Sooner Rover Team Selected for NASA Competition

The Sooner Rover Team was one of only eight teams selected to compete in the 6th Annual NASA RASC-AL Robo-Ops Challenge. The team received $10,000 from NASA to build a planetary rover prototype, which they will use to complete a series of competitive tasks in field tests at the NASA Johnson Space Center’s Rock Yard in Houston, Texas in May 2016. The winning competition team will win a $6,000 prize.

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Sooner Rover Team’s 3D Model Proposal

The other teams selected for the competition include California State University Long Beach, University of California at Berkeley, University of Maryland, University of Buffalo in New York, University of Utah, University of Wyoming and West Virginia University.

The competition team, made up of AME students, includes Bill Doyle (BS ME), Jacob Jordan (BS ME), Nathan Justus (BS AE), Dane Schoelen (BS ME) and Brent Wolf (BS ME). The team is advised by Dr. David Miller.

 Click here to view the official NASA news release.

 Congratulations to the Sooner Rover Team. Next stop: Texas!

SWE Members Win Engineering Challenge

In February 2015, the Society of Women Engineers’ advisor, Dr. Sezin Kadioglu, approached Jacki Bradshaw, mechanical engineering, and Katie Crowley, chemical engineering, about an Engineering Challenge hosted by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and PepsiCo. After reviewing the challenge details, Jacki and Katie knew they could create something amazing for this proposal. They sent in their finished proposal to PepsiCo before the May deadline feeling accomplished and hopeful in their research proposal. After several months had passed, they received an e-mail in September informing them they had been selected for the final round of judging.

In order to see Jacki and Katie’s proposal presentation, PepsiCo funded their flights, registration and hotel costs for the National Society of Women Engineers’ Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. At the end of October, the girls flew to Nashville for the conference where they gave their presentation in front of eight PepsiCo representatives. As Jacki and Katie stood on stage with all the finalists and the PepsiCo representatives, their names were called as the first place winners.Jacki_Katie_PepsiCowinners

“The feeling of accomplishment, disbelief and overwhelming pride have still yet to wear off,” said Jacki Bradshaw. “They told us that sometime this winter we will be flying to New York to present our proposal to senior leadership in the company, as well as take a tour of the PepsiCo headquarters.”

Congratulations to Jacki Bradshaw and Katie Crowley on this outstanding achievement. You represented the OU Gallogly College of Engineering and OU’s SWE Chapter so well! Good luck in New York!

AME Board of Advisors hold 2015 Fall Meeting

The School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Board of Advisors attended their annual fall meeting on Friday, November 6, 2015. The BOA had a busy day with a full agenda. They reviewed the school’s recent accomplishments and made plans for future endeavors. Tommy Lear, Chair of the BOA, led the discussions throughout the day. Lastly, Monica Mitchell and Michelle Coppedge, two new members of the BOA, were in attendance providing valuable input and a fresh outlook. Thank you to all who attended. We look forward to seeing you in the spring!

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AIAA attends SFTE Conference

At the end of October, OU’s AIAA attended the annual Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE) in Fort Worth, Texas. While at the conference, they also had the opportunity to tour the Lockheed Martin Facility.lockheed travis hannah

Jawanza Bassue, aerospace engineering graduate student, presented at SFTE. Many companies were anxious to assist in his graduate research.

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The members of AIAA who attended were Travis Phifer, Hannah Hunt, Olivia Blount, Felipe Cunningham, Nick Pequeno, Jawanza Bassue, Matt Bagley, Joshua Fuss, Josiah Lund and Sean Ly.

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Dream Course Lecture Series Welcomes Devin Pauley


devin_pauleyPlease join us for this week’s User Experience Design Presidential Dream Course Lecture with Devin Pauley. Mr. Pauley currently works at Apple and is a former senior product design engineer for Amazon. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2004 from the University of Oklahoma. The seminar is titled Immersing Users in Products. The seminar is Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 9:00am in the Hitachi Conference Room, 214 Felgar Hall. The lecture is open to the public.

Devin Pauley is a current Apple employee and former senior product design engineer for Amazon. Pauley regularly meets with engineering students and faculty on campuses to share his stories on designing cell phones, e-readers and ecosystem products, and to offer advice and encouragement on career advancement. Pauley received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering in 2004 from the University of Oklahoma.

Pauley holds three patents and is a two-time recipient of the BRAVO! Award from Motorola, where he worked from 2004 to 2008 as a product design mechanical engineer. He also is the engineering program manager behind the development and launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus silicone cases.

Pauley received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering in 2004 from the University of Oklahoma. While pursuing his studies at OU, Pauley was involved in several leadership roles with the Sooner Racing Team, a Formula SAE international student-engineering competition team. His roles on the team ranged from managing its engine systems, driveline integration and brake system leader to president. Under his leadership, the team won multiple awards, including a first-place finish in the Continental Teves Brake Systems category. Also while at OU, Pauley was active in Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, the National Society of Black Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers. Since 2009, Pauley has served on the OU College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Board on Diversity.

For more information about Mr. Pauley or the User Experience Design Presidential Dream Course Lecture Series, please click here.

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