Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance Update for June

Dear Colleagues,

The Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance had a busy June filled with summer camps, visits with business and community partners and ending with a great article in the Tulsa World, Tech-oriented workers in high demand, study shows. Below are some key updates from the month.
Innovation Rooms Updates

IR TRSA STEM Mentoring Logistics

Working to have some mentoring pilot programs for the fall with Union Public Schools.
Met with Victoria Bartlett to learn more about the Mayor’s Mentoring to the Max program as well as learning more about past and present mentoring programs.
Multiple meetings on starting a pilot Engineering Alliance for the Arts (EAA) in Tulsa:

Meeting with Wallace Engineering
Teleconference with EAA leaders out of San Francisco

Meetings with Union Public Schools and Tulsa Public Schools to find out about their past and present STEM Mentoring programs.
Meeting with the Tulsa Regional Chamber to investigate future STEM Mentorship partnerships.
Explored future STEM Mentorship partnership with Tulsa Tech leaders.

General Updates

Met with Kathy Taylor and Monroe Nichols with Impact!Tulsa to explore areas of collaboration between TRSA and Impact!Tulsa

Discussed data metrics and that possibility of organizing a data council

Teleconference with US2020

Overview of Judges’ feedback from Round 2 of the City Competition
Covered planning and implementation of TRSA so far.
TRSA key strategies to accomplish goals
Preview of Convening 1 in Boston on 7/8/14–7/9/14

6/30/14 – Conducted interview with Tulsa World on the role of STEM jobs in Tulsa’s economy

New Collaborations

Presented TRSA Business Plan, Advisory Council and Mentorship Initiative to Matrix , Williams, APSCO and NORDAM

Enthusiastic about participating on the Advisory Council

Please take a chance to look at our growing list of TRSA Smartsheets. If you’d like have access to the Smartsheets, please contact Annie Tyndall, OII / TRSA Communications & Marketing Coordinator at [email protected]

Tulsa STEM Activities Sheet
TRSA Summer STEM Activities
TRSA STEM Employment Opportunities
TRSA Spring Break STEM Activities
TRSA Speakers’ Bureau
TRSA Communication IR
STEM Outreach Evaluations
STEM Mentoring […]

June 30th, 2014|News, STEM Alliance Updates|Comments Off

Budding Engineers

Budding engineers take flight at OSU-Tulsa summer camp

Madison Maier is precise with her measurements. She knows a few extra centimeters of foam board could be the difference between a soaring model drone and a pile of broken materials.

“I like measuring and trying different designs to make the best drone,” said Maier, a freshman at Glenpool High School. “It’s pretty cool that you can take regular foam boards and turn them into something that can fly.”

Though she’s only in her first year of high school, Maier is already considering a career in engineering. That interest brought her to Oklahoma State University-Tulsa on Friday to build a model unmanned aerial vehicle, or what’s more commonly known as a drone.

The project was part of the Tulsa Alliance for Engineering’s annual summer camp for middle and high school students. OSU-Tulsa partnered with Wallace Engineering for the event, which gives students like Maier the opportunity to learn more about the different fields of engineering.

The camp included instruction from Dr. James Kidd, OSU clinical associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, on aerospace mechanics and a lesson on how to build a model drone. Students applied the knowledge they gained from Kidd to build their drones.

Maier was placed with a team of eight other students to design, construct and test a model drone using foam board, glue and an electronic motor.

“Each member brought their own ideas about design and construction and they had to come together as a team to find the best solution,” said Ronald Knight, OSU-Tulsa academic coordinator for the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. “In addition to applying engineering concepts, the activity teaches them important lessons about problem solving and teamwork.”

The project challenged A.J. Pace, a freshman at Broken Arrow High School, because of the number of people on his team.

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June 26th, 2014|News|Comments Off

TSC to Utilize Spectra Logic’s nTier Verde

BOULDER, Colo., June 10 – Spectra Logic announced today that the Tandy Supercomputing Center (TSC) selected a Spectra nTier Verde disk-based file storage system to increase its workflow performance and shorten calculation rates from days to minutes. Spectra’s solution enabled TSC to seamlessly boost data access speeds for multiple users by moving lower-priority, lower-performance operations from a primary storage tier to an affordable, flexible, high-capacity file storage system.

“In an unpredictable HPC environment with multiple users from a variety of institutions and disciplines, storage has been one of our biggest IT challenges. We needed the tools to react to the evolving needs of our users, quickly and flexibly,” said George Louthan, director, Tandy Supercomputing Center. “The nTier Verde/T50e combination is ideally suited to our shared environment and supports our data staging, backup and archive needs more flexibly and affordably than the market alternatives.”

Recently implemented, the Spectra storage solution is already saving both time and lives. A post-doctoral research associate at OSU Center for Health Sciences used the supercomputer to refine a software technology developed to predict the onset of heart attacks. Computational time was reduced by more than 95 percent. Computations that previously took 20 to 30 minutes were finished in less than a minute, and this data is securely stored within TSC’s Spectra Logic storage solution.

TSC’s new storage solution includes a Spectra T50e tape library along with the nTier Verde system to increase its research and engineering workflow performance, caching backups and providing nearline storage for its community’s data sets. TSC manages approximately 30 TB of escalating data, consisting primarily of scientific data sets for research projects, for a community of users that includes four higher education institutions and multiple private sector users. The nTier stages TSC’s backup data using AMANDA backup software before it is sent to the […]

June 11th, 2014|News|Comments Off
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    Spectra and the Tandy Supercomputer Shorten Calculation Rates

Spectra and the Tandy Supercomputer Shorten Calculation Rates

CASE STUDY: Spectra and the Tandy Supercomputer shorten calculation rates from days to minutes, saving time and lives.

America’s First “Community” Supercomputer
TSC’s business model is unique because it creates a community of users, sharing the costs of infrastructure and support, making this resource available to parties who couldn’t otherwise afford it. Located in the Data Center at One Technology Center (Tulsa City Hall), TSC is committed to continuously provide their users with modern high performance technology by regularly updating the supercomputer with state of the art technology. This allows TSC to seamlessly add nodes as its membership base increases.

The Challenge: Affordable, Transparent File Storage
The Oklahoma Innovation Institute launched its community supercomputer project in 2013. TSC currently manages approximately 30 TB of data for its users, primarily scientific data sets for research projects. TSC has a large, high-performance Panasas object storage system and acts as a global storage pool for multi-user access. The IT team decided to house some data on-site at their Tulsa datacenter, and sought a reliable, scalable storage solution to archive information being accessed by multiple users at any given time.

TSC needed to provide an alternative from their primary Panasas NAS for medium-term archive and lower-speed workflows with many metadata operations. The envisioned solution would ease the load on the primary storage to increase the overall performance of demanding research and engineering workflows. TSC wanted to offer transparent file storage access that was invisible to the individual users accessing the data frequently.

Spectra Logic
June 10, 2014
Link to Case Study

June 10th, 2014|News|Comments Off