Brooke Owens Fellowship Recipient Encourages Others to Apply

This summer, aerospace engineering student Kaley Hassell participated in the Brooke Owens Fellowship Program. Now, she is encouraging other students to apply.

Hassell decided to apply for the Brooke Owens Fellowship program when she saw that it offered opportunities to work with amazing aerospace companies. She said, “the program is absolutely amazing for undergraduate women in aerospace.” Applications for the fellowship are open, and they close on November 12th.

As a selected fellow, Kaley Hassel worked with the engineering department at Sierra Nevada Corporation on the Dream Chaser spacecraft. She also got the opportunity to work with astronauts and CEOs.

Part of the Brooke Owens Fellowship Summit was the grand challenge presentation held in Washington D.C. “All of us were divided into groups and solved a grand challenge-or humanity’s next biggest feat,” Hassell said. “We got to present and network with a lot of cool people! We were tasked with solving how we could create a collaborative lunar economy. It was a lot of fun.”

 

 

Part of the Fellowship is being assigned a professional mentor. “Mine was Mr. Tory Bruno, CEO of the United Launch Alliance,” Hassell said. “It was really awesome getting to know and learn from him. He even invited me to observe mission control on the recent AEHF5 launch on August 8th!”

 

 

 

Kaley Hassell’s Experiences

 

NASA Administrator Mr. Jim Bridenstine keynote spoke to the Brookies at one of the fellowship dinners. “It was really cool,” Hassell said. “I learned a lot about how policy goes into the aerospace world and even got to ask him a question face to face!”

 

 

 

 

Hassell said the Brookies are definitely a family. She got to make some great connections with women from around the world who are passionate about making a change in the world of aerospace.

 

 

 

 

 

They also got to have a fireside chat with NASA Chief of Staff Janet Karika.

 

 

 

 

 

 

They also got to meet Oklahoma Representative Kendra Horn, and have a fireside chat with her about different space issues as well as learn from her successes and experience.

 

 

 

 

 

Kaley Hassell and her friend Ivy (another Brookie) with the Dream Chaser spacecraft. “I worked in the Systems Engineering department, solving problems and integrating between different systems,” Hassell said.

 

 

 

Pictured is the Brookie Class of 2019 at the Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum. The Discovery space shuttle is in the background. “It was really cool to see it in person since I was basically working on a mini version of the Shuttle at SNC this summer!” Hassell said.

 

Sooner Off-Road Participates in Midnight Mayhem Competition

On September 21, Sooner Off-Road participated in the Midnight Mayhem competition at the Drop Forge Proving Grounds at the University of Louisville. They competed against 100 other teams in the competition and finished with successful results.

Twelve Sooner Off-Road members attended the competition and all of them had the opportunity to drive. They took two vehicles to the competition, the 2019 competition vehicle, Isabella #12, and the 2018 competition vehicle, Valerie #41.

 

Valerie #41 results:

50th Acceleration 5.32 seconds over 150ft

50th Maneuverability

50th Baja Cross, a suspension testing event

 

Isabella #12 results:

20th Acceleration at 4.77 seconds over 150ft

37th Maneuverability

10th Baja Cross, a suspension testing event

 

In the 4-hour endurance race:

Car #12 peaked in 3rd place before it broke a rear suspension component. They were able to repair the vehicle and get back on track and complete a few more laps before the end of the race. The car’s final place was 24th with a final lap time of 2 minutes and 51 seconds.

Car #41 peaked in 15th place before breaking a front suspension component and coming out of the race for the remainder of the time. The car’s final place was 41st with a best lap time of 3 minutes and 11 seconds.

AME Graduates Featured in The OU Daily for Their New App

Sam Jett (pictured), a mechanical engineering graduate, Zach Schuermann, a mechanical engineering and computer engineering graduate, and Joseph Lovoi, a finance, entrepreneurship and venture management graduate, were featured in the OU Daily for their new app. The app is called STEV (Student-Teacher Evaluation Visualizations), and it’s a new way for students to evaluate their teachers.

Click here to read the full article on the OU Daily Website.

Meet Dr. Kazempoor, an Assistant Professor new to the University of Oklahoma

Dr. Pejman Kazempoor started working at OU as an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the beginning of this semester. Dr. Kazempoor’s research interests include driving sustainable performance in the Oil and Gas industry; Process modeling, simulation, and optimization; Natural gas transmission and processing; Energy storage, Fuel cells, and Batteries; Advanced sensor technologies; Data analytics and machine learning.

Dr. Kazempoor believes that OU is a well-respected, and comprehensive global university and has an incredible diversity on campus. He also said that OU stands out as a leader in many sciences, engineering, and medical fields. It has been providing students with a world-class education for over 100 years. He said OU is also the leading arts and cultural center in the state of Oklahoma.

He’s looking forward to developing innovative and multi-disciplinary research projects related to the oil and gas industry. He is broadly interested in sustainable energy for the O&G industry with the main objectives to increase energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

Dr. Kazempoor is from the city of Isfahan located in central Iran. The city is renowned for its outstanding Islamic and Iranian architecture. The city was once one of the largest and most important cities in Central Asia. French poet Renier visited Isfahan for the first time; and called it “Half of the World.”

Dr. Kazempoor enjoys fine arts especially Western and Native-American paintings and bronze sculptures. He was a marathon runner when he was younger, but now he enjoys more hiking, fishing, camping and spending time with his family and friends. Dr. Kazempoor also plays two traditional music instruments –Tar and Setar.

Shell Fall Festival Gives Students an Opportunity to Get Involved in AME Organizations

Shell Fall Festival occurred in the engineering quad on August 23 where new and returning students had the opportunity to learn about several student organizations. Students also enjoyed a dunk tank and other carnival games, free hamburgers, snow cones and t-shirts, and networking opportunities with Shell and Schlumberger. Below are some of the student organizations that participated in the festival!

Sooner Rover Team is an OU Engineering competition team composed of Mechanical, Electrical, Aerospace, and Computer Engineers. The team designs, builds, and documents a rover for the University Rover Challenge competition.

Sooner Rover Team Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SoonerRover/

Sooner Rover Team Website: http://ou.edu/soonerrover/

Boomer Rocket Team is a group of multidisciplinary engineering students at the University of Oklahoma dedicated to the design, construction, and launch of high powered rockets.

Boomer Rocket Team Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oubrt/

Boomer Rocket Team Website: brt.ou.edu

Sooner Off-Road is an organization that builds an off-road style vehicle for competition. During their competitions, engineering students are given a mission to design and build a vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain and sometimes water.

Sooner Off-Road Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SoonerOffRoad/

Sooner Off-Road Website:  http://www.ou.edu/offroad/history.html

The Sooner Racing Team is a competition team at the University of Oklahoma. Their goal is to build a Formula SAE race car to participate in events across the United States and around the world. Teams are judged on criteria involving engineering design, material and manufacturing cost, marketing analysis, and final product performance and reliability.

Sooner Racing Team Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soonerracingteam/

Sooner Racing Team Website: https://sae.ou.edu/

(Combined booth: AIAA and DBF Crimson Skies)

AIAA is the leading professional society for America’s aerospace engineers, offering its members exclusive industry news, business and academic relationships and entrance to national conferences. Through facility tours, technical discussions from industry personnel and AIAA sponsored design competitions the student members gain valuable relationships with and insight into their scientific field, their industrial community, and their engineering family.

AIAA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OUAIAA/

DBF Crimson Skies is the University of Oklahoma Design/Build/Fly competition team. They design, fabricate, and test an R/C aircraft for the AIAA hosted Design Build Fly Competition.

DBF Crimson Skies Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DBFCrimsonSkies/

 

 

 

Dr. Hays and Students Place First in the American Radio Relay League RTTY Rookie Roundup

Aerospace engineering sophomore Jarrod Manning, data science masters student Jorge Garcia, and Dr. Hays placed first in ARRL’s (American Radio Relay League) RTTY rookie roundup competition on August 18th.

The students used the national weather center’s tri-band yagi antenna to make 50 contacts using RTTY (Baudot FSK digital mode). Contacts came from widely varying distances as close as Norman, and as far abroad as Belgium. The competition encourages new amateur radio operators that have earned their license within the previous three years to engage in antenna, propagation, and digital mode studies. ARRL is the primary amateur radio organization in the United States and sponsors many similar competitions throughout the year.

Student Research Spotlight: BBDL Member Devin Laurence

The AME Student Research Spotlight this month is Devin Laurence, a member of the Biomechanics and Biomaterials Design Lab (BBDL). Laurence is a graduate student in the BBDL at the University of Oklahoma studying mechanical engineering. His specific research project involves computational modeling of the tricuspid heart valve to move towards patient-specific therapeutics. He plans to pursue his Ph.D. with an emphasis on cardiovascular biomechanics and to continue into academia afterwards. In his free time, Devin enjoys playing chess, disc golf, and hiking/camping.

Click here for more information about the BBDL.

The Sooner Racing Team Competition Results are in!

The Sooner Racing Team had a successful competition at Formula SAE Lincoln, an engineering design competition for undergraduate and graduate students. The team traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska from June 19-22 and exceeded their goals for the competition.

The Sooner Racing Team received 14th in the cost event, 14th in fuel efficiency, 22nd in endurance, 26th in acceleration, 29th in design, and a 10th place award for the quality of their engineering drawings. They finished the competition 33rd overall out of the 80 teams. Additionally, the team got through technical inspections in the first two days with only minor adjustments needed, completed all of the static and dynamic events, and finished the endurance race. Overall, the team is very happy with the results and the way the car came out this year.

Congratulations Sooner Racing Team! Click here to learn more information about the team.

Student Research Spotlight: BBDL Member Sam Jett

The AME Student Research Spotlight this month is Sam Jett, a member of the Biomechanics and Biomaterials Design Lab (BBDL). Jett is a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma, working on his master’s degrees in mechanical engineering. Sam started out in the BBDL working on the biaxial testing project for heart valve leaflet tissue and is currently working to design a collagen imaging system that will integrate with the biaxial tester to study how dynamic loading affects collagen fiber orientation and alignment in biological tissues. In the lab, he enjoys exploring the biological imaging field, writing code to gain valuable insights from data, collaborating with other lab members, and exercising the freedom to work with teams to develop innovative solutions to research goals. Outside of school, Sam spends time walking his dog, reading, exercising, hanging out with his friends, and enjoying the occasional night out on the town. He hopes to work on biomedical device and software design and after completing his M.S. studies at OU.

Click here for more information about the BBDL.

Student Research Spotlight: BBDL Member Colton Ross

The AME Student Research Spotlight this month is Colton Ross, a member of the Biomechanics and Biomaterials Design Lab (BBDL). Ross is a senior student studying mechanical engineering in the Accelerated BS/MS program. In the BBDL, Colton’s research involves mechanical characterizations of heart valve structures. Specifically, his research project involves analysis of the chordae tendineae of the atrioventricular heart valves. Upon completing his thesis and receiving his MS, Colton plans to pursue a Ph.D. to continue performing research in the field of biomedical engineering. In his future Ph.D. research and career (in either academia or industry), Colton wants to focus on the development and improvement of medical devices or limb prosthesis. Outside of his coursework and the BBDL, Colton enjoys playing guitar, going to concerts, and playing video games with his friends.

Click here for more information about the BBDL.