Devin Laurence, a senior mechanical engineering student at AME, recently participated in the 2018 Research Day at the Capitol in Oklahoma City on March 27, 2018.  The poster competition is presented and sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Oklahoma Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research and the National Science Foundation. The event offers an opportunity for nominated, undergraduate students currently enrolled in Oklahoma universities to present science-based research to a panel of judges, State Legislators as well as the public. He was required to give a brief oral presentation regarding his poster’s topic, participate in a short Q&A session with a panel of judges, as well as present a technical abstract on his topic.   

Devin received the Grand Prize for his presentation on: “Integrated Experimental-Computational Approach for Multiscale Investigations of Atrioventricular Heart Valves With Applications to Individual-Optimized Surgery Planning.”  His prize included a $500 award as well as a $4,000 summer research internship. A hearty congratulations goes out to Devin on his success for presenting at the capitol and for the recognition of this prestigious award.

(View Poster Here: Laurence_RD@C-24m2pfb)

The Sooner Racing Team is utilizing the Thousands Strong crowdfunding platform to raise money for their upcoming competition. The campaign started February 19, 2018 and ends March 23, 2018 at 11:59 PM. As of today the team had reached 79% of their total goal. Help them reach 100% by donating on the Thousands Strong website.

Who We Are

The Sooner Racing Team is an OU student organization that designs, builds, tests, and races an open-wheel, formula-style race car. Each year, we compete against teams from around the world. Our team wants to take our 2018 car to the Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) competition in Lincoln, Nebraska, but we need your help getting there!

How You Can Help

Formula SAE competitions provide invaluable professional experience for our team members. We learn hands-on skills and have the opportunity to network with businesses in the automotive field as well as with students from 550 other universities around the world. For the past seven months, our team has been hard at work designing and manufacturing our 2018 car, but we need your financial support to get it to the competition. Your donations will help cover travel costs to get us on the road, and if we exceed our goal of $5,000, extra funds will be put towards purchasing new sets of racing tires.

Please help spread the word about our campaign by sharing the link with your friends and family via social media! We cannot compete to the highest of our ability without the support of our amazing OU friends and family!

Thank You!

Thank you for your support of our team. We are certain that with your help, we can cross the finish line Sooner!

Donate here: https://thousandsstrong.ou.edu/project/9037/wall

The Sooner Rover Team was featured on KOCO News Channel 5 to talk about their Thousands Strong campaign.

The campaign is only 46% funded and has 1 day left! Help the Sooner Rover Team get to competition this year with a donation as little as $5.00. Every little bit helps!

 

The Sooner Rover Team Thousands Strong campaign launched in October and ends November 10, 2017. The team has a goal of raising $10,000, with “giving levels” starting from as low as $5.00. With 10 days left, the team could use the generous help of our alumni and AME friends!

To donate to the Sooner Rover Team Thousands Strong Campaign, click here.

Our Team

The Sooner Rover Team was founded in the Fall semester of 2015 by a small group of students that were interested in space and robotics who saw a very successful competition year, bringing home the highest score the NASA RASC-AL Robo Ops Competition has ever seen! Since then, the team has grown to more than 60 students who are eager to manufacture a competition ready rover. We will be taking on the same competition as last year: The University Rover Challenge! Among the students on the team over 10 majors are represented including Aerospace, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Geology/Geophysics, Mathematics, and Astrophysics.

Our Need

We need your support! Let’s start off by saying that $10,000 is a very beginning goal for us and we are aiming to raise at least 15,000!! Last year, the team raised over $17,000 with the help of supporters like you. This year, the University Rover Challenge aims to once again test the bounds of our team. This is an exciting task for the Sooner Rover Team and we can’t wait to overcome the new challenges set before us. We ask for your support to help us achieve success, once again, for our team and for our University. We promise, as a team, that your contributions will be used to bring us closer to our final product and are extremely grateful for each and every act of support! BOOMER SOONER!

Our Rover

The Sooner Rover is based off of a Russian design concept (the Marsokhad) and this will be the third year we compete with this design. We believe it was our take on this design, along with a unique control system, that has set us apart. We plan to keep the best of what we had last year and improve in every area that we can. This year’s rover will also need on board equipment to run scientific analysis that will determine characteristics such as soil humidity and subsurface temperature. These improvements, however, will require better parts and cost more money.

Our Competition

The Sooner Rover Team will be competing in the 2018 University Rover Challenge from May 31st – June 2nd. The competition will be held at the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) near Hanksville, Utah. Teams will face a variety of obstacles and are required to be completely untethered (wireless) and controlled from a remote location along with navigating terrain challenges, autonomous traversal, science caching, retrieval and delivery tasks, and more. Only with your support can we bring home a victory!

UPDATE:

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Sooner Off-Road team Thousands Strong campaign! The team ended their successful campaign on November 3, 2017 with 127% of their goal reached, a total of $6,385 raised.


The Sooner Off-Road team launched their Thousands Strong campaign in October and the campaign ends November 3, 2017. The team has a goal of $5,000, with various levels of donation starting from $5.00. Every little bit counts!

To donate to the project, click here. To learn more about the project, please read further.

Our Project

The project for Sooner Off-Road in the 2017-2018 Baja SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Competition Season is to design and manufacture a brand new mini baja car for the Baja SAE competition in late May 2018. We will compete against hundreds of schools across the world in a 3-day competition that includes a design and sales presentation and a multitude of tests including static testing, dynamic testing, and a four-hour long endurance race.

Impact of Our Project

This project provides students with the opportunity to get real-world engineering experience and to apply the knowledge they learn in the classroom to a project that is all their own. We also have a community outreach program to promote STEM learning in elementary schools. We do this by helping these students once a week with a project such as building a car powered by a fuel cell. We plan on using any funds we raise to pay for materials needed to build the vehicle and components that we are unable to build ourselves. We also plan to use funding to pay for the research and software needed to build our vehicle.

Please Share

It would be very helpful if you could share our website with your friends, family and colleagues.

Thank You

Our project is only possible with your generous donations! Your support provides us with the unique opportunity to thrive in our learning experience.

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From Left to Right: Samuel Jett, Devin Laurence, Octavio Serrano, McKenzie Makovec, Dr. Chung-Hao Lee, Robert Kunkel

The Mentored Research Fellowship (MRF) award, sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research (O.U.R.), was given to five of Dr. Chung-Hao Lee’s undergraduate students. Each award is in the amount of $1000 for conducting undergraduate research projects in the Biomechanics and Biomaterials Design lab (BBDL).

The awardees are chosen based on the intellectual merit of the student’s submitted proposal (research project). The five students awarded from Dr. Lee’s research group are:

  • Devin Laurence (ME Senior under accelerated BS/MS program)
  • Robert Kunkel  (ME Senior under accelerated BS/MS program)
  • Samuel Jett  (ME Senior under accelerated BS/MS program)
  • Octavio Serrano  (ME Senior)
  • McKenzie Makovec  (ChemE Senior)

Dr. Lee’s BBDL research lab focuses on the following research areas:

  • Multiscale Biomechanical Modeling of the Cardiovascular Systems – Heart Valves
  • Characterization of Structural and Mechanical Properties of Soft Biological Tissues
  • Patient-Specific Modeling for Improved Diagnosis and Prophylactic Disease Management
  • Cell Mechanics and Mechanobiology Linking with Collagen Biosynthesis and Tissue Growth & Remodeling (G&R)
  • Advanced Finite Element and Meshfree Methods for Image-Based Computational Biomechanics

The following profiles expand on each award winner’s current research projects and backgrounds:

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According to the MRF website, the Mentored Research Fellowship is a program to cultivate and support student-mentor relationships while working on a research or creative project. This is part of the Office of Undergraduate Research’s commitment to empowering students’ exploration. MRF is open to all University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus undergraduate students.

Congratulations!

 

bass-family-bike-project-ame-2The Bass Family asked the team to find a way to allow their son, Titus, who is physical and mentally handicapped, to participate with their other son, Tobias, in the cycling portion of a triathlon. It is Tobias’ dream to be the youngest person to complete the Ironman triathlon while accompanied by a disabled partner.

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After meeting with the Bass Family and researching several ideas, the team decided to follow through with a sidecar design for Tobias’ bike. The sidecar includes a steel frame, fiberglass nose shell, and arms that can detach from the frame of the bike. The fiberglass nose shell is connected to the front of the sidecar frame by hinges, allowing the shell to open and close. This will make loading Titus in the sidecar an easy task.

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The sidecar is attached to the frame of the bike with attaching arms that have clamps at the end. These clamps allow the user to attach and detach the sidecar. The position of the third wheel of the sidecar is also adjustable. The height and lateral position of the third wheel can be adjusted using similar clamps. A 3D model of the sidecar frame was designed in SolidWorks. Several loading simulations were performed on the frame using ANSYS to ensure safety. The results of the FEA showed that under the loading conditions, the sidecar frame would remain a safe option for Titus. Tests on the actual prototype were also done by the team.

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Again, the results showed that the sidecar was safe. The sidecar designed and manufactured by the team provides Titus and Tobias a light-weight and low-cost solution to their initial problem.

Sooner athletes visited the Sooner Racing Team to experience what it is like to be on the team!

Check out the full-length video.

The Sooner Off-Road team competed in SAE Baja, an international vehicle design competition held by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The team competed against more than 100 teams from around the world to design and create an off-road vehicle accepted for manufacture by a fictitious firm. The project simulated a real-world engineering design project that involved planning, designing, manufacturing, testing, generating financial support, and working with team members who have diverse academic backgrounds.

The 2016-2017 team finished 36th place overall out of 110 teams at the 2017 Kansas competition, which is two consecutive years of double-digit improvement in final placement.  The team achieved a personal best performance in the suspension event, finishing in 6th place, and dramatic improvements in both the acceleration (30th place) and maneuverability (30th )place) events.  The team successfully finished the four-hour endurance race for the second consecutive year.

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Front Row, L to R: Ryan Hill, Kelsey Chofey, Zac Watkins, Haley Ricks Back Row, L to R: Bryson Simer, Richard Perry, Chris Bilings, Dr. Chris Dalton, Bradley Alex, Evan Stone (captain), Matt Muhlinghause, Mr. Jimmy Cannon

 

The School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering held the annual Senior Design Poster Fair on May 4, 2017. Thirty-eight student teams presented the capstone posters to a panel of judges, who are alumni of AME and industry professionals. The judges determine the overall high scores and the winners of each respective category: interdisciplinary, prototype, studies, testing and vehicle.
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Overall 1st Place
“Surfboard”
Student Team: Beau Bellamy, Brandon Groh, Andres Perilla, Cameron Fielden
Sponsor: Dr. Stalford                     Advisor: Dr. Stalford

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Overall 2nd Place
“Paint Booth/Hangar Pressure Drop Electronic Monitoring”
Student Team: Andrew Nantze, Ian Wright
Sponsor: GCoE/OC-ALC            Advisor: Dr. Hekiri

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Overall 3rd place
“Stator Build Process Lean-Out”
Student Team: Juliana Shindler, Grant Brann
Sponsor: GE Oil & Gas            Advisor: Dr. Stalford

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Overall 4th place
“Rotary Electro-Mechanical System”
Student Team: Hassan AlDarwish, Saeed Alzaki, Kevin Song, Calhoun John, Mansur Brandon
Sponsor: Schlumberger                 Advisor: Dr. Siddique

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Overall 5th place
“Sooner Racing Team”
Student Team: Samuel Faux, Zachary Maxwell, Wesley Reynolds, Ryan Miller, Connor Millican
Sponsor: OU                    Advisor: Dr. Siddique

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Interdisciplinary Project Outstanding Group 1st Place
“Paint Booth/Hangar Pressure Drop Electronic Monitoring”
Student Team: Andrew Nantze, Ian Wright
Sponsor: GCoE/OC-ALC            Advisor: Dr. Hekiri

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Interdisciplinary Project Outstanding Group 2nd Place
“Stator Build Process Lean Out”
Student Team: Juliana Shindler, Grant Brann
Sponsor: GE Oil & Gas            Advisor: Dr. Stalford

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Interdisciplinary Project Outstanding Group 3rd Place
“Process Documentation Lean Out”
Student Team: Dami Ajijolaiya, Maggy Chestnut, Hiep Chuong, Kaleo Cook, Pablo Mayen
Sponsor: GE Oil & Gas            Advisor: Dr. Siddique

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Prototype Project Outstanding Group 1st Place
“Development of an iHub Robotic Tourguide”
Student Team: Nathan Smith, Eric Gaskell, Nour Belbekri, Hunter Bonham, John Collette, Alejandro Dasi
Sponsor: Innovation Hub           Advisor: Dr. Stalford

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Prototype Project Outstanding Group 2nd Place
“Method/means to Track Web on Centerline in Real Time”
Student Team: Drew Walther, Patrick Ahearn, Ann Marie Berryhill, Caleb Monigold, Joshua Blaine
Sponsor: Kimberly-Clark           Advisor: Dr. Dalton

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Studies Project Outstanding Group 1st Place
“Surfboard”
Student Team: Beau Bellamy, Brandon Groh, Andres Perilla, Cameron Fielden
Sponsor: Dr. Stalford                     Advisor: Dr. Stalford

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Studies Project Outstanding Group 2nd Place
“Bearing Machine Upgrade to Include Sensing Elements and Capability to Evaluate Thrust Bearing”
Student Team: James Roecker, Jacob Bertelli, Blaise Newman, Russell Vanecek
Sponsor: Baker Hughes                 Advisor: Dr. Stalford

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Studies Project Outstanding Group Tied for 3rd Place
“RCD Re-Engineering RCD-IS and Test Design”
Student Team: Thomas O’Connor, Carter David, Jacquelyn Ogle, Kenni Bui
Sponsor: Weir               Advisor: Dr. Mistree

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Studies Project Outstanding Group Tied for 3rd Place
“Conceptual Design Alternatives to the Current Compression Tube Design”
Student Team: Robert Dooman, Cole Lindley, William Nelson, Dominic Scott
Sponsor: GE Oil & Gas               Advisor: Dr. Hekiri

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Testing Project Outstanding Group 1st Place
“Rotary Electro-Mechanical System”
Student Team: Hassan AlDarwish, Saeed Alzaki, Kevin Song, Calhoun John, Mansur Brandon
Sponsor: Schlumberger                 Advisor: Dr. Siddique

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Testing Project Outstanding Group 2nd Place
“Increasing the Performance of Li-Ion Batteries by Employing Transition Metal-Oxide Films Prepared in Flames”
Student Team: Miles Burnett, Kirsten Perry, Octavio Mejia, Edvin Coyoy Lopez, Bohan Yu
Sponsor: Dr. Merchan-Merchan                 Advisor: Dr. Siddique

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Vehicle Project Outstanding Group 1st Place
“Sooner Off Road”
Student Team: Ryan Hill, Kelsey Chofey, Bryson Simer, Jon Moore
Sponsor: OU                Advisor: Dr. Dalton

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Vehicle Project Outstanding Group 2nd Place
“Sooner Racing Team”
Student Team: Zack Maxwell, Wes Reynolds, Sam Faux, Connor Millican, Ryan Miller
Sponsor: OU                Advisor: Dr. Siddique

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