Strauss Named Interim Dean of Engineering
Texas Tech University announced May 5 that Dr. Jon C. Strauss will be the interim dean of the Whitacre College of Engineering, effective June 15.
Strauss is president emeritus of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif. Now retired, he is a member of the Registry for College and University Presidents, a nonprofit organization which engages former university presidents interested in service in interim leadership roles.
Texas Tech Partners in $28 Million Department of Energy Project
Texas Tech University has been named as a research partner on the Pantex Renewable Energy Project in President Obama’s $9.9 billion Energy Department budget that was released by the White House yesterday (May 7).
The budget includes funding for the Pantex Renewable Energy Project, with initial funding proposed at $28 million. The project will create a wind farm for the Pantex plant, located 17 miles northeast of Amarillo. The energy produced from this wind farm will support the energy needs at the Pantex plant and, at the same time, create the nation’s largest collaborative research wind farm for Texas Tech and the Department of Energy’s ongoing research on wind power generation.
Texas Tech Wins Robot Soccer Competition
Texas Tech and The University of Texas at Austin have a joint robot soccer team that recently won first place in the standard platform league of the US-Open Robot Soccer competitions for 2009. The soccer is played by humanoid Nao robots.
The team is led by Dr. Mohan Sridharan, who was hired last fall as an assistant professor of computer science.
Nicole Davis Receives McAuley Distinguished Engineering Student Award
The Whitacre College of Engineering has named Nicole Davis the recipient of the McAuley Distinguished Engineering Student Award for 2009.
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.
Davis 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 graduated this May with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering with Summa Cum Laude honors.
Joint Workshop Held in India
The Departments of Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech University and Coimbatore Institute of Technology (CIT), India jointly conducted a technical workshop on future trends in Sustainable Surface Transportation in March 2009 at CIT. More than 50 professionals from various industries and government agencies attended the workshop. Several graduate students and faculty that work in the areas of aerodynamics, fuel-cells and engine cooling, attended the workshop.
The lectures were conducted for three days by Dr. Siva Parameswaran, professor of mechanical engineering, Dr. Timothy Maxwell, professor of mechanical engineering, and Dr. Sridhar Thyageswaran, a professor at CIT. Aerodynamics, cooling systems, alternative fuels, fuel-cells and Hybrid vehicles were covered during the lectures.
This workshop is a small step towards building a larger collaborative program between Texas Tech, Coimbatore Institute of Technology and the Asian Automotive and Aerospace industries.
New Faculty Members
Donald Farris was hired as an instructor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as of May 27.
New Staff Members
Karen Durband was hired as an Administrative Assistant in the Dean's Office on May 15.
Grants and Contracts
04-28-2009 - 05-19-2009
Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Nano Tech Center
Whitacre College of Engineering Dean's Office
Students Team with Army
After four long days of testing highs and lows, a Texas Tech University team of students, research associates, and professors met their objective of demonstrating high-power microwave generation with an explosive-driven compact system outside the laboratory.
The April 16 success was a result of the combined efforts of Texas Tech University, the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command supported by the Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center at Redstone Arsenal Test Area 10 engineers and staff.
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