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The Hydraulic Engineering Research Unit (HERU) conducts many outreach programs each year. If your group is interested in a tour please contact us.

Tours and Field days 

The HERU provides outreach by hosting tours and field days.  Tour groups have included the NRCS New Employees Orientation classes, the Oklahoma Agriculture Leadership Class, the Southeast Region ASABE Pre-professionals, and university and public school students to name a few.  Other outreach activities have included hosting the Oklahoma NRCS Conservation Engineering Technician Bootcamp and H2Oklahoma, a educational festival sponsored by the Oklahoma Conservation Commission for 5th grade students




The HERU staff provides outreach to the community through participation in local career fairs including the Payne County8th grade Career Fair.






HERU scientists provide technology transfer through participation in professional society meetings including the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Association of State Dam Safety Officials annual conferences.  Scientists also provide workshops on various research topics to other federal (USDA-NRCS, USBR, and USACE) and state agencies (state dam safety offices).





Senior Design Project 

The HERU is ideal for hands-on educational opportunities.  Scientists have interacted with senior design capstone, master's and Ph.D. students from the Oklahoma State University Biosystem and Agricultural Engineering  and Civil Engineering Departments.  Scientists provide hands-on educational labs for flow measurement and calibration. 






Student intern working with jet stream test



University students get hands-on engineering experience through employment opportunities with the USDA-ARS HERU.  Students are exposed to facilities management, physical model construction, research from data collection to analysis, and technology transfer through review of publications and development of presentations and website design.






Scientists at the HERU collaborates with other scientists and engineers across the country and around the world.  Current and past collaborations have included Oklahoma State University, Colorado State University, Baylor University, Virginia Tech University, University of Mississippi, USDA-NRCS, USBR, USACE, Electricite DeFrance, Canadian Electrical Association Technical Interest Dam Safety Interest Group, and HR Wallingford - UK.



Last Modified: 8/13/2016
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