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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015

OSU-Tulsa receives NSF grant for undergraduate research program


The National Science Foundation has awarded a $405,208 grant to OSU-Tulsa to launch a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site program for college students interested in materials science and engineering. The grant is co-funded by the U.S. Department of Defense Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

Ten students will be selected to participate in cutting-edge research projects in materials science, aerospace, energy and biomaterials engineering. The grant provides funding to pay a stipend to participants in the nine-week summer program at OSU-Tulsa’s Helmerich Research Center.

The interdisciplinary summer research program is coordinated by Dr. Ranji Vaidyanathan, Varnadow professor of materials science and engineering, and Dr. Pankaj Sarin, assistant professor of materials science and engineering. Mentors for the program include OSU School of Materials Science and Engineering faculty Drs. Raj Singh, Nirmal Govindaraju, Do Young Kim, Jim Smay, Vaidyanathan and Sarin and affiliated faculty in the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, including Drs. Raman Singh, Jay Hanan and Khaled Sallam.

Participants will conduct hands-on research in materials processing, testing and characterization, learn about materials characterization methods and develop an understanding of how research goes from the laboratory to commercialization. They will also learn about advanced materials characterization techniques through a two-day workshop organized by the Frederick Seitz Materials Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana Champagne through a distance learning mechanism. Read more.

Tolbart, Tappana honored for outstanding service

Tina Tappana, left, receives the Roberta Joan Cothran Hess Staff Award from Dr. Ron Bussert, vice president for administration and finance.
Tina Tappana, left, receives the Roberta Joan Cothran Hess Staff Award from Dr. Ron Bussert, vice president for administration and finance.

Susan Tolbart, director of academic services, and Tina Tappana, human resources manager, were honored Tuesday for distinguished service and contributions to OSU-Tulsa students, faculty and staff. The awards were presented by OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett and members of his executive team.

Susan Tolbart, right, accepts the Max Minor Service Award from Dr. Raj Basu, vice president for academic affairs.
Susan Tolbart, right, accepts the Max Minor Service Award from Dr. Raj Basu, vice president for academic affairs.

Tolbart received the Max Minor Service Award, named in memory of long-time OSU employee Max Minor and presented to staff members who demonstrate a commitment to OSU-Tulsa. Tolbart was recognized for her work during the restructuring of OSU-Tulsa’s academic and student services and her passion for ensuring students are served quickly and professionally.

Tappana was the recipient of the Roberta Joan Cothran Hess Staff Award, which is given to an OSU-Tulsa staff member who demonstrates a commitment to student services and displays an ability to excel in their work. Dr. James Hess, Ed.D., head of the School of Health Care Administration at OSU-CHS, established the award in memory of his mother. Tappana was recognized for her efforts to support employees while implementing the OSU-Tulsa Title IX program and a new online hiring system.

OSU-Tulsa Board of Trustees elects 2015-2016 officers


The OSU-Tulsa Board of Trustees elected new officers for the 2015-16 year during its September board meeting.

Former Oklahoma Sen. Charles Ford was selected as board chairman. Sean Kouplen, chairman and chief executive officer of Regent Bank, was named vice chairman and Brett Lessley, president of Griffin Management Inc., will serve as board secretary.

In addition to the officers, the OSU-Tulsa Board of Trustees includes Robyn Ewing, senior vice president and chief administrative officer for Williams Cos.; Ed Keller, former chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase Oklahoma; Tucker Link, chairman and founder of Knightsbridge Investments; Dr. Trudy Milner, family medicine physician; Pete Patel, president and chief executive officer of Promise Hotels; and Henry Primeaux, former owner of Primeaux Kia. Link and Milner are also members of the OSU/A&M Board of Regents. Read more.

Infinite Composites Technologies, OSU-Tulsa sign facility use agreement

OSU-Tulsa and Infinite Composites Technologies, formerly CleanNG, have signed a facility use agreement providing the company access to the OSU-Tulsa Helmerich Research Center’s Next Generation Materials Lab.

The agreement will enable ICT to continue development and prototype production of the infinite composite pressure vessel, iCPV™ — a liner-less, composite fuel storage system. The natural gas fuel tank was developed by the ICT through a research partnership with Dr. Ranji Vaidyanathan, Varnadow Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the OSU-Tulsa Helmerich Research Center.

ICT and Vaidyanathan have also partnered to develop a next generation fuel storage tank through a National Science Foundation grant and OCAST funding totaling more than $500,000 since 2013.  Read more.