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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012

CleanNG produces new CNG tank at

VillarrealCleanNG, a company founded by several recent Oklahoma State University graduates, completed a prototype of the MagmaCel Fuel Storage System at OSU-Tulsa earlier this month.

The company partnered with Dr. Ranji Vaidyanathan at the OSU-Tulsa Helmerich Research Center to create a compressed natural gas fuel tank made of basalt fiber without heavy metal and liners. The result is a lighter tank with increased storage capacity that will help overcome driving limitations on CNG vehicles.

CleanNG began as a project in the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship's Cowboy Idea Hatchery in the Spears School of Business. Matt Villarreal, the company CEO, is a 2010 graduate with a degree in entrepreneurship. He founded the company with Jacob Crawley, who graduated in 2009 with a bachelor's in marketing and 2011 with a master's in entrepreneurship, and Michael Tate, a 2010 graduate with a degree in broadcast journalism. Tate is the chief operations and communications officer and Crawley is chief marketing and sales officer.

The executive team also includes Aaron Laney, director of product research and development, who will graduate from OSU-Tulsa in December with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and then begin work on a master's degree in material science, and Nate Waters, director of finance, who graduated from OSU-Tulsa in 2006 with a marketing degree.

Subway, MoJoe's under new management

Exciting improvements and changes are taking place at OSU-Tulsa's restaurant options, Subway and MoJoe's. The two on-campus eateries are now under new management.

MoJoe's now offers a bufferteria option, which includes one meat (chicken, fish or beef), two vegetables (mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, green beans, baked beans, corn or rice) and a roll for $5.99.  MoJoe's also offers a full variety of coffees, smoothies and snacks and is open from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Subway will still serve fresh, delicious, made-to-order sandwiches, chips, snacks and ice cream. Subway is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Firday and 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday.

OSU-Tulsa hosts screening of Age of Champions

AARP and OSU-Tulsa will be hosting a free screening for the nationally acclaimed film, Age of Champions, on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. in the OSU-Tulsa auditorium. 

Age of Champions is the award-winning documentary that follows five competitors who sprint, leap and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics. This film spotlights a 100 year-old tennis champion, 86 year-old pole vaulter and rough-and-tumble basketball grandmothers as they discover the power of the human spirit and triumph over the limitations of age. 

Following the screening, the film director will be available for a question and answer session. AARP will also host a short presentation on Social Security and Medicare options prior to the start of the movie.

RSVP to the event at the AARP website.

Streets Closed for Tulsa Toy Run Sunday

John Hope Franklin Boulevard through campus and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard north of the IDL will be closed at approximately 2 p.m. Sunday for the Tulsa Toy Run, sponsored by the Tulsa Dream Center and Tulsa Big Wheels Motorcycle and Car Club. The main campus entrance and east entrance will be affected.

The ride will bring visitors from across the state for the motorcycle ride, which begins in OSU-Tulsa's Lot A and ends at the Tulsa Dream Center, located at 46th Street North and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The fee for entry is a new, unwrapped toy. Visitors may enter campus from the south along Greenwood Avenue or Elgin Avenue.