The Sooner Racing Team is utilizing the Thousands Strong crowdfunding platform to raise money for their upcoming competition. The campaign started February 19, 2018 and ends March 23, 2018 at 11:59 PM. As of today the team had reached 79% of their total goal. Help them reach 100% by donating on the Thousands Strong website.

Who We Are

The Sooner Racing Team is an OU student organization that designs, builds, tests, and races an open-wheel, formula-style race car. Each year, we compete against teams from around the world. Our team wants to take our 2018 car to the Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) competition in Lincoln, Nebraska, but we need your help getting there!

How You Can Help

Formula SAE competitions provide invaluable professional experience for our team members. We learn hands-on skills and have the opportunity to network with businesses in the automotive field as well as with students from 550 other universities around the world. For the past seven months, our team has been hard at work designing and manufacturing our 2018 car, but we need your financial support to get it to the competition. Your donations will help cover travel costs to get us on the road, and if we exceed our goal of $5,000, extra funds will be put towards purchasing new sets of racing tires.

Please help spread the word about our campaign by sharing the link with your friends and family via social media! We cannot compete to the highest of our ability without the support of our amazing OU friends and family!

Thank You!

Thank you for your support of our team. We are certain that with your help, we can cross the finish line Sooner!

Donate here: https://thousandsstrong.ou.edu/project/9037/wall


The Mentored Research Fellowship (MRF) award, sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research (O.U.R.), was given to six 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) for the Spring 2018 semester.

Three of the students are in the accelerated BS/MS mechanical engineering program (Samuel Jett, Robert Kunkel, Devin Laurence), and another three are junior engineering students (Colton Ross, Jacob Richardson, and Katherine Kramer). Congratulations!

On April 19, 2017, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) OU section elected their new officers for the 2017-2018 school year. Many of the busy mechanical and aerospace engineering members of ASME took time out of their schedules to participate in the election. There was a great variety of candidates who ran for positions and participated in many positive discussions. With great ambitions for growing the OU section next year, the candidates shared their ideas during the elections. After elections were completed, they immediately convened for a brief introductory meeting.  OU ASME recently spent a great amount of effort over the past academic year to foster greater engagement and a higher involvement on campus.  The new officers seek to heighten the presence of ASME both on a school and college level and hope to do more for its members. The new officer group hit the ground running with continuing events, including a tech talk with Chevron and joint study night with OU American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

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Sam Tran Secretary (junior), Angel Szymanski Records Chair (freshman), Josh Scherrer Competitions Chair (junior), Clayton Smith Vice-Chair (junior, returning officer) , Janella Clary Chair (junior, returning officer), Shihui Liu Company Outreach Chair (sophomore), Aubrey Carr Engagement Chair (sophomore), Emily Sharp Treasurer (junior).

 


Written by: Clayton Smith, OU ASME Vice-Chair (2016-2017)

Salma Mahzoon, one of our amazing AME graduate students, won 3rd place at the OU-OUHSC Biomedical Engineering Symposium on Friday, March 24, 2017! There were 210 registrations, and she was selected from among 58 abstracts, based on a review of the abstract and independent judges who met the students at their posters and asked questions.

 

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Salma Mahzoon presenting at the 1st OU-OUHSC Biomedical Engineering Symposium Poster Session

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The Norman graduate students presenting at the 1st OU-OUHSC Biomedical Engineering Symposium Poster Session!

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Salma Mahzoon – 3rd place in the 1st OU-OUHSC Biomedical Engineering Symposium Poster Competition.
From left to right: Darrin Akins, Salma Mahzoon, Michael Detamore, Lei Ding — with Salma Mahzoon at OU Medical Center/ Nicholson Tower.

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The 1st OU-OUHSC Biomedical Engineering Symposium Poster Competition Winners!
From left to right: Darrin Akins, Jakob Townsend, Pratik Samant, Salma Mahzoon, Michael Detamore, Lei Ding.

OU International Admissions and Recruitment created an international recruitment video. The video features AME student Dickens Mugumya. He speaks about being from Uganda and his experience with the Aerospace Engineering program at OU. Check it out!

“Ram is a Business major from India. Lamis is an International Studies major from Egypt. Sophie is a Public Relations major from Germany. And Dickens is an Aerospace Engineering major from Uganda. What do all of these students have in common? The University of Oklahoma brought each of them from vastly different corners of the globe to our campus to contribute, learn, and make this world a better place. Watch to find out more!”

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Dr. Andrea L’Afflitto has recently published a new book titled A Mathematical Perspective on Flight Dynamics and Control. The book provides a mathematically rigorous description of flight dynamics complementing those presented from a physical perspective.

About this Book

This brief presents several aspects of flight dynamics, which are usually omitted or briefly mentioned in textbooks, in a concise, self-contained, and rigorous manner. The kinematic and dynamic equations of an aircraft are derived starting from the notion of the derivative of a vector and then thoroughly analyzed, interpreting their deep meaning from a mathematical standpoint and without relying on physical intuition. Moreover, some classic and advanced control design techniques are presented and illustrated with meaningful examples.

Distinguishing features that characterize this brief include a definition of angular velocity, which leaves no room for ambiguities, an improvement on traditional definitions based on infinitesimal variations. Quaternion algebra, Euler parameters, and their role in capturing the dynamics of an aircraft are discussed in great detail. After having analyzed the longitudinal- and lateral-directional modes of an aircraft, the linear-quadratic regulator, the linear-quadratic Gaussian regulator, a state-feedback H-infinity optimal control scheme, and model reference adaptive control law are applied to aircraft control problems. To complete the brief, an appendix provides a compendium of the mathematical tools needed to comprehend the material presented in this brief and presents several advanced topics, such as the notion of semistability, the Smith–McMillan form of a transfer function, and the differentiation of complex functions: advanced control-theoretic ideas helpful in the analysis presented in the body of the brief.

A Mathematical Perspective on Flight Dynamics and Control will give researchers and graduate students in aerospace control an alternative, mathematically rigorous means of approaching their subject.

About the Author:

The author is an assistant professor at the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering of The University of Oklahoma and is presently teaching a graduate course in flight control. Dr. L’Afflitto holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree in aerospace engineering and an M.S. degree in Mathematics and his research is currently focused on optimal control theory and differential games theory with applications to aerospace control problems, such as fuel-optimal path planning and formation flying.

 

To purchase or learn more about this book, please visit: http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319474663

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On October 18th, 2016, Chevron Executives Ken Nelson, Bill Hunter and Brent Walton visited AME. Dr. Cengiz Altan and Dr. Zahed Siddique spoke with them about the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering’s mission, provided a talent overview and presented opportunities to engage with AME students.

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Following the meeting, the Chevron executives attended a lunch and check presentation ceremony. Four AME students received the Chevron-Texaco Scholarship for the Fall 2016 semester. The scholarship recipients, Patrick Ahearn, Joseph Esparza, Ciore Taylor, and Joshua Tims, were invited to the luncheon where the guests presented the donation check. Congratulations!

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