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2011-2012 Graduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Engineering and Computer Science Centers and Institutes



  •  Center for Robotics and Advanced Automation (CRAA)

  The School of Engineering and Computer Science has a Center for Robotics and Advanced Automation. The main goals of the center are to contribute to the demand for high technology and industrial productivity in the United States.
  • Center for Robotics Unmanned and Intelligent Systems (CRUIS)


The Center will facilitate opportunities for OU faculty to lead start-up initiatives to work with business & government agencies to transition technical knowledge from academia to industry commercialization opportunities by enabling a research, development, test and evaluation capabilities. CRUIS will seek opportunities to support robotics and unmanned systems challenges in the defense industry that will lead to development of expertise that can be translated to various sectors – security, commercial, social, medical and others that are main stream to our daily lives.

  Fastening and joining significantly affects the safety, quality and reliability of many mechanical and structural systems, machinery and equipment. The FAJRI is the only known academic facility of its kind in the world dedicated solely to the research and development of fastening and joining of materials in industries such as automotive, aerospace and nuclear. The research programs at FAJRI benefit both the commercial and defense sectors of the economy, while improving the safety of the public.
   The Automotive Tribology Center is an academic research unit within the Mechanical Engineering department. It is the only university research center in the United States that is dedicated to automotive tribology research and is uniquely positioned to advance the reliability, mobility and efficiency of automotive components. The ATC is mainly dedicated to performing fundamental and applied research that lowers frictional energy losses. Particular emphasis is placed on engine and transmission tribology. The research results of ATC benefit the US military and different governmental and industrial sectors of the economy.
  Energy affects all aspect of our lives from the economy to recreation to health care. The Clean Energy Research Center explores sustainable ways to meet our future energy needs utilizing unique renewable energy feed sources, from biomass to wind to solar with a focus on overall energy conservation. The CERC has launched an academic effort to teach and train the next generation of students on energy issues, has begun the green campus initiative to demonstrate the benefit of alternative energy technology on campus, and continues to perform research towards developing environmentally friendlier technologies.
  • Chrysler Learning and Innovation Center for Sheet Metal Forming Technology (CLIC-form)
  Composed of university faculty, scholars, students, and industry experts, the Chrysler Learning and Innovation Center for Sheet Metal Forming is an academic center at which training, applied research, and intellectual property management in the area of sheet metal forming are carried out. Collaborative initiatives at CLIC-form are open to all domestic and international entities. A unique feature of CLIC-form is its highly selective, industry-hosted internship program in which OU undergraduate students participate in research projects during the summer. In addition to providing educational training and engaging in collaborative research, the team at CLIC-form seeks to develop and commercialize intellectual property related to sheet metal forming technology.
  • Product Development and Manufacturing Center (PDMC)
  Global competition in manufacturing mandates continual improvement in technology, business processes and employee capabilities. The manufacturing enterprise must also consider interdependencies between these three factors when affecting change. In recognition of this dynamic, the Product Development and Manufacturing Center at Oakland University focuses on improving the competitiveness of the automotive industry and its suppliers through application of new and existing technology, modified business practices, and new educational and training paradigms.