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.”

AME Capstone Team Wins Grand Prize at International Competition

Congratulations to the mechanical engineering capstone team Pedal Centered Sealed Gearbox System. The student team members were the Grand Prize winner of the Designing for the Future Student Competition sponsored by Design Engineering Division of American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The team was selected as one of the four finalists to attend and present their project at the 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC 2015) and shared the Grand Prize jointly with a capstone team from Yale University.

Trek Team Blog Photo

The members of the capstone team from OU AME are Morgan Andersen, Allicyn Berka, William Cook, Clayton Stich and faculty advisor Dr. Harold Stalford. The project was sponsored by Trek Bicycle.

Trek Group 14 Poster Final Draft

Designing for the Future is an ASME undergraduate competition that allows students to utilize their capstone design experience. This competition is an undergraduate design competition funded by Design Engineering Division. The purpose of this competition is to recognize that our undergraduate students are the future of the engineering profession while highlighting the importance of working together in our diverse world community and the appropriate stewardship of our resources as technology continues to move forward. The competition encourages undergraduates in design activities to improve education in the art and the science of mechanical engineering design for students. While also providing an incentive to continue in design and become the researchers, educators and professional design practitioners of the future.

Congratulations again to the AME capstone team for their great success! It is such an honor to be named Grand Prize winners of the competition, and we are all very proud of you!

Incoming Engineering Students Participate in AT&T Summer Bridge Program

The Gallogly College of Engineering and the Multicultural Engineering Program recently hosted the AT&T Summer Bridge Program. The program is a four-week residential, on-campus program for incoming freshmen at the University of Oklahoma who plan to major in an engineering discipline.

The program is designed to introduce the students to the rigorous engineering coursework through course credit, team building exercises and seminars. Students complete a math and a chemistry course during the four-week program. They also work in teams to create a Rube Goldberg Machine. This allows students to begin building relationships with their peers, faculty and staff.


From the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, 17 incoming freshmen participated in the AT&T Summer Bridge Program. Director M. Cengiz Altan and Mechanical Engineering Chair Wilson Merchán-Merchán spent time with the AME students during a luncheon at Hideaway Pizza on Campus Corner. At the luncheon, students learned some basic information about the coursework at AME and were introduced to the student teams.


On July 31, 2015, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin spoke at the ExxonMobil Lawrence G. Rawl Engineering Practice Facility (REPF) about the importance of STEM programs in today’s education and in the industry. She also spoke about the impact of the AT&T Summer Bridge Program for our students. AT&T Oklahoma President Steve Hahn also spoke on behalf of AT&T and the program.

To conclude the four-week program, students finished coursework testing and also tested their Rube Goldberg Machines in REPF as family, friends, faculty and staff watched from the mezzanine.


Congratulations to the incoming students on the completion of the AT&T Summer Bridge Program. Good luck as you begin your journey as an engineering Sooner!