OU's Engineering and Computer Science receives impressive national rankings
A report by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) reveals that Oakland University's School of Engineering and Computer Science has received some impressive marks.
SECS ranks 42nd nationwide in terms of the number of undergraduate computer science degrees awarded, and fourth in the nation, in terms of the percentage of women tenured/tenure track faculty.
"We are proud that our School of Engineering and Computer ranked fourth in the nation in terms of the percentage of women tenured/tenure track faculty," Louay Chamra, Dean, School of Engineering and Computer Science, said. "In addition, we are very proud of our highly qualified female engineering faculty who are role models for all of us and especially young girls seeking careers in engineering and computer science.
This ranking also demonstrates our commitment to continue to provide a top-tier academic experience to all students and to provide a nurturing environment to a diverse faculty and student," he added.
Laila Guessous, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, was thrilled to learn about the ranking.
"I recall the days when I was an undergraduate engineering student," Dr. Guessous said. "I didn't have a single female engineering professor for any of my classes and was often the lone female engineering student in my class. I believe that as women faculty represent a higher percentage of engineering faculty, it will help make the School of Engineering and Computer Science more welcoming to women engineering students who, unfortunately, continue to be underrepresented in engineering programs across the country—especially in Mechanical Engineering."
Dr. Guessous said the ranking has an impact on all students.
"Increasing the diversity of the faculty body (a goal of the WISE@OU program, which I'm deeply involved with), is important for all of our students as it allows them to be exposed to different ways of viewing and approaching engineering," Dr. Guessous said. "It better prepares them to work in an increasingly diverse workplace."
Chrysler supports SAE racing team's goal to reach the top
Oakland University Formula SAE team was pleased on Thursday to accept a
$5,000 contribution to its competitive racing program from Chrysler
The check was presented by Oakland University alumnus Jason Ryska, who
serves as plant manager for the Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly Plant.
Also in attendance at Thursday's presentation event were alumni and
Chrysler employees Denice Malinowski, Bruce Williams Jr., Stephen
Parker, Greg Weber and Mike Turner, along with engineering professor and
SAE mentor Brian Sangeorzan and members of the SAE team.
Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer Science Dean Louay
Chamra and Associate Dean Lorenzo Smith also attended the presentation.
Ryska spoke fondly about his time on the SAE racing team at OU and said
he was excited to be able to give something back. Both he and Chamra
encouraged current team members to aggressively pursue their goals and
not to take "no" for an answer.
The OU team is currently ranked second in the state. Members say they
hope that this contribution will help them take the top spot in the near
SECS extends partnerships with Chinese universities
In light of the success of partnerships between Oakland University's School of Engineering and Computer Science and Chinese universities Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU), Beijing Information
Science and Technology University (BISTU), and Changchun University of
Technology (CCUT), SECS has extended its "2+2" undergraduate and "1+1" graduate programs to additional universities.
SECS now has partnerships with Zhengzhou University of Light Industry (ZZULI) and Qingdao Technological University (QDTU), both of China.
About 45 undergraduate and graduate students from the existing partnership schools have joined SECS in the past two years. It is anticipated that, as a result of these newly formed partnerships, additional international students will join SECS in Fall 2014.
Engineering Center continues to take shape
|The School of Engineering and Computer Science's new Engineering Center continues to come along nicely. This photo was taken recently from the Science and Engineering Building. |
Engineering and Computer Science Brag Corner
News and notes from around the School of Engineering and Computer Science.
Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Dr. QuinQuan Sun was hired as a Visiting Assistant
Professor in the area of computer engineering by the Electrical and
Computer Engineering department.
- Simon Omekonda, a Ph.D. candidate in the ECE doctoral program, was hired by Chrysler in the Advanced Powertrain Controls group.
- John F. Dodge Endowed Chair Professor Hoda Abdel-Aty-Zohdy gave a Tutorial at the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Electronics, Circuits and Systems in Abu Dhabi – UAE, December 8-11, 2013.
- Dr. Abdel-Aty-Zohdy gave an invited Keynote Presentation at the 48th International Institute of Statistical Studies and Research Conference in Cairo, Egypt, December 23-26, 2013.
Industrial and Systems Engineering
- The ISE Deptment Industrial Advisory Board welcomes two new members. Kevin Dahm is a Supervising Engineer at DTE Energy Co. and Gary Warren
is Operations Manager at Rayconnect Inc. The mission of the board is
to assist in enhancing ISE educational and research programs as well as
ensuring their relevance to current and emerging technological needs.
- ISE student Taylor Humm won the Institute of Industrial Engineers
Greater Detroit Chapter's Undergraduate Student Technical Paper
Competition held on Nov. 1st at Lawrence Technical University. Taylor's
paper, titled "Improving the Work Responsibilities of the Social Work
Department at Crittenton Hospital Medical Center," was the result of her
summer internship at Crittenton funded by OU's Pawley Lean Institute.
Taylor is the fifth Oakland student to win the competition in the past 6
years. She has been invited to present her paper at the IIE Great
Lakes Regional Conference at Western Michigan University in February.
- For his class project in ISE 595 Competing in a Connected World course, Engineering Management student Matt Toter designed an app to connect several devices in his apartment. You can see the result on Matt's YouTube video here.
- ISE student John Katona and Professor and Chair Robert Van Til spent
a day at the South Arbor Charter Academy in Ypsilanti working with
their eighth grade class. They presented an overview of the ISE
profession and helped the students run a lean manufacturing simulation
of a paper airplane factory. The class was separated into three groups,
while Katona and Van Til spend 2 hours working with each group.
- Congratulations to the OU women's soccer team, including defender and ISE student Kayla Owens. The team earned a berth in the Horizon League championship game, where they lost 4-3 to the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Kayla earned a spot on the Horizon League's Academic Honor Roll as a distinguished scholar.
- Oakland University presidential scholar and Mechanical Engineering undergraduate student, Ionut Claudiu Harta
was one of five Oakland University students selected to present their
research at the national Sigma Xi Student Research Conference on
November 8-9, 2013 in Research Triangle Park, NC. Claudiu Harta gave a
presentation titled "Tribological Performance of Zno-Oil Nanofluids at
Elevated Temperatures," based on his research work under the guidance of
Professor J. David Schall. He first began working on nanofluids
research when in the summer of 2012 he took part in the NSF and Dept. of
Defense-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates program run by Professor Laila Guessous and Professor Qian Zou in the department of Mechanical Engineering at Oakland University.
- Associate Professor Qian Zou received a grant from General
Motors: "Fretting Fatigue in Engine Block (Phase I)", PI: Qian Zou,
General Motors, $84,386.06, (2013-2015)
- Distinguished University Professor Sayed Nassar has launched a
two-year long effort to publish a new classroom textbook
titled "Fastening and Joining Engineering," which is
intended for teaching graduate and undergraduate courses on the book
subject in academia, as well as to serve as a comprehensive desk
reference for industry and scientific agencies in the US and
world-wide. The new textbook will be published by a highly
recognized US-based global publisher known for the highest quality
engineering textbooks in circulation.
- Dr. Nassar has launched a two-year long effort to publish an extensively revised Second Edition of his "Handbook of Bolts and Bolted Joints," (ISBN: 0-8247-9977-1, John Bickford and Sayed Nassar, co-editors, 1998).
- In December, 2013 Professor Lianxiang Yang received a $22,000
grant from Suzhou Gas Equipment & Valve Manufacturing Company
(China) for a project titled "Study on the valve of gas insulating joint
and insulating flange of equipment;" a $16,500 grant from Ford Motor
Company for a project titled "3D Displacement Measurement on the in-take
and exhaust valves in V engine;" and a $10,000 grant from Chrysler LLC
for a project "Improvement of Expanded Laser Beam in the Frontal Area
- Dr. Yang was invited by SPIE Newsroom to report his research
group's recent innovative developments in Digital Shearography for fast
non-destructive testing under dynamic loading. SPIE Newsroom is a
technical news website operated by SPIE-The International Society for
Optics and Photonics. The Newsroom invites only top researchers in their
fields to write technical articles and breaking news which are culled
from around the world. Dr. Yang was also invited by a peer-reviewed SCI
Journal "the English Version of Chinese Journal of Mechanical
Engineering" to write a review paper titled "Review of Electronic
Speckle Pattern Interferometry (ESPI) for Three Dimensional Displacement
Measurement" which will be published in January 2014.
- Sponsored by OU grant office, Dr. Yang and
his research group has applied for two US patents for their recent
developments which are "Spatial Phase-Shift Shearography System for NDT
and Strain Measurement" and "Digital Shearography NDT System for
- Invited by a peer-reviewed SCI Journal: Optical Engineering, Dr. Yang
is serving as a guest co-editor for two special sections tilted
"High-Speed 3-D Optical Metrology and Applications" and "Advances in
Precision Optical Measurements and Instrumentation for Geometrical and
- Xu Chen, a PhD student of Dr. Yang, has recently published his
research achievement titled "Cluster approach based multi-camera digital
image correlation: Methodology and its application in large area high
temperature measurement" in a peer-reviewed SCI Journal: Optics &
- Dr. Nan XU, under adviser Dr. Yang, defended his Ph.D. in
November 2013 on "Development of Digital Shearography for Quality
Inspection of Spot Weld."
ENGINEERING IN THE NEWS
Oakland University's Society of Automotive Engineers student chapter race cars displayed at NAIAS
Associate Dean Lorenzo Smith featured on WDIV Channel 4 to discuss sponsorship of official auto show app
WWJ Newsradio with Dr. Brian Sangeorzan: Making the grade-- building a car that really moves
OU Inc and SECS sponsored Robotics team wins at state competition
Register now for an upcoming camp or event.
Engineering and Computer Science Day
Saturday, February 1
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Saturday Series Math Camps
Held over the course of five Saturdays on the campus of
Oakland University, courses focus on
mathematics. Open to middle school, junior high and high school
students. Equally important qualitative skills are taught including
communication skills, networking, teamwork, resume writing, professional
etiquette, and time and resource management. Available courses are: Algebra I for Engineers and Scientists, Algebra II for Engineers and Scientists, Calculus I for Engineers and Scientists, Linear Algebra for Engineers and Scientists, Plane Geometry for Engineers and Scientists, Statistics for Engineers and Scientists, and Trigonometry for Engineers and Scientists.
Camps take place Saturdays: March 15th, 22nd, 29th, April 5th, and 12th
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
To learn more about outreach events and opportunities through the School of Engineering and Computer Science visit oakland.edu/secs/outreach.
Chrysler sponsored: OU Men's Basketball vs. Cleveland State
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Meet & Greet
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Oakland Center (Room TBD)
Detailed information about all upcoming events can be found at oakland.edu/secs/calendar.
Office of the Dean
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Fax: (248) 370-4261
Computer Science and Engineering
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Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Fax: (248) 370-4633
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Phone: (248) 370-2989
Fax: (248) 370-2699
Phone: (248) 370-2210
Fax: (248) 370-4416
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