U.S. News and World Report Rankings
Four Texas Tech University Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering graduate programs have joined the elite ranks of U.S. News & World Report’s top engineering programs.
The Department of Industrial Engineering ranked 26th in the Industrial/Manufacturing category, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering ranked 65th in the Civil category, and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering ranked 65th in the Computer Engineering category and 69th in the Electrical/Electronic/Communications category.
“Our faculty members are committed to providing a quality education to each of our graduate students,” said Pamela Eibeck, dean of the Whitacre College of Engineering. “The U.S. News rankings confirm that our programs are gaining national recognition.”
The graduate rankings, available in the 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report‘s “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” were calculated based on two types of data: expert opinions about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. These data come from surveys of more than 1,200 programs and some 11,000 academics and professionals that were conducted in fall 2008. The graduate rankings can be found at:
Get Excited About Robotics (GEAR)
Nearly 200 students from 14 West Texas elementary and middle schools participated in the 3rd annual GEAR competition held at Texas Tech University over the last two months.
GEAR (www.gearrobotics.org) is a six week LEGO robotics competition that challenges student teams to build and program LEGO robots (using the MINDSTORMS NXT kits) to perform specified tasks. This year’s competition, organized by Drs. Tanja Karp and Richard Gale from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Dr. John Chandler from the T-STEM Center, kicked off during the college's Engineering Week. Participants designed robots to compete in the first ever robot Olympics. Competition events included basketball, hockey, ring toss, darts, tower of tugs, and power lift. To solve the challenge, students utilized math and scientific principles and important engineering concepts such as brainstorming, building, testing, troubleshooting, and design improvement. School teams were mentored by engineering students. The following teams won prizes during the competition:
Prizes were sponsored by Xcel Energy, Ludlum Measurements, the T-STEM Center, and Texas Tech alumni. For information on upcoming LEGO robotics events please contact Dr. Tanja Karp.
University Faculty Honors Convocation
The University Faculty Honors Convocation was held on April 21. The university gave the following awards to Whitacre College of Engineering faculty:
Tenure and Promotions
Dr. Walt Oler, associate professor of mechanical engineering, was promoted to Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies on April 16.
Tau Beta Pi Professor of Excellence
Dr. Mohammad Saed, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, was selected for the Tau Beta Pi Professor of Excellence Award for 2008-2009 and was recognized at the Spring 2009 Tau Beta Pi initiation ceremony on Friday, April 24.
President's Excellence in Diversity and Equity Award
Rosa Gallegos, director of student services in the Dean's Office was awarded the Texas Tech University’s 2008-2009 President’s Excellence in Diversity and Equity Staff Award on April 22.
New Staff Members
Linda Whitebread was hired in the Department of Mechanical Engineering on April 22.
Grants and Contracts
03-19-2009 - 04-27-2009
Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Water Resources Center
Whitacre College of Engineering Dean's Office
The Texas Tech ASCE Concrete Canoe Team competed at the Texas-Mexico Regional Concrete Canoe Competition on April 3-4, 2009 at Texas A&M University, Kingsville. The team placed 2nd overall, winning 1st place in Final Product, 3rd in Design Paper, 1st in the Women's Sprint, 2nd in Men's Sprint, and 1st in Coed Sprint.
Student PublicationTravis P. Gray, a graduating petroleum engineering senior, was recently published in the Society of Petroleum Engineers' Journal of Petroleum Technology. The title of the paper was "Well-Performance Diagnostics Using Smart Plunger Technology."
He presented at the 2007 Southwestern Petroleum Short Course, the 2008 Gas Well Deliquification Workshop in Denver, CO, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers' 2009 Production and Operations Symposium in Oklahoma City, OK.
Art Guenther Outstanding Pulsed Power Student Award
Andrew Young, a Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering will be presented with the 2009 IEEE NPSS PPS&T Committee's Art Guenther Outstanding Pulsed Power Student Award in Washington D.C. during the 17th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference.
Tau Beta Pi Stabile Scholarship
R. Greyson Geer, a senior civil engineering and architecture major, recently received Stabile Scholarship from The Fellowship Board of Tau Beta Pi. The award was given on the competitive criteria of high scholarship, campus leadership and service, and the promise of future contributions to the engineering profession.
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