Gallogly College of Engineering Schools
Aerospace Engineers research, design, develop, and test aircraft, spacecraft and missiles, as well as develop new technologies for use in aviation, defense systems and space exploration. Mechanical Engineers research, develop, design, manufacture and test tools, engines, machines and other mechanical devices for applications such as automotive, petroleum, aerospace, power generation, and environmental control.
Biomedical engineering professors and students work collaboratively with physicians and scientists at the OU Health Sciences Center on important problems that can save lives and improve the quality of life for the citizens of Oklahoma and the nation. Among other things, they are advancing X-rays and MRI imaging, designing implants for the middle ear to help the hearing impaired, investigating the conditions favorable for cell differentiation and proliferation in three-dimensional tissue engineering constructs, and producing agents to treat cancer, heart attack and stroke.
Chemical engineers design processes to convert low value raw materials into high value products by making highly specific changes in that material. They rely on their knowledge of mathematics and science -- chemistry, biology and physics -- to overcome technical challenges safely and economically. Our education programs and research include exciting new areas such as biofuels, tissue engineering, single wall carbon nanotube synthesis and applications, genetic engineering, and nanostructured materials and devices. These build on and complement traditional programs in energy, thermodynamics, surfactants, polymers, and process systems engineering.
Civil engineers are responsible for the design and construction of society's infrastructure, such as buildings, highways, bridges, dams, mass transit systems and municipal water and treatment systems. Environmental Engineers use the principles of physics, biology and chemistry in developing methods to meet such challenges as water and air pollution control, recycling, waste disposal, hydrology, river management and control, and public health issues. Environmental Scientists have a variety of responsibilities, including collecting and analyzing air, water, and soil samples monitoring compliance with environmental laws and regulations, and assisting industrial companies in complying with environmental regulations. Architectural engineers design buildings and other structures and understand the design of a building also must be functional, safe, economical, and meet the needs of the people using it.
Computer science is part science, part engineering and part math, tied together into a fascinating discipline centered on people and computing. Computer science is more than just programming: it is a way of working with others and thinking about problems logically. Computer science is interdisciplinary and broad. Research includes creating intelligent robots; designing faster compilers; inventing new communication methods and networks; creating new programming languages; studying the properties of new algorithms; finding patterns in very large data sets; making machines that learn; engineering better software; and collaborating with researchers in other fields such as biology, neuroscience, meteorology, medicine, and many fields of engineering, science, art, law, and other disciplines.
Electrical engineering conventionally specializes in communications, electric power systems, microwave and rf systems, solid state electronic devices and electronics. Computer engineering specialties include instrumentation and control systems, digital signal and image processing, and advanced computer architecture.
Engineering physics is an interdisciplinary field of professionals with sufficient depth in both engineering skills and physics knowledge to relate fundamental physical principles to practical problems in engineering. This program is right for students who place equal value on the fundamental approach of physics and the practical approach of engineering.
The most versatile engineering discipline, industrial engineering, opens doors for careers in business, health care, consulting, government, and manufacturing. Industrial engineers are improvement engineers. ISEs help companies add value by eliminating waste and using resources effectively. Industrial engineers are integration engineers. ISEs bring people, processes, machines, and technologies together to solve complex problems in all types of organizations. Industrial engineers are information engineers. ISEs use computer-based tools to collect data, organize and analyze information, and present solutions. Industrial engineers are innovation engineers. ISEs use a total systems approach, combining engineering expertise with a business perspective, to solve modern problems on a global scale. Industrial engineers improve, integrate, inform, and innovate.