Randall Ohman, SEEA Honoree 2018
Randall Ohman, the SEEA Honoree for 2018, will be introduced at the San Antonio Aviation and Aerospace Hall of Fame 2018 Awards Dinner
Randall Ohman is a 6th-grade teacher at JSTEM Academy in Judson ISD. Mr.Ohman facilitates Judson ISD's JSTEM SmartLab where the entire grade level gets an introduction to engineering and many applied technologies. He hosts "Make Time," an afterschool program for invention, learning fabrication techniques, and tearing down things to fix or re-purpose. He coaches the school's robotics teams in strategies and robot design. He also mentors students entering STEM challenge competitions.
His students have been semifinalists and finalists in national contests sponsored by NASA, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and DuPont. His students have been state and local champions in contests sponsored by Power Across Texas, DaVinci Minds, Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Governor's Office, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, UTSA, and the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. On multiple occasions they have won scholarships intended for high school competitors.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office chose Mr. Ohman to represent the State of Texas at the 2017 National Summer Teaching Institute, a national initiative to broaden the implementation of invention programs and intellectual property terminology in the classroom. Mr. Ohman is a board member of Alamo Inventors and regularly presents on education news and issues. Recent presenters Drue Placette of DoLab and Debra Innocenti, partner at Innocenti Jones PLLC, proclaimed Mr. Ohman's programs and students at JSTEM a San Antonio invention resource. Mr. Ohman writes and speaks about giving the best STEM exposure and experiences to younger students and the importance of them making what they conceive of and design. He maintains a student engineering model shop within the bounds of his classroom.
Before receiving his Master of Teaching from the University of the Incarnate Word, Mr. Ohman was a design engineer. Highlights include high speed interconnection and heat transfer developments in the super computer industry where his patented method of air cooling high power density modules enabled these computers to be more mobile. He developed an industry leading, patented high performance hospital bed surface that was portable and reduced patient to bed pressures to near zero. He followed with a patient rotation system that used his patented positional feedback sensing so that patients might not suffer the effects of pneumonia. And he developed an industry certified check valve for water in beverage machines that set a new standard for reliability and high flow. Mr. Ohman received his undergraduate degree in physics from Carleton College.