May 9, 2017
By: George Watson
A $3 million grant will further the work of Electrical and Computer Engineering professors in their search of new gain materials for eye-safe, high-energy lasers.
The use of lasers in all facets of human life today is widespread, from medicine to defense to communications. But the work to develop lasers that are as strong a possible while not doing damage to human eyes is ongoing.
That is what researchers at Texas Tech University are developing, and their efforts
received a huge boost from the U.S. Department of Defense.
Texas Tech is one of only 81 public institutions listed in the top tier.
Texas Tech University was listed among the nation's top doctoral universities in the latest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Of the 115 universities listed in the Highest Research Activity category, Texas Tech is one of 81 public institutions in the top tier.
The rankings are based on the amount of money graduates earn.
Business Insider recently ranked the Texas Tech University Whitacre College of Engineering among the best in the nation in terms of the amount of money its graduates earn. Read more
The Foundation's generosity has made possible the opening of the newly renovated Maddox Engineering Research Center.
The official opening of the Maddox Engineering Research Center was held on Sept. 16 with Texas Tech University leaders celebrating the philanthropy of the J. F Maddox Foundation, which gave a generous $7.5 million gift for the facility. The 70,000 sq ft renovation will house the research groups of Drs. Chau-Chyun Chen and Nurxat Nuraje, both in the Department of Chemical Engineering, as well as new hires in the area of energy and sustainability. It will also house a state-of-the-art materials characterization facility, second to none in the State of Texas. The Maddox Foundation has been very generous to Texas Tech, including the establishment of the Jack Maddox Distinguished Engineering Chair, held by Dr. Chen in Chemical Engineering, and the Donovan Maddox Distinguished Engineering Chair, held by Dr. Danny Reible in Civil Engineering, who has a secondary appointment in Chemical Engineering. Both Drs. Chen and Reible are members of the National Academy of Engineering. Read more