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Computer Science and Engineering 

Khalid Malik, Ph.D., and one of his students received the Honors Paper Award from Computers in Biology and Medicine Journal for their article on prediction of venous thromboembolism. Dr. Malik's other papers were published in various high-impact journals. 

Dr. Julian Rrushi obtained two external grants for his research into cybersecurity. Firmware Command and Control received $168,097.00 from the Department of Energy, Grid Modernization Program, to enable collection of high-quality security data and to develop a vehicle to perform operating system instrumentation at run-time. Fortinet Signature-based Detector of Network Attacks on Industrial Control Systems received $46,864.00 from Fortinet for developing adequate approaches to testing and validation of the existing signatures of the Fortinet products.

Three of Dr. Mehdi Bagherzadeh’s papers received the Distinguished and Best Paper awards. Dr. Mehdi Bagherzadeh has published several papers in flagship software engineering and programming languages conferences, including FSE, ICSE, ESEM, FASE, MODULARITY, and AOSD.  

Electrical and Computer Engineering  

SECS Bachelor’s degree program in Electrical Engineering is ranked 10th in the nation by GradReports’ 2020 Best Colleges lists. The rankings are based on median early-career salary data of more than 5 million graduates published by the U.S. Department of Education in November 2019. 

Dr. Daniel Aloi, professor and former ECE chair, accepted the position of SECS Director of Research. Dr. Osamah Rawashdeh was appointed to serve as the Interim Chair; Dr. Brian Dean is currently ECE Academic Programs Coordinator. 

ECE sponsored the keynote session by astronaut Captain Scott Kelly at the A3 Business Forum — the world’s leading annual networking event for robotics, vision and imaging, motion control and motor professionals. This forum provided tremendous name recognition for OU in the industrial robotics area. The advisory board for SECS Industrial Robotics program includes representatives from the world's leading robotics companies, such as FANUC, ABB, KUKA as well as Nabtesco, Siemens, GM and AMT. 

ECE launched the Automotive Lighting Certificate Program — a 72-hour course co-taught by professional engineers from more than 20 lighting companies in the area and Oakland University faculty. The program’s goal is to reduce employment transition time and to provide readiness for students seeking careers in automotive lighting.   

Visiting Professor Dr. Kazuyuki Kobayashi (Hosei University, Tokyo), Dr. Nicholas Zorka, Dr. Osamah Rawashdeh and Nashwan Sebi received a $100,000 research and development contract from SL Corporation to work on LED Color Matrix Calibration.

Dr. Subramaniam Ganesan was named one of the winners of the 2020 Forest R. McFarland Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions toward the work and success of the Society of Automotive Engineers Engineering Events.

Industrial and Systems Engineering

The Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) in Boston selected the ISE department and Pawley Lean Institute to be its first university partner. The LEI's James P. Womack Scholarship and Philanthropy Fund was founded to support creative learning experiences in partnership with schools focused on education. The first joint project in this partnership placed a team of ISE students at Humble Design in Pontiac to help them improve their operations in helping the homeless.  

During the 2019-2020 academic year, ISE students conducted their ISE 4491 senior design projects at Brose, Comerica Bank, JR Automation, McLaren Oakland in Pontiac, Mirari, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

More than 200 engineers and managers attended the Realizing the Digital Enterprise Summit hosted on-campus by the ISE department. The summit included presenters from the department, Siemens Digital Industries, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and Valiant. 

Thanks to donations from Dennis Pawley and Nexteer Corporation, the new Lean Learning Lab was established to help teach students lean techniques in a hands-on environment. 

ISE faculty members were invited to present at the Realize Live for Simulation Conference in Stuttgart, Germany, on how to use state-of-the-art Industry 4.0 tools to educate engineering students and up-skill working engineers. OU was the only U.S. university to present at the conference.

ISE introduced the new Leadership Principles and Positive Engagement course, which focuses on developing soft skills — the human side of problem solving, organization behavior and leadership.

Mechanical Engineering  

SECS Master’s and Bachelor’s degree programs in Mechanical Engineering are ranked third and ninth in the nation by GradReports’ 2020 Best Colleges lists. The rankings are based on median early-career salary data of more than 5 million graduates published by the U.S. Department of Education in November 2019. 

The GM- and BASF-funded Advanced Battery and Energy Storage Laboratory is a new addition to the department; it provides additional resources and research opportunities for students and faculty.  

The Automotive and Energy Research and Industrial Mentorship (AERIM) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at Oakland University now offers undergraduate students 10-week research experiences during summers. The program is supported by the National Science Foundation Division of Engineering Education and Centers. 

In partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, ME department offers targeted programs that are available to OU undergraduate and graduate students: Vehicle Electrification Certificate, Powertrain Readiness Engineering Program (PREP), and Chrysler Learning and Innovation Center CLIC-Form training in sheet metal forming technology and equipment.

 Alyssa Lalko, an ME undergraduate student, was named a recipient of the 2020 Undergraduate Distinguished Achievement Award for her hybrid drone research.

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