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Research

Several research entities exist within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, each focusing on a specific range of interests. Some of these entities are engaged in interdisciplinary research involving faculty and students from other departments and other universities. In several areas, including wind effects, disaster mitigation, environmental studies, unsaturated soils and structural engineering, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has earned national and international prominence conducting ongoing long-term research over more than three decades.

Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Transportation (TechMRT)

Interim Director:
Dr. Sanjaya Senadheera
sanjaya.senadheera@ttu.edu
Phone:
806.742.3503

Website
TechMRT

TechMRT was established in 1997 to serve as the focal point for communication between Texas Tech and various transportation research funding organizations and programs. From crisis aversion and management such the rapid replacement of damaged bridges, to the protection of taxpayer investment through the study of maximizing and preserving existing roadways, to environmental concerns such as the research of alternative water sources in construction applications, TechMRT is committed to all facets of transportation research.

Murdough Center for Engineering Professionalism

Director:
Dr. William Marcy
William.Marcy@ttu.edu
Phone:
806.742.3523

Website
Center for Engineering Professionalism

The Mission of the Murdough Center for Engineering Professionalism is to provide engineering ethics and professionalism education, research, and communications to students, faculty, staff, and engineers in industry, government and private practice, other professionals, and citizens in the community, state, and nation. The goal of the center is to increase the awareness of the professional and ethical obligations and responsibilities entrusted to individuals who practice engineering.

National Institute for Engineering Ethics (NIEE)

Director:
Dr. William Marcy
William.Marcy@ttu.edu
Phone:
806.742.3523

Website
National Institute for Engineering Ethics

In October 2001, with approvals of the NIEE Board of Directors and the Texas Tech University Board of Regents, the Presidents of NIEE and Texas Tech University (signed an agreement for Texas Tech to provide a permanent home and assume financial, administrative, management and leadership responsibilities of the Institute. Viewed as a cooperative effort among many engineering organizations with potential for far-reaching influence and impact, NIEE can and should bridge the various disciplines within the engineering profession.

National Wind Institute

Interim Director:
Dr. Daan Liang
daan.liang@ttu.edu
Phone:
806.742.3476

Website
National Wind Institute

The National Wind Institute (NWI) at Texas Tech University was established in 1970, following a tornado in Lubbock that caused 26 fatalities and more than $100 million in damage. The NWI is focused on research, education and information outreach. The comprehensive and interdisciplinary research program aspires to exploit the useful qualities of wind and to mitigate its detrimental effects. The institute offers an interdisciplinary education in wind science and engineering to develop professionals who are experts in design for windstorms and wind-induced effects. The institute develops information on windstorm disaster mitigation and other wind-related subjects that can be made available to professionals and the public.

Water Resources Center

Director:
Dr. Venkatesh Uddameri
venki.uddameri@ttu.edu
Phone:
806.742.3597

Website
Water Resources Center

The Water Resources Center (WRC) was established by the Texas Tech University Board of Regents in 1965. Since its inception, the WRC has encouraged, conducted, and coordinated water resources research and related activities. To accomplish this purpose, WRC has adopted a multiphase approach, encompassing research, education, and public service. The WRC also provides public services, both locally and statewide, through its publications, seminars, workshops, and as a resources contact with access to water-related experts throughout the campus. The WRC's research activities focus on current water issues of regional importance to the Texas High Plains and encompass state, national, and international water issues that are of common concern.