Wednesday, February 06, 2013
OSU-Tulsa launches School of Materials Science and Engineering
Oklahoma State University has launched a new School of Materials Science and Engineering at OSU-Tulsa to provide advanced training opportunities for researchers in ceramics, metals, semiconductors, polymers, composites and biomaterials.
“Working with business partners in Tulsa and across the state, we have developed this new school to provide research and training opportunities in this crucial field,” said Howard Barnett, president of OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences. “Researchers in materials science are making breakthroughs that impact industries from aerospace to medicine. These advances are helping to power our state’s economy and create a brighter future for all Oklahomans.”
Materials science focuses on the structure, properties and performance of such materials as metals, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers, composites and biomaterials. Dr. Raj Singh, Williams Companies Distinguished Chair in Energy Technology, will lead the new school. A part of the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, the School of Materials Science and Engineering is based at the Helmerich Research Center at OSU-Tulsa.
“The proposed new graduate program in materials science will enable industry leaders to pursue advanced degrees in materials science and engineering at our state-of-the-art research facility,” said Singh. “We want to help industry professionals enhance their capabilities or start new ventures while working with professionals in other disciplines and industries.
Singh joined the OSU faculty in January 2012. During nearly 40 years of commercial and academic research, Singh has collected 25 U.S. patents, been published in more than 250 journals and received numerous awards. He has held positions at the MIT, the Argonne National Laboratory, the General Electric Research and Development Center and the University of Cincinnati.
Singh expects to begin enrolling students in the School of Materials Science and Engineering later this year. In addition to Singh, the faculty will include engineering professors Lobat Tayebi and Ranji Vaidyanathan. A national search is under way for a fourth faculty member.