Going green on campus with help from academic programs

Stephanie Sokol for OUSECS With eco-friendly courses and clean energy efforts across campus, it’s no surprise that Oakland University has a good reputation for “going green.” Infrastructure and courses help build morale towards energy efficiency, from the power supplied to the campus to the School of Engineering and Computer Science itself. “Energy-efficient buildings have madeContinue reading “Going green on campus with help from academic programs”

New social app makes a “Buhz” on campus

Stephanie Sokol for OUSECS A new social application is growing in popularity at Oakland University. Founded by computer science students Chuck Kelly, Brett McIsaac and Zach Fregoli, ‘Buhz’ connects people on campus, getting word out about events, and helping build communication. Described as “Twitter for college,” the idea for Buhz came to Kelly as aContinue reading “New social app makes a “Buhz” on campus”

Engineering degree helps alum succeed as entrepreneur

Stephanie Sokol for Oakland University Shawn Ward cites his Oakland University Engineering studies as a big part of his success. After earning his master’s in engineering in 1998, he moved to New York City, worked the stock market, and in 2003, became a successful entrepreneur with his twin brother Shane through their fashion company Shane&Shawn.Continue reading “Engineering degree helps alum succeed as entrepreneur”

OU students succeed at MHacks national programming competition

Stephanie Sokol for OUSECS Out of 1,000 students from across the nation competing at this year’s MHacks, 14 were from Oakland University, and Dominic Dabish, a senior computer science major, was on the team that earned the gold prize from Microsoft for their app development “Pong With Me.”  “The experience was pretty awesome,” Dabish said.Continue reading “OU students succeed at MHacks national programming competition”

Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull ‘don’t stop the party’ at the Palace

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull brought endless energy and fun to The Palace of Auburn Hills Sunday Sept. 22, as they made a stop in Oakland County during their North American tour. Following a brief opening act by J Balvin, Iglesias took the stage, dressed casually in a plain white tee,Continue reading “Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull ‘don’t stop the party’ at the Palace”

Oprah’s ‘Life You Want Tour’ brings inspiration to Detroit

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Oprah Winfrey wants her fans to remember that when things aren’t going the way you want, it might be a message from life pushing you in another direction. That was one of the topics she shared this motivational weekend, Sept. 12-13, when the “Life You Want Tour” made its stop atContinue reading “Oprah’s ‘Life You Want Tour’ brings inspiration to Detroit”

OU mechanical engineering alum takes skills overseas

Stephanie Sokol for OUSECS   Charon Morgan never thought about moving away from Michigan — the place where she grew  up, started her family and started her career. Now, the 1996 Oakland University mechanical engineering graduate lives and works in Shanghai, China, where she took an executive job with General Motors over a year agoContinue reading “OU mechanical engineering alum takes skills overseas”

SECS outreach programs boost engineering interest among youth

Stephanie Sokol for OUSECS Oakland University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science (SECS) provides a great place for students to learn more about the field of engineering— and not just those admitted into the program. From camps, to field trips and special “engineering days,” OUSECS has a variety of outreach programs to get children andContinue reading “SECS outreach programs boost engineering interest among youth”

Oakland University’s ISE department hosts Siemens PLC workshop

By Stephanie Sokol, Communications Assistant and Amanda Beaton, Siemens Cooperates with Education for OUSECS A Siemens PLC workshop for high school, community college and university instructors was hosted at OU by the Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) Department.  Part of the “Summer with Siemens” series, the workshop drew 11 teachers and professors from Michigan, WisconsinContinue reading “Oakland University’s ISE department hosts Siemens PLC workshop”

Mechanical engineering student awarded academic scholarship

By Stephanie Sokol for SECS Stephen Powell was recently awarded a $2,000 academic scholarship from engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi, for the 2014-15 school year. Powell studies mechanical engineering at Oakland University. Contestants submitted essays, letters of recommendation, volunteer experience and class standing both in the engineering school and department, in order to beContinue reading “Mechanical engineering student awarded academic scholarship”