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6/25/2019-6/28/2019

BBDL Undergraduate Scholars Selected Finalists for BS-Level Student Paper Competition at SB3C2019

Cortland and Colton represented the School of AME and OU at this year's Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference (SB3C2019) held in Seven Springs, PA on June 25-28. Cortland and Colton's abstracts were selected as the 17 finalists for the BS-level Student Paper Competition (Cardiovascular System Category) that highlight BBDL's cutting-edde research and innovative findings:

·  Cortland Johns, Katherine Kramer, Anju Babu, and Chung-Hao Lee,  "An investigation of layer-specific tissue biomechanics of porcine atrioventricular anterior leaflets, BS Student Paper Competition"

·  Colton oss, Devin Laurence, Daniel Zhao, Ming-Chen Hsu, Ryan Baumwart, Yi Wu, and Chung-Hao Lee, "Investigations of the choardae tendineae's mechanical properties of porcine atrioventricular heart valves, BS Student Paper Competition"

6/4/2019-6/5/2019

BBDL Lab Tour and Hands-on Experience for High School Students in 2019 JrSEED

As part of 2019 Junior Science & Engineering Excellence and Diversity (JrSEED) Program, Dr. Lee and his lab researchers, Devin, Rob, Colton and Luke, organized a tour of Dr. Lee's Biomechanics and Biomaterials Design Laboratory and a hands-on experience project on CAD modeling & 3D printing to 12 high school participants. This year's JrSEED Program involve various engineering-related activities that engage and encourage high school students to STEM undergraduate programs and strengthen the Broader Impacts, including guest lecture from Boeing company, lab tours in various Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering disciplines, diversity and inclusion seminar.

The JrSEED Program was initiated in Summer 2016, and is one of the outcomes of Transforming Engineering Culture To Advanced Inclusion and Diversity (TECAID) Program, which is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF EEC #1445076). Dr. Merchan-Merchan is the Program Director. For more information, see the Program webiste: http://jrseed.org/

Spring 2019

BBDL Scholars Received the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Funding from OU's Honors College

With the generous support of the Office of the Vice President of Research, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program offers financial assistance for scholarly and creative projects under the mentorship of a faculty member.  Dozens of research projects are funded each year so that undergraduates may undertake ambitious and exciting research endeavors. 

Student researchers awarded from Dr. Lee’s research group are:
·  Grace Duginski (BME Junior)
·  Luke Hudson (ME Junior)
·  Allyson Echols (ECE Junior)
·  ME Capston Team (Colton Ross, Luke Whitney, Ryan Bodlak, Wyatt Maney)

4/27/2019

BBDL Researcher Shared Research Experience and Represented AME at Sooner Saturday

Cortland represented AME and BBDL at Sooner Saturday on April 27, 2019. She spoke to future OU students about the School of Aerospace and Mechanical engineering.

Sooner Saturday is a recruiting event for juniors in high school and their parents. Cortland talked to students about her classes, her research in Dr. Lee’s lab, and her internship with MITRE this summer. She also answered questions about the differences between Mechanical and Aerospace engineering, the different competition teams, and how to apply for internships. Additionally, Cortland answered questions for students and parents about college in general, such as ways to be involved and about time management.

3/14/2019 & 4/9/2019

BBDL's Outreach at Moore Norman Technology Center

On March 14th and April 9th, Dr. Lee and students from the Biomechanics and Biomaterials Design Laboratory (BBDL) provided presentations to the Moore Norman Technology Center (MNTC) pre-engineering students.

These presentations provided the MNTC students with some insight into the regular week-to-week life of a college student, and the learning experiences that the BBDL students had throughout their college careers. They also emphasized how valuable undergraduate engineering is to personal/professional growth and how easily one can get involved. Additionally, the BBDL students talked about their ongoing work in cardiovascular and brain aneurysm biomechanics and how the basic engineering principles span a diverse array of applications.

Moore Norman Technology Center, as one of the nation’s premiere educational training institutions with Oklahoma’s globally recognized CareerTech System, has recently been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing transformative learning opportunities for high school students through its Pre-Engineering program.

4/6/2019

BBDL Undergraduate Researchers Received Awards at OU's Undergraduate Research Day

Colton, Daniel, and Cortland won awards for their presentations at the Undergraduate Research Day on April 6, 2019.

They each spoke about their current research in biomedical engineering. Colton won an Honors College Award for Most Outstanding Project Grand Prize, Daniel won an Honors College Award for Distinction in Undergraduate Research, and Cortland received an Honorable Mention.

OU's Honors College hosts students who were funded in their research or creative activities from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program and students in general who want to show what they have discovered in their fields. This year, Undergraduate Research Day featured 120 presentations across 24 different sessions and many different disciplines, including engineering, chemistry, architecture, linguistics, anthropology and more.

4/6/2019

BBDL Undergraduate Scholars Presented Their Undergraduate Research at OU's Undergraduate Research Day

The Honors College hosted the 32nd annual Undergraduate Research Day in April 2020 at the Lissa & Cy Wagner Hall. At this annual conference, the Honors College hosts students who were funded in their research or creative activities from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and students in general who want to show what they have discovered in their fields. 

BBDL researchers presented their undergraduate reserach at this venue:

·  Grace Duginski's presentation on “Investigation of the Effect of Freezing on
   the Mechanical Response of Atrioventricular Heart Valve Leaflets”
·  Allyson Echols' presentation on  “An Investigation of the Regional Variation of
   Atrioventricular Heart Valve Material Properties”
·  Daneil Tsai's talk on “Application of Artificial Neural Networks to Determine 
   the Relationship Between the Atrioventricular Heart Valve Leaflet's Mechanics
   and Microstructure"
·  Cortland Johns' talk on “Data-Driven Computational Modeling of Heart Valve
   Function” 
·  Colton Ross' presentation on “An Investigation of the Contributions of the
   Porcine Atrioventricular Heart Valve Leaflet Microstructure to Organ-Level
   Mechanical Behaviors”

3/1/2019

BBDL Researcher Shared Research Experience and Represented AME at Shell High School Girls Day

Lauren represented AME and BBDL at Shell High School Girls Day on March 1, 2019. She spoke to future OU students about the School of Aerospace and Mechanical engineering.

Held each Spring during Women's History Month, the Shell High School Girls Day is an outreach and recruitment event, hosted by the OU chapter of Society of Women Engineers and the OU Women in Engineering Program, and provides the opportunity for prospective high school women to engage with faculty from various engineering disciplines, and interact with school administration, staff, academic advisors and current students.

Fall 2018

BBDL Members Received the Mentored Research Fellowship from OU O.U.R.

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

The awardees are chosen based on the intellectual merit of the student’s submitted proposal (research project). The six students awarded from Dr. Lee’s research group are:
·  Cortland Johns (ME Junior under Pre-Med program)
·  Yung-Te (Daniel) Tsai (ME Junior)
·  Lauren Evans (ME Sophomore)
·  Ean Beyer (BME Junior)

The Office of Undergraduate Research is committed to empowering students' exploration. The Mentored Research Fellowship is a program to cultivate and support student-mentor relationships while working on a research or creative project. 

9/14/2018

BBDL Researchers Cortland Johns and Allyson Echols Presented at the 2018 OK-WISE Conference

Cortland and Allyson made a poster presentation, titled "A study on the regional variation in mitral and tricuspid valve material properties", at the 1st Oklahoma Women Impacting STEM and Entrepreneurship (OK-WISE) Conference in Oklahoma City, OK, on September 14, 2018.

The inaugural Oklahoma Women Impacting STEM and Entrepreneurship Conference is scheduled for Sept. 14, 2018, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Catalyst Programs, an office of the Tom Love Innovation Hub at the University of Oklahoma, is hosting the conference with the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Toast Design Studios, Devon Energy, Lobeck-Taylor Family Foundation, Citizens Bank of Edmond, Association for Women in Science, Oklahoma Women in Technology, Women’s Energy Network, Society of Women Engineers, REI Oklahoma, DayCreative and more.

6/5/2018-6/6/2018

BBDL Lab Tour and Hands-on 3D Printing for High School Students in 2018 JrSEED

As part of 2018 Junior Science & Engineering Excellence and Diversity (JrSEED) Program, Dr. Lee and his lab researchers, Devin, Rob, Sam, Colton and Lauren, organized a tour of Dr. Lee's Biomechanics and Biomaterials Design Laboratory and a hands-on experience project on CAD modeling & 3D printing to 12 high school participants. This year's JrSEED Program involve various engineering-related activities that engage and encourage high school students to STEM undergraduate programs and strengthen the Broader Impacts, including guest lecture from Boeing company, lab tours in various Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering disciplines, diversity and inclusion seminar.

The JrSEED Program was initiated in Summer 2016, and is one of the outcomes of Transforming Engineering Culture To Advanced Inclusion and Diversity (TECAID) Program, which is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF EEC #1445076). Dr. Merchan-Merchan is the Program Director. For more information, see the Program webiste: http://jrseed.org/

Spring 2018

BBDL Members Received the Mentored Research Fellowship from OU O.U.R.

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

The awardees are chosen based on the intellectual merit of the student’s submitted proposal (research project). The six students awarded from Dr. Lee’s research group are:
·  Devin Laurence (ME Senior under accelerated BS/MS program)
·  Robert Kunkel  (ME Senior under accelerated BS/MS program)
·  Samuel Jett  (ME Senior under accelerated BS/MS program)
·  Katherine Kramer (BME Junior)
·  Colton Ross (ME Junior)
·  Jacob Richardson (ChemE Sophomore)

The Office of Undergraduate Research is committed to empowering students' exploration. The Mentored Research Fellowship is a program to cultivate and support student-mentor relationships while working on a research or creative project. See more overing story on OU AME Blog.

4/25/2018

Devin, Rob, Sam, Katie, and Jake Presented Research Discoveries at the Curiosity to Creativity Spring Symposium

With their participation and involvement in cardiovascular heart valve biomechanics and brain aneurysm research in BBDL, Devin, Rob, Sam, Katie, and Jake made poster presentations about their research findings and results at the 2nd Curiosity to Creativity Spring Symposium organized by the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) at the University of Oklahoma on April 25th, 2018.

The Curiosity to Creativity (C2C) Symposium is designed to dedicate to empowering and promoting the curiosity-driven discoveries, innovations, and creative works of OU students and their mentors, and to showcasing OU’s excellent undergraduate research and creative projects. 

4/4/2018-4/7/2018

UG Researchers Presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR2018)

As generously supported by the OU's Office of Undergraduate Research, 5 BBDL undergraduate researchers made oral and poster presentations at the 2018 National Conference on Undergraduate Research held in Edmond, OK:

·  Sam
's oral presentation on “A study on the spatial variation in the heart valve
   mechanical properties and microstructure
.”
·  Katie
's oral presentation about “An experimental study for layer separation of
   the tricuspid and mitral valves to investigate their biomechanical properties
.”
·  Devin
presented “Development of a novel integrated MRI-beating heart model
   for investigations into pathophysiological factors linked to tricuspid regurgitation
.
·  Rob
's oral presentaiton on “Synthesis and characterization of aliphatic urethane
   shape memory polymers for the treatment of intracranial aneurysms
.”
·  Colton
's poster presentation about “Investigations of the mechanical properties
   of chordae tendineae of atrioventricular heart valves
.”

National Conference on Undergraduate Research
: This gathering of student scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all corners of the academic curriculum. Through this annual conference, NCUR creates a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement; provides models of exemplary research, scholarship, and creative activity; and helps to improve the state of undergraduate education.

3/27/2018

Devin Won the Grand Prize at the 2018 Oklahoma Research Day at the Capitol

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

Devin received the Grand Prize for his presentation on: “Integrated Experimental-Computational Approach for Multiscale Investigations of Atrioventricular Heart Valves With Applications to Individual-Optimized Surgery Planning,”  which is the first Grand Prize winner in the history of OU. His prize included a $500 award as well as a $4,000 summer research internship. A hearty congratulations goes out to Devin on his success for presenting at the capitol and for the recognition of this prestigious award.  (View Poster Here: Laurence_RD@C-24m2pfb)

Fall 2017

BBDL Members Received the Mentored Research Fellowship from OU O.U.R.

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

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

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

The Office of Undergraduate Research is committed to empowering students' exploration. The Mentored Research Fellowship is a program to cultivate and support student-mentor relationships while working on a research or creative project. See more overing story on OU AME Blog.

7/27/2017

Devin and Octavio Presented Research Discoveries at the Curiosity to Creativity Summer Symposium

With their participation and involvement in cardiovascular heart valve biomechanics research in Spring Semester 2017, Devin and Octavio made poster presentations about their research findings and results, entitled “In-Vivo Stress Estimation of the Functioning Heart Valve and its Implications for Annuloplasty Ring-Based Surgical Repair” and “Biomechanical Testing of Heart Valve Tissues”, at the 2nd Curiosity to Creativity Summer Symposium organized by the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) at the University of Oklahoma on July 27th, 2017.

The Curiosity to Creativity (C2C) Symposium is designed to dedicate to empowering and promoting the curiosity-driven discoveries, innovations, and creative works of OU students and their mentors, and to showcasing OU’s excellent undergraduate research and creative projects. 

5/30/2017

BBDL Lab Tour for High School Students in 2017 JrSEED

As part of 2017 Junior Science & Engineering Excellence and Diversity (JrSEED) Program, Dr. Lee and his lab researchers, Devin, Rob and Octavio, organized a tour of Dr. Lee's Biomechanics and Biomaterials Design Laboratory to 12 high school participants. This year's JrSEED Program involve various engineering-related activities that engage and encourage high school students to STEM undergraduate programs and strengthen the Broader Impacts, including guest lecture from Boeing company, lab tours in various Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering disciplines, diversity and inclusion seminar, hands-on experiments (such as robot assembly, thermoelectric power generation, wind mill technology, electron microscopy and solar panel car competition).

The JrSEED Program was initiated in Summer 2016, and is one of the outcomes of Transforming Engineering Culture To Advanced Inclusion and Diversity (TECAID) Program, which is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF EEC #1445076).