The AME Student Research Spotlight this month is Devin Laurence, a member of the Biomechanics and Biomaterials Design Lab (BBDL). Laurence is a graduate student in the BBDL at the University of Oklahoma studying mechanical engineering. His specific research project involves computational modeling of the tricuspid heart valve to move towards patient-specific therapeutics. He plans to pursue his Ph.D. with an emphasis on cardiovascular biomechanics and to continue into academia afterwards. In his free time, Devin enjoys playing chess, disc golf, and hiking/camping.
Alex Bryant, a graduate student working towards his masters in Aerospace engineering, has been hired for a stability and control position at Lockheed’s Fort Worth, Texas Skunkworks group. Bryant will begin working for Lockheed Martin after graduation.
He will work as a stability and control engineer for approximately one year, at which point the company intends to move him into conceptual design for advanced programs.
“I’m looking forward to working on the cutting edge of the aerospace defense industry,” Bryant said. “Lockheed Martin ‘Skunkworks’ has been on the cutting edge of the aerospace world for over half a century now, and getting the opportunity to join their team in a role that suits my skill set is an incredible opportunity.”
Bryant said that he’s wanted to work for Lockheed since he was 12 years old. ‘Skunkworks’ was attached to every design he was interested in, and he says they’re the best at what they do.
“OU AME has equipped me with the knowledge and skills that Lockheed was looking for in my role,” Bryant said. The Wind Tunnel Laboratory and Flight Mechanics courses will be heavily drawn on at his job.
“Our aerospace pre-capstone and capstone courses were big reasons why I was specifically selected for this, as knowledge of aircraft sizing, trade studies, multi-variable optimization, and aircraft requirement-to-design processes was essential,” Bryant said.
This is one of the most competitive positions to be hired into, and Alex was selected over 55 other candidates from other big-name Universities including GT, A&M, and others. Congratulations Alex!
On May 16, the Sooner Off-Road team traveled to California for the Baja SAE competition. In the competition, engineering students were tasked with designing and building a single-seat, all-terrain sporting vehicle.
The Sooner Off-Road team was able to pass technical inspection and brake check on the first day of the competition. Additionally, they received 13th place in the suspension & traction event, 12th place in the sales presentation, 100/150 points in the design presentation, and 30th in the endurance race. The team finished 34th overall.
The team and their advisors are very proud of the results. Congratulations Sooner Off-Road!
The Sooner Racing Team had a successful competition at Formula SAE Lincoln, an engineering design competition for undergraduate and graduate students. The team traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska from June 19-22 and exceeded their goals for the competition.
The Sooner Racing Team received 14th in the cost event, 14th in fuel efficiency, 22nd in endurance, 26th in acceleration, 29th in design, and a 10th place award for the quality of their engineering drawings. They finished the competition 33rd overall out of the 80 teams. Additionally, the team got through technical inspections in the first two days with only minor adjustments needed, completed all of the static and dynamic events, and finished the endurance race. Overall, the team is very happy with the results and the way the car came out this year.
Congratulations Sooner Racing Team! Click here to learn more information about the team.
Four Biomechanics and Biomaterials Design Laboratory students, representing the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science and Technology (IBEST) at OU, were named finalists (among top 28 students) for the Student Paper Competition at the 2019 Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference (SB3C). Colton Ross (Undergrad. Senior), Cortland Johns (Undergrad. Junior), Devin Laurence (MS Student), and Samuel Jett (MS Student) competed in the nation-wide competition in Seven Springs, PA on June 26, 2019. The students were selected based on a 2-page abstract submitted in Spring 2019 and provided a 5-minute poster presentation at the conference to a series of Bioengineering faculty members from across the United States.
Devin Laurence and Samuel Jett received First Place and Third Place in the MS-level competition (Solid Mechanics Category) for their recently defended MS Thesis research.
The AME Student Research Spotlight this month is Colton Ross, a member of the Biomechanics and Biomaterials Design Lab (BBDL). Ross is a senior student studying mechanical engineering in the Accelerated BS/MS program. In the BBDL, Colton’s research involves mechanical characterizations of heart valve structures. Specifically, his research project involves analysis of the chordae tendineae of the atrioventricular heart valves. Upon completing his thesis and receiving his MS, Colton plans to pursue a Ph.D. to continue performing research in the field of biomedical engineering. In his future Ph.D. research and career (in either academia or industry), Colton wants to focus on the development and improvement of medical devices or limb prosthesis. Outside of his coursework and the BBDL, Colton enjoys playing guitar, going to concerts, and playing video games with his friends.
The AME Student Research Spotlight this month is Cortland Johns, a member of the Biomechanics and Biomaterials Design Lab (BBDL). Johns is a junior pre-medicine student majoring in mechanical engineering at the University of Oklahoma. She is a national merit scholar from Bettendorf, Iowa. Cortland is currently working on the heart valve biaxial testing project, specifically assisting the data driven testing project. In the past, Cortland worked on the regional testing, layer testing, and Langendorff teams. Cortland is also a Fall 2018 MRF recipient. She is a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma honor societies, and she is a certified pharmacy technician. Cortland plans to attend medical school and pursue a career in surgery.
AME Shop Machinist Greg Williams received the 2019 Staff Merit award on April 24, 2019.
Greg Williams is from Oklahoma City. He has worked at OU and AME for 17 years. Mr. Williams enjoys working with the people at AME as well as the flexibility and variety in his position as a Machinist in the AME Shop. Outside of AME, Mr. Williams enjoys spending time outdoors.
As a part of the IBEST distinguished lecture series, Jay Humphrey, Ph.D., gave a lecture over the effects of hypertension and aging on central artery structure and function on April 29, 2019.
Abstract: Cardiovascular diseases continue to be responsible for significant morbidity and mortality, and hypertension and natural aging are key risk factors for such conditions. Hypertension and aging induce changes in the microstructure, and hence biomechanical properties and function, of the aortic wall, which in turn adversely affect the hemodynamics, leading to heart disease, renal disease, and stroke, among other sequelae. In this talk, we will quantify, compare, and model biomechanical effects of hypertension and aging in order to gain increased insight into the hemodynamic consequences. In particular, we will examine the use of diverse mouse models that permit consistent biomechanical phenotyping, including detailed comparisons of arterial stiffening in hypertension and aging, including an ultra-rare genetic cause of highly accelerated aging – Hutchinson Gilford Progeria Syndrome.
Biography: J.D. Humphrey received the Ph.D. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from The Georgia Institute of Technology and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Medicine – Cardiovascular at the Johns Hopkins University. He is currently John C. Malone Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering at Yale University. His primary technical expertise is in vascular mechanics and mechanobiology, with particular interests in vascular aging, hypertension, aneurysms, and tissue engineering. He authored a graduate textbook (Cardiovascular Solid Mechanics) and co-authored both an undergraduate textbook (An Introduction to Biomechanics) and a short handbook (Style and Ethics of Communication in Science and Engineering). He also co-edited a research text (Cardiovascular Soft Tissue Mechanics), published chapters in 30+ other books or encyclopedias, and published over 285 archival journal papers. He served for a decade as founding co-editor-in-chief for the international journal Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, which continues to have the highest impact factor in the field of biomechanics. He served for 12 years as a US representative to the World Council for Biomechanics and served previously as Chair of the US National Committee on Biomechanics. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and is an elected member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.
Colton Ross, Daniel Tsai, and Cortland Johns won awards for their presentations at the Undergraduate Research Day on April 6, 2019.
They each spoke about their current research in biomedical engineering. Colton Ross won an Honors College Award for Most Outstanding Project Grand Prize, Daniel Tsai won an Honors College Award for Distinction in Undergraduate Research, and Cortland Johns received an Honorable Mention.