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Mohamed Soliman Named Chair of Petroleum Engineering Department


Dr. Mohamed Y. Soliman will become the new chair of the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering and the George P. Livermore Chair of Petroleum Engineering effective Jan. 10, 2011.

"Mohamed brings a wealth of experience to Texas Tech from his work in the petroleum industry at Halliburton," said Jon C. Strauss, interim dean of engineering. "He is the right person to lead the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering to new heights of excellence in instruction and research."

Soliman has a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering with top honors from Cairo University, and master's and doctoral degrees in petroleum engineering from Stanford University. His career has focused on reservoir completion and production engineering. He holds 17 patents on fracturing operations and analysis, testing, and conformance applications. He is an author or co-author of more than 150 technical papers and articles in areas of fracturing, reservoir engineering, well test analysis, conformance, and numerical simulation. He is a distinguished member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

At Halliburton, Soliman was responsible for the development of the analysis technique of the limited-emissions FasTest® well testing system, a winner of the 2005 Hart's E&P Meritorious Award for Engineering Innovation. He also conceived and developed the philosophy for the QuikLook numerical simulator. He led the development of the software and guided it into what has become the main simulator used by Halliburton engineers. The software is also used by several operating companies, generating considerable direct, consulting, and pull-through revenue. He has developed multiple fracturing design and analysis, well testing, and reservoir engineering techniques, and has authored several engineering software packages that are in current use. He has authored chapters in World Oil's Handbook of Horizontal Drilling and Completion Technology, the text Well Construction, and the SPE monograph Well Test Analysis of Hydraulically Fractured Wells.

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Forbes ranks Texas Tech #7 on the list of Best Colleges for Minorities in STEM.

Texas Tech
Texas Tech University

When it comes to outreach in teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to ethnic minorities, Texas Tech University recently made the top 10 in survey of the "Best Colleges for Women and Minorities in STEM."

The survey covered women and minorities because these groups typically don't receive help for success from institutes of higher education, the article stated.

Texas Tech ranked No. 7 out of 20 institutions ranked for minority outreach, beating Texas A&M, which stood at No. 14.

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Faculty Recognitions

Jiang and Simon Elected Fellows of American Physical Society

Jiang   Simon
Jiang   Simon

Drs. Hongxing Jiang and Sindee Simon were recently elected to the fellowship of the American Physical Society.

Jiang was elected because of his seminal works in the area of III-nitride wide bandgap semiconductors. In particular, for his significant contributions to the understanding of fundamental optical and defect properties and practical applications of III-nitrides and pioneering contributions to the field of nanophotonics.

Simon was elected for her pioneering contributions to the understanding of the thermal and mechanical properties of bulk and nanostructured polymeric glasses.

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Morse Receives Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Award


The highest awards given by the Texas Tech University System to faculty members at its member institutions were announced on Dec. 10 by Chancellor Kent Hance.

Dr. Audra Morse, an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering received the Distinguished Teaching Award.

“These outstanding faculty members exemplify the quality and character of the professors in the Texas Tech University System,” said Hance. “Their passion and dedication to academics and research is unmatched and is apparent through their hard work and numerous achievements. It is my pleasure to once again award these honors to such deserving faculty members.”

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Grants and Contracts

11-17-2010 - 12-14-2010

Chemical Engineering

  • Dr. Raghunathan Rengasamy was awarded $298,163 by the U.S. Department of Energy. The title of the proposal was "Model-based Sensor Placement for Component Condition Monitoring and Fault Diagnosis in Fossil Energy Systems."

Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Dr. Clifford B. Fedler was awarded $26,839 by the TX On-Site Wastewater Treatment Research Council. The title of the proposal was "Onsite Wastewater Flows and Treatment for Schools."

Computer Science

  • Dr. Michael Gelfond was awarded $68,048 by IARPA/Arizona State Univ. The title of the proposal was "Integrating Machine Learning & Knowledge Representation for Discovery and Representation of Social and Cultural Insights from Human Language Usage."
  • Dr. Yuanlin Zhang was awarded $26,858 by NIH/Columbia Univ. The title of the proposal was "Mindboggling Shape Analysis and Identification."

Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Transportation

  • Drs. William D. Lawson and Sanjaya P. Senadheera were awarded $286,203 by the Texas Department of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "5-5230 Implementing the Ultra-high Pressure Watercutter for Roadway Maintenance Applications."

Center for Nanophotonics

  • Drs. Hongxing Jiang and Jingyu Lin were awarded $252,189 by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The title of the proposal was "Nitride Deep UV Emitters with Novel P-type Layer Approach."
  • Drs. Hongxing Jiang and Jingyu Lin were awarded $158,001 by the U.S. Department of Energy. The title of the proposal was "Optical and Electrical Properties of III-V Nitrides and Related Materials."

Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics

  • Dr. Stephen B. Bayne was awarded $12,560 by CREE, Inc. The title of the proposal was "Silicon-carbide Power Devices Characterization."
  • Dr. Stephen B. Bayne was awarded $14,000 by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The title of the proposal was "Support for 4th US-Japan Pulsed Power and Symposium on Pulsed Power and Plasma Applications."

Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Dr. Hamed Sari-Sarraf was awarded $33,000 by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The title of the proposal was "Large-scale Geospatial Image Indexing and Retrieval."

Industrial Engineering

  • Dr. Timothy I. Matis was awarded $16,192.80 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The title of the proposal was "International Cotton Research Center Program - 2010."
  • Drs. Jennifer A. Farris and Timothy I. Matis were awarded $37,558 by Medical Center Hospital (Odessa, Tx). The title of the proposal was "Patient Discharge Process Improvement Project Phase 3: Pathways to Target Discharge Times."

Mechanical Engineering

  • Dr. Jerzy Blawzdziewicz was awarded $271,803 by the National Science Foundation. The title of the proposal was "Hydrodynamic Crystals: Structural Evolution in Confined Suspension Flows."

Events of Interest

December 17 Honors Convocation
Allen Theatre - Student Union Building
4 - 6 p.m.

Graduate Commencement
United Spirit Arena
7 p.m.
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December 18 Undergraduate Commencement
United Spirit Arena
9 a.m.
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