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SWOSU and Imation Receive OCAST Grant for Student Internships

March 6, 2006

OCAST Grant Group
Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology at Weatherford has been awarded a grant from the Oklahoma Center for Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) in partnership with Imation Corporation of Weatherford to provide student internships. Pictured are (from left): SWOSU Provost Dr. Blake Sonobe; Brad Bryant, Imation engineer; Dr. Gary Bell, chair of the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology; and Anita Blankenship, director of the SWOSU Office of Sponsored Programs.

The Southwestern Oklahoma State University Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology in the School of Business and Technology at Weatherford has been awarded a grant from the Oklahoma Center for Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) under the Oklahoma Applied Research Support—Faculty and Student Intern Partnership Program.

Imation Corporation, located in Weatherford, is partnering with SWOSU and is providing the required match funding for this internship program.

Dr. Gary Bell, chair of the SWOSU IET Department, is the principal investigator of the two-year grant entitled: “R & D Fluid Dispersion for Web Coating.” Brad Bryant is the corporate student mentor from Imation.

Anita Blankenship, director of the SWOSU Office of Sponsored Programs, said the purpose of the R&D Faculty and Student Intern Partnership funding is to improve Oklahoma’s research and development base by supporting undergraduate student and faculty internships at Oklahoma R&D facilities. Further, the program is to encourage undergraduate students to prepare for careers in scientific and technical fields as well as ancillary areas that support high-tech companies in Oklahoma.

Under the grant, student(s) will get hands-on experience through this internship arrangement with Imation Corporation in Weatherford.

The student(s) will have the opportunity to work on a real project in industry, learn new industrial processes and technology, and improve their analytical skills and knowledge in quality assurance. They will become acquainted with prospective employers, are better prepared for the workforce and are encouraged to pursue advanced degrees and/or careers in science and engineering as well as in support areas for high-tech companies.

Bell said the project will give student interns the benefit to learn new manufacturing processes and learn how to design, conduct, and document analytical test systems and physical property test systems. By completing the internship and expediting good performance, it will enhance their employability after graduation.

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