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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013

OSU-Tulsa launches School of Materials Science and Engineering

SinghOklahoma 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.

Materials science focuses on the structure, properties and performance of such materials as metals, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers, composites and biomaterials. Williams Companies Distinguished Chair in Energy Technology Raj Singh will lead the new school. Part of the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, the new school is based at the Helmerich Research Center at OSU-Tulsa.

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 includes engineering professors Dr. Lobat Tayebi and Dr. Ranji Vaidyanathan. A national search is under way for a fourth faculty member.

OSU-Tulsa Human Sciences professor receives prestigious fellows award

GrzywaczDr. Joseph Grzywacz, director of the Center for Family Resilience at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, has been named to the National Council on Family Relations' prestigious Fellow status in recognition of his contributions to the field of family science.

Grzywacz is the George Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Chair of Family Resilience and a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science in the College of Human Sciences at OSU.

The NCFR is the nation's premier professional association for the multidisciplinary understanding of families and has a membership of more than 3,600 family researchers, practitioners and educators. NCFR Fellows are nominated by their peers and selected on the basis of their outstanding contributions to the field of the family in the areas of scholarship, teaching, engagement or professional.

Chamber forum focuses on school safety

The Tulsa Regional Chamber will host a forum on school security and safety featuring Tulsa Public Schools Police Chief Gary Rudick and Ident-a-kid CEO Rick Hagen on Feb. 14 at 8 a.m. in North Hall 150 at OSU-Tulsa.

Rudick, who was recently selected to the State Commission of School Safety, will share current TPS procedures to ensure student safety. He will also address recent discussion about arming teachers with guns. Hagen will share information about Ident-a-kid, a security measure recently implemented in 25 of the 74 TPS school sites. Rudick and Hagen will also be taking questions from attendees.

The event is free and open to the public. Participants are asked to RSVP to Joanna Slyter, program coordinator at the Tulsa Regional Chamber, at joannaslyter@tulsachamber.com or 918-560-0276.