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Texas Tech to Host ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp

Dr. Bernard Harris Dr. Bernard Harris Jr., the first African-American to walk in space and a Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center graduate, announced that Texas Tech will host a ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp this summer. The announcement came as Harris delivered the keynote address at the 2010 T-STEM Best Practices Conference, hosted by the Texas Tech T-STEM Center at the Overton Hotel on February 8-10.

Educators, students, representatives from NASA, and industry and government leaders were in Lubbock to participate in the conference, aimed at helping Texas students succeed in science, technology, engineering, and math.

The camp, which will take place this summer, is a two-week camp that offers underserved middle school students opportunities to engage in learning about sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics. Activities include classroom study, experiments, individual and team projects, field excursions and guest speakers.

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Lubbers Receives McAuley Distinguished Engineering Student Award


The Whitacre College of Engineering has named Amber Lubbers the recipient of the McAuley Distinguished Engineering Student Award for 2010.

This award, provided by members of the Whitacre College of Engineering Dean’s Council, is named in memory of James A. McAuley, an active member of the Dean’s Council and a Texas Tech Distinguished Engineer.

Lubbers competed for this honor and was selected because of her outstanding academic achievements, honors, activities, interests and aspirations. Academically, she has been on the Texas Tech President’s List with a 4.0 GPA each semester that she has been at the university. She will graduate Summa Cum Laude in May 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a mathematics minor from the Whitacre College of Engineering and the Honors College.

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Engineers Week Celebrates Engineering


Engineers Week is a time to celebrate engineering. As a part of National Engineers Week, Whitacre College of Engineering faculty, staff, and students participated last week in events such as Pink Engineering Day (in recognition of women engineers), Student Organizations Fair, Trebuchet Contest, and the Honors Convocation.

Engineering Students 'GEAR' Up for Robotics Challenge

GEAR With the help of engineering students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas Tech is participating in Get Excited About Robotics (GEAR), a six to eight week LEGO robotics challenge.

Elementary and middle school students compete in the challenge by building and programming LEGO robots in teams. These teams are mentored by Texas Tech engineering students.

GEAR is a nonprofit volunteer organization created to foster interest among school children and young adults in a career in engineering, science or technology.

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Faculty Recognitions

Awal Develops Plasma-Blasting Device for Rock Fracturing and Characterization


Dr. M. Rafiqul Awal, Kerr-McGee Co. Professor of Petroleum Engineering, has designed the first plasma-blasting device for rock fracturing and characterization in the petroleum industry.

Awal worked in conjunction with Dr. Magne Kristiansen, professor of electrical and computer engineering, Paul Whitfield Horn Professor, and director of the Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics, to create the device. The unit was designed, constructed, and tested by a Lubbock-based company.

Wyrick Named ASEM Secretary


Dr. Dave Wyrick, P.E., Bryan Pearce Bagley Regents Chair of Engineering and professor of industrial engineering, has been elected to serve as Secretary of the American Society for Engineering Management. This begins a four-year progression through the level of President. He is a Fellow of ASEM and has served as a regional director, liaison to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Management Division, and as an assistant editor for Engineering Management Journal.

Grants and Contracts

01-20-2010 - 02-17-2010

Chemical Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Computer Science

Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Industrial Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Nano Tech Center

Water Resources Center

Student Accomplishments

Industrial Engineering Doctoral Student Takes Second Place in IIE Lean Paper Competition

Cecilia Martínez, a doctoral student in industrial engineering, has been awarded second place in the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) Lean Division's fourth Lean Student Paper Competition. The competition recognizes outstanding papers in the field of lean research and practices. Awards will be given at the IIE Annual Conference in Cancun, Mexico, on June 5 - 9, 2010.

The paper is titled “A Coordination Mechanism for Lean Product Development.” Her Ph.D. advisors are Drs. Jennifer Farris, assistant professor of industrial engineering, and Alberto Hernandez.


Civil Engineering Alumnus David Burkett is Named Young Engineer of the Year

David Burkett, P.E., a 2001 civil engineering graduate, has been named Young Engineer of the Year by the Fort Worth Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers.

Burkett works for Halff Associates in Fort Worth. He joined the company in 2004 with two years of experience in civil and transportation engineering. At Halff Associates, he has served as design engineer and or project manager for several municipal and TxDOT projects involving roadway design, storm drainage design, water and sewer relocations, erosion control, and traffic control plans.

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Events of Interest

March 24 Maddox Solar Energy Series
Dr. Craig Grimes
3 p.m.
Lankford Lab
March 31 Maddox Solar Energy Series
Dr. Brian Norton
3 p.m.
Lankford Lab
April 9 Distinguished Engineer Award Luncheon
Frazier Alumni Pavilion
May 27 TSPE Scholarship Golf Tournament
Rawls Golf Course

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