We hope you enjoy the annual AME Newsletter! Happy Holidays from all of us at the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma!

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EurekAlert! The Global Source for Science News published a news release regarding AME’s selection and participation in Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity (TECAID) program.Tecaid Logo The five-person TECAID team represented by AME includes M. Cengiz Altan, Director and Professor; J. David Baldwin, Associate Professor; Wilson Merchan-Merchan, Associate Professor; Zahed Siddique, Professor; and Rebecca Norris, Office Manager. To read the article, please click here.

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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!

Tecaid LogoThe School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma was selected in late February to participate in a program called Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity (TECAID). As part of the program’s initiative, TECAID selected five U.S. Mechanical Engineering departments from across the country who are working to improve diversity and inclusion related to race, gender and other social identities and that wished to benefit from an infusion of support and expertise.

“We, at AME, were thrilled to be selected for the TECAID program, because we have a vision of a fully inclusive mechanical engineering program and we see this as a great opportunity to help us reach that goal,” said Rebecca Norris, AME’s office manager and member of the TECAID team.

As part of the TECAID program, each department will define a diversity and inclusion change project and work together toward achieving their goals. Expected departmental outcomes include more diversity, less bias, greater inclusion and a more informed, responsible academic citizenry in matters of gender, race, sexual orientation and other social identities. Participation in this program means that the team from AME will attend three workshops over the next year and will also meet online.

“I am very excited about our participation in the TECAID program as one of the five mechanical engineering departments in the nation,” said Altan. “The program will give us a tremendous opportunity to transform engineering culture to advance inclusion and diversity. We have formed an outstanding AME team who will work with the national leaders to develop and implement effective strategies to enhance the recruitment, retention and success of underrepresented groups in mechanical engineering at OU.”

AME’s department team includes AME Director M. Cengiz Altan, Associate Professor J. David Baldwin, Associate Professor Wilson Merchan-Merchan, Professor Zahed Siddique and Rebecca Norris. This team will rely heavily on input from faculty members, especially female colleagues and those from underrepresented groups. AME believes the transformation of our school has to be driven from within, with the perception that the “majority” is driving the change.

“The TECAID program will help us discover more effective ways to recruit and retain underrepresented students in mechanical engineering to ensure that we are providing learning opportunities to top students from all groups,” said Siddique.

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Suzi Skinner

Student services coordinator Suzi Skinner retired after nearly 12 years with the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.  She helped thousands of students during her time at AME.

“The high point of my career has been interacting with students and seeing them grow from being freshman to graduates,” she said.

Skinner plans on making trips to see her grandchild and spending time with her family.

We gave members of the AME Facebook Fan Page an opportunity to say a few departing words to Suzi.  Below are some of the comments:

  • Suzy is really great and helped us in many ways which is really appreciable. We were guided in the right directions by her. Love you Suzi. You will be missed for sure. You are awesome. – Pratyush
  • Thank you Suzi for all that you have done. You’ve helped so many of us during our time at OU. Your hard work, dedication and kindness have been noticed by many. You will definitely be missed.  – Christopher
  • Suzi made me feel so comfortable from my first day on campus. It was always a joy to stop by the office for a chat or a quick hello. If I needed help with anything, Suzi was the first person I’d ask. Enjoy retirement, sweet lady! You’ve earned it.  – Ada
  • Noo Suzi!!! We almost made it to the end together!! Getting my undergrad last year and now being one semester away from my master, def couldn’t have done it without your wonderful guidance and honest advice!! Thanks a million and I hope to come around soon before I leave! If you have a question always stop to see Suzi!! 🙂 – Diego

Truer words could not be said about Suzi and her dedication to AME.  Suzi’s successor is Kate O’Brien.

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