Two AME undergraduate students received prestigious American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) awards. Clayton Smith, junior in mechanical engineering, received the 2017 Tom J. Love Award. This is an outstanding student member award given to the most active student member of ASME at the University of Oklahoma. Clayton served as the president of ASME OU chapter in the 2016-2017 academic year. He has led multiple ASME events and has significantly increased membership for this student group.
Devin Laurence, junior in mechanical engineering, received the ASME Central Oklahoma Section Undergraduate Scholarship of $500. Devin served as the vice president of engagement of ASME OU chapter. He is currently working with AME faculty, Dr. Chung-Hao Lee, to pursue his accelerated master’s degree. He plans to continue his doctoral study after graduation.
Please join AME in congratulating these students!
AME faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students attended the 37th Oklahoma AIAA/ASME Symposium at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 15, 2017. AME students contributed 15 technical presentations to the symposium. AME faculty, Drs. Chung-Hao Lee and Yingtao Liu, served as session chairs and led technical discussions in their session.
The Oklahoma AIAA/ASME Symposium is an annual student conference in the State of Oklahoma. Students majoring in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, and University of Tulsa present their research at this conference. This is a prestigious opportunity for OU AME students to publicize their research and prepare for their academic / industrial careers.
Lauren Woodbury graduated from AME in 2014 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. She is originally from Yukon, OK and is now living in Royal Oak, Michigan. Ms. Woodbury is currently working as an entry-level engineer at Isuzu Technical Center of America and pursuing an M.S. in automotive engineering part-time at the University of Michigan.
“I really like working on cars, because I like working on things that move. I like working with parts,” said Ms. Woodbury. “While I do sit at a desk and work on engineering-related studies, I also get to go out to the garage and look at the actual cars and help with the salvation team if there is any kind of information they need from engineering, I can go see whatever it is they are working on. I also get to do field investigation with customs or dealerships.”
While at AME, she participated in the Sooner Racing team and Sooner Off Road team. As a part of these teams, Ms. Woodbury had opportunities to work with other students and participate in class, and group problems and projects.
Ms. Woodbury’s family truly influenced her decision to pursue a career in engineering:
I enjoyed watching motorsports with my dad on the weekend. I really liked visiting grandparents in KS because they owned an automotive shop where they worked on vehicles for customers and also focused on rebuilding and refurbishing classic vehicles. I got to work on vehicles from the 60s and 20s. I was able to see how different they were from the vehicles today. It seemed the assembly of the vehicle was simple, but once I started taking it apart, there are a lot more pieces than imagined and it is really not that easy.
In her spare time, she enjoys exploring and traveling around Michigan. Ms. Woodbury is a fan of the OKC Thunder and Detroit Lions. Also, she enjoys motorsports.
The course consisted of different terrains and obstacles.
Throughout the fall semester, students taking the pre-capstone AME course, “Principles of Engineering Design” worked on a project that led up to a final performance test. The problem description is created out of a fascinating anthology of problems.
The students prepped the robots at the starting line.
The students’ task was to design, build and test a robot that has the ability to travel through an obstacle course and end by piercing a Styrofoam board, hopefully popping the balloon housed underneath. The teams were given 2 attempts to complete both aspects of the task with an optional 5-minute break to fix their robot or make alterations.
Chris Sanders, Pamela Duarte, Dallas Milligan, and Ian Wright choose to take time to fix their robot before their 2nd attempt at the course.
Each team consisted of a group of 4-5 interdisciplinary engineering students, ranging from mechanical to petroleum.
According to Senior Mechanical Engineering student Ciore Taylor, the class consisted of lessons about the design and planning phases. Teams initially determined the different skills each person in the group had, then moved on to coming up with different designs, then come to conclude the design process. Students were encouraged to use their imagination when coming up with the designs of the robot.
The winning teams were announced after each team had the opportunity to test their robots.
Dr. Keith Walters was awarded $37,363.00 for his research project titled “Multiphysics Simulations of Multi-Component, Off-Design Aircraft Engine Operation Using Dynamic Hybrid RANS/LES.”
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
- 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
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Written by: Ciore Taylor
Dr. Hamidreza Shabgard joined AME as an Assistant Professor in the Fall 2016 semester. He completed his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in thermal-fluid sciences at the University of Connecticut in 2014. Dr. Shabgard holds an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration of energy conversion from the Amirkabir University of Technology (Iran) and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Azad University of Mashhad (Iran).
After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Shabgard took a post-doctoral position at Drexel University, where he worked on advanced dry-cooling technology for power plants. Dr. Shabgard’s research interests include multiphase flow and heat transfer, particulate flow, CFD, thermal energy storage, and heat pipes. His work is focused on the development of efficient and sustainable energy systems through a fundamental understanding of the underlying physics involved in fluid flow and heat transfer, as well as, innovative thermofluidic design.
Dr. Shabgard has big plans for his time at the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, “Energy is critical in our daily lives and is closely tied to environment and natural resources. My work is related to energy and in particular the thermal-fluid systems involved in production, conversion, storage, transfer and management of energy. As a faculty member in AME, I will have the opportunity to work with students and carry out cutting edge research in one of the finest educational institutions.”
Please join AME in thanking the following graduate students and their mentors for participating in the Engineering Graduate Student Community 2016 Poster Fair organized by the GCOE on November 11, 2016. Of the 24 entries, five were from AME:
- Arun Balakrishnan: Effect of Fuel Aromatic Content on NOx Emission from Petro/Biodiesel Flames. Mentors: Gollahalli and Parthasarathy
- Tom Boone. Operational Losses in Space Launch. Mentor: Miller
- Flavio Ivan Moreno: Combustion and Emission Characteristics of Three Component Fuel Blends in a Porous Media Burner. Mentor: Parthasarathy
- Anand Balu Nellippallil: A Goal-Oriented, Sequential Design Method for the Horizontal Integration of a Multi-Stage Hot Rod Rolling System. Mentors: Allen (ISE) and Mistree
- Dana Saeed: Robust Stimulation Method in Eagle Ford Shale. Mentors: Pournik (PGE), Siddique and Mistree
Congratulations to Anand Balu Nellippallil for receiving the top award!
Dr. Chung-Hao Lee was an ICES/AHA postdoctoral fellow in the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at the University of Texas at Austin. Since 2012, he worked with Professor Michael Sacks on heart valve biomechanics. Previously, he graduated with a B.S. and M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan in 2003 and 2005, respectively, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Major in Structural & Computational Mechanics) from UCLA in 2011, working with Professor J.S. Chen on his dissertation on Atomistic to Continuum Modeling of DNA Molecules.
Dr. Lee’s research interests revolve around image-based computational biomechanics, tissue mechanical and microstructural quantifications, structure- based constitutive models for biological tissues, and multiscale materials modeling, with a primary focus on improving patient-specific healthcare of cardiovascular diseases by integrating essential biomechanical processes across molecular, cellular, tissue and organ scales.
He is excited for the new research opportunities at OU, “I am looking forward to collaborating with the colleagues in the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and the Gallogly College of Engineering at OU. Collaborative research across disciplines will bring together engineers like me and surgeons and clinicians to facilitate health-related biomedical research.”