The OC school of engineering wrapped up a busy and successful academic year. A number of students placed at competitions, while students and faculty presented papers and served on influential committees and conferences. Below is a summary of major accomplishments.
Mechanical Engineering Student Accomplishments
In 2010, OC’s student team placed first in the oral presentation event at the Aero Design Competition, which helps develop the fundamental understanding of flight in a real-life engineering challenge. This year, OC’s team placed fourth overall in the entire competition.
OC’s student team placed second in the 2011 American Society of Mechanical Engineering Design Competition, which requires each team to design, construct and operate a prototype that meets requirements of a problem statement.
Student Lara Killingsworth presented a research paper at the 2011 ASME Regional Conference.
Electrical and Computer Engineering Student Accomplishments
Students Nate West and Asa Blackerby placed second in the undergraduate student team design contest at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Region 5 Annual Conference in Baton, Rouge, La. Student Ivan Yeoh presented at the conference, while Steven Bell placed second in a computer engineering competition there.
Professor Byron Newberry had four papers published in the American Society for Engineering Education National Conference & Exposition. Newberry had two papers published in 2011 and one in 2010. He also had a paper published in the proceedings of the 2009 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition.
In 2011, Dr. Richard Miller and Newberry completed the final year of a $100,000 National Science Foundation grant on enhancing the mathematics education and retention of engineering freshmen. In addition, Dr. Wayne Whaley and Dr. David Cassel served on the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam National Committee for the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. Whaley also served for the 16th year at the Oklahoma Odyssey of the Mind student competition. In addition, Dr. Bill Ryan completed his seventh year as director of the OKBest Student Robotics Competition.
In addition, professor Steve Maher presented at the International Symposium for Testing and Failure Conference in Dallas, which is the premier event for the microelectronics failure analysis community.