About Fears Lab
The University of Oklahoma’s historic structural engineering laboratory was made possible because of a generous donation from Donald G. Fears.
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The visionary OU structural engineering professor Tom Murray used this donation to begin the construction of the first research facility on what is now OU’s South Research Campus. Murray and his colleagues gathered donations of brick and steel from companies such as Acme Brick and Star Metal Buildings, and eventually assembled all the ingredients that make up this laboratory.
Fears Lab now hosts structural engineering and structural mechanics research efforts at the University of Oklahoma, as well as some structural engineering faculty and staff. And since 2004, the lab facility also serves as the home for the ODOT Bridge Squad internship program, where several OU Civil Engineering undergraduate students study bridge engineering under the mentorship of practicing bridge engineers from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.
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