FEBRUARY 20, 2009

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South Korean Gift a Surprise to OSUIT

Photo of OSUIT President, OSUIT faculty member and Korean businessmen.
Left to right: OSUIT President Dr. Bob Klabenes; Yong Soo, Park; Han Seog, Oh – General Manager of KMAC Bucheon Center; and faculty Ken Milliman.

When a group of South Korean businessmen visited the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology campus recently as part of a statewide tour, one of those visitors was so impressed with what he saw at OSUIT that he made a special trip to return, bringing with him gifts that were much appreciated by the Engineering Technologies Division.

Park Yong Soo, president of Daekyung Engineering Company, arranged a return visit, to deliver in person a surprise gift -- three materials testing machines that can be used by students in the Quality Systems and Practices course, which is a required course for Manufacturing Technologies. Park’s company manufactures equipment for chemical plants and develops environmental systems. The instruments he brought were a Brinell hardness tester, a Rockwell hardness tester and a tension/compression tensile tester.

“These will be very valuable to our curriculum,” said Ken Milliman, manufacturing instructor. “Having a compression/tension tester with a 3 ton capacity means we can determine the physical properties of a wide variety of materials.”

According to Mike Ogden, OSUIT’s Manager of Workforce Development Programs, the value of the gifts was $30,000. Dr. Daniel Oh, Director of Korea Materials & Components Industry Agency (KMAC), provided shipping and handling for the equipment.

Last fall, KMAC, which is sponsored by the South Korean government, sent a 15-member delegation to Oklahoma to seek out business collaboration and training opportunities. OSUIT was one of the university campuses they visited. “Mr. Park was so impressed with the school and our methodology, he decided to make this donation in person,” said Ogden.

Park especially appreciated OSUIT’s ability to produce technicians who can begin work with little or no additional training. “This school prepares students to work in the company right after they graduate. In Korea, even if students graduate from engineering schools, they are not ready for the work place; companies have to extensively train them.” Park said the specific equipment he donated was very common throughout the manufacturing field. “I hope this donation helps students get the right type of hands-on experiences they need while they are still in class.”

OSUIT President Bob Klabenes says the key to students being successful on the job is that industry involvement, even when that industry is an ocean away. “It reflects the type of relationship we want with business and industry or employers. It’s a hand-and-glove relationship; we need to know the knowledge and skills employers desire, and then they help us shape that curriculum and learning experience.”

For more information call 918.293.4680 or 1.800.722.4471. Information also is available online at www.osuit.edu.