Tulsa Flight Night LogoIn September 2014, Jonathan Meyer, David Miller, Robert Huck and Austin Lee participated in Tulsa Flight Night. Tulsa Flight Night is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fundraiser for the Tulsa Area. For the event, the OU team created an autonomous quad-copter dance act. This involved two quad copters flying in a 20×20 foot area, moving and adjusting lighting in coordination with a musical piece selected by the event. The system utilized a downward looking camera from each copter that tracked a lighted target on the floor. Size, frame position and frame orientation of the target image, when combined with information from the copters inertial system (gyros and accelerometers) allowed the autonomous system to calculate the copters position, orientation, pose and make the proper adjustments to carry out a pre-choreographed dance. This was new work done over the summer for a complete budget of under $25,000. The work was done by recent AME M.S. graduate, Jonathan Meyer.

David Miller is an AME Professor, Robert Huck is the Director of Applied Research and Unmanned Systems and Austin Lee is an Electrical and Computer Engineering M.S. student.

To view the encore of the even held in Felgar Hall 300, please click here.

GSC International Food FestivalThe School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Community (GSC) hosted an International Food Festival on Friday, October 3, 2014. The event was open to AME graduate students, AME faculty, other graduate students and families. Attendees were encouraged to prepare an ethnic dish from their country to share. It was also requested that they record the name of the dish, the country it originated from and the main ingredients for all to see.

Over 40 people attended the International Food Festival from 10 different schools from OU. Eight of those 40 attendees were professors. There was over 20 different ethnic dishes from 10 different countries including Iran, India, Nigeria, Turkey, Hungary, Serbia, China, Lebanon, Thailand and the United States.

Overall, the event was a success and the GSC continues to grow in size and expand their list of activities. For more information regarding AME GSC, please contact Oluwaseyi “Seyi” Ogunsola at oogunsola@ou.edu.

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By Andy Rieger, The Norman Transcript

Ashley Carpenter, Aerospace Engineering Senior and ROTC Naval student, accepts the Cotton Bowl football from OU Football Coach Bob Stoops to begin the trek to Dallas.

Ashley Carpenter, Aerospace Engineering Senior and ROTC Naval student, accepts the Cotton Bowl football from OU Football Coach Bob Stoops to begin the trek to Dallas.

A battalion of OU Naval ROTC students started their trek to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas early Wednesday and expected to reach Ardmore by nightfall.

OU Football Coach Bob Stoops handed a football to Battalion Commander Ashley Carpenter as she began the run down U.S. 77 toward Dallas. They expect to meet up with counterparts from the University of Texas on Friday morning and then play a game of flag football.

Midshipman Michael Allen, a Flower Mound, Texas, junior and the battalion’s student public affairs officer, said teams will run in shifts during the daylight hours. Approximately 80 students will take part in the annual run.

Click here to view the complete article.

Lean Cell Flier WF14 GreenLean Cell Advising at AME begins today! Lean Cell Advising is what we like to call students’ one-stop-shop for efficient advising.

Students will meet with a Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering advisor during their scheduled day. There is no need to sign up as students will be advised on a first come, first served basis. All AME students must be advised through Lean Cell Advising October 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 8th. Students not advised through Lean Cell Advising may not be able to enroll in courses until Spring 2015. 

Schedule is as follows:

Seniors: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sophomores & Pre-Med: Thursday, October 2, 2014

Juniors: Friday, October 3, 2014

Freshmen & All National Merit Scholars: Wednesday, October 8, 2014

All advisement sessions will be held in REPF 200 from 12:30-4:30pm each day. Pizza and drinks provided.

Before You Come:
-Prepare a course plan in Degree Navigator
-Bring prepared course plan, degree check
sheet, and degree flowchart with the classes
you have taken marked out

Before You Leave:
-Meet with a WSSC Staff member to remove holds
-Pre-Med Students, a representative will be in
attendance on October 2nd

For questions or more information, please contact Kate O’Brien at kobrien@ou.edu.

Lean Cell Advising at AME is sponsored by Shell.


Career Fair14OU Engineering Career Fair 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014 12:30pm-4:30pm

Lloyd Noble Center

Whether you are looking for a full-time job or an internship, you will find the OU Engineering Career Fair a great place to start your search!  Sponsored by the College of Engineering and Engineers’ Club, the event connects some of the nation’s brightest engineering and technical students with innovative companies and government organizations. The Engineering Career Fair provides a great opportunity for you to network with employers from a wide range of industries and to develop contacts for future employment opportunities.

There are 161 companies coming to the Engineering Career Fair this year. The visiting companies can be viewed here or in the Engineering Career Fair Guidebook.

Activate and update your HIREsooner Page for 2014 – 2015 - When you check in at the career fair, a name tag will be printed with the name, major and graduation date on your HIREsooner page; therefore, make sure your HIREsooner page has your correct major and graduation date listed. If you have questions, please call Career Services at 325-1974.

Get your resume critiqued at Career Services and uploaded to HIREsooner - Upload a resume to be included in the OU Online Resume Books for employers to view prior to the career fair.

Research the attending organizations.
Take a close look at the organizations attending that have indicated that they are looking for your major.

Pre-register in Career Services.
Come by our office to make your nametag ahead of time in order to avoid lines at the career fair. You’ll receive an OU embossed portfolio and t-shirt!

Helpful Resources

Career Fair Prep
Career Fair Tips
Professional Dress
Create a Winning Resume
Practice Your “Elevator Speech” with InterviewStream
2014-2015 Job Search Guide

·         Dress professionally
·         Bring copies of your resume to distribute
·         Bring your student ID to check-in
·         Park on the south or east side of Lloyd Noble and enter in south tunnel
·         Parking is free!
·         Career Fair is free and open to all OU Students and Alumni
·         Freshmen and Sophomores encouraged to attend!

For the map of the Career Fair booth set up please Click HERE.

INTERVIEWS THE DAY AFTER THE CAREER FAIR – On the day following the Engineering Career Fair, employers may choose to interview candidates they meet at the career fair.  You will be notified by the company if you are chosen to interview.  Interviews will be held at Lloyd Noble.

Many of the employers will return to campus later in the semester to interview for full-time and internship positions in the Career Services office. They will let you know when they will be back to interview and will let you know the last day you can apply. These on-campus interviews will be listed in your HIREsooner account. To apply, activate your HIREsooner page with Career Services, upload a resume, and apply for the interviews you want. HIREsooner will notify you by email if you are selected for an interview. Once you know you have been selected, you will be prompted to go back into your HIREsooner account and sign up for an interview time. You may begin applying for on-campus interviews at the beginning of the Fall semester.


(Blog post content compliments of The University of Oklahoma Career Services https://www.ou.edu/career/students/find-a-job/career-fairs/engineering-cf.html)

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

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.

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.

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.


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.


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


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.



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.



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.


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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