Fall 2012 Graduating Seniors
First Row L to R: Chester Fry, Brett Frantom (FAA),Dr. Stephen Genheimer, Bethany Gerber, Dr. Randa Shehab, Hanna Schoeleln, Esmeralda Gallegos, Lindsay Peabody, Aubri Teague, Dr. Scott Moses, Zixin Wang, Dr. Shivakumar Raman
Back Row L to R: Aaron Claggett (FAA), Ethan Goins, John Lengen, James Shipe, Hani El-Wakil, Dr. Theodore Trafalis, Dr. Kash Barker.
NSF/AIAA Travel Grant Winners
The NSF/AIAA Travel Grant winners wrote an essay on the enigeering design and maufacture in the aerospace industry focused on projected events for the year 2020. These essays were sent out to a panel of reviewers across the United States. Students whose essays won received up to $1250 funds for their travel to the AIAA MDO Conference held in Indianapolis, IN, in September. (AIAA/MDO = The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics / Multidisciplinary Design and Optimization). The winning students presented their ideas on posters and were able to attend sessions and learn about important ideas in MDO. Five students won this award this year. Among them were the ISE students Andrew Freeman and Amirhossein Khosrojerdi.
Industrial & Systems Engineering senior Thai Dinh spent his summer performing research with the Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels (C2B2).
As a student in C2B2’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, Thai worked with Colorado State University engineers on a project examining landscape design for the production of switchgrass, a promising biofuel crop. Thai’s research demonstrated that optimizing the landscape design for switchgrass cultivation can significantly reduce associated greenhouse gas emissions and production costs.
While alternative energy production may appear an unusual fit for an industrial & systems engineer, Thai sees it differently. The REU, he says, “was a great experience where I could apply my engineering optimization and programming knowledge on bioenergy landscape design at a regional scale.”
Nineteen students from universities across the U. S. participated in the C2B2 program. At the conclusion of the program, students presented their research at a poster session. Thai’s poster received first prize among all the C2B2 projects. He will present the results of his work at a national biofuels conference and is working with his coauthors to submit an article to a national journal.
Industrial & Systems Engineering junior Katy Rubin has received the E. Wayne Kay Co-Op Scholarship from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. This national award supports manufacturing engineering students enrolled in co-op programs. Katy spent the summer working for the Hilti Corporation in Tulsa.
Katy is vice-president of the OU student chapter of SME. She is a member of the Industrial Engineering Leadership Program and the Institute of Industrial Engineers. She also serves as secretary and social chair of Alpha Sigma Kappa, the social sorority for women in technical studies.
PhD candidate Gizem Aydin discusses her Industrial Engineering education at the University of Oklahoma as well as her experience in the field.
July 28, 2011
Graduating senior Elizabeth Mintmire discusses her experience with OU Industrial Engineering and her plans for the future.
PhD student Ebisa Wollega talks about his experience with the School of Industrial Engineering at the University of Oklahoma.