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Honors Engineering Research Experience


In partnership with the College of Engineering, OU’s Honors College is pleased to announce an opportunity for Honors students to participate in laboratory research in the Spring semester 2013.  This course, the Honors Engineering Research Experience, is open to all Honors College students from all College of Engineering majors. The goal of this program is to promote research among the most talented group of undergraduate students and increase awareness of graduate degrees.


If you’re chosen after a competitive application process, you will be partnered with a professor with whom you will participate in active laboratory research.  What’s more, you’ll receive three hours of credit in both Engineering and Honors for successfully completing the course.


While this course is open to all Honors students, not all interested students will be able to participate. Since this is an individually mentored program, there are a limited number of openings each Spring.  This is important and something you need to keep in mind during your Fall semester.  To be considered for enrollment, you must fill out an application and submit the relevant documentation to the Honors Liaison as early in the Fall as possible. (Applications are available in the Honors College office, the College of Engineering Dean’s office, and the Honors Engineering Liaison’s office.) Following the September 30th submission deadline, you’ll be contacted to interview with professors from the College of Engineering.  By November 4th, you’ll be notified if you’ve been chosen for participation and with whom you’ll be working during the Spring term. You’ll be given electronic permission to enroll in the course.  When your enrollment window opens, you simply enroll as you would in any other class.


Your research role will vary between professors, but generally, you’ll work as a lab member, participating in the day-to-day activities of scientific work at the University of Oklahoma.  The amount of time you’ll spend is variable, but you should expect to commit approximately 9-12 hours per week distributed between reading, computer work and  in-lab hours.  Your grade will be based on an evaluation by your assigned professor, and the completion of a poster project or final report (supervising professor’s choice).


In most classes, laboratory research is reserved for graduate students or advanced undergraduate students working within their respective majors.  Such a model often consists of minimal faculty-student contact and even less engagement with active research being done in the laboratory.  The Honors Engineering Research Experience gets students into the lab in a way that exposes them to actual scientific work and activity.  By preparing students as early as possible for a career in the sciences, this program will set them apart from their peers and provide an experience that will last a lifetime.

Javen Weston

Javen Weston

Honors Engineering Liaison
View List of HERE Projects (PDF)

Office Hours:
MWF 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Chemical Engr Graduate Asst
University of Oklahoma
Carson Engineering Center, 411
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List of HERE Projects

Following is a list of research projects. For more details, please download the PDF above.

Middle Ear Protection Mechanisms during Blast Exposure
Prof. Rong Gan | AME, OUBC

3D Finite Element Model of Chinchilla Ear to Simulate Middle Disease and Function Disorder
Prof. Rong Gan | AME, OUBC

Flow of Nanoparticle Gels in Packed Columns

Prof. Jeffrey Harwell | CBME

Nanoparticle-stabilized Emulsions: Mixed Particle Systems
Prof. Jeffrey Harwell | CBME

Kinetics and reaction mechanisms in the upgrading of biofuels
Prof. Daniel Resasco | CBME

FPGA Feedback Control Implementation for Tunable High-Frequency Filters:

Prof. Hjalti Sigmarsson | ECE

Activity, power usage, and happiness:

Prof. Samuel Cheng | ECE

DIY Electroencephalography (EEG) device:

Prof. Samuel Cheng | ECE

Where Am I?:

Prof. Samuel Cheng | ECE

Improved Design Guidelines for Reinforced Earthwork Structures

Prof. Kianoosh Hatami | CEES

Influence of Geosynthetics Index Proerties on Their Pavement Performance
Prof. Kianoosh Hatami | CEES

Internal Curing of Calcium Sulfoaluminate Cement Concrete Using Expanded Shale Aggregate
Prof. Royce Floyd | CEES

The Evolution of Nurturing Promotes the Evolution of Learning in Robots

Prof. Dean Hougen | CS

Robot Assistants for Promoting Crawling in Children at Risk of Cerebral Palsy
Prof. Lei Ding | ECE

Brain-Computer Interface

Prof. Lei Ding | ECE

Brain-computer Interface for Gaming in An Immersive Virtual Environment:

Prof. Lei Ding | ECE

Functional Neuroimaging of Mental Fatigue

Prof. Lei Ding | ECE

Anechoic Chamber Start-Up

Profs. Caleb Fulton and Jessica Ruyle | ECE

Advanced Cylindrical Polarimetric Phased Array Radar Testing

Prof. Caleb Fulton and Redmond Kelley | ECE

Enhancing Green Paving in Oklahoma Using Recycled Asphalt Shingles

Prof. Musharraf Zaman | CEES

Hot Rolling and Forging Simulations

Prof. Farrokh Mistree | AME

Shot Peening (SP) Simulation
Prof. Farrokh Mistree | AME

Heat Treatment (HT) Simulation

Prof. Farrokh Mistree | AME

The Effect of Failures on Resilience and Controllability of Complex Networks by Considering Node Centrality

Profs. Janet Allen and Farrokh Mistree | ISE

Design of Robust Premarket and Aftermarket Supply Chains

Profs. Janet Allen and Farrokh Mistree | ISE

Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass

Prof. Lance Lobban | CBME

Developing a Metamodel for the Service Level of Electric Charging Stations for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Profs. Janet Allen and Farrokh Mistree | ISE

Reducing the Concentration of Fluoride Present in Potable Water Sources

Prof. David Sabatini | CEES

Single Nanoparticle Spectroscopy

Prof. Lloyd Bumm | EP

Development of a scalable testbed for planning and control of a discrete production system

Prof. Scott Moses | ISE

How to increase the diversity of students choosing engineering majors and improve graduation rates
Prof. Randa Shehab | ISE