Oral Roberts University’s engineering department recently renovated areas for a machine shop and labs. These renovations were made possible through a $250,000 grant from the Helmerich Foundation.
President Mark Rutland extended thanks to the Helmerich Foundation during an open house for the funding which led to the development of the new engineering lab. John Matsson, chairman and professor of Mechanical Engineering, College of Science and Engineering, says the renovations will benefit the students in a positive way.
“The improvements will benefit the engineering students in that they will get a better education that will prepare them for the job market,” he says.
The new machine shop includes 5,000 square feet of workspace that will be used by all engineering students. A computer lab will also be located within the shop. The machine shop will be used for classes as well as projects.
One of the cars that will be built in the new machine shop is a formula racecar. This car is a multiyear project that will later be sent to competition.