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Faculty receive OCAST awards

Three faculty in The University of Tulsa’s College of Engineering and Natural Sciences have been awarded funding for research projects and internship opportunities through the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.

Samson PlazaOCAST has announced more than $7.4 million in financial support for 48 research and development projects ranging from novel methods of fighting MRSA infections to new ways of treating breast cancer. The OCAST Internship Partnerships program connects members of the science and engineering industries to academia while building the next generation workforce. Many students have found success as interns at participating companies around the state.

“TU has been very successful in obtaining funding from this program since 2002,” said Surendra Singh, professor of electrical engineering and OCAST mentor. “A big part of the success is the high quality of TU students who have been hired by the intern host companies for full-time jobs. Students also have won major awards for presenting their internship work.”

OCAST programs are designed to grow and diversify Oklahoma’s economy, and the awards reflect the state’s commitment to expanding its technology-based economy.

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Michael Keller has received funding to synthesize new materials that can autonomically repair the interface of teeth composite restorations if degradation or cracking occurs. Hans S. Norberg Professor of Electrical Engineering Kaveh Ashenayi, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Peter Hawrylak and Singh have been awarded internships and will mentor students selected to begin positions next summer.

To learn more about the OCAST program, please e-mail surendra-singh@utulsa.edu.