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Grant provides startup funds for OU professors' company

Some parts in planes are no longer manufactured. Two OU professors have started a company to fulfill the need for replacement parts.

BY SUSAN SIMPSON Published: July 21, 2010
A large plane can be the sum of a million parts, but it only takes one broken piece to ground an aircraft.

But what if that part is no longer being made? It's an increasingly common problem with aging aircraft of all sizes, said Shivakumar Raman, a University of Oklahoma engineering professor.

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company is taking off

SEAM Aero, a company formed by OU engineering professors, got started last year with a $3 million EDGE grant. The company now has several clients and operates out of the Norman Economic Development Coalition's emerging Technology entrepreneurial center (eTec) near campus corner. SEAM stands for Shape Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing.

To see a video of SEAM Aero of Norman reverse engineers parts for aging aircraft, go to and search "SEAM Aero.”


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