Spring 2018

College of Engineering and
Natural Sciences News

Little Light House partnership continues

Students in the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences are continuing a tradition of community engagement with the Little Light House, a Tulsa developmental center for children with special needs. A team of mechanical engineering seniors are designing and building a balance board that uses magnets to support the platform and damp its motion as children shift their balance forward and backward, side to side while sitting or standing.

In the fall of 2017, TU’s Biological Robotics Research group announced a partnership with Little Light House sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The three-year grant will support TU research to improve the quality of life for children with hypotonia through rehabilitation robotics.

Also, as part of a Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge project in the summer of 2017, senior Alyssa Hernandez, freshman Emily Tran and Junior TURC student Kayla Eiland of Jenks High School built a melodica musical instrument for residents at Little Light House.


Hall of Fame welcomes new inductees

The College of Engineering and Natural Sciences honored James P. Brill and Kenley (Ken) H. McQueen at its annual Hall of Fame ceremony on April 5.

Brill is professor emeritus and research professor of petroleum engineering at TU. He taught undergraduate and graduate courses in petroleum engineering production design until his retirement in 2000. Brill established the Tulsa University Fluid Flow Projects (TUFFP) and served as the consortium’s executive director. He also was principal investigator of the joint industry project and consortium TU Paraffin Deposition Projects (TUPDP). Brill and his wife, Marilyn (BA ’72, MS ’74), established the James P. Brill Presidential Endowment Fund for Petroleum Engineering.

McQueen is New Mexico’s Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources. Appointed in 2016, he oversees the state’s oil and gas, mining, forestry, parks and energy conservation including renewables. McQueen has twice served as chair of the McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering Industry Advisory Board. He has served as a TU adjunct professor and has been involved in the ABET review process, college recruiting and mentoring for petroleum engineering capstone teams.


Sarah Sullivan receives Goldwater Scholarship

University of Tulsa biochemistry junior Sarah Sullivan of Fayetteville, Arkansas, has received a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for her research on the regulatory function of a well-known tumor suppressor protein on cancer cell metabolism.

Sullivan’s personal experience as a type one diabetic led to her interest in the complex mechanisms that regulate metabolism, the structure and interactions of proteins and the pathways connecting biochemical, cellular and life processes. She has completed a DAAD German Academic Exchange internship at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, attended the American Chemical Society’s annual meeting and conducted research as a member of the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge. Sullivan plans to pursue a doctorate in biochemistry and study the structural dynamics of protein glycosylation as it relates to cancer metastasis, immune system evasion and the development of cancer stem cells.

The Goldwater Scholarship is one of the oldest and most prestigious national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics in the United States.


TU finishes second at cyber defense competition

The University of Tulsa placed second among 18 teams at the Southwest Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition March 24-26 on the TU campus. The event tests the ability of cyber security students to operate and manage a network infrastructure similar to networks found in the commercial sector. Students are challenged to secure a network and maintain operations while keeping up with management and customer demands in a fast-paced environment. The simulation represents scenarios they will face as professionals in their cyber careers.