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January 2014
Volume 3 - Issue 1

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

The Oakland University Formula SAE team was pleased on Thursday to accept a $5,000 contribution to its competitive racing program from Chrysler Corporation.

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 future.

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.

Mechanical Engineering

  • 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 System," respectively.
  • 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 Speckless Objects."
  • 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 Mechanical Quantities"
  • 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 & Laser Technology.
  • 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."



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


Chrysler sponsored: OU Men's Basketball vs. Cleveland State
February 6th
7 p.m.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Meet & Greet
February 19th
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Oakland Center (Room TBD)

Detailed information about all upcoming events can be found at


Office of the Dean
248 DHE
Phone: (248) 370-2217
Fax: (248) 370-4261

Computer Science and Engineering
168 DHE
Phone: (248) 370-2200
Fax: 248-370-4625

Electrical and Computer Engineering
102A SEB
Phone: (248) 370-2177 
Fax: (248) 370-4633

Industrial and Systems Engineering
653 SEB
Phone: (248) 370-2989 
Fax: (248) 370-2699

Mechanical Engineering
170 DHE
Phone: (248) 370-2210
Fax: (248) 370-4416

Academic Advising
159 DHE
Phone: (248) 370-2201
Fax: (248) 370-2084


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