Three interdisciplinary research projects with the potential to
spur economic development in the United States and in Oklahoma are
being undertaken by University of Oklahoma researchers, it was
OU scientists and engineers will be conducting basic and
applied research projects as part of a new $8.4 million
collaborative, cost-shared venture between the university, state
and federal government.
"OU's work focuses on three key areas: hydrology,
microelectronics and rock-fluid interaction in the earth's crust,"
said Daniel J. O'Neil, vice president for research at OU.
Through the first project, advanced computer models _ combined
with advanced Doppler weather radar measurements _ will give better
flood prediction and management of water resources.
In the second OU effort, state-of-the-art advanced
microelectronics and materials will be fabricated and characterized
as part of the national program to regain U.S. industry's
historical role as world leader in advanced electronics and their
Through the third project, basic studies of components of the
earth's crust will lead to improved exploration techniques for
strategic minerals, oils and gas by U.S. and Oklahoma industry.
The National Science Foundation awarded a grant of $3.9 million
under its Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research,
which is matched over a three-year period by $4.5 million
administered by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and
monitored by the stat's Experimental Program to Stimulate
Competitive Research Committee.
O'Neil, who also is a member of the state Committee, cited
state legislators Carolyn Thompson, Cal Hobson, Bernice Shedrick,
Bob Cullison, Penny Williams and Glen Johnson as being instrumental
in the development of the state's proposal, which attracted the
He also noted that Oklahoma's bid was assisted by the personal
involvement of Gov. David Walters' office; Hans Brisch, chancellor
of the State Regents for Higher Education; and the Oklahoma Center
for the Advancement of Science and Technology.
The total state and National Science Foundation funding is
being allocated to support five research clusters involving 46
scientists at OU, Oklahoma State University and the University of
Tulsa. OU scientists are involved in three of these clusters.
Lee Williams, associate dean of the College of Geosciences at
OU, is leading a surface hydrology cluster that involves OU and OSU
specialists in geosciences, zoology, meteorology, agricultural
engineering, geography, agronomy, and civil engineering and
environmental science. …