ASHRAE Members Attend Conference in Orlando

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.

Siddique Appointed as Associate Director

Zahed Siddique, Ph.D., recently was appointed as associate director of the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. In his role, he will work to improve AME’s profile to both internal and external stakeholders, involvement in special projects and the capstone program, and working closely with student groups and AME competition teams.Siddique

“I am excited for the opportunity to work with our exceptional faculty members, students, staff and industry partners to enhance the educational and research experiences of our students,” said Siddique.

Joining the AME team in 2000, Siddique currently is a professor teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses. Many of the courses he teaches are related to engineering design. Siddique also is the head of the mechanical engineering design practicum program. Some of his research interests include development of tools and framework to enhance engineering design education; design methodology; design for product variety; graph grammars in engineering design; product platform design; product portfolio management; virtual prototyping; and CAD support for product family design and design for the environment, just to name a few.

Siddique was awarded the Regents’ Award for Superior Teaching at OU and also the Ralph R. Teetor Education Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers in 2008. He belongs to many professional organizations, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Tau Beta Pi National Honor Society, Golden Key Honor Society, and the International Association of Science and Technology for Development, where he has served on the Technical Committee since 2001. 

In addition, Siddique recently was appointed to the Dick and Shirley O’Shields Professorship in Engineering. The professorship was made possible by the O’Shields’ devotion to the University of Oklahoma and their desire to provide opportunities for students and faculty. The couple donated roughly $1.5 million benefiting four separate funds in the Gallogly College of Engineering with one of them being the professorship. Mr. O’Shields was an AME graduate.

“I am honored to be appointed to the Dick and Shirley O’Shields Professorship, which will allow me to make significant contributions toward GCoE’s strategic goal on experiential learning,” said Siddique. “I expect to develop research-based education programs and tools for in-class and online courses to have a sustained and broad impact for the engineering community.”

AME director M. Cengiz Altan, Ph.D., says that private donations such as the O’Shields’ allow the school to recruit and retain faculty of the highest caliber.

“I am excited to have Dr. Siddique as the associate director. He has been an exemplary educator at OU and a national leader in engineering product design,” said Altan. “I am looking forward to working with him. He is a great addition to the AME leadership team.”

AME Newsletter 2016

We hope you enjoy the annual AME Newsletter! Happy Holidays from all of us at the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma!

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GSC Hosts International Food Festival

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.


Gollahalli Honored for Outstanding Achievements

GollahalliSubramanyam R. Gollahalli, AME Professor, was recently honored as a Top 100 Educator by the International Biographical Centre. This honor is awarded to 100 educators of all disciplines who have made a significant contribution in their field to create influence on a local, national and/or international basis.

Dr. Gollahalli was also selected as Who’s Who in the World® 2016. This honor is also based on Dr. Gollahlli’s hard work, dedication and achievement in his area of research.

Professor Gollahalli’s research interests encompass fundamental as well as applied topics in the energy and combustion fields. The projects under his direction include combustion of liquid drops and sprays, flame characteristics of pulverized coal and synthetic fuels, combustion of biofuels, hybrid fuels such as emulsions and slurries, internal combustion engine and gas turbine combustors, turbulent diffusion flames in cross-flow streams and microgravity combustion.

Congratulations, Dr. Gollahalli!

OU School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering recognized for Diversity and Inclusion

EurekAlert! The Global Source for Science News published a news release regarding AME’s selection and participation in Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity (TECAID) program.Tecaid Logo The five-person TECAID team represented by AME includes M. Cengiz Altan, Director and Professor; J. David Baldwin, Associate Professor; Wilson Merchan-Merchan, Associate Professor; Zahed Siddique, Professor; and Rebecca Norris, Office Manager. To read the article, please click here.

TCS Collaborative Grant awarded to Allen, Mistree, and Panchal

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Inc., a multinational company based in India, has awarded a multi-year collaborative grant to Janet K. Allen, Ph.D., of the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Farrokh Mistree, Ph.D., of the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. This wife and husband engineering team will also work with Jitesh Panchal, Ph.D., of Purdue University on this grant. The first year’s grant totals just over $220,000. The title of the project is, Decision-Based Collaborative, Design Workflow Management and Robust Networks.


The OU-Purdue team plans to develop a decision-based engine for collaborative workflow management that can be integrated with the Platform for the Realization of Engineered Materials and Products (PREMɅP), which is currently being developed by TCS. Here, workflow refers to a sequence of computational tasks in which information flows from one task to subsequent task via a graph topology with decision steps at certain graph nodes. Workflow management encapsulates collaborative creation and execution, modular reuse, and reconfiguration. The team’s focus is on supporting product designers and systems engineers who have fundamental engineering knowledge but may not be experts in all the aspects of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering. The team plans to apply robust design principles, specifically the Compromise Decision Support Problem, to realize fail-safe networks. Potential applications of fail-safe networks include networks that need to take into account variations and disruptions that affect profitability. Some examples include: company mergers (e.g., Halliburton’s impending purchase of Baker Hughes), labor union strikes (e.g., labor strike on the west coast of the United States in 2002), sanctions imposed or lifted (e.g., economic sanctions against Iran being lifted by the UN in July 2015), plantations being destroyed (banana plantations were destroyed by Hurricane Mitch in 1998), air traffic being suspended due to weather or terrorism, main suppliers put out of commission by natural disasters (e.g., the 1999 earthquake in Taiwan disrupted semiconductor fabrication facilities), etc.

Meet & Greet with New AME Students


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!

AME Welcomes New Faculty

Dalton_WebChristopher Dalton, Ph.D., attended the University of Oklahoma where he received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering with a concentration in thermal sciences in 2010. Dr. Dalton will teach Thermodynamics, Solid Mechanics and Freshman Engineering Experience at AME beginning fall 2015.

His research and background is in engineering education and K-12 STEM outreach.

Dr. Dalton is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society of Engineering Education and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.

While Dr. Dalton was a Professor of Practice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, he received the College of Engineering Teacher of the Year Award in 2013 and the Outstanding Advising Award in both 2013 and 2014.

As a three time graduate of OU AME, receiving his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, Dr. Dalton is no stranger to our school, “As an alumnus, I know the quality of education, facilities, faculty and students at OU,” said Dr. Dalton. “I am excited to return to the OU AME family.”



Thomas Hays, Ph.D., attended Oklahoma State University where he received his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering in the summer of 2015. Dr. Hays will teach Introduction to Aerospace Engineering and Fluid Mechanics at AME beginning fall 2015.

Dr. Hays’ research interests include small unmanned aerial vehicle propulsion, unmanned systems for weather research and forecasting, and practical unmanned aircraft systems design, fabrication and optimization.

He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Sigma Gamma Tau National Aerospace Engineering Honor Society, Pi Tau Sigma National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.

Dr. Hays has big plans as he begins at AME, “I am eager to begin working with students to build their understanding of aircraft design and optimization while also creating opportunities for hands-on learning through flight testing student aircraft,” said Dr. Hays. “Composite fabrication, 3D printing and computer numerical control machining will be foundational skills required to complete student’s theoretical and practical education in aircraft design.” perkchair

LAfflitto_WebAndrea L’Afflitto, Ph.D., received his doctorate degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in May 2015. Dr. L’Afflitto will teach Flight Controls beginning in the fall of 2015 and Nonlinear Dynamical Systems and Control in the spring of 2016.

Dr. L’Afflitto’s research interests include state- and output-feedback optimal control theory, with applications ranging from coordination of unmanned aerial vehicle formations to robotics.

He is a member of the Technical Committee on Aerospace Control for the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and is also a former Region One Deputy Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Young Professional Committee.

Dr. L’Afflitto is eager to begin his time at AME, “I look forward to interacting daily with the curious young minds of OU students,” said Dr. L’Afflitto. “I will include graduate and undergraduate students in my research while transmitting my passion for engineering and mathematics to the next generation.”

Robot Research helps Babies with Cerebral Palsy

Even in the summer, our faculty and students continue to work hard on their latest research. Check out this clip from KWTV 9 about the latest robot research to help babies with cerebral palsy. Members of the team include Dr. David Miller, AME Professor; Andy Fagg, CS Associate Professor; Lei Ding, ECE Assistant Professor; Thubi Kolobe, OUHSC Professor; and AME students, Mustafa Ghazi and Michael Nash.