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From Left to Right: Samuel Jett, Devin Laurence, Octavio Serrano, McKenzie Makovec, Dr. Chung-Hao Lee, Robert Kunkel

The Mentored Research Fellowship (MRF) award, sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research (O.U.R.), was given to five of Dr. Chung-Hao Lee’s undergraduate students. Each award is in the amount of $1000 for conducting undergraduate research projects in the Biomechanics and Biomaterials Design lab (BBDL).

The awardees are chosen based on the intellectual merit of the student’s submitted proposal (research project). The five students awarded from Dr. Lee’s research group are:

  • Devin Laurence (ME Senior under accelerated BS/MS program)
  • Robert Kunkel  (ME Senior under accelerated BS/MS program)
  • Samuel Jett  (ME Senior under accelerated BS/MS program)
  • Octavio Serrano  (ME Senior)
  • McKenzie Makovec  (ChemE Senior)

Dr. Lee’s BBDL research lab focuses on the following research areas:

  • Multiscale Biomechanical Modeling of the Cardiovascular Systems – Heart Valves
  • Characterization of Structural and Mechanical Properties of Soft Biological Tissues
  • Patient-Specific Modeling for Improved Diagnosis and Prophylactic Disease Management
  • Cell Mechanics and Mechanobiology Linking with Collagen Biosynthesis and Tissue Growth & Remodeling (G&R)
  • Advanced Finite Element and Meshfree Methods for Image-Based Computational Biomechanics

The following profiles expand on each award winner’s current research projects and backgrounds:

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According to the MRF website, the Mentored Research Fellowship is a program to cultivate and support student-mentor relationships while working on a research or creative project. This is part of the Office of Undergraduate Research’s commitment to empowering students’ exploration. MRF is open to all University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus undergraduate students.

Congratulations!

 

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AME alumni:
Your school needs your help! The Mechanical Engineering Capstone program has grown in size tremendously in recent years, and we are in need of additional industry sponsored projects to support our large student cohort for Spring 2018.
 
For many years, our capstone program has collaborated with industry sponsors, like you, to provide “real-life” industry projects for our seniors to complete during their final semester in school. These projects allow our students to successfully demonstrate a variety of skills that future employers prize: analysis, design, teamwork and communication skills to name a few. Ideally, the project will feature some elements of a design process and be suited for a team of 3-5 members for a period of 15 weeks. We are also interested in interdisciplinary projects that may involve industrial or electrical engineers as well.
 
If you believe your company may be able to assist us, please contact Dr. Chris Dalton at cdalton@ou.edu.

bass-family-bike-project-ame-2The Bass Family asked the team to find a way to allow their son, Titus, who is physical and mentally handicapped, to participate with their other son, Tobias, in the cycling portion of a triathlon. It is Tobias’ dream to be the youngest person to complete the Ironman triathlon while accompanied by a disabled partner.

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After meeting with the Bass Family and researching several ideas, the team decided to follow through with a sidecar design for Tobias’ bike. The sidecar includes a steel frame, fiberglass nose shell, and arms that can detach from the frame of the bike. The fiberglass nose shell is connected to the front of the sidecar frame by hinges, allowing the shell to open and close. This will make loading Titus in the sidecar an easy task.

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The sidecar is attached to the frame of the bike with attaching arms that have clamps at the end. These clamps allow the user to attach and detach the sidecar. The position of the third wheel of the sidecar is also adjustable. The height and lateral position of the third wheel can be adjusted using similar clamps. A 3D model of the sidecar frame was designed in SolidWorks. Several loading simulations were performed on the frame using ANSYS to ensure safety. The results of the FEA showed that under the loading conditions, the sidecar frame would remain a safe option for Titus. Tests on the actual prototype were also done by the team.

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Again, the results showed that the sidecar was safe. The sidecar designed and manufactured by the team provides Titus and Tobias a light-weight and low-cost solution to their initial problem.

Sooner athletes visited the Sooner Racing Team to experience what it is like to be on the team!

Check out the full-length video.

The Sooner Off-Road team competed in SAE Baja, an international vehicle design competition held by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The team competed against more than 100 teams from around the world to design and create an off-road vehicle accepted for manufacture by a fictitious firm. The project simulated a real-world engineering design project that involved planning, designing, manufacturing, testing, generating financial support, and working with team members who have diverse academic backgrounds.

The 2016-2017 team finished 36th place overall out of 110 teams at the 2017 Kansas competition, which is two consecutive years of double-digit improvement in final placement.  The team achieved a personal best performance in the suspension event, finishing in 6th place, and dramatic improvements in both the acceleration (30th place) and maneuverability (30th )place) events.  The team successfully finished the four-hour endurance race for the second consecutive year.

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Front Row, L to R: Ryan Hill, Kelsey Chofey, Zac Watkins, Haley Ricks Back Row, L to R: Bryson Simer, Richard Perry, Chris Bilings, Dr. Chris Dalton, Bradley Alex, Evan Stone (captain), Matt Muhlinghause, Mr. Jimmy Cannon

 

The School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering held the annual Senior Design Poster Fair on May 4, 2017. Thirty-eight student teams presented the capstone posters to a panel of judges, who are alumni of AME and industry professionals. The judges determine the overall high scores and the winners of each respective category: interdisciplinary, prototype, studies, testing and vehicle.
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Overall 1st Place
“Surfboard”
Student Team: Beau Bellamy, Brandon Groh, Andres Perilla, Cameron Fielden
Sponsor: Dr. Stalford                     Advisor: Dr. Stalford

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Overall 2nd Place
“Paint Booth/Hangar Pressure Drop Electronic Monitoring”
Student Team: Andrew Nantze, Ian Wright
Sponsor: GCoE/OC-ALC            Advisor: Dr. Hekiri

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Overall 3rd place
“Stator Build Process Lean-Out”
Student Team: Juliana Shindler, Grant Brann
Sponsor: GE Oil & Gas            Advisor: Dr. Stalford

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Overall 4th place
“Rotary Electro-Mechanical System”
Student Team: Hassan AlDarwish, Saeed Alzaki, Kevin Song, Calhoun John, Mansur Brandon
Sponsor: Schlumberger                 Advisor: Dr. Siddique

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Overall 5th place
“Sooner Racing Team”
Student Team: Samuel Faux, Zachary Maxwell, Wesley Reynolds, Ryan Miller, Connor Millican
Sponsor: OU                    Advisor: Dr. Siddique

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Interdisciplinary Project Outstanding Group 1st Place
“Paint Booth/Hangar Pressure Drop Electronic Monitoring”
Student Team: Andrew Nantze, Ian Wright
Sponsor: GCoE/OC-ALC            Advisor: Dr. Hekiri

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Interdisciplinary Project Outstanding Group 2nd Place
“Stator Build Process Lean Out”
Student Team: Juliana Shindler, Grant Brann
Sponsor: GE Oil & Gas            Advisor: Dr. Stalford

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Interdisciplinary Project Outstanding Group 3rd Place
“Process Documentation Lean Out”
Student Team: Dami Ajijolaiya, Maggy Chestnut, Hiep Chuong, Kaleo Cook, Pablo Mayen
Sponsor: GE Oil & Gas            Advisor: Dr. Siddique

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Prototype Project Outstanding Group 1st Place
“Development of an iHub Robotic Tourguide”
Student Team: Nathan Smith, Eric Gaskell, Nour Belbekri, Hunter Bonham, John Collette, Alejandro Dasi
Sponsor: Innovation Hub           Advisor: Dr. Stalford

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Prototype Project Outstanding Group 2nd Place
“Method/means to Track Web on Centerline in Real Time”
Student Team: Drew Walther, Patrick Ahearn, Ann Marie Berryhill, Caleb Monigold, Joshua Blaine
Sponsor: Kimberly-Clark           Advisor: Dr. Dalton

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Studies Project Outstanding Group 1st Place
“Surfboard”
Student Team: Beau Bellamy, Brandon Groh, Andres Perilla, Cameron Fielden
Sponsor: Dr. Stalford                     Advisor: Dr. Stalford

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Studies Project Outstanding Group 2nd Place
“Bearing Machine Upgrade to Include Sensing Elements and Capability to Evaluate Thrust Bearing”
Student Team: James Roecker, Jacob Bertelli, Blaise Newman, Russell Vanecek
Sponsor: Baker Hughes                 Advisor: Dr. Stalford

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Studies Project Outstanding Group Tied for 3rd Place
“RCD Re-Engineering RCD-IS and Test Design”
Student Team: Thomas O’Connor, Carter David, Jacquelyn Ogle, Kenni Bui
Sponsor: Weir               Advisor: Dr. Mistree

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Studies Project Outstanding Group Tied for 3rd Place
“Conceptual Design Alternatives to the Current Compression Tube Design”
Student Team: Robert Dooman, Cole Lindley, William Nelson, Dominic Scott
Sponsor: GE Oil & Gas               Advisor: Dr. Hekiri

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Testing Project Outstanding Group 1st Place
“Rotary Electro-Mechanical System”
Student Team: Hassan AlDarwish, Saeed Alzaki, Kevin Song, Calhoun John, Mansur Brandon
Sponsor: Schlumberger                 Advisor: Dr. Siddique

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Testing Project Outstanding Group 2nd Place
“Increasing the Performance of Li-Ion Batteries by Employing Transition Metal-Oxide Films Prepared in Flames”
Student Team: Miles Burnett, Kirsten Perry, Octavio Mejia, Edvin Coyoy Lopez, Bohan Yu
Sponsor: Dr. Merchan-Merchan                 Advisor: Dr. Siddique

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Vehicle Project Outstanding Group 1st Place
“Sooner Off Road”
Student Team: Ryan Hill, Kelsey Chofey, Bryson Simer, Jon Moore
Sponsor: OU                Advisor: Dr. Dalton

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Vehicle Project Outstanding Group 2nd Place
“Sooner Racing Team”
Student Team: Zack Maxwell, Wes Reynolds, Sam Faux, Connor Millican, Ryan Miller
Sponsor: OU                Advisor: Dr. Siddique

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Two AME undergraduate students received prestigious American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) awards. Clayton Smith, junior in mechanical engineering, received the 2017 Tom J. Love Award. This is an outstanding student member award given to the most active student member of ASME at the University of Oklahoma. Clayton served as the president of ASME OU chapter in the 2016-2017 academic year. He has led multiple ASME events and has significantly increased membership for this student group.

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Devin Laurence, junior in mechanical engineering, received the ASME Central Oklahoma Section Undergraduate Scholarship of $500. Devin served as the vice president of engagement of ASME OU chapter. He is currently working with AME faculty, Dr. Chung-Hao Lee, to pursue his accelerated master’s degree. He plans to continue his doctoral study after graduation.

Please join AME in congratulating these students!

 

aiaa-asme-ame-symposium-2017AME faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students attended the 37th Oklahoma AIAA/ASME Symposium at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 15, 2017. AME students contributed 15 technical presentations to the symposium. AME faculty, Drs. Chung-Hao Lee and Yingtao Liu, served as session chairs and led technical discussions in their session.

The Oklahoma AIAA/ASME Symposium is an annual student conference in the State of Oklahoma. Students majoring in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, and University of Tulsa present their research at this conference. This is a prestigious opportunity for OU AME students to publicize their research and prepare for their academic / industrial careers.

 

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Lauren Woodbury graduated from AME in 2014 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. She is originally from Yukon, OK and is now living in Royal Oak, Michigan. Ms. Woodbury is currently working as an entry-level engineer at Isuzu Technical Center of America and pursuing an M.S. in automotive engineering part-time at the University of Michigan.

“I really like working on cars, because I like working on things that move. I like working with parts,” said Ms. Woodbury. “While I do sit at a desk and work on engineering-related studies, I also get to go out to the garage and look at the actual cars and help with the salvation team if there is any kind of information they need from engineering, I can go see whatever it is they are working on. I also get to do field investigation with customs or dealerships.”

While at AME, she participated in the Sooner Racing team and Sooner Off Road team. As a part of these teams, Ms. Woodbury had opportunities to work with other students and participate in class, and group problems and projects.

Ms. Woodbury’s family truly influenced her decision to pursue a career in engineering:

I enjoyed watching motorsports with my dad on the weekend. I really liked visiting grandparents in KS because they owned an automotive shop where they worked on vehicles for customers and also focused on rebuilding and refurbishing classic vehicles. I got to work on vehicles from the 60s and 20s. I was able to see how different they were from the vehicles today. It seemed the assembly of the vehicle was simple, but once I started taking it apart, there are a lot more pieces than imagined and it is really not that easy.

In her spare time, she enjoys exploring and traveling around Michigan. Ms. Woodbury is a fan of the OKC Thunder and Detroit Lions. Also, she enjoys motorsports.

 

 

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The course consisted of different terrains and obstacles.

Throughout the fall semester, students taking the pre-capstone AME course, “Principles of Engineering Design” worked on a project that led up to a final performance test. The problem description is created out of a fascinating anthology of problems.

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The students prepped the robots at the starting line.

The students’ task was to design, build and test a robot that has the ability to travel through an obstacle course and end by piercing a Styrofoam board, hopefully popping the balloon housed underneath. The teams were given 2 attempts to complete both aspects of the task with an optional 5-minute break to fix their robot or make alterations.

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Chris Sanders, Pamela Duarte, Dallas Milligan, and Ian Wright choose to take time to fix their robot before their 2nd attempt at the course.

 

Each team consisted of a group of 4-5 interdisciplinary engineering students, ranging from mechanical to petroleum.

 

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According to Senior Mechanical Engineering student Ciore Taylor, the class consisted of lessons about the design and planning phases. Teams initially determined the different skills each person in the group had, then moved on to coming up with different designs, then come to conclude the design process. Students were encouraged to use their imagination when coming up with the designs of the robot.

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The winning teams were announced after each team had the opportunity to test their robots. precapstone-winners-ameprecapstone-winners-ameprecapstone-winners-ame precapstone-winners-ame

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