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The Wall Street Journal Names Texas Tech in Top 25

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The Whitacre College of Engineering is one of the Wall Street Journal's (WSJ) "Top 25 schools that produce the best graduates," according to recruiters for the nation's largest public and private companies, nonprofit organizations and federal agencies.

The WSJ wanted to identify the schools that are most likely to help students land a job in key careers and professions—areas that are growing, pay well and offer high levels of satisfaction.

To accomplish this, in collaboration with Boston-based human-resource management firm Cambria Consulting, WSJ surveyed 842 recruiters for the nation's largest public and private companies, nonprofit organizations and federal agencies across every region of the country and spanning nearly two dozen industries. These included more than 80 firms in the accounting, finance, and insurance fields, about 50 in the tech sector, and many of the corporate giants in engineering, marketing and health care, among others.

In all, 479 recruiters completed the survey, a response rate of 57%. Total, those recruiters reported hiring more than 43,000 new grads in the prior year. The WSJ asked recruiters to identify, based on their experience, the schools on the list of 100 top colleges and universities whose bachelor degree graduates were the best-trained and educated, and best able to succeed once hired. Companies could also write-in schools not on the list. The WSJ also asked recruiters to identify how many new graduates they hired in the prior year—and from which majors—and then to rate which school's grads were best in each major. Recruiters were asked to name, in rank order, their top schools overall and their top schools by major. Respondents could only rank schools and majors from which they actively recruit.

The ratings were weighted by the number of graduates each company hired in engineering, along with other majors. To be considered for the engineering ranking, a school had to have at least seven companies rank it; most had more. The result is a list of the Top 25 schools that produce the best graduates, according to recruiters and similar rankings broken down by recruiter favorites in eight majors or combination of similar majors.

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(Survey methodology description provided by the Wall Street Journal)

Staff Recognition

Staff Recognition

 Dr. Beccy Hambright, program manager of the Texas Tech T-STEM Center, was recently featured in an article on Our Blook (www.ourblook.com). She discussed the future of STEM education, the activities of the T-STEM Center at Texas Tech, and how colleges and universities can play a role in increasing engineering enrollments.

Grants and Contracts

08-24-2010 - 09-13-2010

Chemical Engineering

  • Dr. Micah Green was awarded $174,746 by the National Science Foundation. The title of the proposal was "BRIGE: Liquid-phase Nanotechnology: Dispersion, Rheology, and Applications of Pristine Graphene."
  • Drs. Karlene A. Hoo and Uzi Mann were awarded $39,601 by the National Science Foundation. The title of the proposal was "RAPID: Natural-based Absorbent for Crude Oil Spill Cleanup."

Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Dr. Clifford B. Fedler was awarded $15,971 by the TX On-Site Wastewater Treatment Research Council. The title of the proposal was "Effectiveness and Utility of Surface Application and Soil Percolation for Removal of Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Product Microcontaminants."
  • Dr. Clifford B. Fedler was awarded $49,0031 by the TX On-Site Wastewater Treatment Research Council. The title of the proposal was "Refining the Application Rates for On-Site Surface Application Systems."
  • Dr. Xinzhong Chen was awarded $49,0031 by the National Science Foundation. The title of the proposal was "Reliability-based Predictions of Extreme and Fatigue Responses of Utility-scale Wind Turbines through Advanced Modeling and Simulations."

Computer Science

  • Dr. Yuanlin Zhang was awarded $40,000 by Industrial ARMworks. The title of the proposal was "A Model Based Diagnosis System for Embedded Single Board Computers."
  • Dr. Mohan Sridharan was awarded $112,528 by the Office of Naval Research/UT Austin. The title of the proposal was "Active Learning for Sequential Sensing and Efficient Human Interaction in Collaborative Human-Robot Teams."
  • Drs. Michael Gelfond and Yuanlin Zhang were awarded $300,062 by the National Science Foundation. The title of the proposal was "RI: Small: Integrating Logic Based Declarative Programming Paradigms."

Construction Engineering and Engineering Technology

  • Dr. Daan Liang was awarded $41,163 by the National Science Foundation. The title of the proposal was "MRI RAPID: Acquisition of a Field Spectroscopy Environmental Analysis System for Gulf Oil Spill Research."

Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Transportation

  • Dr. Sanjaya P. Senadheera was awarded $12,455 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "0-5893: Laboratory Evaluation of Constructability Issues with Surface Treatment Binders."
  • Dr. Moon Won was awarded $84,278 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, Sanjaya P. Senadheera, and Moon Won were awarded $60,868 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "0-6326 Rational Use of Terminal Anchorages in Portland Cement Concrete Pavement." Won is the PI.
  • Dr. Theodore Cleveland was awarded $27,669 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "0-6382: Establish Effective Lower Bounds of Watershed Slope for Traditional Hydrologic Methods."
  • Drs. William D. Lawson and Timothy A. Wood were awarded $124,627 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." Lawson is the PI.
  • Dr. Moon Won was awarded $100,284 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 Cleveland and Audra N. Morse were awarded $42,926 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 $118,296 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." Bae is the PI.
  • Drs. Xinzhong Chen and Delong Zuo were awarded $124,708 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 Cleveland was awarded $43,786 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. Theodore Cleveland, Phillip T. Nash, and Moon Won were awarded $120,000 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "0-6661 Strategic Research Program Development."
  • Dr. Phillip T. Nash was awarded $93,977 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "0-9911-10: Coordination of Services in Support of TxDOT's Research Program."
  • Drs. Moon Won and Timothy A. Wood were awarded $44,020 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." Won is the PI.
  • Dr. Theodore Cleveland was awarded $100,000 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "6549-Hydraulic Performance of Staggered Barrel Culverts for Stream Crossings."
  • Dr. Moon Won was awarded $30,000 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "Pilot Implementation of Whitetopping 5-5482."
  • Drs. Hongchao Liu, Phillip T. Nash, and Sanjaya P. Senadheera were awarded $11,519 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "Synthesis of Successful Bicycle Planning in Mid-size Cities."
  • Dr. Phillip T. Nash was awarded $10,000 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "Travel for TAP Nominees."

Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics

  • Drs. James C. Dickens and Andreas A. Neuber were awarded $346,557 by DOD/General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. The title of the proposal was "Lightning Bug Project Support."
  • Dr. Stephen 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. Mary C. Baker was awarded $137,049 by the National Science Foundation. The title of the proposal was "GK-12: Building Bridges: Integrating Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education on the South Plains."
  • Dr. Brian S. Nutter was awarded $20,581 by the National Science Foundation. The title of the proposal was "MRI RAPID: Acquisition of a Field Spectroscopy Environmental Analysis System for Gulf Oil Spill Research."

Industrial Engineering

  • Dr. Barbara Millet was awarded $9,000 by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The title of the proposal was "Design and Development of Computer Interfaces that are Adaptive to Different Levels of Literacy, Languages, and Computer Skills."

Mechanical Engineering

  • Dr. Jingzhou Yang was awarded $24,998 by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The title of the proposal was "Computer-aided Predictive Models for Respirator Fit and Comfort."
  • Drs. Timothy T. Maxwell, Jahangir Rasty, and Derrick E. Tate were awarded $11,939 by T&B Financial Services. The title of the proposal was "Study and Improve the Hall Pump."
  • Dr. Jingzhou Yang was awarded $590,251 by the Griffin Limited Liability Corporation. The title of the proposal was "Thermodynamic Predictive Models for Assessing the Characteristics of Gas Wells."
  • Dr. Michelle L. Pantoya was awarded $79,896 by the Energetic Materials Products, INC. The title of the proposal was "Variable Effect Warheads for Tactical Missiles and Strike Applications."

Water Resources Center

  • Drs. Kenneth A. Rainwater and Lianfa Song were awarded $22,366 by the Texas Water Development Board. The title of the proposal was "Demonstration of a High Recovery and Energy Efficient RO System for Small-scale Brackish Water Desalination." Song is the PI.
  • Drs. Phillip T. Nash, Kenneth A. Rainwater, and Lianfa Song were awarded $440,000 by U.S. Department of Energy. The title of the proposal was "TTU FY 11 Great Plains Wind Power Test Facility (DOE FY10)."

Whitacre College of Engineering Dean's Office

  • Drs. John R. Chandler, A. Dean Fontenot, and William M. Marcy were awarded $500,000 by the Texas Education Agency. The title of the proposal was "Texas Tech University T-STEM Center." Fontenot is the PI.

Events of Interest

 
September 22 Engineering Job Fair
Lubbock Civic Center
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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