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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, July 23, 2015

OSU-Tulsa sets new student orientation sessions

JJ Smith, assistant director of student services, explains enrollment procedures during a new undergraduate student orientation session last year.
JJ Smith, assistant director of student services, explains enrollment procedures during an undergraduate student orientation session last year.

As the fall semester quickly approaches, OSU-Tulsa has planned several orientation sessions to help new students learn about campus services, resources and organizations.

Undergraduate students can register for a session on Thursday, Aug. 13 at noon or 6 p.m. in North Hall 104 or Saturday, Aug. 15 at 10:30 a.m. in North Hall 150.

Graduate student orientation is Saturday, Aug. 15 at 10:30 a.m. in the B.S. Roberts Room in North Hall. The session includes tips for success in graduate school, information about resources and available services and a free lunch. To learn more, call the Graduate Student Services Center at 918-594-8445 or email osutgssc@okstate.edu

International Student Orientation is Monday, Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. in North Hall 140. The session covers immigration regulations, work permits and special documents. Contact International Student Services at 918-594-8445 for more information.

Engineering students awarded grant for carbon fiber research


Kunal Mishra, an OSU-Tulsa doctoral student in mechanical engineering, and Nathaniel Evans, a graduate student in OSU-Tulsa’s Materials Science and Engineering program, received a $5,000 grant to begin commercializing new carbon fiber technology they developed last spring.

The grant was awarded by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance. Ranji Vaidyanathan, Ph.D., P.E., Varnadow professor of materials science and engineering and graduate program coordinator at OSU-Tulsa’s Helmerich Research Center, is principal investigator of the project.

The students’ research led to a simple and affordable way to reinforce carbon fiber composites used in aerospace and automobile applications. Current materials are highly sensitive to low velocity and localized damage that result in cracks between layers of the composite. The students developed nanofillers that can easily be incorporated into existing manufacturing processes and would increase the stability and reliability of carbon fiber composites.

Mishra and Evans produced the commercialization proposal as a part of Vaidyanathan’s “Applied Innovation: Commercialization of New Technologies” class.

Barnett named Get Started Tulsa panelist


OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett has been named a judge for Get Started Tulsa, a business pitch competition set for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at Cox Business Center.

The competition will highlight five entrepreneurs who will pitch their business ideas to the panel of judges, who were selected for their business expertise. In addition to Barnett, the judges also include Jill Donovan, founder of Rustic Cuff, and Scott Meacham, president and chief executive officer of i2E, Inc. and former Oklahoma state treasurer.

The event, which is similar to the television show, ‘Shark Tank,’ will be moderated by Joe Fine, executive editor of Inc. Magazine. The winner will receive a prize package valued at more than $10,000, which includes $5,000, a Cox Business technology package and additional prizes.

Local partners are the Tulsa World, 36° North, JD Young and Cox Media. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend the free event. To register, visit the Get Started Tulsa website.

OSU to rival OU in Bedlam Run downtown Saturday

Bedlam Run Logo

Oklahoma State University will battle the University of Oklahoma during Albert G’s BBQ 2015 Bedlam Run in downtown Tulsa on Saturday, July 25.

The 5K and 10K races begin at 7:30 a.m. followed by the one-mile fun run at 7:35 a.m. Traffic near campus on Elgin and Greenwood avenues will be impacted by the races. Those visiting OSU-Tulsa are encouraged to use the John Hope Franklin Boulevard campus entrance off Detroit Avenue.

Bedlam Run is hosted by the Tulsa Chapter of the OSU Alumni Association and the OU Club of Tulsa. Proceeds from the event support scholarships for Tulsa-area students attending OSU. For more information about the event or to register online, visit the Bedlam Run website.