OU INC client Wave Water Works teams with engineering students for product validation

OU INC client Wave Water Works teams with engineering students for product validation
Senior Design Lab
Tia Sherrard, electrical engineering major and team manager, works with Dr. Michael Latcha, associate professor of mechanical engineering, in the SECS Senior Design Lab. Students helped OU INC client Wave Water Works test its patented Oscillo Drive, verifying the device's production and output of energy and electricity.

OU INC client Wave Water Works, LLC has a patented Oscillo Drive that converts the up and down movement of wave water into reusable energy and electricity. The company recently leveraged the strong relationship between OU INC and Oakland University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science (SECS) to successfully test their Oscillo Drive technology, verifying the device’s production and output of energy and electricity. 

Senior Design Lab

Students are shown working in the Senior Design Lab. Pictured are Makayla Eckart and Carla Gerst (seated). Behind Gerst is Brent Stelzer; to Stelzer’s left is Mark Tarnicki. To Tarnicki's right is Phil Padula, president and CEO of Wave Water Works.



Senior Design Lab

Phil Padula (left) and Michael Latcha are pictured in the SECS Senior Design Lab.

Wave Water Works utilized talented students through the school’s senior design course. This requirement for OU senior-level engineering students brings together mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering students to work on real-world projects that demand the skills and knowledge of each of their disciplines. A State of Michigan Business Accelerator Fund award allowed for OU INC to partially fund the effort.

Based on the results obtained by the students, Wave Water Works approved an undisclosed operational testing site for the Oscillo Drive in Port Huron, Michigan. This extension of the OU SECS testing will allow for further measurement and monitoring of the power input and electrical output from the wave-water oscillating movements. Wave Water Works is additionally locating multiple working sites, including locations in Macomb County, Israel, and Lebanon.

“It is estimated that OU INC, through the professional efforts of SECS students and faculty, provided Wave Water Works with more than $1.5M worth of professional engineering services,” said Chuck Keys, project director and business manager of Wave Water Works.

Completing hardware and software research and development (R&D) for this startup green-energy company includes the following faculty and students:

  • Michael Latcha, Ph.D., ME, director, SECS Senior Design Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Daniel Aloi, Ph.D., Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Oakland University Senior Engineering Students: 
    • Tia Sherrard, Electrical Engineering, Team Manager
    • Carla Gerst, Electrical Engineering
    • Makayla Eckardt, Computer Engineering
    • Mark Tarnicki, Electrical Engineering
    • Brent Stelzer, Electrical Engineering
    • William Carter, Mechanical Engineering
    • Edwin McBride, Mechanical Engineering
    • Paul Smyrski, Mechanical Engineering

 

For more information, contact Joan Carleton at (586) 884-9324 or jfcarlet@oakland.edu.

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OU INC is a Smartzone Business Incubator and Innovation Center, in collaboration with the City of Rochester Hills, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and strategic industry partners. With a focus on the energy, medical device, and information technology sectors, OU INC provides entrepreneurial resources and strategic business solutions for developing business ventures and accelerating ideas to market. OU INC is a designated Soft Landing Facility through the International Business Association for international companies. For more information, visit oakland.edu/ouinc.

The Business Accelerator Fund is an initiative of the State of Michigan’s 21st Century Jobs Fund Program and is distributed by the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI­-SBDC) through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan’s network of business accelerators. Through this program, OU INC is successfully delivering specialized business acceleration services to companies commercializing advanced technology.