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Engineering Our Future Now Online

The latest issue of Engineering Our Future Magazine, the college's alumni magazine is now online. The magazine features faculty, staff, student, and alumni stories and news.

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Haputhanthri
Haputhanthri

Haputhanthri Wins Best Poster Award at ASME ICES/Fuel Cell Conference

Shehan Haputhanthri, a graduate student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, won the Best Graduate Student Poster Award at the ASME 8th International Conference on Energy Sustainability and 12th Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference held in Boston, Massachusetts in July 2014.

His poster was titled "Ammonia as an Alternate Transport Fuel: Emulsifiers for Gasoline Ammonia Fuel Blends and Real Time Engine Performance."

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Kim
Kim

Kim Receives Tau Beta Pi Scholarship

Dong Kim, a student in the Department of Industrial Engineering, has been awarded a Tau Beta Pi Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year. Full time undergraduate students receive a $2,000 scholarship and the designation as a "Tau Beta Pi Scholar."

The Tau Beta Pi Association Scholarship Program was established in 1998 with five awards named in honor of former Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus R.H. Nagel. Awards have been made to more than 1,200 Scholars for their senior year of engineering study.

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Li
Li

Li Places Second in ICEST Poster Competition

Yue Li, a graduate student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, won second place in the poster competition at the International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology held in June 2014 in Houston, Texas.

The poster was titled "Surface Chemistry of Iron-Impregnated Mineral Oxides and Catalytic Activity for Oxidation of Aqueous Contaminants."

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Liu
Liu

Liu Wins SIAM Student Travel Award

Zhenyi Liu, a graduate student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been named a recipient of a Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Student Travel Award to attend the SIAM Workshop on Network Science (NS14) in July 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.

SIAM Student Travel Awards are given to help students gain the experience and exposure that comes from attending and presenting at SIAM conferences.

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Ma
Ma

Ma Receives Outstanding Dissertation Award

Dr. Yunzhe Ma, a recent doctoral graduate from the Department of Chemical Engineering and supervised by Dr. Harvinder Gill, received a Texas Tech Outstanding Dissertation Award for 2014. His thesis was titled "Microneedles for Drug Delivery into Oral Cavity."

Ma has pioneered the use of microneedles for drug and vaccine delivery to the oral cavity by establishing feasibility of generating mucosal immunity in saliva of rabbits using HIV as antigen; developing a novel approach to coat water insoluble drugs such as lidocaine (a local anesthetic) for delivery to oral tissues; and evaluating an approach using microneedles that can directly deliver drugs to oral cancers. He is currently working at Intel in Hillsboro, Oregon.

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Gao Tao Torres Yoon Zhang
Gao Tao Torres Yoon Zhang

Five Students Receive NATAS Student Travel Awards

Siyang Gao, Ran Tao, Astrid Torres, Heedong Yoon, and Xin Zhang, students in the Department of Chemical Engineering, received NATAS Student Travel Awards to present their work at the 2014 annual meeting of the North American Thermal Analysis Society (NATAS). The meeting will be held in September in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Lawson
Lawson

Lawson Named TSPE State Engineer of the Year

Dr. William Lawson, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been named the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) 2013-2014 Outstanding Engineer of the Year.

The TSPE Outstanding Engineer of the Year Award is the highest honor given to an individual TSPE member. The selection process considers education, licenses, professional and technical society activities, engineering and career achievements, and civic, humanitarian, and social activities. Candidates must be citizens of Texas. Eligibility is restricted to engineers whose sustained and unusual contributions have improved the public welfare and the advancement of the profession.

Since the inception of the award at the state level, only two previous winners earned engineering degrees from Texas Tech University. Dr. Earnest Gloyna, a 1946 civil engineering graduate who served as dean of engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, and Dr. Jimmy Smith, a 1962 and 1963 civil engineering graduate who served as professor of civil engineering at Texas Tech, previously received the award.

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Farris
Farris

Farris Joins IIE Regional Operations Board

Dr. Jennifer Farris, associate professor of industrial engineering, is now serving on the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) Regional Operations Board as vice president of student development. She is a past president of IIE's Society for Engineering Management Systems. Farris will serve a three-year term and will hold a seat on the IIE Board of Trustees.

The vice president of student development leads the development of policy, procedures, and strategic direction for the effective operation of IIE's student chapters in the U.S. and Canada.

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Grants and Contracts

June 13 – July 10, 2014

Investigator(s) Agency Title Amount
Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Transportation
Dr. Alon Kvashny,
Dr. Hongchao Liu,*
Dr. Cynthia B. McKenney,
Dr. Sanjaya P. Senadheera, and
Dr. Moon-Cheol Won
TX Dept of Transportation Technical Assistance to Texas Department of Transportation $15,000
Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics
Dr. James C. Dickens,
Dr. John J. Mankowski, and
Dr. Andreas A. Neuber
Office of Naval Research High Speed Digitizer for Photoconductive Switch Development and Nonlinear Transmission Line Synchronization $332,302
Dr. Stephen B. Bayne DOD/Academy of Applied Science The REAP Program $1,500
Chemical Engineering
Dr. Chau-Chyun Chen Savannah River National Laboratory Development of a SRNL Defense Waste Processing Facility Sludge Simulant Properties Model $59,995
Dr. Gregory B. McKenna
Dr. Brandon L. Weeks
Office of Naval Research Resolving the Complexity of Hot Spots Caused by Weak Energy Concentration and Coupling in Composite Energetic Materials $45,961.50
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Kishor C. Mehta National Science Foundation IPA Hazard Mitigation and Structural Engineering $179,524
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Ranadip Pal National Science Foundation Combination targeted drug design for personalized cancer therapy $50,000
Dr. Stephen B. Bayne Office of Naval Research Thermal Imaging of High Power Semiconductor Switches for Defense Applications $124,495
Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Michelle L. Pantoya Office of Naval Research Resolving the Complexity of Hot Spots Caused by Weak Energy Concentration and Coupling in Composite Energetic Materials $22,980.75
Dr. Gordon F. Christopher National Science Foundation Role of Composition on Mesostructure-Flow Interaction and Rheology of Particle Laden Interfaces $294,924
Dr. Luciano Castillo NSF/Mississippi State University System of System Approach and Uncertainty Mitigation/Exploitation for Wind Farm $156,129
Nano Tech Center
Dr. Ayrton Bernussi
Dr. Luis E. Grave de Peralta
National Science Foundation Electronic-Controled Condensers for Near-infrared Microscopy $346,663
Dr. Luis E. Grave de Peralta National Science Foundation REU: SUPPLEMENT: CAREER: Plasmon Tomography $3,636
Water Resources Center
Dr. Danny Reible NewFields Environmental Forensics Practice, LLC Ex-Situ Porewater Measurements for Sediment Assessment Portland Harbor $40,740
Dr. Weile Yan National Science Foundation Reactions at Iron-enriched Mineral Interfaces and Implications for Catalytic Oxidation of Aqueous Contaminants $48,750

* Primary Investigator

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