First week of STEM camps a success

Stephanie Sokol for OUSECS Last week, students from 3rd to 12th grade gathered in Dodge Hall and the OU INCubator, to build and experiment in engineering. The annual summer-long STEM camps give kids the chance to explore the field. “The kids have a lot of ideas and keep experimenting, so it’s nice,” said Ruth John,Continue reading “First week of STEM camps a success”

A Great Big World and Jukebox the Ghost bring fun to the Crofoot

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit The audience at The Crofoot in Pontiac came together Thursday night, with the meaningfully happy music of A Great Big World and Jukebox the Ghost. While the bands clearly had a different sound, their message was the same— live for today and enjoy life. A brief opening from Greg Holden startedContinue reading “A Great Big World and Jukebox the Ghost bring fun to the Crofoot”

Nico Vega’s new album brings fresh sound

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Indie band Nico Vega‘s sound has evolved over time. What started as grungy garage rock has transformed to a more structured musically alternative melody, which will be heard on their upcoming album, “Lead to Light.” “I would say that we probably started out a lot heavier,” Vocalist Aja Volkman said.Continue reading “Nico Vega’s new album brings fresh sound”

OU and University of Michigan team up for ISE class trip

Stephanie Sokol for OUSECS Students in Industrial and Systems Engineering Department instructor William Edwards’ Flexible and Lean ManufacturingSystems class had some hands-on experience during a trip to the University of Michigan’s Tauber Institute for Global Operations in Ann Arbor. The opportunity allowed the students to apply lessons learned in the classroom to real-world situations. Students built Borg-Warner TurboChargers on anContinue reading “OU and University of Michigan team up for ISE class trip”

Oakland University Robotics Club’s hard work pays off

Stephanie Sokol for OU SECS The Oakland University Robotics Association knows the value of hard work. Taking home First Place for the Main Autonomous Navigation Challenge, Third Place in the Basic Autonomous Challenge, Third Place in the Interoperability Profile Challenge and the Grand Award for Overall Performance at the 22nd annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition didn’t come easy. “(Winning) was anContinue reading “Oakland University Robotics Club’s hard work pays off”

Alumni reunites with FSAE team 15 years later

By Stephanie Sokol for OU Engineering After graduating from Oakland University in 1999, Engineering undergrad David Shirkey landed a job with Chrysler. He credits the opportunity partially to his experience with OU’s Formula SAE. “I was able to leverage experience with Oakland FSAE into a job at Chrysler,” Shirkey said. “We took the car toContinue reading “Alumni reunites with FSAE team 15 years later”