Recently several Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering graduate students received scholarships at AME’s senior luncheon.

Graduate Student Scholarships

Arun Balakrishnan received the Thomas Milam, Sr. Scholarship. Arun is a Ph.D. Candidate from India studying aerospace engineering. His research interests and objectives include biofuel combustion, characterization of global and in-flame properties of pre-vaporized and partially premixed laminar flames, investigation of NOx formation and mechanisms at various flame conditions.

Bipul Barua received the Frank Chuck Mechanical Engineering Scholarship. Bipul is a Ph.D. Candidate from Bangladesh studying mechanical engineering. His research interests and objectives include electrospinning, polymer nanofiber, carbon nano-fiber/tubes, composites, polymer foam, metal oxide and experiential learning.

Jelena Milisavljevic received the Conoco Phillips Scholarship. Jelena is a graduate student from Serbia pursing her master’s degree in mechanical engineering. Her research interests and objectives include complex systems, disorganized and organized complexity and robust and resilient multistage manufacturing (RRMM).

Oluwaseyi Ogunsola received the Jim and Bee Close and John E. Francis Scholarship. Oulwaseyi is a Ph.D. Candidate from Nigeria studying mechanical engineering. His research interests and objectives include development and validation of thermal models for HVAC systems control and optimization.

Congratulations from all of us at AME! Keep up the good work!

In 2013, Baker Hughes teamed up with the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering at the University of Oklahoma to start a partnership with its students and Baker Hughes known as the 21st Century Co-op. The BHI 21st Century Co-op is a five year accelerated Bachelor of Science/Master of Science degree program in mechanical engineering or petroleum engineering. In addition to the required courses for both degrees, the BHI 21st Century Co-op curriculum includes customized courses offered by faculty and BHI engineers during summer internships, a senior capstone course, graduate cross-disciplinary courses and graduate theses all relevant to Baker Hughes and its initiatives.Baker Hughes Scholars

Through the BHI 21st Century Co-op, sophomores studying mechanical and/or petroleum engineering are invited to apply for the program. Students must submit an application including a resume, transcripts and an essay. Baker Hughes personnel interview a short list of candidates, and in consultation with the OU mentors, invite sophomores to become BHI Scholars. Baker Hughes and the OU mentors seek students who want to further their education with a master’s degree and those who are very career-driven with high professional goals.

“Integrity, teamwork, performance, learning and courage are the core values of Baker Hughes. These traits are what it takes to be a BHI Scholar,” said Jerry Varughese, mechanical engineering junior and BHI Scholar. “Our team seeks individuals who are willing to go above and beyond expectations. Our team looks for individuals who are willing to work hard but also always ready to learn.”

The aim of the program over the next three years is to enable BHI Scholars to work as a team on different aspects of a challenge problem identified by the BHI mentor. This year 11 BHI Scholars worked on the challenge problem. The mechanical engineering BHI Scholars are Wiley Abbott, Miles Burnett, Eric Douglas, Brandon McCabe, Chris Sanders and Jerry Varughese. The petroleum engineering BHI Scholars are Bryan Bodie, Pamela Duarte, Dallas Milligan, Dana Saeed and Alex Smith.

“The mix of petroleum and mechanical engineers brings a unique dynamic that allows us to constantly keep learning different perspectives,” said Eric Douglas, mechanical engineering senior and BHI Scholar. “The best part of this experience is the ability to work as a team.”

Something different with this program is its focus on interdisciplinary and collaborative learning. “Taking both petroleum and mechanical engineering classes is beneficial to creating a diverse educational background that will brand the BHI Scholars as a more valuable asset in the workplace, as well as well-rounded engineers,” said Dallas Milligan, petroleum engineering sophomore and BHI Scholar. “Having a perspective from both disciplines gives the BHI Scholars a chance to see problems from a different view, which can make all the difference in creating a unique solution.”

BHI 1 CroppedOn April 26, 2015, the Baker Hughes Scholars presented their solutions to the challenge problem to BHI mentor and engineer Larry Watkins. The challenge presented to the BHI Scholars focused on an overview of unconventional hydrocarbon resources, primarily shale plays and to review and identify the go forward challenges facing development of shale.Baker Hughes Co-op

On April 27, 2015, Rustom Mody, Vice President/Chief Engineer for Baker Hughes Enterprise Technology and the principal sponsor of the BHI 21st Century Co-op Program, presented a check for $160,000 in support of the program.

“The commitment from both Baker Hughes and the faculty sponsors to the program is encouraging. The faith they have in the scholars as they develop us into future contributors to the oil and gas industry definitely drives us to do our best,” said Alex Smith, junior in petroleum engineering and BHI Scholar. “Having this support system to challenge and force us out of our academic comfort zone has been my favorite part of this experience.”

Faculty sponsors of the BHI 21st Century Co-op are Farrokh Mistree, AME; Maysam Pournik, PGE; Chandra Rai, PGE; and Zahed Siddique, AME. For additional information, please contact Farrokh Mistree, farrokh.mistree@ou.edu.

Dr. Diana Bairaktarova, Assistant Professor of Engineering Practice, was recently featured on Current Conversations with Robert Con Davis-Undiano. Dr. Bairaktarova discusses her research and focuses on design thinking and the human experience.

This one-on-one lively forum features people who are making a difference in the world—scientists, educators, humanists, writers, and artists. The goal is to focus on people who function as “bridge builders,” or people in the culture who are making important connections between areas of knowledge.Each week the show finds relevant connections between people and areas of knowledge that really matter and gives its viewers a close-up perspective on important developments changing the world around them.

“I hope people will watch the show and be delighted at the research that’s being done at the University of Oklahoma,” Davis-Undiano said. “It’s a chance to meet some accomplished and brilliant people.”

Bairaktarova’s Research

Design Thinking

Designers

 

 

The School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering honored outstanding students at the spring luncheon on Friday, April 24, 2015. Both aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering awarded sophomores, juniors and seniors.

DSC_3708Pictured from left to right: Corbin Graham, Senior in Aerospace Engineering; Kyle Smith, Sophomore in Mechanical Engineering; Austin Burrus, Junior in Mechanical Engineering; Tayera Ellis, Sophomore in Aerospace Engineering; Adam Dachowicz, Senior in Mechanical Engineering; Nathan Justus, Junior in Aerospace Engineering; Richard Vollmeier, Sophomore in Aerospace Engineering; Alexander Spens, Junior in Aerospace Engineering; and Ethan Murphy, Senior in Mechanical Engineering.

Congratulations to the 2015 AME Outstanding Students!

On Thursday, April 30, 2015 the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering hosted the annual Capstone Senior Design Poster Fair in Devon Energy Hall and the ExxonMobil Lawrence G. Rawl Engineering Practice Facility. A total of 28 senior teams participated in the poster fair. These student groups have been working on their capstone research throughout their senior year. Students presented their posters to a group of judges who later selected the outstanding teams in each category. The categories consisted of aerospace engineering, prototype design, studies, testing, interdisciplinary and vehicle design. Click here to see the project summaries.

Aerospace Engineering:

JNB_09671st Place Aerospace Engineering: Design/Build/Fly Speedfest-Cody Shell, Justin Parks, Josiah Lund, Austin Jones and Di Zhu

JNB_09662nd Place Aerospace Engineering: Lockheed Martin Supersonic Business Jet-Corbin Graham, Allison Parker, Kylie Richardson, Ashley Carpenter, Blake Riojas

JNB_09833rd Place Aerospace Engineering: Northrop Grumman Scale Model of Reusable Spaceplane-Jared Repplinger, Andrew Hawkins, Evgeniy Ilichev, Resen Praytor, Kegan Duplechin

Mechanical Engineering:

JNB_0938Outstanding Prototype Design: Baker Hughes Alternate Closure Mechanisms for Safety Valves-Antonio Marquez, Andrew Roberts, Patrick Wood, Jeffrey Walker, William Maez

JNB_0942Outstanding Prototype Design: Trek Bicycle Corporation Pedal-Centered Sealed Gearbox System-William Cook, Morgan Andersen, Allicyn Berka, Clayton Stich

JNB_0952Outstanding Interdisciplinary: Baker Hughes Production Decline in Shale Wells-Eric Douglas and Bryan Bodie

JNB_0948Outstanding Vehicle Design: Sooner Off Road-Ray King and James Patrick Dunbar

JNB_0946Outstanding Testing: Schlumberger Design of an Experimental Setup to Measure High Temperature Shear Strength of Polymeric Materials-Robert Marcham, Brian Rockwell, Braden Hobaugh, John Shetley, Mohammed Abu Alrahi

JNB_0944Outstanding Studies: Cameron Valve Seat Analysis and Redesign-Conor McBride, Daniel McCaskill, Melissa Oestmann, Benjamin Schoen and Joshua Woodward

To view the full album from the poster fair, please click here.

Congratulations to all the outstanding groups and all the seniors on their success as undergraduates at OU and AME. We wish you the best in your future endeavors and your engineering careers!

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