Three partnerships with TU connections funded

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Interns will be working in the fields of energy, environmental research and computer software.

Three research and development intern partnerships with connections to The University of Tulsa were awarded nearly $180,000 over two years by the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) last week.

TU electrical engineering Professor Surendra Singh and representatives from private sector companies in Tulsa will oversee student interns in the awarded projects. The partnerships will operate for two years and support undergraduate internships in energy, environmental research and computer software.

“These awards follow a long tradition of OCAST intern funding at TU dating back to 2003. With the new awards, the total funding received from OCAST is close to $800,000 with an equal amount provided by the participating companies,” Singh said.

Singh and Tulsa-based Miratech Corp. received $60,000 to oversee two undergraduate interns to develop a selective catalytic reduction control system, a diesel oxidation catalyst and optimization of a three-way catalyst. Miratech offers exhaust emission solutions for industrial engines. The research is expected to improve the environment by targeting engine emissions and the benefit-cost analysis of design upgrades.

Singh also will work with Holly Corp.’s Tulsa refinery to supervise two TU undergraduate students working at Holly Refining and Marketing through a $60,000 award. The research focuses on increasing efficiency of oil refinery components and will be involved in all phases of engineering design, specifications, development, testing and deployment of Holly’s process heaters, above ground storage tanks and relief valves. They will use 3-D AutoCad and other software unique to the refining industry while being introduced to the business, safety and ethics protocols of the engineering field.

True Digital Security and its president, TU alumnus Jerald Dawkins (MSCS ’03, PhD ’05), received $59,140 to sponsor interns who will gain experience in designing and developing a complex information security auditing application. While working alongside engineers, the students will design testing documents, develop scripts to support automated testing and validation, do quantitative analysis and interview clients in order to improve cyber security.

Since 1998, the OCAST R&D Intern Partnerships program has helped Oklahoma small businesses locate hard-to-find technology trained employees. OCAST pays half of the cost for an undergraduate intern to work in a research and development setting.

OCAST’s program combines university faculty oversight with financial support and company mentoring. Many of the college students who participate in the program eventually become employees of the small businesses that sponsor them.


Mona Chamberlin