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Engineering Enrollment Continues to Increase

Giesselmann

In the fall of 2009, the Whitacre College of Engineering set a new enrollment record. With 4,732 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled, the college broke a record that had stood for more than 25 years.

This fall, the college instituted the new PreEngineering program, an opportunity for students that do not meet assured admission standards to benefit from the success-oriented and career-focused advising provided by University Advising during their first academic semesters at Texas Tech.

When including PreEngineering students, the college's enrollment for fall 2010 is now 5,017 students, a 6 percent increase from last year's total enrollment. The university also surpassed previous enrollment records for the second straight year. The university's total enrollment for fall 2010 is 31,637, a 5.2 percent increase from last year's total enrollment.

More than 2100 Students Attend Engineering Job Fair

Engineering Job Fair

The fall Engineering Job Fair, which was held on September 22, 2010, featured more than 120 companies looking to fill internships, co-ops, full-time positions, and other positions. More than 2100 Texas Tech students rode the free shuttles or made their way to the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center to take advantage of the career opportunities.

The next Engineering Job Fair will be held in the spring semester on February 2, 2011. For more information, visit www.coe.ttu.edu/careers.

Staff Recognition

Andrews Named a Top Techsan

Glenna AndrewsGlenna Andrews, senior advisor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was recently named a Top Techsan by the Texas Tech Alumni Association.

Selections for the Top Techsan Award are made based on completed nomination forms that emphasize extraordinary work proficiency and an attitude of team spirit within the Texas Tech family. Only full-time, non-faculty employees are eligible for consideration; they must have had two or more years of service with the university as of May 3, 2010.

Grants and Contracts

09-14-2010 - 10-17-2010

Chemical Engineering

  • Dr. Raghunathan Rengasamy was awarded $175,000 by the National Science Foundation. The title of the proposal was "GOALI: TRAC SUPPLEMENT: Development of Controller Performance Assessment and Mitigation Technology."
  • Dr. Brandon L. Weeks was awarded $107,515.20 by the Midwest Research Institute. The title of the proposal was "RFP: 815797 (TO 006) and 815798 (TO 007)."

Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Dr. Andrew H. Swift was awarded $2,750 by Power Across Texas. The title of the proposal was "Energy Storage Primer."

Computer Science

  • Dr. Michael Gelfond was awarded $24,143 by Vulcan, Inc.. The title of the proposal was "Expanding SILK with High-level Modular Language for Reasoning about Action and Change."
  • Drs. Sunho Lim, Eonsuk Shin, Joseph E. Urban, and Susan D. Urban were awarded $103,750 by the National Science Foundation. The title of the proposal was "MRI-Development of Real Time Simulator for Smart Grid Systems Integrated with Distributed Renewable Energy Sources."

Center for Nanophotonics

  • Drs. Hongxing Jiang and Jingyu Lin were awarded $200,000 by the National Science Foundation. The title of the proposal was "ARI-MA: Collaborative Research: Hexagonal Boron Nitride Based Neutron Detectors."
  • Drs. Hongxing Jiang and Jingyu Lin were awarded $31,000 by the U.S. Army Research Office. The title of the proposal was "III-Nitride 1.5 Micron Photonic Devices on Si Substrates."
  • Drs. Hongxing Jiang and Jingyu Lin were awarded $247,835 by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The title of the proposal was "Nitride Deep UV Emitters with Novel P-type Layer Approach."

Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics

  • Dr. Stephen B. Bayne was awarded $14,000 by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The title of the proposal was "Support for 4th US-Japan Pulse Power and Symposium on Pulsed Power and Plasma Applications."

Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Dr. Hamed Sari-Sarraf was awarded $30,000 by the National Library of Medicine. The title of the proposal was "Enhanced GPU Image Processing Library Functions and Web Interface for Hardware assisted Human-machine Image Segmentation."
  • Drs. Stephen B. Bayne, Michael G. Giesselmann, Changzhi Li, and Vittal S. Rao were awarded $207,500 by the National Science Foundation. The title of the proposal was "MRI-Development of Real Time Simulator for Smart Grid Systems Integrated with Distributed Renewable Energy Sources."
  • Dr. Mary C. Baker was awarded $89,913.60 by the Greater Texas Foundation. The title of the proposal was "Middle School Math and Science (MS)2: Understanding by Design."
  • Dr. Timothy J. Dallas was awarded $35,087 by the National Science Foundation/Class on a Chip, Inc. The title of the proposal was "SBIR Phase 1: Class on a Chip."

Industrial Engineering

  • Dr. Shiren Wang was awarded $119,995 by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The title of the proposal was "Proof-of-concept: Assembling Carbon Nanocrystals for Ordered 3D Network."

Mechanical Engineering

  • Dr. Michelle L. Pantoya was awarded $50,001 by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency/WTAMU. The title of the proposal was "Biocidal Energetic Materials."
  • Dr. Jingzhou Yang was awarded $1,300 by the Texas Space Grant Consortium. The title of the proposal was "Design of Multipurpose Rescue EVA Litter."
  • Dr. Jingzhou Yang was awarded $1,300 by the Texas Space Grant Consortium. The title of the proposal was "Design of a "Coffee the Way You Like It" Coffee System for Astronaut Use on the International Space Station."
  • Dr. Derrick E. Tate was awarded $2,750 by Power Across Texas. The title of the proposal was "Energy Storage Primer."
  • Dr. Qing Hui was awarded $41,500 by the National Science Foundation. The title of the proposal was "MRI-Development of Real Time Simulator for Smart Grid Systems Integrated with Distributed Renewable Energy Sources."
  • Dr. Darryl L. James was awarded $62,196 by Sandia National Laboratories. The title of the proposal was "Sunshine to Petrol."

Nano Tech Center

  • Drs. Mark W. Holtz and Sergey A. Nikishin were awarded $157,500 by the National Science Foundation. The title of the proposal was "Collaborative Research: Vertical GaN Nanostructures on Silicon Fins for Power Electronics and Future Integration with Silicon Technology."

Water Resources Center

  • Dr. Kenneth A. Rainwater was awarded $1,309.84 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The title of the proposal was "New Water Management Technologies to Sustain Rural Economies - FY 2009."
  • Dr. Kenneth A. Rainwater was awarded $81,000 by the State Energy Conservation Office. The title of the proposal was "SECO Renewable Technology Grant."

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