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The official magazine of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, Oklahoma State University


Leading the wayÂ

OSU flies to the forefront with the nation’s first graduate program in unmanned aerial systems.

Soaring above


OSU is leading the way with the nation’s first graduate program in unmanned aircraft systems.

Future Plans


An international company is getting help redesigning its new production site in Stillwater from School of Architecture students.

Virtual Learning

Divide & conquer

40 Hall of Fame Lohmann Medal Top seniors F a c u lt y c h a n g e s

A select group of CEAT students are representing OSU in sports ranging from football to track to the equestrian team. 24

Engineering and education students team up on a project to open the world of science to children who have autism.

Dealing with Disaster

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Outreach unit Fire Service Training helps Oklahoma’s first responders plan better for such emergencies as the recent Moore tornado.

Aerospace students work on designs with Homeland Securit y.

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is a publication of the Oklahoma State University College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology and is designed to provide information on college activities and accomplishments while fostering communication among the CEAT family and friends.

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From the Office of the Dean

The College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State University is advancing a new strategic plan in the coming year. We will focus on helping more students reach their degrees in four years and engaging more faculty and students in research and entrepreneurial activity to address the challenges of the 21st century. The essentials of our college’s success are built on a foundation of transforming math and science into ideas, devices and processes that improve the world around us or advance business opportunities that support families and communities. The next generation of our graduates must be able to communicate well, understand societal contexts of their work, consider business models before beginning a project, and collaborate across time zones with a global understanding of ethics, law, politics and business practices. The students seeking a degree from OSU know that it is not easy to attain, but it is a rewarding pathway in life. This past year, both CEAT and OSU admitted record numbers of students. The academic markers of our students are the highest among any college at OSU.

Our students, who include young people and mature adults seeking new careers, come from Oklahoma, Texas, California, Arkansas and many other states, as well as from countries from around the world. The college’s commitment to deliver high quality education must intensify as the enrollments grow. Distance education is providing greater access to education, and massive online courses may play a role in the future. In the past year, CEAT has delivered more than 5,500 credit hours of technical education through online courses to more than 1,800 OSU students. This allows many students to work at internships, study abroad or pursue a degree while on active military duty. CEAT also offers courses at our OSU-Tulsa campus, as well as through our extension and continuing education efforts for professional development, certifications and career advancement.

and students are working on sustainable and secure energy, clean water, transplant tissue, greener buildings, precision manufacturing, autonomous vehicles, advanced composites and much more. We should all be proud to live in world where the next generation of OSU graduates shows such great promise. As you read through this issue of Impact magazine, you will be impressed with what our students and institution have to offer. Many of you have contributed generously to support the students and programs that make OSU the great land-grant institution of the state of Oklahoma. One generous friend of the college has offered to provide a $2,000 scholarship in every person’s name who donates $2,000 or more toward the new CEAT Student Excellence Center. Let’s help the next generation of CEAT Cowboys. Go Pokes!

Combined with our educational mission, the faculty and students give OSU and CEAT a great bank of intellectual capital. Our research and innovation efforts are expanding to solve some of the grand challenges of our time. Faculty

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Designing for the Future

International firm partners with OSU students on manufacturing facility

At Oklahoma State University, architecture students have designed innovative solutions for decades. And one international firm is taking advantage of this resource. ASCO, a Belgium aerospace firm, engaged cross-disciplinary students at OSU to redesign a former manufacturing facility as its new production site.


“ASCO purchased the former MerCruiser manufacturing facility in Stillwater, Okla.,” says Randy Seitsinger, head of the school of architecture. “The new facility will incorporate machining, heat and surface treatment, and assembly operations for complex machined parts made of titanium, steel and aluminum.” continues fa l l 2 0 1 3

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Architecture, landscape architecture and interior design students combined forces to produce a creative design project for the new production plant. ASCO gave the students a set of priorities for the complex aspects of this facility. “Over fall break, our students worked in teams to create designs that would be functional and impress the ASCO executives,” says Seitsinger. “This two-day design event highlighted efforts of 55 faculty and students from OSU.” Faculty and students were divided into teams, each charged with developing a range of conceptual ideas for several specific areas of the facility including: entry/entry sequence; administrative office areas; an auditorium/meeting room; a canteen; and functional needs on the production floor including natural light and interactive meeting modules. The students’ design ideas focused on creating an appropriate and vibrant image for ASCO in Stillwater and providing ASCO employees with a positive, productive and exciting work environment.

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Students used the daylighting lab at OSU for testing, and structural analysis was provided for existing structural issues. Recommendations were formulated concerning the viability of removing existing structures on the production floor. Leaders in the ASCO group, including the vice chairman of worldwide operations, were impressed with the results and provided scholarships to all the students who contributed to the projects. “Overall, this was a very successful event,” says Seitsinger. “The students learned and gained a tremendous amount of hands-on work experience, which will be priceless in their future careers.”  W r av e n n a B lo o m b e r g

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Success Stories


Hoffman leads list of alums winning recognition this year The School of Architecture at Oklahoma State University is known for delivering top graduates to the marketplace. A look at some alumni accomplishments over the last year: For Eric Hoffman, 1999 cum laude graduate, excellence in every project is more than a goal — it’s a standard. This mindset helped him become the first OSU grad to earn a Young Architect Award from the American Institute of Architects. The Young Architect Award is given to individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers. Hoffman’s design ability, business acumen and professional judgment are considered exceptional. His integrity, collegial attitude and disciplined

work ethic are a valuable resource in a competitive and challenging industry. But it is not just his professional talents that generate praise for him. Hoffman is passionate about teaching and mentorship. “His design leadership, ability to communicate and robust skill set promise a successful career,” the AIA selection jury says about Hoffman’s talents. “He is an outstanding professor, designer and mentor, particularly for those who have the ambition to be effective architects.”

Hoffman is known for superior work in signature projects that test the leading edge of architecture, design, sustainability, systems integration and building technology. He is an associate with St. Louis-based Trivers Associates and professor of practice at Washington University in St. Louis. And OSU’s architectural excellence does not end with Hoffman. Several other alumni have garnered national attention this past year as well. continues

He aims to inspire students with innovative studios, insightful critiques and an individualized approach to education. Several students endorsed his nomination for the national honor, speaking of his generosity in time and expertise.

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Hoffman’s rendering of the Atlanta History Center.

Nathan Richardson, an OSU assistant professor and 2003 graduate, received the prestigious ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award at the ACSA’s annual meeting in San Francisco this spring. This international award, sponsored by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the American Institute of Architectural Students, is given to outstanding young architecture faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in teaching performance during the formative years of their architectural teaching career. This year, Richardson won one of the three awards that were made from nominations from ACSA member schools across North America. Richardson joins professor Suzanne Bilbeisi and associate professor Jeanne Homer as OSU School of Architecture faculty members who received this recognition early in their careers.


Another OSU alum made the Designer Dozen, the best and the brightest young designers in the retail design industry. They were chosen from around the country for their talent, drive and innovation.

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Mitch Pride, 2008 graduate, was recently named by the Visual Merchandising Store Design group as one of 12 emerging design stars for 2013. Pride works for Callison in Seattle, Wash. Tony Layne has become a national expert on sustainability since his 2000 graduation. He is co-director of the Sustainable Design Initiative for Perkins+Will, an architecture firm with offices around the country. He was named one of Building Design + Construction’s 40 Under 40 Superstars. Brian Fitzsimmons, a 1996 graduate, is the owner of Fitzsimmons Architects in Oklahoma City and leads the design efforts for this award-winning and innovative architecture firm that has done some of Oklahoma City’s most exciting recent projects. He serves on the Urban Design Commission and is an executive board member of the Midtown Redevelopment Corp.  W r av e n n a B lo o m b e r g

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Powerful Conversion

OSU research plays pivotal role in biomass-based fuels

In Oklahoma and other parts of the Midwest, gasoline prices have been skyrocketing this year. And as gas prices go, so go the prices for just about everything else, boosting the general cost of living. So to start at the beginning of the cycle: How do we lower or at least stabilize the cost of that fuel? Research at Oklahoma State University’s Biobased Products and Energy Center suggests that biomass-based fuels could be the answer. “In 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency predicted that 85 percent of the production of dedicated energy crops such as switchgrass and forage sorghum in the U.S. would occur in Oklahoma by 2022,” says Hasan Atiyeh, assistant professor of bioprocessing and renewable energy in OSU’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. “The use of Oklahoma’s biomass for biofuels


can improve profitability for farmers, enhance local economies, attract capital ventures and improve energy security of the U.S.” This leading-edge research is gaining national attention as Atiyeh and his colleagues at OSU and the University of Oklahoma have discovered new microorganisms for the production of drop-in biofuels including propanol, butanol and hexanol. These higher alcohols can be converted with chemical catalysts to produce renewable gasoline, diesel and jet fuels. “We are advancing the hybrid gasification-syngas fermentation conversion technology,” says Atiyeh. “My group and collaborators from OU have discovered microorganisms that can convert synthesis gas (also called syngas) to butanol, a C4 alcohol, and hexanol, a C6 alcohol, that are considered as dropin fuels to replace exiting petroleumbased fuels.”

Leading the field These findings, along with the development of methods that significantly sustain culture activity, gas uptake and improve selectivity for alcohol production during syngas fermentation, have placed Atiyeh and his team at the top of this field. “Syngas contains mainly carbon monoxide, hydrogen and carbon dioxide that can be converted using microbial catalysts in our novel process to alcohols, organic acids and other chemicals,” says Atiyeh. “The new method resulted in the production of 26 times the ethanol concentration compared to the conventional method.” This could have a significant impact on U.S. energy production, but many challenges still exist. High capital costs and technological obstacles are hindering the development of a viable biorefinery industry. continues

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“For the biochemical conversion technology, the projected economic impact of the biorefineries to the local communities in Oklahoma can be over $1 billion per year and create over 400 direct jobs.” — Hasan Atiyeh, assistant professor of bioprocessing and renewable energy

“Challenges in biochemical conversion include the high cost of pretreatment and enzymes and the lack of microorganisms that can efficiently co-ferment C5 and C6 sugars,” says Atiyeh. “In comparison, the major challenges for the hybrid conversion technology are mass transfer limitations due to low gas solubility in the medium, low cell productivity, enzyme inhibition and the high cost of fermentation media.” The biochemical conversion technology that Atiyeh and his team are creating has the potential to produce butanol with yields 20 percent higher than traditional ABE technology. “We are also leading the way towards the development of the gasificationsyngas fermentation hybrid technology,” says Atiyeh. “My research team at OSU is a nationally recognized leader in developing the hybrid conversion technology. We are also developing cutting edge technologies that will speed the deployment of viable integrated biorefineries internationally.”

Energy center’s impact This novel research is possible through the Biobased Products and Energy Center at OSU. With strong support from state and industry leaders, the generation of new technologies and products through this center can result in large economic returns to Oklahoma and the energy sector. “For the biochemical conversion technology, the projected economic impact of the biorefineries to the local communities in Oklahoma can be over $1 billion per year and create over 400 direct jobs,” says Atiyeh. “To realize this benefit, the novel biocatalytic conversion process for butanol production would need to be implemented widely.” The opportunities are immense in this area of research. Atiyeh hopes to keep expanding his research with existing biomass conversion technologies to drop-in fuels and chemicals. One future goal is to focus on the production of renewable hydrocarbon fuels from biomass and waste materials, says Atiyeh.

“We are focusing on the production of bio-oil from biomass to hydrocarbon fuels,” says Atiyeh. “Hydrocarbon biofuels are similar to gasoline, diesel and jet fuels that are compatible with the existing fuel infrastructure.” Once complete, this hybrid technology could provide 35 percent more ethanol from the same amount of biomass compared to the biochemical conversion technology. “We are optimizing operation of various reactor designs to enhance mass transfer and alcohol productivity,” says Atiyeh. “We are also developing tools to facilitate designing and control of largescale bioreactors with increased alcohol productivity and gas utilization to make the hybrid conversion process more economically viable for the production of biofuels.” Atiyeh says using this hybrid technology to produce even 25 percent of the federally mandated 16 billion gallons per year of renewable transportation fuels such as ethanol could result in savings of more than $650 million per year.  W r av e n n a B lo o m b e r g

Hasan Atiyeh’s projects include evaluating bioreactors to enhance mass transfer and alcohol productivity.


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Strengthening the STEM ChemKidz program works to spark interest in chemistry and engineering among younger students A luminol and bleach mixture gives off a blue glow in a darkened fifth-grade classroom, amazing the students. Their reactions please their teacher as well as a group of Oklahoma State University juniors, who are hoping the day’s activities inspire the students to investigate science. Thirteen years after its inception, ChemKidz, a group of chemical engineering students at OSU, continues to thrill and educate elementary and middle school kids with the possibilities of chemistry and engineering. “It is a service opportunity for the chemical engineering students,” says Russ Rhinehart, chemical engineering professor at OSU. “It is a joyful and affirming experience to return value to society and bring awe and curiosity to youth.” Chemical engineering students combine forces with OSU early childhood education students to volunteer their time, talents and education to ChemKidz. The program, funded by alumni and corporate donations, delivers outreach education to elementary, middle school and high school students.

“My motivation to be involved with something like the ChemKidz program stems from an interest inspired by a chemistry teacher in junior high,” says Buddy Evans, a chemical engineering junior. “I was shown that chemistry, physics and math are the backbone of the physical world around us. Learning about these things can be pretty fun and amazing.” Focusing on early education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is a priority across the United States. “For quite a while, there has been an emphasis in our country on STEM education,” says Josh Ramsey, an assistant professor in chemical engineering and ChemKidz adviser. “Part of the reason for this is that we are coming to rely less on our ability to produce products and more on our ability to produce ideas and new technology. Additionally, we are facing increasingly difficult challenges in areas such as human health and energy production. The people most likely to solve these challenges and contribute to our continued success in an international marketplace are those with backgrounds in STEM.”

According to a recent report by U.S. News & World Report, about 50 percent of elementary students lose interest in science by the eighth grade. And for the U.S. to maintain economic power, STEM education is needed to develop a workforce that is capable of meeting complex, technology-driven demands, the report adds.

There is a growing concern for a lack of educated professionals pursuing science and engineering fields. The Obama administration has made it clear that programs and policies are needed to encourage more Americans to pursue education in STEM-related careers. The ChemKidz program is one example of how the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology is contributing to a solution with this issue. “Professionals should understand all aspects of their profession, and the university needs to add value to the community,” says Rhinehart. “The ChemKidz program supports this mission in several ways: Participating college engineering students develop soft skills essential for their career successes while providing service support for K-12 education, which inspires new students to enter STEM fields.” continues

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ChemKidz focuses on exciting sciencebased activities to spark enthusiasm in young students. For elementary school students, the kids can make silly putty and hand lotion as well as shatter fresh-cut flowers dipped in liquid nitrogen. The high school demonstrations are more in-depth and involve specific chemical reactions and the laws of physics. “Feedback from teachers indicates that we also help them understand the role of chemical sciences and engineering in everyday products,” says Rhinehart. Being able to partner with the Oklahoma WONDERtorium has been a great addition to recent demonstrations for ChemKidz. “We hope to continue our involvement in the Oklahoma WONDERtorium as well as many of the local schools,” says Ramsey. “Also, we are always looking for new ways and opportunities to engage students.”

The ChemKidz program is a great example of OSU fulfilling its land-grant mission, extending education beyond the campus to benefit future generations and all Oklahomans. “I am proud to be a part of a university that balances the land-grant missions — classically termed teaching, research, and extension,” says Rhinehart. “In today’s terms, I like to think of the three mission aspects as 1) development of human resources, 2) development of professional knowledge, and 3) development of the infrastructure that brings knowledge to fruition. One activity cannot be done in isolation of the others, because experience in each aspect is essential to focus relevant work in the other aspects.” But the chemical engineering students at OSU participate in the program for personal reasons as well. “I want to try to instill the same amazement that I felt when I was younger, while further encouraging learning in STEM areas as the kids grow older,” says Evans.

The value of ChemKidz and other STEM education activities at OSU is significant. “The service activity behind this program strengthens commitment to a student’s degree program,” says Rhinehart. “Also, since the ChemKidz program provides female and minority role models for younger students, it helps them break free from implicit scripts and barriers that might be limiting their self-view of who they can become.” Rhinehart is proud to see the benefits of this program come full circle, as his grandkids are now involved with the program as well. “Regardless of the kids’ age, I have never had a time when I thought that the kids curiosity hadn’t been piqued,” says Evens. “The most significant times are when the children’s eyes get big and they say ‘Oh wow!’ or ‘Why does that happen?’ These ‘ah-ha’ moments are important.”  R e n e e R h o d es

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OSU professor Kelvin Wang shows members of the research team for the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology the pavement images his technology collects. Engineers can use the information to prioritize repairing and even replacing roads.

Paving the way for improvements OSU professor’s technology cuts highway maintenance costs As aging takes its toll on America’s infrastructure, the cost and maintenance of roads, bridges and other public structures have become key issues. Kelvin Wang, an OSU professor who holds the Gilbert, Cooper, W&W Steel Chair in civil engineering, has a highway data collection technology that is becoming even more beneficial to society through his research at Oklahoma State University. The sensor hardware and Automated Distress Analyzer (ADA) software developed by Wang’s team can measure the pavement beneath a vehicle moving at 60 miles an hour at a resolution of 1mm — the equivalent of taking 30,000 photographs of the highway surface in one second. The combined profiles are presented as a 3-D visual, offering a way to analyze the pavement for roughness, rutting, cracking and other problems. The technology can even measure vertical variations of pavement at 0.3mm resolution at 60 miles per hour.


Wang’s roadway analysis technology was theorized by his company, WayLink Systems Corp., then developed by Wang and his students while he was at the University of Arkansas. Wang’s company is now affiliated with OSU, and several OSU projects rely on his sensor technology. His sensor holds the world speed record and is up to four times faster than any competing technology. The Arkansas and Oklahoma departments of transportation have contracted with OSU to use his latest technology for pavement survey. The Federal Aviation Administration and Federal Highway Administration are also supporting Wang’s team on implementing the 3-D pavement survey technology. Wang’s product already offers excellent data collection and analysis capabilities, so his focus now is on developing software that will process and extract the data to provide pavement engineers with information they need for making their

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decisions. After all, pavement engineers can’t manually analyze as many images as would be needed to cover a large network of highways in a state. According to Wang, highways are designed to last up to 30 years, but many of them fail before reaching even 20 years. A highway deteriorates as it ages. The sooner a road problem is diagnosed, the easier and cheaper it is to repair. Highway engineers, like doctors, need good data to diagnose problems. Highway maintenance is a huge public investment of more than $40 billion each year in the United States. Wang’s research will help highway engineers diagnose problems more quickly and efficiently, lessening the cost of highway maintenance.  Pa m C ov i n gto n



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OSU researchers lead the way into megafast components Since 2003, researchers in electrical and computer engineering at Oklahoma State University have been actively involved in terahertz metamaterials exploration and development. Recently, the efforts of two OSU professors have gained much attention, including four awards and grants totaling more than $1 million from the National Science Foundation and Los Alamos National Laboratory. “The ultimate goal of this project is to initiate new possibilities for a variety of much- needed terahertz applications with unprecedented functionalities,” says Weili Zhang, professor of electrical and computer engineering. “The proposed three-dimensional terahertz metamaterials concept and integrated research protocol can be further extended to the broad electromagnetic spectrum for stealth technology, advanced communication systems, medical imaging and remote sensing.” Zhang says OSU is leading this field of research. The OSU labs and professors in this area are well-known and attract some of the best minds on the subject in the world for higher education. The extensive research aims to help make useful devices that work better and do more at a lower cost of production, Zhang says.

“We are planning to develop integrated terahertz devices and components using metamaterials to bridge the bottleneck due to lack of functioning devices at terahertz frequencies,” says Zhang. “By combining the state-of-theart terahertz spectroscopy and microelectronic fabrication, we have demonstrated, for the first time to our knowledge, actively controllable group delay in metamaterials functioning at terahertz frequencies.” Practical usages According to John O’Hara, adjunct professor in electrical and computer engineering, a whole new horizon of functionality is ahead. “Whether or not we pay attention in our everyday lives, we are constantly utilizing a vast amount of the electromagnetic spectrum,” says O’Hara. “Each band of this spectrum is important, yet some are still underutilized. The terahertz band is one such gap, and we are developing the technology to fill it. The result could yield myriad applications, from non-destructive testing and imaging to ultra high-speed communications.” Currently, semiconductor devices such as transistors and diodes, which are common in electronics, do not operate at terahertz speeds. O’Hara says electronics made out of silicon transistors work up to about 10 GHz, which is 100 times lower than 1 THz. continues

OSU professors John O’Hara (left) and Weili Zhang and are winning acclaim and grants for their work in terahertz metamaterials exploration.

“Our immediate goal is to develop materials that keep pace, while creating and manipulating terahertz waves with a high degree of control and efficiency,” says O’Hara. “The specific utility is that these materials would provide a foundation for more practical, larger-scale terahertz systems.” He says it is like any other electromagnetic technology. The basic building blocks that work well, such as antennas, modulators and waveguides are essential. Then complex systems such as radios, cameras or data links can be built. “This all begins by having appropriate materials to work with,” says O’Hara. “The metamaterials concept is about making artificial materials that enable highly functional building blocks, where natural materials do not. Ultimately, we want to create terahertz devices that are ubiquitous in everyday technology.” Pioneering work As a pioneer, OSU has focused on the use of terahertz time-domain spectroscopy in characterizing the electromagnetic properties of such unique composite structures.

“This all works to explore a range of novel terahertz optical components, including transformation optics-enabled aberration-free terahertz imaging lens and an integrated terahertz spectroscopy platform,” says Zhang. Faculty and students have design and fabrication capabilities available through upscale labs in the Advanced Technology and Research Center at OSU. “We make real structures,” says Zhang. “We work with changes to the terahertz wave.” Students start with a concept. They then work in the classroom with real structures, only seen through microscopes, and then are able to take their created chip to the optics lab. “OSU is the best place for this research,” says Zhang. “Students can develop an idea through simulation, then go straight to production and on to optics. This full process would be hard to accomplish elsewhere.” Zhang and O’Hara have collaborated with other universities such as Northwestern, which helped lead to a recent NSF award.

Recently, Zhang reported the first experimental demonstration of invisibility cloaking in the terahertz regime, and the large-dimension homogeneous terahertz cloaking. Zhang says metamaterials have found a wide range of promising applications, including perfect lenses, perfect absorbers, invisibility cloaks and anti-reflection structures. These would have significant impacts on communications, medicine, semiconductor fabrication, spectroscopy and imaging. “Terahertz metamaterials are a timely new field that offers promise in the development of terahertz technology,” says Zhang. “In the last two decades, remarkable progress has been made in terahertz generation and detection. I am proud to say OSU, with the leadership of Dr. [Daniel] Grischkowsky in the field, is leading the way in most of these breakthroughs.” “Terahertz technology is eventually going to catch up with the everyday world,” says O’Hara. “This research has the promise to bring terahertz into the mainstream, which would be extremely important and valuable.”  W r av e n n a B lo o m b e r g

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Research aims to open world of science to kids who have autism A young child grabs the controls of what looks like a video game controller to interact intently with the 3-D solar system on the large screen before her. Playing in the high-definition virtual reality environment is fun. And so, she becomes part of a quiet revolution involving the future of learning, and Oklahoma State University faculty members are at the forefront of it. This child has autism, and this learning experience is part of a pilot initiative aimed at helping children with autism learn science. Dr. J. Cecil, associate professor in the School of Industrial Engineering at OSU, heads up this research with engineering and education faculty and students. “We are in the preliminary stages of this exciting research,” says Cecil. “Our group is interested in exploring how advanced engineering technologies can be used to help children with special needs. Virtual environments have the extraordinary potential to engage children with autism and help them learn.”

An estimated one in 88 children has an autism spectrum disorder in the U.S, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the number is growing. A 2012 report from the CDC noted a 23 percent increase since 2009 in autism diagnoses among 8-year-olds in the U.S., but credited at least some of that increase to the way children are identified, diagnosed and served in their communities today. Symptoms of an autism spectrum disorder, including a lack of social interaction, delayed communication and limited activities and interests, usually appear by the time a child is 3 years old. “Collectively, we are not only creating virtual learning environments but also studying impact of these VLEs on learning and engagement,” says Cecil. “We live in a cyber-intensive world, and children are comfortable using video games and iPads. In a VLE, a child can explore and satisfy their natural curiosity. Unlike a traditional classroom, they can repeat an interactive experience or go back and inquire more about a certain part of their learning module.”


With funding from the Office of the Provost at OSU, the research team is collaborating with Dr. Mary SweetDarter of the University of Central Oklahoma. As a member of the Oklahoma Autism Task Force, SweetDarter has been instrumental in creating a network of services for families with children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Damon Chandler, associate professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mwarumba Mwavita of OSU’s College of Education have been working closely with Cecil on this groundbreaking research. “A graphics-intensive virtual communication medium has the potential to engage and encourage children to learn through exploration,” says Chandler. “Once a child is immersed in a virtual reality environment, very few of them want to leave it and do something else.” Virtual learning environment-based techniques have been used successfully for the general population at both the K-12 level and at the undergraduate and graduate levels in engineering courses, Cecil says. In fact, OSU’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology is pioneering an innovative approach where students can learn by immersing themselves in 3-D learning environments. continues

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Some video game experiences go big as OSU researchers work to figure out what might help children with autism — with input from younger students from Stillwater.

Dr. J. Cecil and a student from Stillwater public schools work on a controller used in a virtual learning environment.

“We chose to study this area of research because we wanted our engineering research to have a more direct impact on helping children learn,” says Cecil. “The long-term outcome will hopefully be to enable those with autism to function at high levels independently.” “In this pilot project, we will design virtual environments for autistic children and study its impact on their learning of basic science and math concepts,” says Cecil. “We will be working with around 20 children under the age of 10, one-on-one for a few years to generate the data we need to establish results.”


Although the study is still in early stages, this OSU research group hopes its findings can be used in developing school curriculum and community opportunities that stimulate children with these needs.

Chandler indicates that the group’s findings will not only affect children with autism, but they could also help identify new ways to encourage science and engineering learning in K-12 and higher education.

Cecil’s research group is continuing to look for additional partners. His group plans to create an Oklahoma Educational Initiative with more emphasis on helping those with autism learn science and math.

Cecil says designing new educational technologies is vital to keeping all children interested in science and engineering. It also opens doors to students who might otherwise not consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

“This research is just the beginning in helping shed light on this area,” says Cecil. “Our group is interdisciplinary in its outlook, and this enables us to provide a unique perspective on both technology and learning.”

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OSU leads way into new territory with graduate program in unmanned aircraft systems

OSU is the first university to set up a graduate program in unmanned aircraft systems. Located within the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, the program’s doctoral and master’s degrees merge the latest of a host of disciplines into a curriculum on the cutting edge of a booming realm of engineering. Established in 2011, the program gives students the opportunity to tackle the latest problems in the advancement of such systems and participate in the development of new ones.


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“Because of the complexity of these systems, there’s a need for a program allowing students to perform research and development,” says one of the founding faculty members, professor Jamey Jacob. “Many of our graduate students have been working on UAS research for years. This lets them get recognition for it.” The public learned of the technology’s usefulness in war in coverage of Predator and Reaper drones’ use in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as in other nations where the United States has targeted terrorists, such as Yemen. But their potential applications are even broader.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin “Aerospace is one of the most important sectors of Oklahoma’s economy, supporting over 150,000 jobs around the state and accounting for more than $12.5 billion in industrial output each year. Unmanned aircraft systems represent the fastest growing part of the aerospace sector. For that reason, Oklahoma is committed to becoming the number one place for UAS testing and business in the country.”


Many believe unmanned aircraft will eventually allow search and rescue workers, tornado forecasters and firefighters to collect data from the planet’s most dangerous situations more effectively, at lower costs and without endangering the lives of first responders or pilots. In the hands of firefighters, UAVs could locate the advancing edges of wildfires, helping them set up their defenses. Or a UAS equipped with infrared technology could help rescuers find victims under rubble after an earthquake. Then, there’s agriculture. Weather research. Pipeline and bridge inspection. The potential for these systems are limited only by the imaginations of researchers and their needs. And this degree program puts OSU firmly at the front of such work while benefitting the growing industry. It provides businesses

with qualified graduates who can help with research, develop testing for and evaluate new models — skills that have been in somewhat rare supply previously. “We are already a one-stop resource for UAS R and D [research and development],” Jacob says. “Our goal is to expand the program by increasing resources with new laboratories, development, facilities and hardware. That will give us unmatched capabilities to serve students, government and industry.” continues

The potential for economic development in states such as Oklahoma remains unclear but seems promising. Congress has given the FAA a deadline of 2015 to create regulations to outline operational guidelines for civilian uses of UASs. Some projections indicate the industry may generate $13.5 billion per year over the next five years and $80 billion per year by 2025. That has Oklahoma policymakers and leaders’ attention. The state was selected in June 2012 for the Department of Homeland Security’s Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety Program to test small, unmanned aircraft for civilian uses such as disaster response. Oklahoma has several assets that could bring the industry to the state, and OSU is a big part of that. OSU’s University Multispectral Laboratories at Fort Sill remains the only place in the country for commercial testing of UAS technology. “From a one-of-a-kind test range in Lawton to the nation’s only UAS graduate program, to a cohesive statewide support system led by our governor, we are poised to lead the nation in this burgeoning field,” says Steve McKeever, OSU physicist and vice president for research and technology transfer, who also serves as Oklahoma’s secretary of science and technology. “As UAS stands to provide immense benefits to our citizens, our research in this area is a true fulfillment of the land-grant mission.” At the policy level, Oklahoma has its ducks in a row to attract industry. The state offers aerospace firms incentives including cash back for jobs created, tax credits and a unique aerospacespecific tax incentive. And Gov. Mary Fallin is firmly behind promoting the state as a global hub for UAS research.

“Aerospace is one of the most important sectors of Oklahoma’s economy, supporting over 150,000 jobs around the state and accounting for more than $12.5 billion in industrial output each year,” Fallin states in a press release. “Unmanned aircraft systems represent the fastest growing part of the aerospace sector. For that reason, Oklahoma is committed to becoming the number one place for UAS testing and business in the country.” Naturally, the opportunities for students to do amazing research are as limitless as the industry’s possibilities. OSU’s UAS students work on design, analysis and flight-testing, as well as sense and avoid systems needed for the industry to develop. Their projects range from flight inspection systems and bird-size UAVs to small copters, and their projects include work for the FAA and Air Force. One doctoral student, Thomas Hays, says the program has a huge emphasis on flying aircraft as opposed to just writing the computer codes the machines need to operate. “Other programs will still be running designs through computer codes while we are out flying our aircraft,” Hays says. “We design so many aircraft — that keeps us current while also honing new skills.” James Combs, believes his master’s degree from the program (completed last summer) makes him a good candidate for jobs in the industry. “Because of these opportunities, I already have a lot of experience dealing with tough and real problems,” Combs says.  M att E l l i ott

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he Helmerich Advanced Research Center at OSU-Tulsa made quite an impression on Raj Singh.

“The unique facility, the capabilities for expanding research and the efforts of the faculty and students really attracted me to OSU,” says Singh, who joined the faculty in January as the new Williams Cos. Distinguished Chair in Energy Technology. “I’m quite excited by what we are doing at OSU.”

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The opportunity to start the School of Materials Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology was another deciding factor for Singh. The OSU-Tulsa based school will provide educational training opportunities for master’s and doctoral degrees in materials science and engineering. Materials science focuses on the structure, properties and performance of everyday materials, generally consisting of metals, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers, composites and biomaterials.

“The experience that Dr. [Raj] Singh brings to OSU has the potential to greatly impact our city and state. He is a world-class expert in ceramics, composites and nanomaterials. The breadth of his work is impressive, and he is the perfect person to be the Williams Chair in Energy Technology at OSU-Tulsa.” — Robyn L. Ewing, Williams Cos.

“Dr. Singh is an exceptional researcher to head our new School of Materials Science and Engineering and provide leadership and direction for the Helmerich Research Center,” says Howard Barnett, president of OSU-Tulsa and the OSU Center for Health Sciences. “His years of experience as an industry and higher-education researcher will be a valuable resource for our students and provide additional opportunities to partner with industry leaders in Tulsa and across Oklahoma.”

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The Helmerich Advanced Research Center at OSU-Tulsa houses researchers who are working on projects in materials science and engineering, ranging from fuel cells and energy storage devices to nanotechnology and biomaterials as well as studies involving multidisciplinary research.

Williams, a Tulsa-based global energy and communications company, donated $1 million to create the Williams Cos. Distinguished Chair in Energy Technology. As the chair, Singh will research advanced materials that will affect the energy, aerospace, outer space, electronics, medicine and natural-gas industries. His focus is advanced materials for use in energy systems, electronics and biomedical devices.


“The experience that Dr. Singh brings to OSU has the potential to greatly impact our city and state,” says Robyn L. Ewing, senior vice president of strategic services and administration and chief administrative office of Williams and a member of the OSU-Tulsa Board of Trustees. “He is a world-class expert in ceramics, composites and nanomaterials. The breadth of his work is impressive, and he is the perfect person to be the Williams Chair in Energy Technology at OSU-Tulsa.” Singh earned his bachelor’s in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India, in 1967 and his master’s in physical metallurgy from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1969. He completed his doctorate in ceramics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973.

During nearly 40 years of commercial and academic research, Singh has collected 25 U.S. patents, been published in more than 250 refereed journals and received numerous awards. He has held positions at MIT, the Argonne National Laboratory, the General Electric Research and Development Center and the University of Cincinnati. His work helped create a sodium-sulfur battery used in the world’s largest battery storage system at the Hitachi Automotive Systems factory in Japan and by American Electric Power. He also developed advanced ceramic composites now being commercialized by GE for aircraft engines. continues

Singh expects to begin enrolling students in the School of Materials Science and Engineering in 2013. In addition to Singh, faculty will include engineering professors Lobat Tayebi and Ranji Vaidyanathan. A national search is underway for a fourth member. “The new degree programs will encourage industry leaders to pursue advanced degrees in materials science and engineering,” Singh says. “It will be a great opportunity to work with them, and our location in Tulsa makes us easily accessible. We will help existing industries enhance their capabilities or start new ventures.” Part of Singh’s position includes overseeing the Helmerich Research Center. At the center, researchers are working on projects in materials science and engineering, ranging from fuel cells and energy storage devices to nanotechnology and biomaterials. Multidisciplinary research is also a key component of the center, with engineering faculty collaborating with researchers from other colleges such as OSU-CHS, the College of Human Sciences and the Spears School of Business. “Interdisciplinary research is good for our students because it allows them to gain experience working with professionals in other disciplines and industries,” Singh says. “We are creating a workforce that can go out into commercial industries and serve as part of a team.”

Singh is also promoting the center to area industry leaders, he says. “We want to help industry professionals utilize the facilities we have available in Tulsa and offer our support in research efforts.” An important part of his new position is promoting careers in sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics to current and future researchers. Singh has started working with high school students and teachers in Tulsa to arrange tours of the center and is planning an advanced materials camp for teachers next summer. “Getting students interested in materials science and engineering is the most important part of our work at OSU,” Singh says. “Our primary goal will always be the education of our students.”  S e a n K e n n e dy

This story originally ran in the Winter 2012 issue of STATE magazine.

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“A lot of times, especially dealing with emergency response, you cannot find the data readily available, so you have to estimate. With a database of 350 fuels, all flammabilityrelated estimations can be realized in this theory very quickly, so it’s very useful.” — Assistant professor Tingguang Ma

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Professor’s work is expected to help improve gas safety practices A methodology recently proposed by a professor in OSU’s Fire Protection and Safety Technology Department is expected to have a profound impact on gas safety practices. Tingguang Ma, assistant professor in FPST, has developed six theoretical flammability diagrams that expand our understanding of flammability. His methodology is built upon the flammability theories of the past 100 years, including Le Chatelier’s Rule, Burgess Wheeler’s law, Jone’s (or Lloyd) rule, White’s principle, Coward’s explosive triangle, Zabetakis’ ternary diagram and Huggett’s oxygen calorimetry. A unique feature of Ma’s theory is that it is comprehensive, carrying on previous capabilities and adding new functions on treating oxygen and diluents. “Previously, flammability has been defined as a stability problem in flame propagation, so researchers are struggling to find various heat losses tripping flame extinction,” says Ma. “Now flammability is simplified as a thermal balance between quenching and heating, while the major heat loss is its own energy absorption by mass. By this simplification, many engineering solutions are proposed to solve real problems in gas handling processes. Simplification and utility are the major advantages of this method.”

The 2010 explosion at the Kleen Energy Systems power station in Middletown, Conn., attracted Ma’s attention because it was caused by the improper use of natural gas to purge pipes. With an original goal of increasing flammable gas safety, Ma developed his thermal balance theory, which derives the flammability diagram from fundamental thermal properties. Ma generalized a diagram for better representing the flammable state of a mixture, which is most useful to analyze gas mixtures. Two additional diagrams were developed with oxygen variation and temperature-dependence to enhance understanding of the flammability diagram. Two of the diagrams developed by Ma involve clean-burning combustion technology. A global environmental concern is that some process gases contain large amounts of carbon dioxide that is usually vented directly into the atmosphere. The major safety concern for utilizing this Low-Calorific Value Gas (LCVG) is the burning stability due to its narrow flammability zone. Two more of Ma’s diagrams predict the flammability zones changed by carbon dioxide and expanded by hydrogendoping to burn LCVGs safely.

Michael Larrañaga, the head of the Fire Protection and Safety Technology Department, lauds Ma for his theory, which captures multiple factors and uses only fundamental properties of gas and liquid mixtures. “Dr. Ma’s method estimates flammability in real time and will simplify things for those working in the field,” says Larrañaga. “It’s a very useful tool and will prevent accidents and explosions. I’m very proud of Dr. Ma and his contributions to the fire safety industry.” The algorithm is expected to be widely used by educators, emergency responders, hazardous materials professionals and will especially influence the petrochemical industry. “If you’re dealing with gaseous fuel, then this theory applies,” says Ma. “This theory can benefit anyone involved in working with gases and mixtures of flammable materials.” Ma’s thermal theory solves five problems facing the gas-handling industry: 1 What is the flammable range of a fuel mixture? 2 What is the flammable state and dilution requirement for a flammable mixture? 3 What is the impact of a diluent agent? 4 What is the impact of a variable oxygen level? 5 What is the impact of a variable ambient temperature? continues





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Based on Ma’s theoretical work, a webbased online tool ( has been developed to answer these five questions. Factors including up to four fuels, fuel/oxygen/diluent measurements, background oxygen level and ambient temperature can be input into the tool, which can estimate the dilution and purge requirements for any flammable mixture. “A lot of times, especially dealing with emergency response, you cannot find the data readily available, so you have to estimate,” says Ma. “With a database of 350 fuels, all flammability-related estimations can be realized in this theory very quickly, so it’s very useful.”

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Initially developed as a hand-calculation method, estimations are built upon assumptions, which is a major source of error. Even with these limitations, Ma is confident that his theory provides reasonable safety guidance. Because it can mathematically derive Le Chatelier’s rule, which is still the tool widely used in industry, its engineering utility is fully justified. And it can deal with additional problems where Le Chatelier’s rule fails. Flexibility and coverage are other advantages of this method. Searching for an answer to a flammability problem can be like a maze with many floating variables, says Ma. There are several paths that can be taken, but a fundamental theory is a roadmap that points out the optimum answer.


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“These diagrams define the nature of the problem with flammable materials so you can make a decision quickly regarding appropriate safety measures,” he says.

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University of Maryland. After working in industry for three years, he came to OSU to teach hydraulics and suppression. Out of a keen interest on extinguishing phenomena, he tries to bridge the gap between ignition and suppression with a flammability theory. With the thermal signature derived from flammability, he is working actively in the fields of mine safety, clean-coal burning technology, FAA oil-tank safety, and dust-explosion control. His only weapon attacking these problems is the conservation of energy or the first law of thermodynamics. According to Ma, the major breakthrough of his theory is its derivation under fundamental principles of energy conservation, which cover major areas of industrial importance. The systematical framework for tackling gaseous flammability problems is likely to become the new textbook method for explaining the critical behavior of gasses, both for educational and practical purposes. “He’s accomplished something that no one has ever done before … others have tried — but Dr. Ma’s been able to solve that problem,” says Larrañaga. “This will bring additional prestige to OSU’s Fire Protection and Safety Technology Department, but more importantly it will provide a valued tool for design and emergency response professionals in the workspace to work safely with flammable materials and flammable mixtures.” With OSU’s commitment to improve process safety in the petro-chemical industries, Ma’s theory will be a useful tool in the arsenal in this post-BP explosion era.  Pa m C ov i n gto n



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Divide and Conquer OSU student athletes in CEAT balance studies with sports


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Hard work. Dedication. Time management. Commitment. Success. Students at Oklahoma State University learn the true meaning of these words while preparing for degrees in engineering, architecture and technology. But a select group has the drive to excel both in the classroom and as a student athlete. Devin Hedgepeth, an industrial engineering and management student and a cornerback on OSU’s football team, says being a student athlete in a demanding academic discipline is rewarding, as you have to continually push yourself to be the best. “The greatest challenge is finding the right balance between your respective sport and school,” says Hedgepeth. “Organization is a key skill that has helped me. I have learned to flip the ‘football switch’ when on the field, and then flip the ‘school switch’ in the classroom.”

Hedgepeth’s top performances off the field led to being selected as a top 10 finalist for the 2013 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award, presented by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine and co-sponsored by NCAA. “My athletic training has had a major effect on my preparation for a career in engineering,” he says. “I have taken the discipline and hunger necessary to play football and applied it directly to the classroom and my life. I want to pursue an MBA after I graduate. Project management is the field that interests me.” Hedgepeth is not alone in putting in the extra time to represent both OSU and the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.

41 Kate Kujawa, a mechanical and aerospace engineering student, is a successful track and field athlete. “I chose to attend OSU because the track and field coach here is arguably the best distance running coach in the NCAA,” she says. The nationally recognized mechanical and aerospace engineering program also helped make OSU a logical choice for Kujawa, the daughter of two engineers. “I have recently decided I would like to apply my education in the renewable energy field,” says Kujawa. “I think my education will prepare me well for a career in this industry.” continues

Taylor New, an industrial engineering and management student who is on the national champion equestrian team, has learned the value of hard work and being able to appropriately divide her time between competition and sports. “I feel the greatest challenge is time management and having the motivation to push through a busy schedule,” says New. “It can become difficult to please professors and coaches, while trying to be successful in both areas.” She was recruited by several top institutions for her abilities and says it was the team dynamics, campus, future opportunities and overall environment that brought her to OSU. “I believe OSU has prepared me for my future career through the daily grind of workouts, practice, class, studying and traveling,” says New. “This does not allow me to procrastinate, and ultimately, this demanding schedule has helped foster a strong work ethic.”

New has always known she wanted to be an engineer. She has accepted a position at ExxonMobil Development Co. as a project cost engineer and wants to work in the project management area. “I believe the most beneficial aspect I have learned from my engineering education at OSU is to problem solve — finding the best possible solution within the current situation,” she says.

“I have always wanted to study architecture,” he says. “OSU had the best combination of an award-winning and top-ranking architecture school with a highly talented and respected cheerleading program.” Miller plans to own an architecture firm in the future and possibly teach later in his career. And he is not the only student aspiring to own a business. Taylor Buck, a mechanical engineering technology student who focuses on the high jump in track and field, hopes to own a company in the oil and gas industry one day. It was the hands-on instruction he has received that helped shape this goal. “I knew I wanted to become an engineer and also wanted to learn with my hands rather than just simply a classroom setting,” says Buck. He credits his upbringing in a very athletic family with the desire to push himself in everything, not just track and field events.


Sean Miller, an architecture student, credits OSU with teaching him how to balance commitments as an athlete and still have time to produce quality work as a student and young professional.

“Once I start something, I’m going to finish it and be the best that I can along the way,” says Buck. “This attitude has helped in my engineering education as well.”

Miller is a member of the OSU Cheer Squad that won the national title this year. But it was the architecture program that sparked his initial interest. in OSU

Christien Sager, an electrical engineering student, says his OSU engineering education has laid the foundation for his future aspirations.

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“I plan to be a professional engineer,” says Sager. “I plan to focus in the field of signal processing.” OSU’s basketball team was the main attraction for Sager, who went from being a walk-on his first year to earning a one-year scholarship from the team in 2012. Still, his impressive talents and interest in engineering have helped him maintain a 4.0 GPA.

He says it takes a lot of dedication to joggle both commitments, especially with basketball taking more than 30 hours a week outside the classroom. “Sometimes you have to work when you don’t want to,” says Sager. “You have to work well with others day in and day out. A successful engineer has to as well.”

CEAT is full of success stories involving students pushing the boundaries of achievement. Whether in the classroom, research lab or sporting arena, these students represent the talent and personal drive employers have come to expect from OSU graduates. “I look forward to one day representing OSU on an even larger platform — whatever that may be,” says Hedgepeth.  W r av e n n a B lo o m b e r g

Other OSU athletes in CEAT Thomas Anderson Chemical engineering  Football Reed Bastie Mechanical engineering  Baseball Blake Brom Civil engineering  Baseball Trace Clark Mechanical engineering  Football Fabian Clarkson Aerospace engineering Cross country Mason Cox Mechanical engineering  Basketball Lance Gray Mechanical engineering  Cross country Shadrack Kipchirchir Construction management technology  Cross country Taylor Light Aerospace engineering  Cross country Jonah Lund Fire protection and safety technology  Spirit Squad Natanya Luther Construction management technology  Cross country Nate Miller Construction management technology  Football Alex Monaghan Mechanical engineering  Cross country Taylor Moody Industrial engineering and management  Spirit Squad Gloria Moseley Mechanical engineering  Track and field Logan Nault Aerospace engineering  Football Archibald Ocloo-Lee Mechanical engineering technology  Football Tevin Talton Civil engineering  Football Nick Thorp Mechanical engineering  Cross country


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Austin Miller (from left), Kelly Nugent, Tessa Morgan, Kimberly Sookbang and Chase Colvin were among Camp Bullet’s first attendees.

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New Camp Bullet introduces students to petroleum engineering

The petroleum industry offers limitless opportunities for students and future professionals in exploration, drilling, production, manufacturing and engineering. With the new petroleum engineering minor at Oklahoma State University, students interested in this field can get a unique, hands-on education.


Clint Aichele, assistant professor in the School of Chemical Engineering at OSU, has a deep passion for petroleum engineering. With his previous experience in the industry and his relevant research projects, Aichele is helping propel the petroleum engineering minor forward — most especially with the inaugural Camp Bullet. Initiated and sponsored by Halliburton, Camp Bullet provides an unmatched experience for the industry’s next generation of leaders.

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“This camp was designed to introduce students to the oil and gas industry through interactive demonstrations in the field and classroom lectures,” says Aichele. “It provided the students with a back-stage tour of actual operations that support the global oil and gas industry.” Not only did Camp Bullet offer students a great opportunity to learn from and network with Halliburton leaders, but Halliburton was able to invest in and interact with potential future employees.

“Our strong partnership with Halliburton on Camp Bullet has created a rewarding opportunity for OSU engineering students.” — Paul Tikalsky, dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology

“Halliburton covered all expenses for OSU students to travel to Houston and take part in an exciting week,” says Aichele. “Halliburton contributed significant amounts of time and resources in Camp Bullet, and the students greatly benefited from the experience.” Although the OSU petroleum engineering minor is housed in the School of Chemical Engineering, Camp Bullet was open to any OSU Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics field student. This allowed a variety of students to gain a better understanding of opportunities in the oil and gas industry. “This was an invaluable experience,” says Chase Colvin, mechanical and aerospace engineering student. “The learning experience provided by Halliburton gave substance to the subjects we had only read about. My eyes were opened to the ins and outs of an industry that serves as the economical foundation for this area of the country.”

Other companies such as Marathon and Quality Tubing participated in the program through facility tours, field trips and guest presentations. “The camp was exceptionally beneficial as I was able to network and gain valuable information from experienced professionals as I learned more about a career in the oil and gas industry,” says Landon Lockhart, geology student. After a successful first year, Camp Bullet is planned to continue with goals of incorporating more technology and research into this educational experience. OSU appreciates the leadership role Halliburton has taken in making this a rewarding program. “Entering the camp, I was very uneducated in the field of oil and gas,” says Savannah Parsons, industrial engineering student. “After spending a week at Halliburton, all my questions were answered through hands-on demonstrations. The Halliburton employees helped to excite me on possibilities available in this industry.”

There has always been a connection between OSU and Halliburton. With the addition of the petroleum engineering minor, and efforts such as Camp Bullet, this relationship is sure to continue well into the future.


“Our strong partnership with Halliburton on Camp Bullet has created a rewarding opportunity for OSU engineering students,” says Paul Tikalsky, dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at OSU. “This unique experience allows our students to better understand careers in the energy industry. We truly appreciate the Halliburton commitment to education and meaningful field training for OSU students.” 

For more information on Camp Bullet and the petroleum engineering program at OSU, contact Clint Aichele at 405-7449110 or


rom fashion designer to engineer, the latest Udall Scholar from Oklahoma State University is certainly one of a kind.

“I am so proud to be selected as a Udall Scholar,” says Leff. “I have never received such a high honor before, so it is difficult to express what this means to me.”

Ariel Leff, a mechanical engineering senior from OSU, has been named a 2013 Udall Scholar for his commitment to the environment.

The Tulsa native has charted a diverse path in pursuing his educational goals.

Leff is one of 50 students selected from 488 candidates from across the country for the Morris and Stewart Udall Foundation Fellowships. This honor recognizes the top sophomore and junior students in the country who will make a difference in environmental protection or in Native American medicine and tribal policy. Each Udall scholarship provides up to $5,000 for the scholar’s junior or senior year.

Mechanical Engineering Student Named Udall Scholar Ariel Leff (right) receives his Udall Scholar award from Dee Ann Sanders, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, during a ceremony in April.


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“I have always been a creative person,” says Leff. “When I graduated from high school, my dream was to be a fashion designer.” He started with an associate degree and worked to establish his own business for three years. That ended up not being the best choice for him, and Leff began considering other options for his future.

“People always told me I should be an engineer because I took everything apart to figure out how it works,” he says. So with a little encouragement, Leff found himself in Stillwater at OSU pursuing a new dream in engineering. “I hope to be involved in the design and construction of efficient, sustainable homes,” says Leff. “I’m studying technologies to create buildings that collect and purify water and produce their own electricity and require less of each while being more comfortable, attractive and pleasant to live in.” “Ariel has completed research and field work and shown leadership in a variety of situations close to home and around the world,” says Bob Graalman, former director of the Scholar Development Office at OSU.

Leff is active with Engineers Without Borders at OSU and is helping bring clean drinking water to villages with filtration systems. His work with the group took him to Sierra Leone this past year. “Because of my experience with water filtration, I was able to lead a team from OSU in building biosand filters and training other students from Njala University,” says Leff. “When I returned to the U.S., I applied for a Wentz Research Grant to develop my filter design for West Africa, and it was accepted. Once my technique is refined, I will create a construction manual to be published and distributed in that area.”

“I am fascinated by green building design in general and have spent a lot of time studying methods of creating comfortable and safe structures using recycled or repurposed materials,” he says. “I have found that ultra-efficient buildings can be made less expensively than traditionally constructed ones, using construction waste, used tires, shipping containers and other alternative resources. These innovative ideas need excited, creative people to develop and champion the cause, and I plan to be one of them.”  W r av e n n a B lo o m b e r g

Leff plans to focus on sustainable designs and efficient building methods in the future.


“There are many, many research efforts that could become a [multidisciplinary] center — areas of transportation and infrastructure, energy and power, machining and manufacturing, biomedical and engineering education, to name a few.” — Charles “Chuck” Bunting

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Bunting to put focus on multidisciplinary ventures in new role at OSU Facilitating growth in interdisciplinary research in OSU’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology is a primary focus of the college’s new associate dean of research and sponsored programs, Charles “Chuck” Bunting, Ph.D., who has been at OSU since 2001.

and computational electromagnetics has provided support for other research projects. With his open-door policy, Bunting encourages openness and transparency, and his motivating leadership style is expected to be pivotal in bringing the college into a new era of research and technology.

He believes larger interdisciplinary ventures are needed to address global challenges in engineering and the next generation of innovation.

Bunting received a bachelor’s degree in 1989 in electrical engineering technology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., where he graduated with highest honors. His master’s degree (1992) and doctorate (1994) are both in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech.

“We are extremely pleased to find someone as talented and excited to lead our research in CEAT. Chuck has bold ideas, and he is engaging faculty and students to expand our intellectual efforts to advance many areas of engineering and technology,” says college Dean Paul Tikalsky. Bunting is known as a gifted communicator with a sense of humor who has the ability to cultivate collaboration. For example, his research in experimental


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are well managed. He is also forging connections among faculty and promoting new ventures in research. He has implemented several projects to help connect faculty and resources, including a searchable online resource that maps the relationships of the college’s faculty. Bunting is the Halliburton Professor of Engineering in OSU’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is recognized as an international expert in electromagnetic compatibility and the application of reverberation chambers. He is on the board of directors of the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society, as well as a member of many of its standards and technical committees and a distinguished lecturer. “Chuck almost single-handedly developed a highly visible research and outreach effort in the application of reverberation chambers and anechoic chambers that has attracted attention from companies and government agencies across the country,” says Dr. Keith Teague, head of the school. “He is an outstanding teacher, adviser and mentor.”

“I’ve been able to grow the electromagnetics area and students are now interested and wanting to carry on, so I’m very proud of that,” says Bunting. Bunting has been honored with numerous teaching awards, including the Lockheed Martin Teaching Excellence Award, the HKN Outstanding Professor Award and the Halliburton Excellent Teacher Award. He says he loves teaching and the most difficult thing about becoming associate dean of research is that this was the first semester since 1994 that he had not taught. “I’m still looking for opportunities to grow my own research, and I’m still very much plugged into mentoring my graduate students,” says Bunting. “So some of my personal goals are related to the maintenance of my own research, but I’m also focused on helping other people accomplish their goals.” “Chuck is the type of faculty member, and now associate dean, who gets a great deal of satisfaction from helping others be successful. I feel the same way. He’s a real asset to the college and university,” says Teague. Bunting points out that his postdoctoral student, Dr. Vignesh Rajamani, recently became a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society and vice chair of a technical committee on computational magnetics. Rajamani was featured in a recent issue of IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Magazine. “I felt good when I saw that,” Bunting says. “I want to see him succeed. I want to see others succeed.” Working together In February 2012, Bunting began working on a project to develop an interdisciplinary engineering research center for unmanned aerial systems that combines sensor technologies, commercial applications, flight platforms, data evaluation and decision trees. The insights he gained on this project are some of the things that attracted him to the position of associate dean of research for the college.

“As I started digging into what it would take to bring in an engineering research center to Oklahoma State University, I participated in a site visit to a California school. I was excited about what I saw and recognized the opportunity for cultural change that can happen in the institution,” says Bunting. “There’s a real opportunity to be creative and to look at how we can work together in ways we haven’t before.” “When I started sharing what it would take to bring an engineering research center here and what it would mean, everybody I talked to became excited about the impact on the culture — the bringing down of silos of research where people have these pockets of excellence that they don’t communicate well with others. We need to be able to communicate with our constituencies, which are our students, parents of students, and the people of the state of Oklahoma, about the great things we do here.” As the work on the engineering research center for unmanned aerial systems continues to move forward, it has become even more interdisciplinary. Electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, animal science, computer science, and biosystems and agricultural engineering departments are building upon the platform. This summer, teams participating in the unmanned aerial systems program will be working on such different areas as autonomy, communications, electromagnetic interference, wildfire monitoring and precision agriculture. Animal science will also be joining in, looking at how unmanned aerial systems can work around animals that are sensitive to changes in their environment. It is this type of interdisciplinary research that Bunting wants to make commonplace. Bunting is looking at how best to develop new research centers and exploring ways that the university can provide long-standing support for multidisciplinary centers.

“When we define an organization of multidisciplinary faculty to be a ‘center,’ that needs to be in some sense a reserved word that has meaning in terms of university support, in terms of returned overhead, and in terms of a vision for something that will last at least five to 10 years,” Bunting says. “I’ve mentioned unmanned air systems, but there are many, many research efforts that could become a center — areas of transportation and infrastructure, energy and power, machining and manufacturing, biomedical and engineering education, to name a few.” Telling the story In February 2013, Bunting sponsored a Research Week contest that awarded iPads for the best videos from a student and from a faculty member showing off their research. “It is part of telling our story,” says Bunting. “Getting folks involved and getting the word out about our research is key. I will be exploring different ways to do that.”


Bunting says attracting undergraduates into research is vital and wants to better use marketing to engage students in all the exciting opportunities available. As associate dean of research, Bunting has a number of goals: “I hope that people will benefit and receive the support they need to be able to achieve their goals, that we accomplish an increase in our research productivity, and that the faculty and the students feel like this is an exciting and fun place to be,” he says. “I want to see success measured not only in increased research expenditures, but that faculty are successful in being promoted and achieving their goals, and that our students are able to perform high-level research that they are able to translate into their career objectives.”  Pa m C ov i n gto n

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Two engineering students named Niblack Scholars Oklahoma State University named 12 undergraduate students as 201213 Niblack Research Scholars, and two of them were from the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. Whitney Lisenbee from Jenks, Okla., and Peter Storm from Stillwater, Okla., are both biosystems and agricultural engineering students.


As a Niblack Scholar, Lisenbee and Storm will each receive an $8,000 scholarship and will be able to conduct research in a university lab, assisted by a faculty sponsor and graduate student mentor. This rewarding experience is designed to foster research at the undergraduate level, while rewarding those with high academic merit. The Niblack Scholars Program is funded by a gift from OSU alumnus Dr. John Niblack. He attributes his own pursuit of research as a profession to the experience he received as an undergraduate student at OSU. Niblack says he funds the program to give young people that same opportunity.  

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Niblack is the former vice chairman of Pfizer Inc. He was a scientist for the multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical company from 1967-1980, directing research into drugs to treat viral illnesses, cancer and autoimmune disorders. He was appointed director of research for the company’s U.S. laboratories in 1980 and named president of Pfizer’s central research division in 1990. He served as vice chairman from 1993 until his 2002 retirement. 

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Winging It OSU geothermal innovation is helping poultry farms Oklahoma State University’s innovation in geothermal production is spreading its wings.

With the technology, the Holliday Farm is reporting better air quality and lower costs.

A hybrid system using a ground source heat pump configuration is proving to offer significant advantages for poultry brooder environments.

This system allows the farm to avoid propane burning inside poultry houses and improves air quality through less oxygen consumption and less carbon dioxide/carbon monoxide production. It also reduces ammonia generation. Ultimately, it offers significant energy savings with less required ventilation for the better air quality, which enhances grower speeds.

Jim Bose, professor at OSU, says the ground source technology is a green option that provides long-term cost savings and production efficiency. The ground source technology was developed at OSU, which is home to the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association. Bose serves as the association’s executive director. The Holliday Farm, a contracted grower for Cargill Inc. in Missouri, operates two broiler houses and two grow-out houses using the ground source heat pump system. “Dr. Shawn Xu, principal investigator on this project, is an IGSHPA member and longtime researcher in ground source heat pumps,” says Bose. “Xu has applied geothermal technology to turkey production and has successfully demonstrated the integration of ground source technology developed at Oklahoma State University into a new application.”

Xu has creatively solved a number of engineering problems that plague the poultry industry in regards to indoor air quality, ammonia production, dust control and energy efficiency,” says Bose. “The biggest was the elimination of the standard open-flame heater that contributed to many problems in regards to the dusty and ammonia productions that the use of this technology caused. Energy efficiency and improved poultry environment is its main strength.”

“This innovative use of technology will be distributed to growers not only in the U.S., but in China where poultry production is widespread,” says Bose. “Xu was a key person in developing an IGSHPA Chapter in China while working at the University of Missouri.” The International Ground Source Heat Pump Association is an outreach center at OSU within the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. It supports OSU’s landgrant mission through efforts in advanced technology and services to the state and international communities.  W r av e n n a B lo o m b e r g

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Although this technology is only being used by a select number of poultry growers, its potential could revolutionize the industry.

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“Xu has creatively solved a number of engineering problems that plague the poultry industry.” — Jim Bose

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Fire Service Training helps prepare state emergency response teams

The devastation wrought by the May 20 tornado was overwhelmingly evident as people came out of their shelters after it passed in Moore, Okla. They were greeted with sudden, complete devastation: homes destroyed, people killed, businesses blown away, schools in pieces, power lines down. The chaos of the aftermath had begun; emergency responders and trained professionals were needed immediately.


But how does a community even begin its rescue and recovery efforts? “We train teams for all types of emergency response in the state of Oklahoma, but of course the hope is they never have to act on it,” says Ed Kirtley, director of Fire Service Training, an outreach unit of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State University.

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Oklahoma has seen its share of emergency disasters through the years and is extremely well organized in responding. Much of this can be credited to training and planning through the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, Oklahoma Office of Emergency Management, Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Fire Service Training.

Dean Paul Tikalsky (left) and Ed Kirtley, Fire Service Training director, visit with the Incident Management Team after the Moore tornado.

Steve George, program manager with OSU’s Fire Service Training, says his program and the state’s homeland security office began the process of providing training for Incident Management Teams in Oklahoma about four years ago. “A small group of instructors were sent through train-the-trainer programs in Texas and Maryland,” says George. “These instructors were active members of the emergency response community representing law enforcement, fire service, EMS (emergency medical services), emergency management and public works agencies throughout Oklahoma.” After the initial instructor training was complete, FST began offering the Incident Management Team training throughout the state. This IMT training was funded through the state Homeland Security office. According to FEMA, an Incident Management Team is a “comprehensive resource to either augment ongoing operations through provision of infrastructure support, or when requested, transition to an incident management function to include all components/functions of a command and general staff.”

IMTs deal with a variety of incidents ranging from terrorist threats and airplane crashes to natural disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes. Because nobody can truly gauge when these events will happen, much of the training takes place in planned events. “Our teams use large events such as concerts, marathons and sporting events to practice and hone their skills,” says George. “This allows the team members to practice their specific roles before they have to do so at an actual emergency.” “The use of IMTs during emergency operations help to mitigate loss and initiate recovery,” says Kirtley. “While the IMT doesn’t prevent the disaster itself, it does reduce the impact to the people and community involved.” Operations after the Moore tornado were managed by one of five IMTs in Oklahoma. Another IMT was available for the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, which was run just days after the Boston Marathon bombing. Although no emergency resulted from the OKC Marathon, teams were prepared.

And it would be just over a month later when the IMTs would put their training into use after the Moore tornado. “The critical importance of all the work we’ve been doing the past few years made sense,” says Kirtley. “Even though I have been in the fire service over 30 years and have always been a strong proponent of the IMT, I had never imagined we would engage one in an operation of this scale disaster. I knew at that moment OSU needed to continue to do whatever was necessary to provide this training because it matters — to all of us living in Oklahoma.”



The training provided by FST is offered in all 77 counties.

“Our land-grant mission is to make research, science and skills available to all of Oklahoma,” says Kirtley. “In a sense, our mission is to bring everything we teach on campus to Oklahoma so that it can be used day-to-day to improve the quality of life, promote commerce and enhance our economy.”

“FST is also training the fire departments and responders throughout Oklahoma for wildfires, structural fires, hazardous materials incidents, vehicle extrication, natural disasters and much more,” says Kirtley. “When an emergency occurs, it is safe to say that OSU FST has had some role in the training of the men and women responding.”

Being an effective tool throughout the state is possible thanks to FST’s strong partnerships with the state’s emergency management and homeland security offices as well as the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Kirtley says the funding provided by these agencies have continued even when federal funding has been reduced.

FST training typically complements a team member’s professional skills. IMT members come from several fields, such as education, law enforcement, medicine, public service, EMS and firefighters.

FST considers providing this type of training as part of the organization’s purpose within a land-grant institution.

“Without the support of these agencies the IMT program would not be functioning at the level it is,” says Kirtley. “Our relationships with these

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key organizations further demonstrates the impact possible when OSU partners with other agencies to meet local training needs.” Although disaster is never a welcome event, it can be handled in an organized response. “Our hope is to provide the training necessary to get those affected by a disaster the assistance they need,” says Kirtley. “We believe in the Oklahoma Spirit, and we go to work every day trying to make a positive difference.” 

Each year, more than 30,000 emergency responders attend training and certification events sponsored by OSU Fire Service Training. For more information, visit

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Center brings together students from different colleges to unite for solutions Companies sometimes struggle to integrate a new process or product with its marketing, finance, management, production or human resources areas. Those challenges require multidisciplinary solutions. That’s where Oklahoma State University’s New Product Development Center can give students a leg up: Professors from the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and the School of Entrepreneurship challenge students with such real-world problems, teaching them to work together for the best results. The initiative began in 2006 as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture higher education challenge grant and originally teamed mechanical engineering and biosystems and agricultural engineering students with agricultural economics and agricultural communications students. Now, interdisciplinary teams are comprised of students from mechanical engineering or biosystems and agricultural engineering senior design courses who work with students enrolled in advanced agribusiness management or entrepreneurship and new technologies courses. “Often, the best solutions are frequently found not within the depth of a single science, but on the border between disciplines,” says Daniel Tilley, agricultural economics professor and New Product Development Center associate director. “You may not come up with the best solutions when you are focused on one functional area within a company. Coming up with engineering


solutions that make business sense is really important because we want our projects to have impacts on the manufacturing community and the economy of the state.” The NPDC works with the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, OSU applications engineers and manufacturing extension agents to select projects for the courses that provide both engineering and business components for students to complete in 15 weeks. “We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful connection to Oklahoma manufacturers through the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance,” says Robert Taylor, research professor and NPDC director. “The applications engineers and manufacturing extension agents have a good understanding of what we look for in a potential senior design project. They are a critical communication link between us and the manufacturer.” When selecting projects as candidates for mechanical engineering and biosystems and agricultural engineering senior design classes, applications engineers and manufacturing extension agents look for projects that have a strong education component, says OSU applications engineer Win Adams. “We go in and evaluate the projects, and if it is something we think a senior design team could handle, we frame it up as a senior design project,” Adams says. “The class selects which projects they want to undertake.” Once the choices are made, the teams begin researching and developing solutions for their clients, Taylor says.

“It is a real-world class; clients are depending on information students dig up, whether it is good or bad,” says Kevin Kriner, School of Entrepreneurship executive-in-residence. “I think that is pretty rewarding for the students. It helps bridge the gap from theory to the real world.” Devin Ketchum, a May 2012 CEAT graduate and product support engineer for Enviro Systems Inc., says the mechanical engineering senior design course helped prepare him for his career. The class allowed him to apply his engineering knowledge to a problem that lacked a predetermined end result, much like he does in his current position, he says. “Dr. Taylor gave us the project, and he did not give us any limits to what we could do,” Ketchum says. “He basically said, ‘This is your problem, figure it out.’ That really sounds like there was not a lot of support, but in reality, he was there to help us and steer us in the right direction. He encouraged us to think off the cuff, and each week we met with him and were able to see the progress we had made.” The class is designed to give students a broader perspective on engineering jobs, says Tyler Worden, a graduate student in mechanical engineering and a mechanical engineering senior design teaching assistant. “Throughout your undergraduate career, you do a lot of projects where you are in a basement and just designing something mainly for functionality and somewhat for how it looks,” Worden says. continues

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59   “The class provides a learning experience that is no longer just about engineering practices. It is about the relationships these students form, their ability to work with other sciences they do not always understand, and the importance of developing a relationship with their client.” — Robert Taylor, head, New Product Development Center

“Here you bring in the aspect of cost and benefit analysis. In general, students get a broader idea of what impact we are having.” Jacob Rapstine, a sophomore agribusiness major, says he gained a deeper understanding of the business aspect of engineering with this project. “I like hearing the engineering side of things,” Rapstine says. “I had not had the chance to work on many conglomerated projects before this. It is all about the power of teams, and the diversification was very helpful.” Lashun Oakley, a senior mechanical engineering student, says the course proved to be an invaluable experience. “No matter what background or department, the ability to mesh with each group is what makes the project better,” she says. “Working with an Oklahoma manufacturing company and the business team has given me insight into this and will be beneficial to me in my career.”

Kriner says such interdisciplinary work allows students to learn to engage with those from other disciplines in order to accomplish a common goal. At first, students have some challenges in merging their disciplines, but by the end of the semester, each team member recognizes the importance of each project component, he says. “Just about every semester it is difficult at first, but then you see the collaboration grow by the end of the semester,” Kriner says. “It is really neat to watch those teams that really click with the interdisciplinary aspect of things. You can tell when they stand up and present that they are friends, and that they have gotten together and really learned to work as a team.” Teams are comprised of students from different backgrounds, educational levels and lifestyles, says Ruth Inman, a graduate student going for her doctorate in agricultural education. “Not only did our team have varying educational backgrounds, our team members ranged from traditional undergraduate college students to students who were married, had children and were pursuing advanced degrees,” Inman says. “This type of diversity mirrors the diversity found in typical workplaces, so I found the experience to be relevant and beneficial.”

Students come from different backgrounds and educational levels at the New Product Development Center.

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She says the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of students and community leaders helped prompt her decision to take the course. “One of my goals of taking a class that included a real-world project was to use my class work as an opportunity to develop networks beyond the OSU campus,” Inman says. “This class certainly provided that opportunity. About a month after the semester ended, I was approached by the owner of a local marketing firm who read the report my partner and I produced for class and wanted to offer us a consulting job working on a similar project.” Taylor says diversity makes this engineering-business relationship such a valuable learning experience for students.

“The class provides a learning experience that is no longer just about engineering practices,” Taylor says. “It is about the relationships these students form, their ability to work with other sciences they do not always understand, and the importance of developing a relationship with their client.” Adams says the unique collaborative efforts offered through these classes make the program attractive to potential clients. “I believe manufacturers get a fresh, new approach to problem solving,” Adams says. “Students coming out of the program think out of the box and provide fresh, new, crisp ideas to manufacturing.” He says cost avoidance can be just as critical as providing a company with a new design.

“Cost avoidance can save a company tens of thousands of dollars,” Adams says. “It can be as valuable, if not more valuable, than providing an engineering solution.” Kriner says this is an important aspect of the team’s business analysis. “Students help determine if the business idea is viable by really looking at the business model,” Kriner says. “They work with engineers to ask, ‘Can we do this in a way that we can make it cheap enough to make money, and will people buy it?’” Worden says leadership development is one of the most important parts of the course. Students are given a problem and must work as a unit to discover what works best for their client.

“Students get stuck in a situation where it is, ‘Here is a problem, here is a client, figure it out,” he says. “There is an obvious growth in students. They open up and are able to talk to clients by themselves and realize the real problems. You see leaders step up.” These projects not only foster team and individual growth, but also provide the student with a lasting impact on a company, Taylor says. “A significant percentage of the projects get implemented or lead to implementation of the idea within a company,” he says. “In some cases, the design may not get implemented exactly the way it came out of the senior design class, but some portion or redesign may be implemented.”  Lo r i A l l m o n


Building credibility for assessors Center for Local Government Technology helps county tax offices around the state run better The Center for Local Government Technology, an outreach unit of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, has helped improve the effectiveness and efficiency of local governments in Oklahoma. While many of CLGT’s activities have addressed transportation issues and helped local transportation departments, two of its programs have had a different focus and client group. CLGT’s County Computer Assistance Program (CCAP), which began in 1985, was initially under the direction of the state auditor and inspector’s office. Then-State Auditor Clifton Scott tasked the current CCAP supervisor, Scott Warren, with computerizing the county assessor and treasurer offices in 1985. Warren developed a software package for assessors to perform the assessment administration functions on a computer. He later developed software for treasurers to collect and apportion taxes. Today, 59 county assessors and 28 county treasurers use Warren’s technology. Warren’s software also generates all of the reports that assessors and treasurers are required to submit to state agencies. Other organizations and individuals interested in property values and taxes also use these reports and related information. Moved from the auditor’s office to CLGT in 2008, the CCAP program employs four individuals who support the software and provide tech support for counties that lack such a support staff.


Working alongside Warren are Johnny Caldwell, Carol Bomhoff and Michael Challis. Their combined experience adds up to 103 years in the ad valorem taxation process. CLGT’s CCAP computerization project was instrumental in taking Oklahoma county government into the 21st century. The CCAP computerization influenced a move to reform the ad valorem process in 1988, when new legislation mandated the uses of appraisal methods such as the visual inspection of properties on a four-year cycle, computer-assisted mass appraisals and appropriate approaches to valuation, as well as requiring that county assessors and deputies be accredited. Located at CLGT since its inception, the Assessor Accreditation Program (ATAP) developed seven appraisal-focused courses for county assessors. Under the 1988 legislation, county assessors and deputies must attend and complete the courses and pass tests given after each course. The program requires 121 classroom hours of study to complete and 30 hours of continuing education every three years. This training and testing program gives confidence and credibility to those responsible for appraising properties. Gary Snyder and Doug Warr teach in the ATAP program. Snyder has been with the program for 13 years; Warr, 15, and they have a combined 50 years of experience in the ad valorem taxation process. They are national instructors

for the International Association of Assessing Officers, and both hold residential evaluation specialist and assessment administration specialist designations. They also serve on IAAO research and technical assistance committees. When CCAP moved to CLGT in 2008, there was hope for collaboration between CCAP and ATAP. And that is exactly what happened. The leadership in Oklahoma involved with the ad valorem process has taken note, and now legislation is pending that would combine the CCAP and ATAP programs with the Computer-Assisted Mass Appraisal program (CAMA) at the ad valorem division of the Oklahoma Tax Commission. CAMA is a software system that assists with the appraisal of property on a large-scale basis. Under the bill, this combined group would be known as the Valuation Technical Assistance Program (VTAP). With the formation of VTAP, all of the efforts in Oklahoma to provide training and technical assistance to county assessors and treasurers would be combined into a comprehensive program. CLGT looks forward to continuing Oklahoma State University’s land-grant mission of transferring knowledge and technical assistance to the public through the VTAP program. The center strives to provide the best training and technical assistance possible to its clients. It’s all about outreach and making things better for the residents of Oklahoma.  Gary Snyder and Doug Wright

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photo Provided

A look at CLGT In 1972, industrial engineering professor Jim Shamblin was looking

Transportation Intern Program places students from

for research dollars and a competitive niche for Oklahoma State

transportation-related degree programs in paid summer intern-

University when he came up with the idea of applying engineering

ships with local government agencies.


technology to small towns and local governments. The result was the Center for Local Government Technology (CLGT). Shamblin

Rural Transit Assistance Program provides training, technical

secured a grant from the National Science Foundation, and

assistance and software applications to rural public transporta-

an initial computer program was developed to analyze traffic

tion systems throughout Oklahoma.

accident data for the Stillwater Police Department. This simple technology was so successful that larger cities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; ranging from

Pilot Escort Certification Program provides certification train-

Norman to Lawton and even Los Angeles â&#x20AC;&#x201D; began using a modi-

ing for operators of pilot escort vehicles.

fied program. County Computer Assistance Program provides training, support With the help of Joe Mize, who headed the industrial engineering

and technical assistance for computer software and hardware

department at the time, Shamblin won another grant from the

used for property tax administration, billing, collections, appor-

NSF that was funneled through the College of Engineering,

tionment and other system processes used in county assessor

Architecture and Technology. From this initial funding, CLGT has

and county treasurer offices.

evolved into the programs it operates today: Assessor Training and Accreditation Program provides educaLocal Technical Assistance Program provides training and

tion, training and technical assistance to county assessors and

technical assistance to local government agencies responsible

deputies and administers the accreditation program mandated by

for the planning, maintenance and construction of transportation

state law.

systems. Shamblin proposed the program to the Federal Highway Administration in 1982, and it now has centers in every state and Puerto Rico as well as seven Tribal Technical Assistance Programs. For more information about any of CLGTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Southern Plains Tribal Technical Assistance Program provides

programs, contact Director Doug Wright at

training and technical assistance on transportation-related

405-744-6049 or

issues to the tribal governments in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Nebraska. Oklahoma LTAP and Southern Plains TTAP are the only co-located LTAP and TTAP programs in the country; as a result, they collaborate on many training activities.

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Development officers Sandi Bliss and Jill Johnson are working hard to keep the momentum going for the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology’s fundraising efforts as Branding Success: The Campaign for OSU continues. Recently, President Burns Hargis announced that the campaign’s overall fundraising goal of $1 billion was surpassed nearly two years ahead of schedule. However, with a number of priority projects still to be funded, including several in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, Hargis said the campaign will continue through its scheduled completion date of Dec. 31, 2014. Throughout the campaign, the focus has been on four OSU priorities: support for students, faculty, programs and new/ renovated facilities.

Finishing strong is the goal of the CEAT development team. Bliss has been with the college more than five years and serves as team lead. Johnson recently joined the team from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan. During the campaign, CEAT alumni and friends have helped dramatically increase the college’s number of endowed chairs, professorships, scholarships and fellowships. With the end of the campaign only18 months away, student labs and facilities are the remaining priorities that will allow the college to truly prepare the next generation of leaders in engineering, architecture and technology. For example, the proposed CEAT Student Success Center will feature a study and mentoring commons, a student board room and a student café. There are many ways alumni and friends can contribute to make the Student Excellence Center a reality. 

Left: Sandi Bliss (left) and Jill Johnson, development officers for the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology Phil Shockley / Universit y Marketing

Ways to give the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology include: Outright Gift: Goes to scholarship/ fellowship, faculty support or programs. Endowment: Provides continuing assistance for OSU students, faculty and staff and creates a lasting legacy in your name. Scholarship: Offers financial assistance for undergraduate students. Fellowship: Financial assistance for graduate students. Chair: Provides financial assistance to honor an elite faculty member. Professorship: Provides financial assistance to recognize a professor as a distinguished faculty member. Planned Gifts: Estate plan, life insurance, annuity, trust or other planned gifts.

For more information about how you can help CEAT finish strong in the campaign, please visit or call Bliss or Johnson at 800-622-4678.


At Oklahoma State University, student success would not be possible without the generous donations of friends and alumni of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. The gifts given for scholarships, facilities, faculty support, research endeavors and all other program needs provide OSU students with a premier education. We are thankful to each and every donor who aids in creating an unmatched education for our students. The following individuals and organizations have stepped up to contribute $5,000 or more in college support.

$500,000 and above

John Steele Zink Foundation

Mark and Julie Lambert

Wayne Allen and Judith Allen

Kao Family Foundation

Dr. Gary Spencer and Rose Mary Lewis

Mitsubishi Polyester Film LLC

Kenneth Dickson and Terry Melendez

Mobil Exploration & Producing Tech Center

Metro Waterproofing Inc.

$100,000 – $499,999

Brook and Jill Tarbel

OG&E Energy Corp.

Chesapeake Energy Inc.

Gary and Kerri Wilson

OKC Community Foundation

ConocoPhillips Co.

Jim and Darlene Woodson

Ashley Price

Michael and Dr. Sharon Damore

Darton and Jamie Zink

Ross Charitable Foundation

ExxonMobil Corp.

Zink Foundation

Alyssa Schilling

C. Jack Corgan and Carol Corgan

MHB Inc.

Robert and Jean Schuetz

Jeffrey and Rebecca Fisher

$10,000 – $24,999

Phillips Petroleum Co.

ABB Inc.

Spirit Aerosystems Inc. Dr. Buel Staton

$50,000 – $99,999

American Institute of Steel Construction Education Foundation

Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP James and LaVerna Cobb Cobb Engineering Co. Kimberly-Clark Corp. Lewis Spencer Niagara Bottling LLC Dr. Enos and Penny Stover Stover & Associates Inc. Steven and Linda Wegener

$25,000 – $49,999 3M Co. Avery Dennison Corp. Brueckner Group USA Inc. Mordy Duke EI DuPont de Nemours & Co. ExxonMobil


Garmin International Inc. Goss International Inc. Halliburton

Martha Seabolt

Robert Taylor Jr. and Melissa Taylor

Gary Allen and Judy Allen

Thai Nguyen University of Technology

ASCO Industries

Williams Cos.

Ken and L. Maureen Barrett

G. Eldon and Carol White

Christopher and Andrea Beall

Dr. Edward and Norma Woods

Gregg and Kelly Bradshaw Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

$5,000 – $9,999

Central Manufacturing Technology Institute

Abbott Laboratories

Charles Machine Works Inc.

AEP/Public Service Co. of Oklahoma

Dennis and Gayle Collins

AGCO Corp.


Dr. Andrew Arena Jr. and Heather Arena

Mark and Lee Ann Dickerson Dolese Bros. Co. Dow Chemical Foundation

Association of Oklahoma General Contractors Inc.

Enogex LLC

Bobby Blair

Linda Foster

Boeing Co.

Halliburton Energy Services Inc.

Gary Bornemann

Dr. Kerry Havner

Dr. Mark and Beth Brewer

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$5,000 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; $9,999 continued John and Judy Brown Megan Burns Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP John and Mary Clark Dr. Clifford Clottey CNA Foundation Marjorie Cooke Michael and Patricia Cowan Kevin and Christine Dillow EnCana Cares (USA) Foundation Evolve Energy Services LLC Jacque Fowler Guy Engineering Services Inc. Matthew and Nancy Hodson

Homebuilders Association of Greater Tulsa

James Penn Procter & Gamble Co.

Steven and Dawn Huckaby

Arthur Rigg

Dr. Russell Lawson Jr. and Sherry Lawson

Gary and Nancy Roberts

Lawton Enhancement Trust Authority

Sherwood Construction Co. Inc.

Lockheed Martin Corp. LWPB Architects & Planners PC I. Edward Lynch Nabholz Construction Corp. National Fire Protection Association Kurt Nelson Matthew Nelson Raymond and Shirley Pappe Bard Peevy

Don and Sharon Robinson Sigenics Inc. Strategic Solutions International LLC Charles and Laura Sugg Tate Access Floors Inc. Dr. Paul and Julie Tikalsky Total Energy Corp. Dr. Steven and Sarah Trost James Waggoner Steven and Judy Wear


This listing reflects donors who have given $5,000 or more to the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology in 2012. The donors who chose anonymity are not included on this list. Although we strive for accuracy, we realize errors can occur. If you see something that should be corrected, contact Margie Bode at 405-385-0710.

Under $4,999

Calvin and Melanie Bailey

Jeffery and Sheri Belczak

Dr. Richard and Marlene Absher

Gene and Karen Bailey

Douglas Bell

A&B Professional Services

Kevin and Desiree Bailey

Jack and Susan Bell

Acme Brick Co./Fort Worth

Dr. Bob and Tommie Baker

Dr. Kenneth and Karen Bell

Mark and Deborah Acton

John and Carol Baker

Lane Bennett

Thomas Adams

Rick and Kelly Baker

Steve and P. Bennett

Dr. Don and Rosanne Adams

William and Catherine Baker

Daniel and Christine Patricia Berry

Noah Adams

Theodore and Karen Baker

David Bethard

ADP Inc.

Vengatesh Balaguruaiya

Satiesh and Rupa Vagale Bhargava

Brent and Michelle Adkins

Shankar Balasubramaniam and Suhitha Krishnan

Dr. Hemant and Beta Bhuskute

Dr. Balabhaskar Balasundaram

Mohammed and Suzanne Bilbeisi

American Electric Power Atique and Iqbal Ahmed

Stony and Michelle Biby

Robin Ballenger

Sarah Billingsley

Rahul Banda

Eric and Sandra Billman

Air Force Association Ch. 214

Thomas and Cristen Barber

Theodore Bilodeau

Craig and Amanda Aker

D. Morgan Bardwell

Howard and A. Birdsong

Alcoa Inc.

David Bardwell Jr. and Sherrlyn Bardwell

Terry and Christine Birdwell

Billy and Annette Barfield

Bruce Bivona

American Institute of Architects/ Oklahoma Chapter

Mark Allen Jr. Roger and Lelia Allen Roy and Mary Allen Allied Steel Construction Co. LLC Timothy and Laurel Altendorf Osarenadoru Amadasun Amoco Foundation Anadarko Petroleum Corp. Roy and Ruth Anderson Dr. Max and Katrina Anderson Francis and Barbara Andrews Architects Collective American Society of Civil Engineers Jonathan and Kathryn Arps Gilbert and Jane Asher Frederick Chadsey IV and Dr. Virginia Ashley AT&T Foundation Dr. Thomas and Jo Anne Auer Avid Services Inc. John Awezec III and Tara Awezec Jeffrey Baccus Dr. Charles and Jeanne Bacon Ryan and Tanna Bader Matt Badgett Geeth Bagusetty Faisal and Shelley Baig

Russell Barker Baker Hughes Foundation Baker Oil Tools Balfour Beatty Construction Henry Barnett Sr. James Barnette Todd and Haylee Barney Zach Barrett

Manas Bista and Kanchan Joshi Scott and Misty Black Rev. Lowell and Jodie Black Tim and Kristi Blackford Ronnie and Debra Blades Larry Blake and Kathy Cowan Danny and Melanie Blakely Roger Blessing Jr. and Jeanne Blessing

Chad Barrington and Ashley Dudek

Jody Blood

John and Victoria Barron

R. Kevin Bloomer

Ray and Carol Bascom

Johnny Blose

Dr. Michael and Kathleen Batchelder

Dr. Stanley and Kathryn Blossom

John and Patricia Batdorf

Mark and Candice Bloyd

Bill and Mary Lou Bates Caleb and Whitney Bates J. Allen Bates Jr. and Marcia Bates Dr. Gary and Paula Baum Baughman Co. PA Barry and Linda Bayless Bradley and Dixie Beadles Dr. James and Kathryn Beard Leola Beckstrom Heather Beem George Beggs fa l l 2 0 1 3

Daniel Blount Blue Goose Ranch Dr. Kirk and Linda Boatright Jack Bobek Bob Moore Kia Paul and Melody Boeckman Michael Boerger Curtis and Leslie Boley Christopher Bond Barbara Bond Travis Bonine John and Betty Bonner

Kent Boomhower

Dr. Charles and Phyllis Burger

Central & South West Foundation

Tony Booth and Kim Booth

Jim and Joan Burner

Gary Shaw and Marianne Boshuizen

Cory and Pamela Burns

Central OK Section Illuminating Engineering Society

David and Lorraine Bouchard

Jay and Pamela Burnside

Charles O. Heller Associates

Marcus Bowlin

Robert and Kathleen Burro


Paul Boyce

Stanley and Pamela Burt

Dr. Dara and Susan Childs

Johnnie Boyle

Dick Buser

Jien Chin

BP North America Inc.

Carolyn Buser

Gregory and Mitzi Chitwood

John and Leslie Bradley

Dr. Richard Bush

Stephen Christian

Jack and Barbara Bradshaw

Francis and Christine Bush

Citgo Petroleum Corp.

Howard and Jayme Branch

Alfred and Diane Byer

John and Marcia Clark

Russell and Lisa Brandon

Jerry and Rita Byram

Kevin and Dawn Clark

Wallace and Jean Brasuell

Andi Cabe

Billy and Mary Clark

C. Shay and Donna Braun

Larry and Suzanne Cagle

Walter and Elaine Classen

Russal and Phyllis Brawley

Karishma Caiado

Lawrence and Carol Clemens

Ellen Brehob

Larry and Delores Cain

Justin Clement

Richard Brenner

James and Oralia Clifford

Nathan and Julie Brewer

Paul Caldwell Jr. and Mabel Caldwell

Robert and Kimberli Clinard

Casey Brewer

John and Peggy Callihan

Charles and Betty Cline

Bridge Crane Specialists Ltd.

Ronald and Ann Calsing

Randy and Jean Clough

William Bridges

Robert and A. Jeanne Cameron

Brad Clowe

Matthew and Keri Bright

Christopher and Dr. Kelly Campbell

Coastal Project Resources LLC

Larry and Vickie Brinlee

Lon and Bonnie Canada

Paul Coates Jr. and Jane Coates

Jarred Britton

Dennis and Margaret Canfield

William and Karen Coatney

Terry and Katrina Britton

Keith and Lisa Cannon

L. Randy Cochran

Michael and Nita Brooks

Cantera Concrete Co.

Carl and Marie Cochrane

Dr. James and Myra Brown

Delbert and Colleen Carman

Tim and Genny Coffman

Marcus and Courtney Brown

Donald and Gina Carpenter

Kervin Colbert

Randy Brown

Christopher Carrero

Kraston and Amanda Colby

Robert and Denise Yvonne Brown

Nathan Carter

Charles Cole Jr.

Sean Brown

Dr. Burton and Norma Casad

Jason and Tiffany Cole

James and Susie Brown

Adrian Casias

Paralee Coleman

Philip and Kara Broyles

David and Linda Casper

Charles and Linda Collier

Brueggemann Engineering

Alonzo and Kay Castoe

Jacob Collins

Jason and Amber Brummal

Robert and Carol Catalano

Logan Collins

Jim and Guqueta Bruza

Brooke Caviness

Scott and Diana Collins

Kalrav Buch

Dr. Bharat and Hazel Chahar

Bryan and Barbara Buchan

Christopher and Meggie Chapman

James Colpitts and Katherine Colpitts

Seth Buchanan

Brian and Cheryl Chapman

Cody Combs

Michael and Theresa Buchert

Neil Chaves

A. G. Comer

Buckeye Partners

Jeffrey and Abby Chavez

Wanda Comer

David Bumbaugh

Robert and J. Kay Cheaney

Marcus Concienne

Tony and Kristie Buratti

John and Joan Chelus

Concrete Services Corp.

Kevin Burditt

Center for Life Safety Education

Jerry Conduff Jr. and Renee Conduff

Leslie Doty

Jonathan Cook

Dr. James Daschbach Jr. and Jeanette Daschbach

Raymond Cook Jr. and Tammie Cook

Dr. David and Dr. Justine Dautenhahn

George and Helen Douvas Joseph Dowd

John Conner

Steven and Sharon Cook

Kenneth and Mary Davey

J. Kevin and Diane Cooper

Bill and Marilyn Davis

Kenneth and Janell Cooper

Donald Davis

Michael and Nancy Cooper

Ryan and Kyla Davis

Richard Copland and Dr. Diedre Hofinger

Dan and Martha Davis James and Martha Dawson

Philip and Louise Corlew

Max and Frances Day

Steven and Berlyn Cota

Peter Day

John and Marianna Counter

Joe and Lisa Dayer

Gary Courtney

DCP Midstream

Dr. Timothy and Leslie Cowan

Michael and Linda Deak

Dr. J.E. Cox

Dr. Richard and Janet Dean

Donald Cox

Philip and Marsha Dean

Anita Cox

Troy DeGarmo

David Jr. and Barbara Crandall

Dale and Ruth Delano

Stephen and Charlotte Crank

H. C. and S. Lea Rosson DeLong

Joe and Lynette Cravens

Harry and Dorothy Deming

D. Paul and Pamela Crawford

Dr. Johann and Kelly Demmel

Donald and Bette Creel

Melvin Dennis

David Crossley

Siddharth Desai

Scott and Barbara Croston

Rhett and Tamara Lynn DeSpain

Thomas and Sonita Crowell

Jane Deupree

Chris and Lisa Cuba

Marian Devasher

Luis and Kathleen Cuellar

F. Terry and Susan Diacon

Dr. Larry and Carole Culberson

Curtis and Debra Dick

David and Joann Cummin

Robert and Terry Dickson

Richard and Judy Curless

Caroline Diedrich

J. Robert and Kathy Cusick

Romeo and Virginia DiLibero

R. Bradley and Shannon Custard

James Dixon

Richard Cutsinger

James M. and Lois L. Dixon

Philippe Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Offay

Aaron Dixon

David and Gina Dabney

Raymond and Rebecca Dixon

Devesh Dahale

Brian Dodson

Dedra Dahl and Linda Alger

Douglas and Jackie Dodson

Dallas CSI Foundation Inc.

Dominion Foundation

Mangesh Dalvi

Kenneth Donaghey Jr.

James and Patty Dancer

Scott and Sheryl Doornbos

Michael Danielson

Dorsettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Food Market Inc.

Dan L. Harris Architect

T. Michael and Anita Dossey

William and Teresa Danne

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Christopher Douglas Brian and Joyce Dove James Drake A.E. and Dodie Drechsler James and Patricia Drennan Arnold Drumm Thomas Dugan Greg and Donna Duncan Nancy Durrani Nick Duvally Ray and Nancy Dyson Joseph and Christina Earley Ray Earley II and Sharon Earley Dr. Lynn and Debbie Ebbesen Donald Ebbs Jr. and Carol Ebbs Leslie Eck Lance and Becky Eckel Ross Eckert Mark Edgren Donald and Susie Edwards Roger Edwards Kenneth and Elizabeth Edwards Scott and LouAnn Edwards Kimberly Edwards Dr. Lawrence and Julia Ehlers Kim and Pamela Ehlers Dr. Kevin and Vicki Ehlers John and Leigh Eitson Justin Elder Ellbro LLC Henry and Verna Elling Ian and Valerie Ellington Joe and Betsy Elliott Michael Elliott Glen and Robin Elliott Beau and Jennifer Ellis Jeff Ellis Virgil and Shirley Ellis Dr. Patrick and Joyce Ellis John and Kay Ely Austin and Callie Embry

William and Marcie Emerson

Robert Flanagan and Mary Flanagan

Floyd and Eileen Ganus

Joseph and Peggy Eng

John and Carolyn Garretson

Matthew and Shannon Engelman

Howard Flanders and Wanda Flanders

Thomas and Martha Engle

Alexander Fleming

William Garrett Jr. and Bobbie Garrett

Gary and Ivy Enterline

Gary Flesher

Friends of Sandy Garrett

David and Laura Eudey

Charles Flint III

Robert Garver Jr.

Eva L. Miller

Flintco Inc

Mark Garvin

Robert and Susan Evans

Brian Floyd and Leslie Floyd

Don and Brenda Everett

FM Global Foundation

Dr. Khaled Gasem and Safia Elbarouni

Jerome and Linda Ewen

Ryan Foley and Kathie Foley

T. Carlo and Laurie Gegen

Babatunde and Abimbola Fapohunda

Dr. Marc Fontaine and Dorothy Fontaine

Gregory Gelnar

Brian Farley

Daniel Forbes and Dr. Sheila Forbes

William and Loretta Gentry

Dr. Phillip and Karen Farrington

Gregory Ford and Laura Ford

Jeby George

Mark and Lori Farris

William Ford and Linda Ford

Russ and Jeri Farthing

Ramona Ford

Dr. Prabhakar and Dr. Shakuntala Ghare

M. K. Farukhi and Nelda Farukhi

Stephen Forman and Charity Forman

Michael and Verna Gilbert

Dr. Paul Fortin and Jane Fortin

Troy and Janet Gilleland

Kenneth Feland and C. Marjorie Feland

Alex Foster

Gary Gillenwaters

Norman Foster and Aileen Foster

Dr. James and Barbara Gillespie

Robert Ferguson and Cathy Ferguson

Ryan Foster

John and Sue Ann Gillespie

Jean-Pierre and Sharon Foulon

Warren and Lyn Gilmour

Edson Ferreira and Mailin Bolivar

Steven and Jamie Fowler

Dale and Jennifer Glimp

Robert Ferris Jr. and Kathleen Ferris

Larry and Paula Fox

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2012 Hall of Fame After 32 years of service, and many significant honors and military promotions, Shoffner retired from the Army and went to work for Lockheed Martin in Grand Prairie, Texas. He finished his career there in 2003 as vice president of product development. Shoffner’s major efforts with Lockheed Martin’s product development included advanced armaments, combat system survivability and signature management, advanced interceptor missiles, advanced sensors and fire control, synthetic battlefields and operations research and system analysis. The son of a blacksmith, Wilson A. “Dutch” Shoffner grew up on a family farm in rural Oklahoma, the youngest of 10 children. His interest in engineering and ROTC led him to Oklahoma State University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. In 1961, Shoffner married the love of his life, Beverly, and began his extended Army service. Shoffner’s Army assignments included commander of the Combined Arms Command and commandant of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; commander of the 3rd Infantry Division with more than 30,000 personnel; director of force development for the Department of Army; and assistant division commander of the 1st Cavalry Division. His experiences covered a wide range of combat arms and field artillery assignments with his principal staff duties in combat development, force development, doctrine development, training and operations research and systems analysis. All of these assignments required very unique application of lifelong engineering skills.


He has served on the Army Science Board and is currently a member of the Fires Center of Excellence Senior Advisory Council and the Russian Academy of Science. He continues to serve as a consultant to various national defense activities and is a national security fellow with the Institute of Strategic and Innovative Technologies. Although much of the engineering work Shoffner performs for these boards has classified applications, the subject matter areas include high-power microwaves, high-energy lasers, kinetic energy and em-launched weapons. He also continues to counsel the OSU University Multispectral Laboratories. Shoffner holds a master’s degree in International Relations from George Washington University. He and Beverly have two sons, Allen and Andy. Both are serving in the U.S. Army. Allen is the deputy commanding general of the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas. Andy is the colonel of cavalry and a senior fellow at the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth.

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Calvin “Cal” Vogt was born in Guthrie, Okla., and graduated from Guthrie High School in 1949 before attending Oklahoma State University. While at OSU, Vogt married his wife, Marilyn. He graduated from OSU with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical and computer engineering. Vogt has always been a visionary with an ambition to see the world. He began his career at Bell Telephone Labs in New York City, where he was awarded his first patent. After one year, he was called into active duty as a lieutenant in the Signal Corps for the Army. Upon completion of his service in 1956, he began working for Century Electronics and Instruments, a small firm in Tulsa, Okla. Over the next 13 years, he was a part of developing several electronic innovations and products that received extensive patents. After leaving Bell in 1969, he and his partners purchased several companies, which he managed simultaneously. These companies included Southern Specialties Corp., Geophysical Research Corp. and Indel-Davis. Over the years, Vogt received more patents while

developing several new designs of products sold to QuikTrip stores, Hilti Corp., and others. Some of these products include point-of-sale terminals, rolling cigarette cases, coffee bar metal stands and more. During his career, Vogt’s research and developments turned out to be some of the primary work leading to the development of high-speed CRT printers, facsimile recorders and transducers. Vogt has traveled extensively around the world to manage three business entities in five U.S. cities and 10 foreign countries. Under Vogt’s leadership, calibration offices were established in Mexico, Canada, Scotland, India, Dubai and Singapore. Vogt was a pioneer in the instrumentation for oil and gas exploration and production. He contributed significant technical expertise for downhole temperature and pressure measurement devices. Many devices developed under his leadership have become industry standards throughout the world. One of his most notable achievements was the invention of the first automated parking meter. Although mostly retired, Vogt still owns a couple of companies and remains an active member of the CEAT Associates group as well as the CEAT Campaign Committee. Vogt was named Citizen of the Year by the Executives of Tulsa organization in 2011. He and Marilyn have four sons, Brian, Alan, Stan and Steve. Three of the four attended OSU, as did the Vogts’ four oldest grandchildren. Vogt has dedicated his life to making the world a better place through innovation and entrepreneurship as a tireless inventor, innovator and leader in his field.

A native of Dickson, Oklahoma, Jerry L. Winchester was fascinated with engines and systems and loved football while he was growing up. These interests would be the foundation for his successful career at Oklahoma State University, as well as professionally. Winchester majored in engineering technology at OSU, and was heavily involved in the mechanical power program, which he credits as valued preparation for his career in the energy service sector. He was also a key player on OSU’s football team, a defensive tackle selected to the All-Big 8 Conference Academic Team. After graduation, Winchester took a job with Halliburton Energy Services, where he became the global manager of well control, coil tubing and special services. In 1998, he became president and chief executive officer of Boots & Coots International Well Control Inc. and grew the company from $25 million in annual revenue to $280 million in just six years. He was responsible for four major acquisitions and a secondary stock offering. His company became a leader in the oil well fire fighting and blowout control services globally, with focused efforts on snubbing, hydraulic workover, risk management and tool rental services.

In 2011, Winchester expanded his career by taking the CEO position for Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s oilfield services. He has lead vertical integration efforts to boost service offerings and revenue streams from $700,000 to well over $1 billion. In one year, Winchester has brought together seven energy service companies into a single corporate entity that supports most active drillers in the U.S. Winchester is proud of his tool development that will cut and remove a wellhead from a damaged or burning well. This product was deployed in Kuwait after the Persian Gulf War, and he personally supervised its operation in the Al-Awda project there, taking a five- to seven-day method down to a 45-minute job. He and his wife, Rae, have two daughters, Leigh and Abbie. Winchester enjoys flying, and he and his family take many trips in the family plane, including to OSU football games. Winchester has been a three-time finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and has served as chairman of the OSU Alumni Association Board of Directors. He is currently on the Board of Trustees for the OSU Foundation, as well as a board member for the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. 

Shoffner, Vogt and Winchester were inducted into the CEAT Hall of Fame on Sept. 21, 2012.


L hmann Medal K enne t h E . C a s e, Ph.D. , P. E. & H a r v e y B. M a n b eck , P h . D. , P. E . Case holds three degrees from Oklahoma State University. He began his career teaching at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1969, then served as a management specialist for GTE Data Services in Tampa, Fla. In 1975, he returned to Oklahoma and began teaching at OSU. Kenneth E. Case has been associated with quality throughout his career. He was honored with a Lohmann Medal because of his innovative leadership, outstanding technical contributions and worldwide industry recognition.

Harvey B. Manbeck holds a distinguished record in academic research, instruction expertise and service to both the agricultural and engineering professions. His accomplishments, now honored with a Lohmann Medal, exemplify a life dedicated to education and improving structural wood engineering.


Case has been a highly acclaimed instructor at OSU and is considered a favorite among students. He served as professor and head of the School of Industrial Engineering and Management, and has earned the title of Regents Professor. His visionary leadership in

Manbeck earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1963 and 1965. He earned his doctorate from Oklahoma State University in 1970. He has taught wood structural engineering and building systems at Penn State for nearly 30 years, published more than 340 technical articles and received a multitude of industry and professional awards. He chaired the standards writing committee that developed the first nationally recognized engineering practice on diaphragm design of post-frame buildings. His research in wood buildings and post-frame design includes studies on fa l l 2 0 1 3

developing the Master of Science in Engineering and Technology Management Program at OSU has led to the innovative distance learning degree program that has graduated more than 400 students. In addition to his academic career, Case has been an outside director for Webco Industries since 1995. He is a licensed professional engineer and was named the Outstanding Engineer in Oklahoma in 1987. He received the Quality Oklahoman Award from Gov. Brad Henry in November 2003 and the Oklahoma Medal for

Excellence in College / University Teaching from the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence in 2005. In 1990, Case was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He is also an academician emeritus in the International Academy for Quality, a fellow and former president of both the American Society for Quality and the Institute of Industrial Engineers. In 2002, he received the Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award, the highest honor presented by the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

spliced glued laminated posts, in-plane shear strength and stiffness of metal-clad, wood framed structural diaphragms, computer modeling of metal-clad post-frame diaphragms, creep response of wood I-joint floor systems, and lateral stability of structural composite lumber.

National Frame Builders Association’s George E. Pickens Award, Rural Builder Hall of Fame, American Society of Agricultural Engineer’s Henry Giese Structures and Environment Award, and the Engineered Timber Bridge Award by the National Forest Products Association.

In addition to being a registered professional engineer, Manbeck has received numerous awards and honors for teaching and research. Among these significant honors include: Penn State Outstanding Teaching Award, NACTA Teaching Award of Merit, Penn State Engineering Society Outstanding Research Award,

In 1992, he was elected a fellow by the ASABE, and in 1996 he was named distinguished professor of agricultural engineering at Penn State. 

Case and Manbeck were awarded the Lohmann medal on March 29, 2013.

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College names top seniors Katie Haning, Zach Keith and Rachel Seo were awarded top honors among the Class of 2013 by the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. Haning, a chemical engineering senior from Lucas, Texas, won the Academic Excellence award. “She will make outstanding contributions, build a stellar career reputation and honor the college,” says Russ Rhinehart, professor of chemical engineering. Haning was a 2012 OSU Student Philanthropist of the Year, a Wentz Research Scholar, a recipient of the Southwest Chemical Association scholarship, and an active member of the OSU Student Foundation Stewardship Committee and the Institute for Creative and Innovation Steering Committee. She is a 2013 OSU Alumni Association Outstanding Senior, maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

“He seeks to be a true scholar and leader in both the classroom and organizations where he applies his knowledge for the good of others,” says John Veenstra, professor and head of the school of civil and environmental engineering. Keith has worked as a midstream-engineering intern with Williams Cos., an engineering tech intern with the City of Oklahoma City, and a teaching assistant at OSU. His leadership activities include CEAT Student Council, Presidents Leadership Council, American Society of Engineers, Engineers without Boarders, Chi Epsilon and Blue Key Honor Society. His volunteer efforts have included working with Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Camp Cowboy, Into the Streets and OSU Big Event. Keith posts a 3.97 GPA and has received awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was also named a 2012-13 OSU Senior of Significance.

College Dean Paul Tikalsky says Seo embodies the passion and work ethic all students should aspire to have. Not only is she involved with a multitude of leadership activities, but also possesses a personal drive for success. Seo has served as secretary and treasurer for the Institute of Industrial Engineers, is a member of Alpha Pi Mu and served on the CEAT Technology Fee Committee during her sophomore year. Additionally, Seo served as president of the CEAT Student Council where she currently serves as president. She has been a success coach for transfer and chemical engineering students, a mentor for the Girls Engineering Club, and played the violin in the OSU symphony from 2009-2011. Outstanding student awards for the college were selected based on academic merit, leadership involvement, and career development activities. 

Keith, a civil and environmental engineering student from Oklahoma City, took the Exceptional Leadership award.

Katie Haning, Academic Excellence Award

Seo, an industrial engineering and management student from Edmond, Okla., was awarded the Dean’s Outstanding Student award.

Zach Keith, Exceptional Leadership Award

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Rachel Seo, Dean’s Outstanding Student

Haning and Wilson recognized as OSU outstanding seniors photo Provided

Amelia Wilson, Outstanding Senior

Amelia Wilson is a mechanical and aerospace engineering and Spanish senior from Stillwater who is the daughter of professor Stephan and Kathleen Wilson. Wilson has served as president and vice president of Engineers Without Borders and as a College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology Academic Excellence Center success coach. She was also the leader of Team Black Propulsion for Aerospace Capstone Design and was a member of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Student Advisory Board. Wilson was named an OSU Student Philanthropist of the Year, a CEAT Scholar, Wentz Research Scholar and Wentz Music Scholar. Her article, “The effects of ultrasonic sound waves on frost suppression for microchannel heat exchangers,” was also published in OSU Journal of Undergraduate Research, Volume 1. “The unprecedented growth of the Oklahoma State family has defined my years as an undergraduate — campus renovations, newly hired faculty and staff, and more students than ever,” Wilson says. “With this growth comes the responsibility to provide the highest quality education for all its students. OSU will soon achieve this goal, and I hope to be a part of it by continuing support for scholarships started by my family and as a mentor for engineering students.” Wilson plans to study aerospace engineering in graduate school.

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Katie Haning, a chemical engineering major from Allen, Texas, is the daughter of Ben and Nancy Haning. While at OSU, Haning served as treasurer for OSU Crew and on the leadership team for the Baptist Collegiate Ministry. She was also involved in the OSU Student Foundation Stewardship Committee and the Institute for Creative and Innovation Steering Committee. Haning traveled to South Asia with the Baptist Collegiate Ministry in summer 2012 to serve students and children for seven weeks. She has also volunteered her time at OSU Foundation events through the OSU Student Foundation. Haning was named one of the Student Philanthropists of the Year by Women for OSU and a Wentz Research Scholar. She also received the Southwest Chemical Association Scholarship.


“My time at OSU has been packed with incredible people and exciting experiences, for which I am incredibly grateful,” Haning says. “But nothing can compare to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord. He makes my OSU story worth telling.” Haning plans to live in East Asia this summer before pursuing a Ph.D. in chemical engineering in the fall. 

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Dr. Paul J. Tikalsky, P.E., F.ACI, F.ASCE, EACR

CEAT Strategic Advisory Council

Dr. Sunderesh Heragu

Greg Bradshaw

College Dean

School of Industrial Engineering and Management Head

Lambert Construction Co.

Professor, civil and environmental engineering

Donald and Cathey Humphreys Chair

C. Michael Carolina

Dr. Chuck Bunting

Professor, industrial engineering

Associate Dean of Research and Sponsored Programs


Dr. Raj Singh

Halliburton Professor in Engineering Professor, electrical engineering Dr. Raman Singh Acting Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Professor, mechanical engineering Randy Seitsinger School of Architecture Head

Professor and Head Dr. Dan Thomas School of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Head

Professor Dr. Khaled Gasem School of Chemical Engineering Head

Bartlett Chair in Chemical Engineering

School of Material Science and Engineering Head

Williams Cos. Distinguished Chair Professor  
 Director, Energy Technologies Program Dr. Dan Fisher

Senior Vice President

Executive Director

Jeff Fisher Senior Vice President of Production

Chesapeake Energy Corp. Chris Goble President

SGA Design Group

School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Head

Joe D. Hall

L. Andrew Maciula Professor, Engineering

General Contractors LLC

Dr. Dana Hobson Division of Engineering Technology Interim Head Construction Management Technology Head


Jeff Hume Vice Chairman of Strategic Growth Initiative

Continental Resources Inc. Mitchell T. Johnson

Construction Management Advisory Board Chair

Entrepreneur, Investor, Principal Consultant


Bill Remy

Dr. Imad Abouzahr

President and Chief Operations Officer

Professor, chemical engineering

Electrical Engineering Technology Interim Head

TBM Consulting Group Inc.

Dr. John Veenstra

Associate professor

Jason Sauter

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Head

Dr. Michael Larrañaga

Professor, civil and environmental engineering Dr. James West School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Interim Head

Professor, electrical and computer engineering

Fire Protection and Safety Technology Head

Simplex Fire Protection professor

Senior Completions Engineer

BP Global David Swank Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Richard Beier


Mechanical Engineering Technology Interim Head

Rick Webb


Global Business Processes


Senior Vice President

Janet Weiss Senior Vice President

BP Alaska

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New faculty chairs, professorships and appointments Clint Aichele, Ph.D. Harold Courson Chair in Petroleum Engineering Clint Aichele is an assistant professor in chemical engineering who specializes in petroleum engineering. Before OSU, he worked at ConocoPhillips, focusing on developing gas-treating strategies for natural gas and flue gas. The Harold Courson Chair in Petroleum Engineering encourages excellence in teaching and scholarship in petroleum engineering at OSU.

Suzanne Bilbeisi Centennial Professorship in Architecture and Architectural Engineering Suzanne Bilbeisi is a professor in the School of Architecture. A licensed architect in Pennsylvania and Oklahoma, she has been in private practice since 1993. She was the AIA NCOC president in 1998 and has won numerous teaching awards including an OSU Regents Distinguished Teaching Award, National ACSA/AIA Young Teacher Award and Halliburton Excellent Young Teacher. The Centennial Professorship in Architecture and Architectural Engineering encourages excellence in teaching and scholarship in the School of Architecture at OSU.

Sunderesh Heragu, Ph.D. Donald and Cathey Humphreys Chair in Industrial Engineering & Management Sunderesh Heragu is the new Donald and Cathey Humphreys Chair and head of the School of Industrial Engineering and Management. Prior to joining OSU, he held the Mary Lee and George F. Duthie Chair in Engineering Logistics in industrial engineering at the University of Louisville, where he was also director of the Logistics and Distribution

Institute. He has taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, State University of New York at Plattsburgh, State University of New York at Buffalo, Technical University of Eindhoven and University of Twente in the Netherlands, and IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. The Donald and Cathey Humphreys Chair in Industrial Engineering and Management was created by alumni Don Humphreys as a commitment to higher education and OSU.

Charles “Chuck” Bunting, Ph.D. Associate dean, research and sponsored programs

Tyler Ley, Ph.D.

Charles “Chuck” Bunting is the newly appointed associate dean of research and sponsored programs in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. A professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bunting holds the Halliburton Professorship in Engineering. As associate dean, Bunting is leading the research efforts of the college and developing a new strategic approach to sponsored programs.

Williams Foundation Professorship in Civil Engineering

Daniel Fisher, Ph.D.

Tyler Ley has more than 13 years of experience in structural and concrete materials engineering. Ley received the National Science Foundation Career Award in 2012 and is a member of a consortium with Princeton, Rice, University of California-Santa Barbara, and W.R. Grace Chemical Co. on a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to investigate cement hydration. He is on the executive council for the National Concrete Consortium, secretary for the American Ceramic Society — Cements Division and active in the American Concrete Institute. He has received more than $5 million in grants and authored more than 20 peer-reviewed journal papers since joining OSU. Ley has received the Chi Epsilon Teacher of the Year and the Halliburton Young Teacher of the Year award from OSU. The Williams Foundation Professorship in Civil Engineering was established as the company’s commitment to Oklahoma’s success.

Head, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Daniel Fisher is the newly appointed head for the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at OSU. He holds the L. Andrew Maciula Teaching Professorship in Engineering, has received the Regents Distinguished Teaching Award and has mentored more than 20 students. As school head, he will oversee the instruction, research and outreach efforts of mechanical and aerospace engineering at OSU.





Raman P. Singh, Ph.D. Acting associate dean of instruction Mechanical engineering professor Raman Singh has been named the acting associate dean of instruction for the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at OSU. As acting associate dean of instruction, Singh will lead the college’s efforts in developing and managing the processes for creation, modification and approval of course actions and academic programs. 





Timeline 1966 Bachelor’s degree, agricultural engineering ,

Purdue University 1967 Master’s in agricultural engineering ,

Purdue University 1970 Ph.D., agricultural engineering ,

Michigan State University 1978–79

Manager of special problems, corporate engineering department , Green Giant Co.


Assistant, associate and professor, Departments of Food Science and Nutrition and Agricultural Engineering, University of Minnesota


Professor and School of Agricultural Engineering head, Oklahoma State University

1991–13 Associate dean of instruction and outreach ,

College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, OSU

Thompson retiring after 28 years with OSU portrait / gary lawson / universit y Marketing

David Thompson has been with the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology for 28 years — 22 of them as associate dean of instruction and outreach — but it has come time for him to retire. He has been an instrumental part of the growth and success of the college over the past three decades, and his retirement leaves big shoes to fill. During his career, Thompson showed expertise in the education and continuing education of engineers. His scholarly work focused on student success and retention in engineering, engineering technology and architecture. Thompson offered extensive experience in the thermal processing and freezing of foods with emphasis on the microbial and chemical changes that occur during processing and storage.


His international impact included assignments in institution building and crop storage as well as research and education in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Expanding his international presence, Thompson taught at the Institute National Agronomique et Veterinaire Hassan II, Morocco; University of Syiah Kuala, Banda Aceh, Indonesia; Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico D.F., Mexico; and Instituto Tecnologico Regional de Veracruz, Mexico. Thompson is well known by peers and industry executives worldwide. He has been active in the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, where he served as technical vice president from 199498, chair of the standards council in 1998, director from 1981-84 and 198789, and division chair from 1976-77.

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He has also been active in the American Society for Engineering Education, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, and the National Society of Professional Engineers. During his career, Thompson has been awarded many significant honors, including Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers and the ASAE President’s Citation Award. He has worked with ABET accreditation nationwide and will continue this during retirement. For the next chapter in Thompson’s life, he and his wife, Janet, plan to enjoy traveling and time with their family. Although he will be greatly missed at OSU, his impact will continue for years to come. 

W.W. Allen Scholars Program Recognized as one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier undergraduate engineering scholarship programs, the W.W. Allen Scholars Program is designed to accelerate leadership and professional development while stimulating intellectual growth and fostering career perspectives. Generously funded by the Wayne Allen family, this program aims to initiate the development of future engineering leaders worldwide. These scholars, who are recruited nationally, receive more than $86,000 in scholarship and enrichment activities at Oklahoma State University. The program is highlighted by the opportunity to pursue a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

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