Gaylord student Victor Pozadas filmed and created a video on Dr. Chung-Hao Lee’s research. The video encompasses the work that Lee has been conducting with students in his lab. His research focuses on cardiovascular biomedical modeling and working with biological tissues and patient-specific modeling for improved diagnosis.

The goal of this current project is to take a patient specific geometry and put it into this model to figure out what treatment would work best for the patient. They are able to show how therapeutics effect the mechanics. The students said that it is really amazing to be able to work on a heart since mechanical engineers typically work with steel.

Thank you to Victor Pozadas for filming Dr. Lee’s work for others to see.

Watch video here: https://vimeo.com/295720619?ref=em-v-share

AME and ISE researchers Farrokh Mistree and Janet K. Allen released a monograph containing a fail-safe supply network that is designed to mitigate the impact of variations and disruptions on people and corporations. Mistree and Allen co-direct the Systems Realizations Laboratory at OU, which focuses on collaborative research in intelligent decision-based realizations of complex social systems. Ultimately, this work is aimed at educating strategic engineers.

In this monograph, they propose a framework, develop mathematical models and provide examples of a fail-safe supply network design. This is achieved by developing a network structure to mitigate the impact of disruptions that distort the network structure and planning flow through the network to neutralize the effects of variations.

The researchers asses current thinking at different levels of management within a network. The strategy revolves around 5 elements: reliability, robustness, flexibility, structural controllability, and resilience. Organizations can use the framework presented in this monograph to manage variations and disruptions. Managers can select the best operational management strategies for their supply networks considering variations in supply and demand and identify the best network restoration strategies. The framework is generalizable to other complex engineered networks.

The monograph was published October 15th, 2018 and is available for purchase here:

https://www.amazon.com/Architecting-Fail-Safe-Supply-Networks/dp/1138504262

AME was one of the selected schools to be featured on the TECAID Webiste with WEPAN. This website focuses on transforming engineering culture to advance inclusion and diversity. TECAID is an active program in which engineers can learn about the environment they are in, while learning about their skills and knowledge. They focus on how to create the best personalized experience for their engineers.

https://www.wepan.org/mpage/TECAID

We are now highlighted in multiple Webinars (2 and 3) along with a photo of the OU team. An interview was done with our director, Dr. Zahed Saddique. The interview can be found at this link: https://www.wepan.org/mpage/TECAID_MechEngDepts

We would like thank Phil Dineen who served as TECAID’s web designer and ASME who provided funds to make these final updates possible.

Our AME shop supervisor, Billy Mays, was one of nine employees at the University of Oklahoma to receive the Distinguished Performance Award. This award recognizes employees for their outstanding attitude and skillset related to their positions on campus and it includes a $1,000 prize. Billy has been working for OU and AME for 18 years, where he especially enjoys the people and creativity this department offers. Outside of being AME’s shop supervisor, he enjoys working outdoors, wood working, metal working, and fabrication. This makes him an ideal fit for AME’s shop supervisor in addition to his background in engineering, machine shop, and welding. Additionally, an Awards Ceremony will be held in the Student Union on Tuesday, April 24th at 11:00 a.m. for the recipients of the Distinguished Performance Award. Congratulations go out to Billy for his dedication and merit to his job at AME.

 

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.

Please click here for more information.

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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