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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Middle school students get behind-the-scenes look at engineering industry

Students flyping paper airplanesMeasuring drag force in a wind tunnel and building solar cars are not typical summer vacation activities for middle school students. Forty Tulsa seventh and eighth graders will have these and more stories to share after completing a week-long Tulsa Alliance for Engineering summer camp this week.

Students, hand-selected by their math and science teachers, took a behind-the-scenes look at some of Tulsa’s largest engineering facilities, met engineers and learned about career options. During the camp, students visited all six of the educational intuitions that make up the Alliance – Tulsa Tech, Tulsa Community College, OSU-Tulsa, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, Oral Roberts University and University of Tulsa.

Participants visited OSU-Tulsa on Wednesday to learn about engineering programs and complete a paper airplane experiment. American Airlines and the Tulsa Air and Space Museum partnered with OSU-Tulsa for the event and also provided tours for the students. The goal of the Alliance is to increase the number of engineering graduates for Tulsa and northeastern Oklahoma.

OSU-Tulsa staff members recognized

Award winnersTwo OSU-Tulsa staff members were recently recognized for their outstanding service and contributions to students, faculty and staff during the 2010-11 academic year.  

Howard Barnett, president of OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences, presented the Max Minor Service Award to Aaron T. Christensen. The annual award is named in memory of long-time OSU employee Max Minor and is awarded to staff members who demonstrate a commitment to OSU-Tulsa. Christensen is the graduate student services manager and has worked at OSU-Tulsa since 2008.

Brandi Brown, business affairs coordinator, was awarded the Roberta Joan Cothran Hess Staff Award. Dr. James Hess presented the award, which is funded in memory of his mother, Roberta Joan Cothran Hess. The annual award is given to an OSU-Tulsa staff member who demonstrates a commitment to student services and displays an ability to excel in their work. Brown has been employed by OSU for eight years, with the last five years at OSU-Tulsa.
Other considerations for both service awards include outstanding leadership skills, effective communication skills and community involvement. Winners receive an award plaque and a cash gift.