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Oklahoma State University

Dr. Wang named Big 12 Faculty Fellow

Dr. Qingsheng Wang, Assistant Professor of Fire Protection & Safety in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, has been awarded a 2012 Big 12 Faculty Fellowship to collaborate with colleagues at Texas A&M University (TAMU) in College Station, TX. Dr. Wang will work with Regents Professor Sam Mannan and Associate Professor Zhengdong Cheng from the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at TAMU on a project involving fire retardant materials.

The Fire Protection & Safety program at Oklahoma State University is widely recognized as a world leader in preparing students for careers in fire protection, safety, industrial hygiene, and the fire service. Established in 1937, the program is the oldest fire safety related program in North America. The Department of Chemical Engineering at TAMU is recognized nationally and internationally for its graduate and undergraduate programs. The faculty features 28 tenure track members, including four endowed chairs, 10 endowed professorships, one endowed faculty fellowship, one regents professor and seven NSF CAREER award recipients. Department research expenditures for fiscal year 2011 totaled $13.7 million. This is an excellent opportunity for OSU fire protection program to collaborate in the research with TAMU chemical engineering program, as well as the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center.

The Big 12 Faculty Fellowship Program was created by the provosts of the Big 12 Universities to enhance faculty collaboration among the schools and to stimulate cross institution scholarly activities. The Program offers an OSU faculty member the opportunity to travel to another Big 12 institutions to exchange ideas and research.