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November-December 2015

OSU-Tulsa Establishes Ross Group Distinguished Speaker in Engineering Series

Warren Ross, president of Ross Group, has donated $40,000 to Oklahoma State University-Tulsa to establish a special series featuring distinguished speakers in the field of engineering.

The Ross Group Distinguished Speaker in Engineering Series, the first endowed lecture series at OSU-Tulsa, will bring engineering innovators to the OSU-Tulsa campus to discuss research and other topics of interest related to engineering. Two speakers will be featured annually as part of the series.

“We appreciate the generosity of Mr. Ross and his willingness to embrace our efforts to enhance engineering education in the Tulsa area,” OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett said. “This series will bring a number of distinguished speakers to Tulsa to share their knowledge and expertise with students, faculty, industry professionals and members of our community.”

Ross Group, a Tulsa-based development, engineering and construction firm, is involved with multiple projects in downtown Tulsa, including three hotels, an apartment complex and the company’s new headquarters.

“As Oklahoma State University-Tulsa continues to provide quality engineering offerings locally, we appreciate the opportunity to support its efforts to incubate and develop great ideas and solutions around the natural resources and human capital that are available in Tulsa and throughout Green Country,” Ross said.

The first talk, “Materials Selection for the Next Generation Thermal Barrier Coatings,” was Thursday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. at the OSU-Tulsa Helmerich Research Center. Dr. David R. Clarke, the extended Tarr family professor of materials at the Harvard University John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, was the featured speaker.

“We are grateful to the Ross Group for sponsoring this lecture series and enabling OSU-Tulsa to host academic and industrial leaders in engineering,” said Dr. Raj Singh, head of the OSU School of Materials Science and Engineering, regents professor and Williams Companies distinguished chair professor. “In addition to engineering students and faculty, the knowledge provided by our guest speakers will benefit the many industry partners here in Tulsa.”

Clarke’s presentation examined research on the development of new materials that can withstand high temperatures for use in the next generation of gas turbines. A member of the Nation Academy of Engineering since 1999, Clarke is also a Fellow of both theAmerican Physical Society and the American Ceramic Society and received an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Senior Scientist Award.

His long-term interests in materials range from the fundamentals to the applied, from ceramics to metals to semiconductors and polymers. He has published more than 450 papers in areas of materials ranging from thermal barrier coatings, to dielectric elastomers to fundamentals of oxidation to microelectronics reliability and the electrical and optical properties of ZnO and GaN.

The Ross Group Distinguished Speaker in Engineering Series is hosted by the OSU School of Materials Science and Engineering.

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