Congratulations to Salomon Rodrigue Mbouombouo! As a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, he was awarded the Region V 2016 Vanguard Awards: Academic Excellence Outreach Award. This award is given to students that show great academic achievement, academic profile, and community involvement.
Dr. Thomas Hays’ Introduction to Aerospace Engineering course tested their model gliders in the Armory on Thursday, December 1, 2016. The student teams choose whether they wish to compete for either range or endurance and then they must predict how far or for how long it will fly.
“It is nice to be able to apply what you have been learning all semester to something as fun as constructing your own glider and testing it,” said Ryan Tullius (pictured left).
The students had the option to make the gliders out of any materials they want. Some of the common materials used were paperclips, balsa wood, and tape. Many students decorated their glider with different themes as well to represent each team.
The grant is a subcontract from ATA Engineering, Inc., in collaboration with the Air Force Research Laboratory and Mississippi State University, funded under the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP), specifically the HPCMP Applications Software Initiative (HASI) Project. They are working to develop enhanced computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models and algorithms to improve the prediction of flow and combustion in high-speed aircraft propulsion systems. Their focus at OU is the modeling and simulation of fluid turbulence. The team will be implementing newly developed models into the CFD software Loci-CHEM and providing the new tools to their collaborators at ATA and AFRL. This is the first year of a potentially four year project, subject to project progress and funding availability. The research group is hopeful to be awarded Year 2 funding.
The GCoE National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is rebranding who they are and what they represent during the 2016-2017 academic school year. This year’s campaign is titled “The Re-Brand Year” and NSBE is specifically focusing on membership retention, professional development, academic excellence and strengthening the black engineering community.
On November 11-13, the OU NSBE chapter traveled to Houston, TX for the Fall Regional Conference (FRC). Their trip was extremely successful and we’d like to take a moment to share details of their experience with you.
To begin, the OU NSBE chapter exists within Region 5out of 6 total regions. Within Region 5, there are 32 chapters and a total of 1083 students attended FRC this year. Forty-three OU students traveled to FRC. The OU NSBE chapter brought the most students to the conference and this is a record number of attendees in GCoE NSBE history. Of the 43 students, 38 students maintained over a 3.0 GPA
During this trip, our chapter increased our participation in daily events offered and demonstrated great professionalism. As a reward for timeliness, professional dress and for being noticeably engaged in comparison to other chapters, the OU chapter was given exclusive access to the career fair ahead of 1000+ other students. We had several students receive interviews.
Not only did we participate as a chapter in larger events, we also had 3 students compete in the Elevator Pitch Competition, 4 students in the NSBE Debaters Competition, 7 students in the Academic Bowl, and 6 students in the Talent Show. Witnessing “The Re-Brand Year” take effect beyond OU’s campus was amazing and it was even more amazing to watch our chapter compete well against other universities.
Results of the trip:
- Most Outstanding Chapter of the Oklahoma Zone
- Most Outstanding Chapter President
- Ciore Taylor – ME Senior
- The Esprit de Corps Award
- Jayde Williams – Comp E Sophomore
- Academic Excellence Outreach Award
- Salomon Mbouombouo Rodriquez, ME/PE Senior
- 1st Place, Elevator Pitch Competition
- Michele Tchindge – IE Freshmen
- Runner-up, Elevator Pitch Competition
- Salomon Mbouombouo Rodriquez — ME/PE Senior
- 1st Place, Academic Bowl – will compete at Nationals
- Ashley Medice – ME Junior
- Jared Alex — ME Sophomore
- Whitney Sennet — EE Junior
- Juliana France — IE Junior
- Olivia Smith — Comp E Freshmen
- Aria Lewis– IE Junior
- Ernest Hammond — EE Junior
- Dominique Menser — Environmental Engineering Junior
- 2 students also won free registration to the National Convention
- Barbara Namulwana
- Michele Tchindge – IE Freshmen
For more information on GCoE NSBE, follow their Facebook page.
Written by: Ciore Taylor