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Whitacre College of Engineering Among America's Best

The educational experience in the Whitacre College of Engineering is one of the nation’s top 80, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 college rankings.

In the magazine’s yearly assessment of America’s best schools, Texas Tech’s undergraduate engineering program is now tied for 78th. The undergraduate program rankings are based on peer assessments only.

“The faculty and staff of the Whitacre College of Engineering are working continuously to provide our students with the highest quality education,” said Jon Strauss, interim dean of the college. “This ranking confirms that Red Raider engineers are among the best in the nation.”

Earlier this spring, three Whitacre College of Engineering graduate programs received rankings as well, in the magazine’s Graduate School issue:

  • The overall graduate engineering program moved up to a ranking of 99th among 198 programs nationwide.
  • The Department of Industrial Engineering ranked 29th in the Industrial/Manufacturing category.
  • The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering ranked 66th in the Electrical/Electronic/Communications category.
  • The Department of Chemical Engineering ranked 68th in the Chemical category.
  • The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering was ranked 73rd in the Civil category.
  • The Department of Mechanical Engineering ranked 93rd in the Mechanical category.

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New Departmental Leadership

Giesselmann Dr. Michael Giesselmann, professor of electrical and computer engineering, will serve as the new chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering effective September 1.






Hashemi Dr. Javad Hashemi, professor of mechanical engineering and associate dean for research in the Whitacre College of Engineering, will serve as the interim chair of the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering effective September 1.





Faculty Recognitions

Watson Receives Professor of Excellence Award

Watson Dr. Marshall Watson, assistant professor of petroleum engineering and vice president of ACT Operating in Midland, was recently featured in an article in the Midland Reporter-Telegram. Watson received the Professor of Excellence Award for the 2009-2010 school year from the Texas Tech chapter of Tau Beta Pi.


Cooke's SequenceL May Solve Major Computer Issues

Cooke Dr. Daniel E. Cooke, Paul Whitfield Horn Professor and professor of computer science, was recently featured in a technology article on computer multicore issues. The article details how SequenceL, a language written by Cooke and his group, may hold the keys to solving one the problems associated with multiple-core computers.



Grants and Contracts

07-28-2010 - 08-23-2010

Center for Advanced Intelligent Systems

  • Drs. Daniel E. Cooke, Michael Gelfond, W. Andrew Jackson, Audra N. Morse, Stephen Morse, and J. Nelson Rushton were awarded $1,000,000 by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The title of the proposal was "Engineering Support for Extended Human and Robotic Space Flight Missions - 2011." Cooke is the PI.

Chemical Engineering

  • Dr. Siva A. Vanapalli was awarded $98,748 by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. The title of the proposal was "CPRIT-HR: Integrated Microfluidic Technology for High Throughput Screening of the Metastatic Potential of Tumor Cells."
  • Dr. Karlene A. Hoo was awarded $99,799 by the National Science Foundation. The title of the proposal was "Closed-loop Reservoir Management Using a Reduced-order Model-based Control & Uncertainty Propagation Framework."
  • Dr. Brandon L. Weeks was awarded $40,000 by the National Science Foundation. The title of the proposal was "GRS SUPPLEMENT: CAREER: Understanding Nanoscale Properties of Energetic Materials."

Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Dr. Clifford B. Fedler was awarded $11,000 by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The title of the proposal was "Wichita Falls Monitoring (FY10)."

Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Transportation

  • Dr. Moon Won was awarded $7,000 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "Forensic Evaluations and Testing to Improve Pavement (ICA with Houston TxDOT)."
  • Dr. Hongchao Liu was awarded $20,758 by the City of Lubbock, Texas. The title of the proposal was "Operation of City of Lubbock's Traffic Management Center."

Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics

  • 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. Changzhi Li was awarded $49,000 by the Semiconductor Research Corporation. The title of the proposal was "High Accuracy All-CMOS Temperature Sensor with Low-voltage Low-power Subthreshold MOSFETs Front-end and Performance-enhancement Techniques."
  • Dr. Donald Lie was awarded $30,000 by the Industrial Technology Research Institute. The title of the proposal was "Highly-efficient and Linear Wideband Polar Transmitter with Integrated Power Amplifiers for WiMAX-like Wireless Applications."
  • Dr. Donald Lie was awarded $60,000 by the Semiconductor Research Corporation. The title of the proposal was "P12079 Ultra-lowpower Analog Front-end IC Design for Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Devices."
  • Dr. Donald Lie was awarded $77,559 by the US Navy SPAWAR. The title of the proposal was "RF/Analog IC and System-on-a-Chip (SoC) Design Exploiting Nonlinear Dynamics Physics."
  • Drs. Sunanda Mitra and Brian S. Nutter were awarded $50,000 by NIH-Ntl Library of Medicine. The title of the proposal was "Retrieval Annotation and Storage of BCWT Coded Images."

Industrial Engineering

  • Dr. Patrick E. Patterson was awarded $1,326 by the Southwestern Bell Foundation. The title of the proposal was "CAD/CAM Laboratory Project."

Mechanical Engineering

  • Dr. Qing Hui was awarded $123,539.90 by DOD/Defense Threat Reduction Agency. The title of the proposal was "Balanced Coordination Algorithms for Damage Mitigation and Resource Allocation in Network Systems."
  • Dr. Michelle L. Pantoya was awarded $41,000 by the National Science Foundation. The title of the proposal was "Graduate Research Supplement: Melt-dispersion Mechanism for Energetic Reactions of Aluminum Nanoparticles."
  • Dr. Jingzhou Yang was awarded $12,000 by the National Science Foundation. The title of the proposal was "REU SUPPLEMENT: BRIGE: Optimization-based Prediction of Seated Posture in Pregnant Women."

Nano Tech Center

  • Drs. Jordan M. Berg, Ayrton Bernussi, Zhaoyang Fan, Luis Grave de Peralta, Mark W. Holtz, and Sergey A. Nikishin were awarded $1,405,000 by the U.S. Army. The title of the proposal was "Nanophotonics Devices Research."

Alumni

Eric West Named National Young Engineer of the Year

Eric West Eric West, a 1998 graduate of Texas Tech with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering, is a stockholder, team leader, and civil office manager in Midland, Texas with Parkhill, Smith, and Cooper. He has been selected 2010 National Young Engineer of the Year by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).

The award recognizes young NSPE members who have made outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and their communities during the early years of their careers.

Events of Interest

September 10Engineering Kick-Off Event
Engineering Key

September 8 Fall Faculty and Staff Meeting
Lankford Lab
3 p.m.
September 22 Engineering Job Fair
Lubbock Civic Center
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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