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Engineering Job Fair Welcomes Record Number of Students

Engineering Job Fair
Engineering Job Fair

The fall 2011 Engineering Job Fair was held on September 21, 2011, and welcomed a record number of students. More than 2,500 students had the opportunity to visit with approximately 145 companies and more than 450 recruiters.

Companies attending the job fair scheduled more than 2,800 interview slots for Texas Tech engineering students in the days before and after the event.


Texas Tech to Host ASEM Conference

ASEM
ASEM

The 2011 International Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) will be held at the Holiday Inn Park Plaza in Lubbock on October 19-22.

Workshops, tutorials, and special events will supplement the strong technical program. The Professional Engineering Manager certification exam will be offered on Saturday afternoon.

ASEM promotes the development and practice of the engineering management profession. Members come from around the world.
The International Annual Conference is great for networking, sharing the latest developments in the profession, and building lifelong friendships.

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Engineering Kick-off Event Held on Engineering Key

Kick-off
Kick-off

The fourth annual Engineering Kick-Off Event was Friday, September 9, 2011 on the Engineering Key. This event showcased the exciting world of engineering and brought students, faculty, staff and industry partners together for fun.

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Texas Tech to Bring Environmental Engineering Experience to Teens

Nimitz High School
Nimitz High

Top administrators from Texas Tech recently visited Irving to kick off a unique partnership with Nimitz High School.

The venture is part of the school's new signature program called Energy & Environmental Entrepreneurship, a program intended to give students real-world energy and environmental training that could prove beneficial when applying to college or entering the workforce.

Texas Tech will work with Nimitz students and teachers throughout the year to provide consultation in curriculum, environmental science and engineering instruction, and service learning projects. Additionally the university will provide textbooks for a Texas Tech section of the Nimitz library, admissions and recruiting opportunities, and tours of the Lubbock campus for selected juniors and seniors.

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Student Accomplishments

Laity Receives Skibbie Graduate Scholarship

Laity
Laity

George Laity, a doctoral student in the Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics, has been awarded the Lawrence F. Skibbie Graduate Scholarship from the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). The award value is $10,000 and is awarded to Ph.D. students at research universities who are pursuing degrees in science and engineering and have a stated interest in working in the defense sector.




Groves Named Young Adult Champion

Groves
Groves

Josh Groves, a senior construction engineering major, was recently named a Young Adult Champion by the South Plains Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross. He was selected for his efforts to help rebuild homes, churches, and other buildings in Haiti.

 



 

Faculty Recognitions

McKenna Named Vice President of the Society of Rheology

McKenna
McKenna

Dr. Greg McKenna, P. W. Horn Professor, professor of chemical engineering, and John R. Bradford Endowed Chair in Engineering, has been named vice president of the Society of Rheology.

The Society of Rheology is composed of physicists, chemists, biologists, engineers, and mathematicians interested in advancing and applying rheology, which is defined as the science of deformation and flow of matter.




Anderson Receives Premier Award

Anderson
Anderson

Dr. Edward E. Anderson, professor of mechanical engineering, has been named a recipient of the 2011 Premier Award for Excellence in Engineering Education Courseware.

The Premier Award competition is open to a wide range of submissions of high-quality, engaging, non-commercial learning innovations designed to enhance engineering education.

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Alumni News

Demarest Named One of "100 Women Making a Difference"

Michelle Demarest of Orlando, Fla., a 2000 graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, was honored for her lifelong dedication to protecting people, property and the environment by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

The ASSE Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has honored 100 women from around the world for making a difference in safety, health and the environment (SH&E).

With more than 20 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field, Demarest is currently a senior safety manager for Walt Disney World. Her responsibilities include supporting rides and attractions, and through this role she has become an active member of the ASTM F24 committee, where she assists in writing standards that apply to amusement park rides and devises.

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Grants and Contracts

8-29-2011 – 9-29-2011

Chemical Engineering

  • Drs. Raghunathan Rengasamy and Siva A. Vanapalli were awarded $500,000 by the National Science Foundation. The title of the proposal was "CDI-Type I: Engineering Massively Parallelized Fluidic Processors: From Data to Predictive Models to Functional Designs."

Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Dr. H. Scott Norville was awarded $18,005 by Solutia, Inc. The title of the proposal was "Nonfactored Load Charts for DG Interlayer."
  • Dr. H. Scott Norville was awarded $18,005 by Solutia, Inc. The title of the proposal was "Nonfactored Load Charts for Ionomer Interlayer."

Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Transportation

  • Phillip T. Nash was awarded $10,000 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "0-1755 Research Technical Assistance Panels."
  • Dr. Moon-Cheol Won was awarded $128,273 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "0-6274: Project Level Performance Database for Rigid Pavements in Texas, Phase II."
  • Drs. Priyantha W. Jayawickrama, William D. Lawson, and Timothy A. Wood were awarded $129,380 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "0-6493: Pullout Resistance of Mechanically Stabilized Earth Reinforcement in Backfills Typically Used in Texas."
  • Dr. Moon-Cheol Won was awarded $138,970 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "0-6611 Improvements of Partial and Full-depth Repair Practices for CRCP Distresses."
  • Drs. Theodore G. Cleveland and Audra N. Morse were awarded $56,450 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "0-6638 Preparing for EPA Effluent Limitation Guidelines."
  • Drs. Sang Wook Bae, Derrick E. Tate, and Delong Zuo were awarded $106,378 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "0-6639 Testing of Alternative Support Materials for Portable Roll-up Signs used in Maintenance Work Zones."
  • Drs. Xinzhong Chen and Delong Zuo were awarded $117,823 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "0-6649 Development of Design Guidelines and Mitigation Strategies for Wind-induced Traffic Signal Structure Vibrations."
  • Dr. Theodore G. Cleveland was awarded $45,464 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "0-6654 Empirical Flow Parameters-A Tool for Hydraulic Model Validity Assessment."
  • Drs. Tewodros Ghebrab and Moon-Cheol Won were awarded $108,170 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "0-6687 Minimize Premature Distresses in Continuously Reinforced Concrete Pavement."
  • Drs. Sang Wook Bae and Sang N. Lee were awarded $78,229 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "0-6731 Repair Systems for Deteriorated Bridge Piles."
  • Phillip T. Nash was awarded $93,977 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "0-9911-12: Coordination of Services in Support of TxDOT's Research Program."
  • Drs. William D. Lawson and Sanjaya P. Senadheera were awarded $47,287 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "5-5230 Implementing the Ultra-high Pressure Watercutter for Roadway Maintenance Applications."
  • Drs. Moon-Cheol Won and Timothy A. Wood were awarded $55,230 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "5-6037-01 Implementation of Alternatives to Asphalt Concrete Subbases for Concrete Pavement."
  • Dr. William D. Lawson was awarded $139,272 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "5-9044 Winter Weather Management and Operations Curriculum Development and Instruction."
  • Drs. Moon-Cheol Won and Timothy A. Wood were awarded $40,000 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "5-9045-05 TxDOT Just in Time Technology Transfer."
  • Dr. Theodore G. Cleveland was awarded $30,000 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "6549-Hydraulic Performance of Staggered Barrel Culverts for Stream Crossings."
  • Micah J. Beierle, Phillip T. Nash, and Dr. Sanjaya P. Senadheera were awarded $64,528 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "6735 Best Practices for TxDOT on Handling Wildfires."
  • Drs. Sanjaya P. Senadheera and Moon-Cheol Won were awarded $70,000 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "Optimizing Concrete Pavement Type Selection Based on Aggregate Availability."
  • Dr. Moon-Cheol Won was awarded $30,000 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "Pilot Implementation of Whitetopping 5-5482."

Center for Nanophotonics

  • Drs. Hongxing Jiang and Jingyu Lin were awarded $382,020 by the Dept of Homeland Security. The title of the proposal was "ARI-MA: Collaborative Research: Hexagonal Boron Nitride Based Neutron Detectors (Homeland Security)."
  • Drs. Hongxing Jiang and Jingyu Lin were awarded $252,189 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 $12,559 by US ArmyResearch/Cree, Inc. The title of the proposal was "Silicon-carbide Power Devices Characterization."

Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Dr. Brian S. Nutter was awarded $77,352 by Innovative Integration. The title of the proposal was "Channel Modeling."
  • Drs. Brian S. Nutter and Sunanda Mitra were awarded $40,000 by the National Library of Medicine. The title of the proposal was "High-fidelity Medical Image Compression Software Library for Windows and Mac OS X."

Industrial Engineering

  • Drs. Jennifer A. Farris, Timothy I. Matis, and Patrick E. Patterson were awarded $32,689 by B&W Pantex, LLC. The title of the proposal was "B&W Pantex Site-wide Safety Culture Survey."
  • Dr. Timothy I. Matis was awarded $132,773 by the National Science Foundation. The title of the proposal was "Collaborative Research: Stochastic Challenge."
  • Dr. Simon M. Hsiang was awarded $24,500 by the Ctr for Disease Control/NIOSH. The title of the proposal was "Dataset for Biomechanical Analysis."
  • Drs. Mario Beruvides and James L. Simonton were awarded $109,715 by DOD/BWXT Pantex. The title of the proposal was "High Reliability Operations Research Project: Systems Dynamic and Economic Analysis Models for B&W Pantex Plant High Explosives Operations."

Mechanical Engineering

  • Dr. Michelle L. Pantoya was awarded $75,937 by the U.S. Army Research Office. The title of the proposal was "Multiphase Combustion of Metalized Nanocomposite Energetic Materials."

National Institute for Engineering Ethics

  • Dr. William M. Marcy was awarded $8,000 by the Texas Education Agency. The title of the proposal was "Texas Tech University T-STEM Center-Cycle 2 Continuation."

Petroleum Engineering

  • Dr. Shameem Siddiqui was awarded $10,000 by the U.S. Dept of Energy/Western Michigan Univ. The title of the proposal was "ARRA: Two-Phase Relative Permeability Studies."
  • Dr. Shameem Siddiqui was awarded $20,000 by the U.S. Dept of Energy/Western Michigan Univ. The title of the proposal was "Two-Phase Relative Permeability Studies for Western Michigan University."

Whitacre College of Engineering Dean's Office

  • Drs. John R. Chandler and Andrea D. Fontenot were awarded $792,000 by the Texas Education Agency. The title of the proposal was "Texas Tech University T-STEM Center-Cycle 2 Continuation."
 

Obituaries

Dr. Leonard H. Weiner

Weiner
Weiner

Dr. Leonard H. Weiner, 87, most recently of Challis, Idaho, passed away on Saturday, August 27.

Born January 20, 1924, in Chicago, Illinois, he served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as an aircraft mechanic. After his service he went on to receive a doctorate of computer science from Northwestern University in Chicago. Weiner worked as a professor of computer science both at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan and Texas Tech, where he retired in 1990.

After retirement, he and his wife, Marilyn, founded the Lubbock Senior Computer Education Program (LSCEP) and worked as volunteers for the Lubbock senior community for 13 years. They moved to Challis in 2009.

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