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Prism Magazine Dr. Pamela Eibeck has been named a "Woman of Excellence" by the Lubbock Chapter of the YWCA. According to Glenda Mathis, executive director of the YWCA, "We have always described this event as an opportunity to honor the women in our community who have excelled in their respective professions." Other recipients of the award include Linda Marie Brice, Sharyn Ivory, SuzAnn Moore Kirby, Allison Korinek, LaWanda Sherrod Murfee, Marie Elena Quintanilla, Melisa Tatum Roberts and Kay Holder Sanford. Nominations were accepted from the community, and independent judges selected the recipients based on business success in a variety of fields. The YWCA will honor the recipients at a ceremony on March 4 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

Prism Magazine The Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Transportation at Texas Tech University (TechMRT) has been accepted into the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC). According to the organization, "CUTC was established in 1979 to provide for improving university transportation research and education, and sharing information and ideas on university transportation research and research programs. Currently, almost 80 university transportation centers belong to CUTC. Entrance into this group greatly elevates TechMRT’s visibility within the transportation research community and will undoubtedly lead to greater opportunities for TechMRT and its researchers." Look for more information on this honor in the next Engineering Our Future magazine.

Prism Magazine The 2008 Spring Job Fair was held on February 13, 2008 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, with 1204 students in attendance. This represents an increase of approximately 200 students from last year's Spring 2007 Job Fair. 205 companies and 506 recruiters welcomed College of Engineering students to apply for internships, part-time jobs, and full-time jobs.

Prism Magazine The College of Engineering hosted a variety of events during the week of February 17-23 as a part of National Engineers Week. Student demonstrations, employer presentations, celebrations of engineering diversity, lots of food, the College of Engineering Honors Convocation, the Iron Ring Ceremony, and other activities were a part of the week-long event.

Faculty Recognition

Prism Magazine The Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee, has appointed Dr. Hongchao Liu to the Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing Applications, beginning 4/15/2008 through 4/14/2011. TRB is a division of the National Research Council (NRC), a private, nonprofit institution that provides expertise in science and technology to the government, the public, and the scientific and engineering communities. The NRC is jointly administered by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. Members of NRC technical committees serve as individuals, not as representatives of the organizations by which they are employed or of which they may be members.

Staff Recognition

Joseph Copeland was hired in Electrical and Computer Engineering as a Senior Planner.

Tabitha Jones will begin working in Electrical and Computer Engineering on March 1. She has been hired as a Senior Office Assistant.

Grants and Contracts

Chemical Engineering

  • Dr. Gregory McKenna was awarded $21,500.00 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. The title of the proposal was "JPS - Physics."
  • Dr. Sindee L. Simon was awarded $110,000.00 by the National Science Foundation. The title of the proposal was "Polymer Chain Length and Branching Effects on the Viscoelastic Bulk Modulus and Structural Recovery at High Pressure."
  • Dr. Rajesh S. Khare was awarded $25,000.00 by the American Chemical Society - Petroleum Research Fund. The title of the proposal was "Solvent-Temperature Superposition Rules for Predicting the Rheology of Wormlike Micellar Fluids."

Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Dr. Jamie C. Chapman, Dr. Lianfa Song, and Dr. Andrew H. Swift were awarded $37,500.00 by the State Energy Conservation Office. The title of the proposal was "Assessment of Wind Turbine Performance at Schools." Dr. Jamie C. Chapman is the PI.
  • Dr. H. Scott Norville was awarded $25,426.00 by Solutia, Inc. The title of the proposal was "Q Interlayer Nonfactored Load Charts."
  • Dr. H. Scott Norville was awarded $11,938.00 by Solutia, Inc. The title of the proposal was "Q Interlayer Verification Tests."

Computer Science

  • Dr. Michael Gelfond was awarded $51,752.00 by the United Space Alliance, LLC. The title of the proposal was "Improving the Efficiencies of P-log Base Reasoning in USA-Advisor."
  • Dr. Eric D. Sinzinger was awarded $5,000.00 by Spicola Tool. The title of the proposal was "Infrared and Laser Analysis."

Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics

  • Dr. Andreas A. Neuber was awarded $50,000.00 by Sandia National Laboratories. The title of the proposal was "Dielectric Surface Flashover in a High Pressure SF6 Environment."
  • Dr. James C. Dickens was awarded $283,018.00 by the Office of Naval Research/TAES. The title of the proposal was "Pulsed Ring-Down and EMP Generators for IED Neutralization and Controlled Destruction."
  • Dr. James C. Dickens, Dr. Hermann G. Krompholz, Dr. John J. Mankowski, and Dr. Andreas A. Neuber were awarded $245,000.00 by the AFOSR/University of Wisconsin. The title of the proposal was "The Nanophysics of Electron Emission and Breakdown for High Power Microwave Sources." Dr. Andreas A. Neuber is the PI.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Dr. Mary C. Baker, Dr. Richard O. Gale, and Dr. Brian S. Nutter were awarded $240,311.00 by the Texas Workforce Commission. The title of the proposal was "Outreach to Community College and Economically Disadvantaged High School Students." Dr. Mary C. Baker and Dr. Brian S. Nutter are Co-PIs.
  • Dr. John J Mankowski was awarded $20,000.00 by HEM Technologies. The title of the proposal was "Power Conditioning for Explosive Pulsed Power."

Mechanical Engineering

  • Dr. Ming-Chien Chyu was awarded $19,446.47 by the USDA/Texas Tech University Health Science Center. The title of the proposal was "Community-Based Approaches to Overweight and Obesity Among Young Children in West Texas."
  • Dr. Ming-Chien Chyu was awarded $47,844.50 by the National Institutes of Health/Texas Tech university Health Sciences Center. The title of the proposal was "T06-06 Green Tea Polyphenols and Tai Chi for Bone Health: A Pilot Study."
  • Dr. Michelle L. Pantoya was awarded $100,000.00 by the U.S. Army Research Office. The title of the proposal was "PECASE - Propagation Physics and Ignition of Nanocomposite Energetic Materials."

Nano Tech Center

  • Dr. Mark W. Holtz,Dr. Henryk Temkin, Dr. Jordan M. Berg, Dr. Ayrton Bernussi, and Dr. Sergey A. Nikishin were awarded $2M by the Texas Emerging Technology Fund. The title of the proposal was "Research Superiority in Nanophotonics." Dr. Mark W. Holtz is the PI.

Water Resources Center

  • Dr. W. Andrew Jackson and Dr. Audra N. Morse were awarded $24,939.00 by Lynntech, Inc. The title of the proposal was "Integrated Gen I Testing: Evaluation of Water Quality Benefits and Reduced RO Cost." Dr. W. Andrew Jackson and Dr. Audra N. Morse are Co-PIs.
  • Dr. Kenneth A. Rainwater was awarded $37,817.50 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The title of the proposal was "New Water Management Technologies to Sustain Rural Economies - FY 2008."

Wind Science and Engineering Research Center

  • Dr. Kishor C. Mehta was awarded $2,801.00 by The Institute for Business and Home Safety. The title of the proposal was "Investigation of Structures Affected by 2007 Witch Fire."

Student Accomplishments

Prism Magazine The national convention of Pi Tau Sigma has held February 15-17 in Atlanta, GA. Two national awards are given at the convention each year, and Texas Tech University won both awards: the Outstanding Service Award and the Outstanding Chapter Award. ME student Sanjana Datta was awarded the Ed and Faye Griggs Scholarship. Additionally, Texas Tech was chosen as the site for the 2010 Pi Tau Sigma National Convention.
Pi Tau Sigma officers are: Meredith Macha, president; Troy Mills, vice-president; Amanda Gordon, secretary; Seth Berry, treasurer; Billy Clark, Michael Morse, Richard Borge, initiate coordinators; Travis Turnbull, web master; Dana Rosenbladt, Oliver Harrison, graduate advisers.

Prism Magazine Samuel Chanjaplammootil and Kevin Hooper, EE students, won third prize and a $1,500 scholarship award in the IEEE-USA Online Engineering Video Scholarship Competition. The video featured Samuel and Kevin describing how electrical engineers shape the world around us. According to IEEE-USA, "The winning entries were deemed most effective in reinforcing for an 11-to-13-year-old audience how engineers are "cool" and improve the quality of life." You can watch the three winning videos here.

Prism Magazine The 2007 Pulsed Power and Plasma Science Conference was held in Albuquerque, NM. Gregory Edmiston, current Ph.D. student in EE/P3E, and David Wetz, EE/P3E alumnus, received the Outstanding Pulsed Power Student Award for 2007 and 2006, respectively. Gregory Edmiston also won the student paper contest at the 2007 Pulsed Power and Plasma Science Conference.


On January 23, 2008, Dr. Earnest Gloyna, P.E., D.E.E. received The Presidential Citation for 2007 from The University of Texas at Austin. Other recipients of the 2007 award include Hector De Leon, an Austin attorney, and the late Mrs. Lyndon Baines "Lady Bird" Johnson. According to The University of Texas, "The award was created in 1979 to recognize extraordinary contributions of individuals who personify the university's commitment to the task of transforming lives." Dr. Gloyna, Mrs. Johnson, and Mr. De Leon will have Presidential Citation Endowed Scholarships named in their honor. Dr. Earnest Gloyna earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas Technical College in 1946, and was named a Distinguished Engineer in 1971.

Mr. Edwin E. “Butch” Davis, P.E. was selected as the Texas Society of Professional Engineer’s Engineer of the Year for 2008. Butch presently serves as a Vice President of Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc., responsible for Civil Operations in the Lubbock and Amarillo Offices. Davis earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering in 1975 from Texas Tech University. Butch has been previously honored as the 1985 Young Engineer of the Year by the South Plains Chapter TSPE and the 2005 Transportation Manager of the Year by the Texas Public Works Association.

Col. Will Hagood was inducted into the Rebel Hall of Fame at a ceremony on February 5 at Tascosa High School in Amarillo.
Hagood has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Bronze DeFluery Medal for Military Engineering Leadership. For over 33 years Col. Hagood has worked for HDR Engineering, Inc. in Dallas Texas, where he is a Senior Vice President and Principal-in-Charge. A licensed professional engineer, he received the Gold Pathfinder Award of Excellence for community service and is a member of the Texas Tech College of Engineering Dean’s Council. Hagood was named a Distinguished Engineer in 2007.
Col. Hagood earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University, a Masters of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the Army’s senior service college. He and his wife Karen, a Texas Tech alumnus, reside in Dallas, Texas.

Events of Interest

April 4, 2008 ~ 11:30 a.m.
Distinguished Engineer Awards Luncheon
Frazier Alumni Pavilion

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