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MAE student Olivia Fulkerson won 3rd place for poster presentation at Research Day at the Capitol

Monday, March 25, 2024

Olivia Fulkerson
Olivia Fulkerson stands with her Father Cliff Fulkerson at the Research Day at the Capitol

Olivia Fulkerson, a junior in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was recently selected as one of only four students to represent Oklahoma State University at the Research Day at the Capitol. Her research, titled Accelerating Design and Additive Manufacturing of Polymer Composites for Aerospace Applications, focuses on developing data-driven strategies to expedite the design of additive manufactured components across the automotive, aerospace, and medical sectors. She participated in the Research-intensive Institutions category, where she won third place for her poster presentation.


Fulkerson is part of a research team that works in the Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing (AM2) Laboratory that engages in interdisciplinary research at the intersection of materials science, physical phenomena, and advanced manufacturing. Their goal is to investigate and comprehend the essential triad of process, phenomenon, and property within the context of additive manufacturing. Toward this objective, they develop experimental tools, characterization methods, functional materials, and process models aimed at advancing the science and technology of manufacturing fully functional products.

Fulkerson’s research is a collaborative effort involving three research faculty members: Drs. Srikanthan Ramesh and Akash Deep, assistant professors in industrial engineering and management, and Dr. Hadi Noori, assistant professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering. 


Research Day at the Capitol was established 29 years ago to showcase the outstanding undergraduate research being conducted at Oklahoma’s colleges and universities in the areas of science (including social science), technology, engineering, and mathematics. The prestigious event is sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Oklahoma Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (OK EPSCoR), and the National Science Foundation.


The 2024 Research Day at the Capitol event encompassed multiple activities. On March 18, 2024, students’ posters and oral presentations were individually judged.  On March 19, 2024, students met with legislators at the State Capitol Building and shared their research during a poster exhibit and poster competition winners were announced during an awards ceremony.

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