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College Improves in U.S. News' Best Undergraduate Engineering Program Rankings

In its 2015 ranking of Best Undergraduate Engineering programs released in September 2014, U.S. News and World Report ranked the Whitacre College of Engineering the 82nd best program in the nation, tied with eight other schools.

"Annually, one of the sources families of prospective high school students look to is the U.S. News & World Report rankings as a reference when deciding on which university to attend," said Dr. M. Duane Nellis, Texas Tech president. "We are proud of our efforts at Texas Tech to continue striving upward and making our wonderful university a higher education choice for more and more outstanding students each year.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the college's online programs second in the "Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs for Veterans" rankings. These programs also ranked 20th in the overall Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs.

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SafeRaider

New SafeRaiders Safety Incentive Program: Nominate a SafeRaider

Maintaining a safe learning and research environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors in our laboratories, classrooms, and buildings is a top priority for the college.

The Whitacre College of Engineering's new SafeRaiders program allows faculty, staff, and students to recognize individuals who are practicing safe research and laboratory habits. Nominations are accepted at any time and should emphasize one or more of the following:

  • How the "SafeRaider" is doing his or her part to safely advance the college and its research mission.
  • How the "SafeRaider" is maintaining a safe working environment for themselves and others.
  • How the "SafeRaider" is promoting safe practices and procedures in the laboratory and classroom.

SafeRaiders will be periodically recognized by the dean and are a key component of building a Community of Scholars.

Visit www.coe.ttu.edu/safety and nominate a SafeRaider today.

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Engineering Kick-Off Event
2014 Engineering Kick-Off Event

College Hosts Seventh Annual Engineering Kick-Off Event

The seventh annual Engineering Kick-Off Event was held on September 5, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Engineering Key. This event showcased the exciting world of engineering and brought students, faculty, staff and industry partners together for fun. Sponsors included BP, Devon Energy Corporation, Luminant, United States Marine Corps, Phillips 66, Quorum Business Solutions, Spectra Energy Corp, USAA, and Xcel Energy.

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Yu
Yu

Yu Receives Second Place at AADE Conference

Yang Yu, a graduate student in the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering, received second place in the graduate student category of the student poster contest at the 2014 American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE) National Fluids Technical Conference and Exhibition in April 2014 in Houston, Texas.

His paper was titled "An Experimental Method to Measure the Porosity from Cuttings: Evaluation and Error Analysis." The conference covered subjects considered to be improvements and innovations in drilling operations. Attendees included representatives from academia, major and independent operators, service companies, drilling contractors, as well as equipment and materials manufacturers.

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Monaco
Monaco

Monaco Named ARCS Scholar, Receives NASA Fellowship

The Lubbock Chapter of the Achievement Rewards for College Students (ARCS) has selected Paula Monaco, a second year civil engineering doctoral student, as an ARCS Scholar for the 2014-2015 year. She will be honored at an event on October 28 and will receive a $5,000 stipend. ARCS funds several awards to scholars pursuing scientific research careers. These awards are merit-based, and she will present a poster on her current research activities.

The Lubbock chapter was founded in 1972. The ARCS Foundation is dedicated to helping meet the country's need for scientists and engineers by providing scholarships to academically outstanding students who are United States citizens in need of financial assistance to complete their higher education, thereby contributing not only to the advancement of science, but also to the material and intellectual welfare of all people.

Monaco is also the recipient of a NASA Texas Space Grant Consortium Fellowship for the 2014-2015 school year. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis with consideration of excellence in academics, interest in space, and recommendations from the applicant's institution. The fellowship includes a $5,000 stipend, and was established to encourage graduate study in the fields of space science and engineering.

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Sangang

Sangang Receives President's Competitive Scholarship

Cynthia Sangang, a senior petroleum engineering student, has been named a recipient of the President's Competitive Scholarship from the Texas Tech Office of the President. The Competitive Scholarship is awarded to individuals who show involvement in extracurricular activities within the Texas Tech community and demonstrate proven leadership. Sangang was nominated by Dr. Tanja Karp, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering.

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Faculty News
Li
Li

Li Receives IEEE-HKN Outstanding Young Professional Award

Dr. Changzhi Li, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been named a recipient of a 2014 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) - Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) Outstanding Young Professional Award. IEEE-HKN is the student honor society of IEEE and is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing excellence in the IEEE-designated fields of interest.

The Outstanding Young Professional Award—formerly the Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer Award—has been presented annually since 1936. It is presented to exceptional young engineers who have demonstrated significant accomplishments in their career. Many recipients of this award have gone on to make major contributions to the electrical and computer engineering fields and hold noteworthy positions in academia, industry, and government.

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Lie
Lie

Lie's Group Receives Best Paper Award at ICWMC

Dr. Donald Lie, Keh-Shew Lu Regents Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor, and his research group were awarded a Best Paper Award at ICWMC 2014, The Tenth International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Communications, held in Seville, Spain in June 2014. The paper was titled "A Wideband Envelope Modulator Design for Envelope-Tracking SiGe Power Amplifier (ET-PA) for Broadband Wireless Applications," and the authors are Yan Li, Jerry Lopez, and Donald Y.C. Lie.

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Grants and Contracts

August 12 – September 14, 2014

Investigator(s) Agency Title Amount
Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Transportation
Dr. Theodore G. Cleveland TX Dept of Transportation TxDOT 14-9 New Rainfall Coefficients $9,412
Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics
Dr. James C. Dickens,
Dr. John J. Mankowski, and
Dr. Andreas A. Neuber*
U.S. Army/ARC Technology Haptic Feedback, Phase II $108,169
Chemical Engineering
Dr. Siva A. Vanapalli National Science Foundation Microfluidic dose response analyzer for cell-based assays $200,000
Dr. Rajesh S. Khare DOD/Battelle Memorial Institute Viscolelastic Properties of Polymeric Systems with Heterogeneities $102,998
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Clifford B. Fedler TX Commission on Environmental Quality Lubbock and Wichita Falls Air Quality Monitoring $37,214
Computer Science
Dr. Yong Chen National Science Foundation Supplement: MRI Collaborative: Development of a Data-Intensive Scalable Computing Instrument for High Performance Computing $16,000
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Hamed Sari-Sarraf National Library of Medicine Human-machine Biomedical Image Segmentation with Hardware Assistance and Web Browser Interface $50,000
Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Yanzhang Ma National Science Foundation DMREF: Collaborative Research - Multiscale Theory and Experiment in Search for and Synthesis of Novel Nanostructured Phases in BCN Systems $333,332
Dr. James Yang West Texas Lighthouse for the Blind Design of New Punching Cap Machine $5,039
Water Resources Center
Dr. Danny Reible Geomorphis Information Systems, LLC Passive Sampling for the Evaluation of Carbon Amendment Performance $451,631

* Primary Investigator

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