About the Department
Mechanical Engineering is the broadest of the engineering disciplines. Graduates from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech
University complete a curriculum that provides a strong foundation in mathematics and the physical sciences of chemistry and physics followed
by an in−depth education in five of the principal mechanical engineering areas: thermal science, fluids engineering, mechanics and
materials, dynamics and controls, and mechanical design.
Graduates from the department will find employment opportunities covering a wide spectrum, including the aerospace, automotive, petroleum
production and refining industries, electrical power, electronics, semiconductors, manufacturing, and production, as well as research positions
in industry and government laboratories. Problem-solving techniques learned in the mechanical engineering curriculum are also applied to
continued educational pursuits or graduate study in engineering, as well as in areas such as law, medicine, business administration, and other
|Rivera and Wanki Receive President's Excellence in Diversity and Equity Awards|
Alex Rivera (left top) and Godlove Wanki (left bottom), mechanical engineering majors, have been named recipients of the President's Excellence in Diversity and Equity Student Awards for 2013.
Recipients of the President's Excellence in Diversity and Equity Student Award will receive a $500 scholarship in September 2013.
|Cloutier Receives NSF GRFP Fellowship|
Aimee Cloutier, a graduate student under the supervision of Dr. James Yang, has been selected to receive a 2013 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship. She was selected based on her outstanding abilities and accomplishments, as well as her potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise. She will receive a $30,000 per year stipend for the next five years.
|Researchers Discover Plankton Adjust to Changing Ocean Temperatures|
Drs. Brad Gemmell and Edward Buskey from UT-Austin and Dr. Jian Sheng from Texas Tech have discovered new information that explains how tiny marine plankton overcome changes in the viscosity of ocean water. Using 3-D high speed holographic techniques developed by the Sheng lab at Texas Tech, the interdisciplinary team has found that these minute crustaceans actually change the movement of their swimming appendages in order to optimize escape swimming performance across natural thermal extremes. Read more about this research.