AUTOMOTIVE AND ENERGY RESEARCH AND INDUSTRIAL MENTORSHIP REU PROGRAM @OU
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Rochester, MI 48309
2015 summer program
(May 18, 2015 - July 24, 2015)
Download AERIM-REU program announcement
Are you a motivated undergraduate student who is interested in spending 10 weeks this summer working on exciting automotive and energy research projects?
Would you like to immerse yourself in industrial/automotive research projects and experience one-on-one interactions with faculty, industrial mentors and graduate students?
Would you also like to learn more about graduate school or engineering and research careers, develop strong mentoring relationships, improve your communication skills, go on field trips and improve your resume?
If you answered yes to these questions, then the AERIM: Automotive and Energy Research and Industrial Mentorship Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program at Oakland University (OU) is for you!
Please take the time to browse through our website to learn about our program and feel free to contact us with any questions. We strongly encourage women and minority students to apply. No prior automotive or research experience required!
|This program is funded in 2014-2016 by National Science Foundation REU Site program under Grant No. EEC-1359137. It was previously funded in 2010-2012 under grant EEC-1004915 and in 2006-2008 under grant EEC-0552737.|
The AERIM program was set up in the department of mechanical engineering at OU to provide meaningful, hands-on, paid 10-week summer research experiences to undergraduate engineering students from across the United States. Student participants work in teams on automotive and energy-related research projects in mechanical engineering with a special emphasis on technologies that aim to improve efficiencies of internal combustion engines, automotive manufacturing processes, automotive materials, alternative propulsion systems and lubrication and wear. The goal of this program is to engage participants in rewarding research experiences that excite and motivate them to pursue careers in scientific and engineering research. In particular, one of the goals of this REU site is to address the nationwide problem of the under-representation of women and minorities in the sciences, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and more specifically in the field of mechanical engineering.
Participants in this 10-week summer research program receive the following benefits:
A number of additional activities are planned during the course of the program. A few examples are listed below:
Student participants in the AERIM REU program will work on automotive and energy-related research topics in mechanical engineering with a special emphasis on automotive materials and tribology, alternative propulsion systems and technologies that aim to improve efficiencies at the vehicle-level. The links below provided information on projects completed by REU students in past years and are meant to provide an overview of the type of research that students could be involved in. The actual list of projects will be finalized prior to the start of each summer program. We will aim for a mix of projects of varying levels of complexity to accommodate students at different stages of their coursework. The actual project list and details will be tailored to the students' interests and ongoing faculty projects. Most of the projects will involve experimental work, although some may also involve computational work such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) or molecular dynamics simulations. Note that research project assignments will be made the first week of the program and will be based on a matching of student preferences, course background and project availability. Most projects will involve teams of two or three students and students will be given the opportunity to discuss each project with the faculty involved prior to having to state a preference.
We are now accepting applications to the 2015 summer program. Application review will begin on March 15, 2015.Download AERIM-REU program announcement
While we welcome students of all backgrounds, we strongly encourage women and underrepresented minority students to apply.
No prior automotive or research experience required!
The 2015 AERIM Summer REU program is scheduled to take place between May 18 and July 24, 2015. Application review for the 2015 summer program will begin on March 15, 2015 and will continue until all slots have been filled.
The application for the 2015 Summer AERIM REU Program at Oakland University consists of an online form that must be completed by the applicant. Furthermore, a transcript (official or non-official) and up to two sealed letters of recommendation should be mailed (or emailed by the recommender) to:
Dr. Laila Guessous
Department of Mechanical Engineering
2200 Squirrel Rd.
Rochester, MI 48309-4478
The form to be used for the recommendation letters can be found below.
AERIM recommendation form: Please ask up to two persons who are familiar with your academic background and your potential to conduct research (e.g., professors, managers, etc.) to complete the AERIM recommendation form. Ask each recommender to either mail the letter of recommendation in a sealed envelope, signed across the flap to Prof. Guessous or to email it to her.
Some of the following faculty and staff members may supervise some of the summer research projects or assist with the program:
|Dr. Laila Guessous, Associate Professor and Program Director|
Research areas: Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer
|Dr. Qian (Beth) Zou, Associate Professor and Program Co-director|
Research areas: Tribology - lubrication, friction and wear
|Dr. Brian Sangeorzan, Professor|
Research areas: Internal Combustion Engines; Experimental Methods
|Dr. J. David Schall, Assistant Professor|
Research areas: Molecular Dynamics Simulations, tribology and Materials
|Dr. Xia Wang, Associate Professor|
Research areas: Fuel cells and batteries
|Dr. Lianxiang Yang, Professor|
Research areas: Digital Optical Measuring Methods and nondestructive testing
|Dr. Gary Barber, Professor and Director of Automotive Tribology Center|
Research areas: Automotive tribology
|Dr. Michael Latcha, Associate Professor|
Assessment and ethics program coordinator
|Ms. Brenda Bond, Mechanical Engineering Dept. Adminsitrative Secretary|
A total of 70 undergraduate students - 34 of them women - from 50 different universities across the United States participated in the program between 2006 and 2014. NSF provided funding for 8 students per year between 2006 and 2008 and 10 students per year between 2010 and 2012. In some years, additional funding was provided by Oakland University to allow more students to take part in the program.
Each summer, student participants worked in teams of 2-3 on automotive and energy research projects under the guidance of faculty, graduate students and often industry mentors, and also took part in other activities such as industrial research lab and facilities tours, meetings with working engineers, conferences and seminars.
2014 Student Participants:
2012 Student Participants:
2011 Student Participants:
2010 Student Participants:
2008 Student Participants:
2007 Student Participants:
2006 Student Participants:
Oakland University (OU) is located in Rochester, MI, near the world headquarters and engineering centers of Chrysler, LLC., Ford Motor Co., General Motors Corp. as well as over one hundred automotive suppliers in southeast Michigan.
OU's School of Engineering and Computer Science (SECS) consists of four departments: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Systems Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, and Industrial and Systems Engineering. These departments offer undergraduate and graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, industrial and systems engineering, computer engineering, and computer science.
For more information about the Oakland University REU program, please contact:
Dr. Laila Guessous
AERIM: Automotive and Energy REU Program
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Rochester, MI 48309-4478