From September 8-14, 2015, the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering hosted its first Photo Challenge where students were encouraged to complete various challenges in return for a complimentary AME t-shirt. Students had to complete three out of four photo challenges and post the photos to the AME social media sites using the hashtag #AMEChallenge by the end of the day on Monday, September 14th in order to receive the complimentary t-shirt.

The challenges were as follows:

1. Take a photo of yourself with an AME faculty member.

He, Jason Hughes, Derien2. Take a photo of yourself inside or outside of Felgar Hall.

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3. Take a photo of yourself in front of the trophy case outside of the AME Office.

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4. Take a photo of yourself in the mezzanine (2nd floor) of the Rawl Engineering Practice Facility.

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Over 60 students participated in the AME Photo Challenge receiving the t-shirt. Click here to view all the photos from the AME students. It was a nice little study break for the students and a fun time for all!

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Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Inc., a multinational company based in India, has awarded a multi-year collaborative grant to Janet K. Allen, Ph.D., of the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Farrokh Mistree, Ph.D., of the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. This wife and husband engineering team will also work with Jitesh Panchal, Ph.D., of Purdue University on this grant. The first year’s grant totals just over $220,000. The title of the project is, Decision-Based Collaborative, Design Workflow Management and Robust Networks.

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The OU-Purdue team plans to develop a decision-based engine for collaborative workflow management that can be integrated with the Platform for the Realization of Engineered Materials and Products (PREMɅP), which is currently being developed by TCS. Here, workflow refers to a sequence of computational tasks in which information flows from one task to subsequent task via a graph topology with decision steps at certain graph nodes. Workflow management encapsulates collaborative creation and execution, modular reuse, and reconfiguration. The team’s focus is on supporting product designers and systems engineers who have fundamental engineering knowledge but may not be experts in all the aspects of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering. The team plans to apply robust design principles, specifically the Compromise Decision Support Problem, to realize fail-safe networks. Potential applications of fail-safe networks include networks that need to take into account variations and disruptions that affect profitability. Some examples include: company mergers (e.g., Halliburton’s impending purchase of Baker Hughes), labor union strikes (e.g., labor strike on the west coast of the United States in 2002), sanctions imposed or lifted (e.g., economic sanctions against Iran being lifted by the UN in July 2015), plantations being destroyed (banana plantations were destroyed by Hurricane Mitch in 1998), air traffic being suspended due to weather or terrorism, main suppliers put out of commission by natural disasters (e.g., the 1999 earthquake in Taiwan disrupted semiconductor fabrication facilities), etc.

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Members of OU’s American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) attended the Bell Helicopter Fort Worth Alliance Air Show in Fort Worth, Texas over the weekend of September 12-13, 2015. AIAA members who attended include Matthew Bagley, Coleton Domann, Travis Phifer, Dustin Rann, Colin Riggert, Alex Spens, Aidan Van Maren and Dr. Thomas Hays, AIAA Advisor.

On the evenings of September 1st and 2nd, 2015, Dave Bert, AME Board of Advisor member, met with AME’s undergraduate and graduate students in the Engineering Practice Facility. On September 1st, Mr. Bert spoke with freshmen, sophomores and juniors about about résumé building, the importance of internships and how to choose elective courses. On September 2nd, Mr. Bert spoke with seniors and graduate students regarding important strategies to securing full-time employment including the interview process and résumés. Students were engaged throughout the evening by asking questions, leading discussion and taking notes.

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Dave Bert is the Vice President of Drilling at Chesapeake Energy Corporation in Oklahoma City. He is a proven oil and gas executive with significant expertise in drilling, completion, field development, operations management and engineering. Dave has been instrumental in Chesapeake’s achievement of industry-leading unconventional horizontal drilling, operational efficiency and production growth. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, an M.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California and is a licensed professional engineer. Dave was inducted into the University of Oklahoma Gallogly College of Engineering Distinguished Graduates Society. He serves as a member of the Gallogly College of Engineering Advisory Board and the AME Board of Advisors.

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