Dr. Sangeorzan appointed Interim Chair of Mechanical Engineering

Stephanie Sokol for OUSECS Change is happening in the Oakland University School of Engineering. The long-anticipated new building opens early August, a new Associate Dean has been appointed, and now, a new Chair will be brought into the Mechanical Engineering Department. Dr. Brian Sangeorzan has been appointed Interim Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department, as Dr. Zissimos Mourelatos stepsContinue reading “Dr. Sangeorzan appointed Interim Chair of Mechanical Engineering”

Dr. Zou appointed SECS associate interim dean

Stephanie Sokol for OUSECS Qian(Beth) Zou has been appointed interim associate dean for the Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer Science. “Dr. Zou is an excellent teacher who has an extensive research record and great service to her department, SECS, and Oakland University,” Dean Louay Chamra said. “I strongly believe that she will doContinue reading “Dr. Zou appointed SECS associate interim dean”

University bids Dean Smith farewell and good luck

Stephanie Sokol for OUSECS Associate Dean Lorenzo Smith has accepted a position as Dean at California State University-Sacramento.July 18 will be his last day at Oakland University, and Dr. Qian “Beth” Zou, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been appointed interim associate dean. “OU has definitely become home to me,” Smith said. “I love this campus and itsContinue reading “University bids Dean Smith farewell and good luck”

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”

Engineering and Computer Science students, faculty honored at annual Advisory Board Dinner

Stephanie Sokol for OUSECS Students and faculty from the School of Engineering and Computer Science were honored for their accomplishments this month at the annual Advisory Board Dinner. The dinner began in 2010 to thank advisory board members for their time, and expanded to recognize more members of the Engineering and Computer Science Community. “(The dinner)Continue reading “Engineering and Computer Science students, faculty honored at annual Advisory Board Dinner”