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Girls at Catch the Engineering Bug Event
Middle School Girls Watch the Llano Estacado RoboRaiders Team 1817 Robot in Action

SWE Hosts "Catch the Engineering Bug" for Middle School Girls

The Texas Tech chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), in partnership with Texas Instruments, recently hosted an event for girls from middle schools in the Lubbock area called “Catch the Engineering Bug.” The event was designed to encourage and educate girls about career possibilities in the engineering field.

The day included a series of demonstrations from various engineering disciplines with help from Texas Tech graduate students and professors. Other student groups, including the Llano Estacado RoboRaiders Team 1817, participated in the demonstrations. The middle school students were encouraged to participate in hands-on group activities, including designing a newspaper bridge, participating in an egg drop activity, and competing in a tallest tower event. Texas Instruments provided electrical engineering demonstrations and hands-on activities for students to learn how engineering interacts in everyday life. More than 80 middle school students attended the event and prizes and giveaways were available for participants.

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Wan Wins Second Place in GENSIPS Paper Competition

Qian Wan, a graduate student in the Computer Vision & Image Analysis Laboratory (CVIAL) within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, recently won second place in the paper competition at the 2013 IEEE International Workshop on Genomic Signal Processing and Statistics (IEEE GENSIPS) in November 2013. The paper was titled “A Multivariate Random Forest Based Framework for Drug Sensitivity Prediction,” and was written with his advisor, Dr. Ranadip Pal, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Faculty News

Simon Selected to Receive SPE Research/Engineering Technology Award

Dr. Sindee Simon, Whitacre Department Chair and Horn Professor of chemical engineering, has been selected to receive the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) 2014 Research/Engineering Technology award for research and technology developments in polymers and polymer composites and for her pioneering contributions in thermal analysis of polymers. She will accept the award at the Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC) in April 2014.

This award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions in the fields of polymeric material development, processing, design, the innovative application of polymer engineering principles, and/or the fundamental understanding of the science of polymeric materials and their behavior (creation of new polymer structures, characterization and understanding of polymer structures, properties, performance and processing).

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Vanapalli Receives Chancellor's Council Distinguished Research Award

Dr. Siva A. Vanapalli, an assistant professor of chemical engineering, has been named a recipient of a Chancellor's Council Distinguished Research Award, part of the 13th annual Chancellor’s Council distinguished faculty awards.

Recognizing excellence in teaching, research, and commercialization, these awards represent the most prestigious honors granted to faculty members throughout the Texas Tech University System. The Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Research award recognizes outstanding research, scholarship, and creative activity of faculty members in the developmental stages of their careers.

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Gale Receives HON Faculty Appreciation Award

Dr. Richard Gale, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been named a recipient of a 2013 Eta Omicron Nu (HON) Faculty Appreciation Award. Nominations were accepted from individuals and/or organizations on the Texas Tech campus and winning recipients were selected for having qualities that exceed or stand out from other professors, among other factors.

Although not required to be in the Honors College, HON members must be students that are maintaining a 3.25 GPA throughout their involvement with the organization. HON serves primarily as a social and community service fraternity and emphasizes student involvement with the Lubbock community, the Honors College, Honors faculty, and other students on campus.

Grants and Contracts

November 12, 2013 – December 16, 2013

Center for the Science and Engineering of Cyber Security
Dr. Rattikorn Hewett,
Dr. Akbar Siami Namin*, and
Dr. Yuanlin Zhang
National Science Foundation REU Supplement: EAGER: Sonifying Cyber-Security Cues for Internet Users Who Are Visually Impaired $16,000
Chemical Engineering
Dr. Brandon L. Weeks U.S. Dept of Homeland Security/Northeastern Univ Awareness and Localization of Explosives and Related Threats (ALERT) $25,000
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Stephen M. Morse SAGE Electrochromics, Inc. NWI: SAGE 2mm Electrochromatic Coated Glass Testing $12,466
Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Transportation
Phillip T. Nash
Dr. Sanjaya P Senadheera
TX Dept of Transportation 5-6735 Implementation of Best Practices for TxDOT's Response to Wildland Fires $125,000
Dr. Moon-Cheol Won TX Dept of Transportation Houston IAC $17,000
Dr. Moon-Cheol Won Kongju National University Maintenance Technology for Light-Weight Concrete Pavement $1,872
Dr. Alon Kvashny,
Dr. Hongchao Liu,*
Dr. Cynthia B. McKenney,
Dr. Sanjaya P. Senadheera, and
Dr. Moon-Cheol Won
TX Dept of Transportation Technical Assistance to Texas Department of Transportation $6,153
Center for Nanophotonics
Dr. Hongxing Jiang
Dr. Jingyu Lin
U.S. Dept of Energy Optical and Electrical Properties of III-Nitrides and Related Materials $158,000
Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics
Dr. James C. Dickens,
Dr. John J. Mankowski, and
Dr. Andreas A. Neuber
U.S. Army/Lockheed Martin Corporation Compact Hard Tube Vircator System $297,000
Dr. Andreas A. Neuber Ntl Physical Science Consortium NPSC Fellowships for Jacob Stephens and Andrew Fierro $12,500
Dr. James C. Dickens
Dr. Andreas A. Neuber
Office of Naval Research Theoretical and Experimental Development of a SiC Photonic to RF Converter for HPM Generation using Both Conventional Radiators and Wavelet Based Antenna Arrays $90,000
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Yu-Chun D Lie DARPA/Northrop Grumman Systems Corp ET-PA Characterization for Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation (DARPA Phase II MPC) $100,000
Industrial Engineering
Dr. Timothy I. Matis J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Fulbright Grant - Dr. Timothy Matis at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso (Chile) $12,000
Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Michelle L. Pantoya U.S. Army RDECOM Multiphase Combustion of Metalized Nanocomposite Energetic Materials $49,986
Water Resources Center
Dr. William A. Jackson
Dr. Audra N. Morse
Ntl Aeronautics & Space Administration Request for Grant Augmentation to Assess the Feasibility of Recover of Water from Brines Originating from Biological Water Processor-Based Water Processing Systems $30,000

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