Governor Issues Professional Engineers' Day Proclamation

To recognize the first annual Professional Engineers Day, Oklahoma Governor, Mary Fallin proclaimed Wednesday, August 3, 2016 Professional Engineers Day in the State of Oklahoma.  The National Society of Professional Engineers, in conjunction with other State Societies, including Oklahoma, will launch the first annual Professional Engineers Day to increase awareness and appreciation for the important contributions of PEs across the nation.  The Societies encourage professionals to celebrate licensure on social media using #LicensedPEDay.

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The annual celebration correlates with the first professional license being issued to Charles Bellamy in Wyoming in August 1907.  Since that time, licensure has expanded and professional engineers across the US have made the commitment to protect the public health, safety, and welfare.

In anticipation of the inaugural event, PEs are sharing why they became licensed engineers on the Professional Engineers Day website.  Immediate Past President, Tim Austin, P.E., F.NSPE, recently credited his oldest brother, George Austin, P.E., with playing an instrumental role in his chosen career path.  The Kansas native elected to study civil engineering instead of construction science because of his brother's sage advice. "He let me know that with a civil engineering degree I could do all of the things that a graduate with a construction science degree could do," he recalls. "But if I went on to get my PE, I could do even more things that they couldn't do."

Professional engineers participate in valuable educational outreach such as Engineers Week, says Austin; however EWeek has a very broad engineering focus. "PE Day is an opportunity for licensed engineers to focus on why they pursued licensure and to share those reasons with their peers and with the public," he says. "It's also an opportunity for engineering firms to recognize and celebrate their licensed staff members."

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ORU Students to Compete in International Competition

Last August, a team of eight ORU engineering students entered the SpaceX Hypeloop Pod Competition along with about 1000 other teams. Students from around the world designed vehicles, or pods, for the Hyperloop, an innovative high speed transportation system proposed by Elon Musk that would carry passengers and cargo at 760 mph in an evacuated tube, and travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about 30 minutes. The competition serves as a proof of concept for the Hyperloop to demonstrate it can be done.

ORU Team Codex was one of 30 student teams selected to compete at SpaceX headquarters this August on a 1 mile test track. Most of the other teams have 30 - 70 students and are from major research universities, such as MIT, University of California, Berkeley, and teams from Germany, Japan and the Netherlands. Since then, ORU has been enlisting more students, refining their design, and testing small scale prototypes.

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A picture of a SolidWorks model of their pod was also shown in the Time Magazine online gallery of entries

The team, the only Oklahoma team in the competition, is in the process of raising $100,000 for construction and testing of the pod.  Anyone interested in making a donation can do so online at by selecting Where ORU Needs Most, entering an amount, and on the next screen, include the word Hyperloop in the Additional Comments box (very important). Checks made out to Oral Roberts University, with the word Hyperloop written prominently on the check (very important). Checks can be sent to:

Robert Leland
Engineering Department
Oral Roberts University
7777 S. Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK 74137