Baker Hughes donates Energy Innovation Center building to OSUPublished: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 By: Journal Record Staff Source: The Journal Record
Oklahoma State University has formed a technology collaboration with Baker Hughes that included the donation of the Baker Hughes Energy Innovation Center in the Innovation District east of downtown Oklahoma City to OSU.
The collaboration will bring industry and academic representatives under one roof, creating experiential learning opportunities for OSU students and supporting Baker Hughes researchers in applying technology-driven solutions for energy and industrial sectors.
OSU students will work with Baker Hughes researchers and technologists to advance key technologies in the areas of aerospace, mechanical, electrical, chemical and petroleum engineering. OSU also will host classes for its Master of Petroleum Engineering program at the center.
“This is an extraordinary opportunity for Oklahoma State University to secure a world-class research and innovation center and establish a collaborative relationship with a leading technology company like Baker Hughes,” said Burns Hargis, president, OSU. “Baker Hughes is a global company that has set the bar high in technology and innovation and OSU is excited and honored to increase its collaboration with their industry experts to grow our already strong mechanical, industrial, and aerospace engineering programs. This collaboration, combined with the opportunity to add the world-class Energy Innovation Center and its facilities to OSU’s engineering and research offerings, will enable OSU to graduate engineers with meaningful experience on significant real-world projects.”
OSU engineering faculty members and students will occupy the center’s fourth floor and manage the building. Baker Hughes will manage its two laboratories on the first floor as well as an outdoor lab space. The company also will occupy the entire fifth floor, where it has more than 50 scientists and technologists for a variety of industrial research and commercial projects in the energy and industrial sectors. Moving forward, OSU and Houston-based Baker Hughes will share the facility’s large showroom and auditorium as well as the third-floor conference spaces.
“The Innovation District is a magnet for creative, innovative minds and top talent,” said Katy Boren, president and CEO of the Oklahoma City Innovation District. “This is key to continuing economic expansion and job growth in our community. I am excited to see Baker Hughes and OSU experimenting with this pioneering collaboration that I am confident will continue to attract diverse industries, educators, and entrepreneurs, all sharing their expertise and together creating something new and a truly unique experience.”
OSU and Baker Hughes will also collaborate in developing diversity and inclusion programs that will aim to build a deeper pipeline of STEM talent for the next generation of technology