner Rover Team. Next stop: Texas!

In February 2015, the Society of Women Engineers’ advisor, Dr. Sezin Kadioglu, approached Jacki Bradshaw, mechanical engineering, and Katie Crowley, chemical engineering, about an Engineering Challenge hosted by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and PepsiCo. After reviewing the challenge details, Jacki and Katie knew they could create something amazing for this proposal. They sent in their finished proposal to PepsiCo before the May deadline feeling accomplished and hopeful in their research proposal. After several months had passed, they received an e-mail in September informing them they had been selected for the final round of judging.

In order to see Jacki and Katie’s proposal presentation, PepsiCo funded their flights, registration and hotel costs for the National Society of Women Engineers’ Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. At the end of October, the girls flew to Nashville for the conference where they gave their presentation in front of eight PepsiCo representatives. As Jacki and Katie stood on stage with all the finalists and the PepsiCo representatives, their names were called as the first place winners.Jacki_Katie_PepsiCowinners

“The feeling of accomplishment, disbelief and overwhelming pride have still yet to wear off,” said Jacki Bradshaw. “They told us that sometime this winter we will be flying to New York to present our proposal to senior leadership in the company, as well as take a tour of the PepsiCo headquarters.”

Congratulations to Jacki Bradshaw and Katie Crowley on this outstanding achievement. You represented the OU Gallogly College of Engineering and OU’s SWE Chapter so well! Good luck in New York!

At the end of October, OU’s AIAA attended the annual Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE) in Fort Worth, Texas. While at the conference, they also had the opportunity to tour the Lockheed Martin Facility.lockheed travis hannah

Jawanza Bassue, aerospace engineering graduate student, presented at SFTE. Many companies were anxious to assist in his graduate research.

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The members of AIAA who attended were Travis Phifer, Hannah Hunt, Olivia Blount, Felipe Cunningham, Nick Pequeno, Jawanza Bassue, Matt Bagley, Joshua Fuss, Josiah Lund and Sean Ly.

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devin_pauleyPlease join us for this week’s User Experience Design Presidential Dream Course Lecture with Devin Pauley. Mr. Pauley currently works at Apple and is a former senior product design engineer for Amazon. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2004 from the University of Oklahoma. The seminar is titled Immersing Users in Products. The seminar is Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 9:00am in the Hitachi Conference Room, 214 Felgar Hall. The lecture is open to the public.

Devin Pauley is a current Apple employee and former senior product design engineer for Amazon. Pauley regularly meets with engineering students and faculty on campuses to share his stories on designing cell phones, e-readers and ecosystem products, and to offer advice and encouragement on career advancement. Pauley received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering in 2004 from the University of Oklahoma.

Pauley holds three patents and is a two-time recipient of the BRAVO! Award from Motorola, where he worked from 2004 to 2008 as a product design mechanical engineer. He also is the engineering program manager behind the development and launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus silicone cases.

Pauley received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering in 2004 from the University of Oklahoma. While pursuing his studies at OU, Pauley was involved in several leadership roles with the Sooner Racing Team, a Formula SAE international student-engineering competition team. His roles on the team ranged from managing its engine systems, driveline integration and brake system leader to president. Under his leadership, the team won multiple awards, including a first-place finish in the Continental Teves Brake Systems category. Also while at OU, Pauley was active in Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, the National Society of Black Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers. Since 2009, Pauley has served on the OU College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Board on Diversity.

For more information about Mr. Pauley or the User Experience Design Presidential Dream Course Lecture Series, please click here.

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Join us for a User Experience Design Presidential Dream Course Lecture with Dr. Diana Bairaktarova. Dr. Bairaktarova is a previous faculty member of AME and is currently an Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech in the College of Engineering’s Department of Engineering Education. Her seminar is titled, The User Experience Evolution: Empathy in Engineering Design Practice. The seminar is Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 9:00am in the Hitachi Conference Room, 214 Felgar Hall. The lecture is open to the public.

Bairaktarova, DianaAbstract: Understanding user needs and customer preferences is critical to the design process. The engineering design community has produced various models, techniques, and approaches to build creative understanding of user’s experiences for new product development. Implemented within industry and academia, these methods prove to be impactful as they have been shown to influence market capture and product similarity.

Bio: Dr. Diana Bairaktarova is an Assistant Professor in the College of Engineering, Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. Dr. Bairaktarova completed her Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Purdue University. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Technical University in Sofia, Bulgaria and an M.B.A. degree from the Hamline School of Business, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Dr. Bairaktarova has over a decade of experience working as a Design Engineer. Her research focuses on human learning and engineering, i.e. understanding how individual differences and aptitudes effect interaction with mechanical objects in engineering education instruction and how engineering students’ personality traits influence decision-making process in engineering design. 

For more information about Dr. Bairaktarova or the User Experience Design Presidential Dream Course Lecture Series, please click here.

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Join us for this week’s User Experience Design Presidential Dream Course Lecture with Carolyn Seepersad. Dr. Seepersad is an Associate Professor and General Dynamics Faculty Fellow of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. The seminar is Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 9:00am in the Hitachi Conference Room, 214 Felgar Hall. The lecture is open to the public.

seepersad_carolyn_official_photo (2)Dr. Seepersad’s Bio:

Carolyn Conner Seepersad is an Associate Professor and General Dynamics Faculty Fellow of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. She received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2004, an M.A. and B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University in 1998 and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University in 1996. She is a former Rhodes Scholar, Hertz Fellow, and NSF Graduate Fellow.

Dr. Seepersad’s research involves the development of methods and computational tools for engineering design and additive manufacturing. Her research interests include simulation-based design of complex systems and materials, design for additive manufacturing, innovation and environmentally conscious design of products and energy systems.

In 2009, Dr. Seepersad was the inaugural recipient of the International Outstanding Young Researcher Award in Freeform and Additive Manufacturing from the additive manufacturing community. In 2010, she received the University of Texas Regents’ and Dean’s Awards for Outstanding Teaching by an Assistant Professor; the Regents’ award is the highest teaching award for faculty in The University of Texas System. Dr. Seepersad is the recipient of a Best Paper Award for the 2009 ASME Design Theory and Methodology Conference and two best paper awards for the 2010 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition. She is also the author of more than 70 peer-reviewed conference and journal publications and one book. She annually organizes a DAC special session on Design of Multiscale Engineering Systems, and she co-organizes the annual Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium.

For more information about Dr. Seepersad or the User Experience Design Presidential Dream Course Lecture Series, please click here.

For accommodations on the basis of disability, please contact Danielle Geier (405) 325-1715 or 

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