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Green Receives $400,000 NSF CAREER Award

Dr. Micah Green, an assistant professor of chemical engineering, has received a $400,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation for his work on graphene. The CAREER Award is one of the most prestigious grants from the National Science Foundation, given to qualified professors early in their careers to promote high-quality research and novel educational initiatives. Green is the fifth current faculty member in chemical engineering to receive this award following in the footsteps of Drs. Hoo, Vanapalli, Vaughn, and Weeks.

Green's award focuses on single-atom-thick sheets of graphite, termed graphene. These sheets display extraordinary mechanical strength and electrical conductivity, and have a wide range of applications ranging from solar cells to aerospace composites. In recent years, Green's group has developed a variety of techniques to produce graphene sheets without damaging them. The work funded by the CAREER Award focuses on scalable production of these sheets and the ability to understand their surface properties as a function of processing techniques.



Watson Named Petroleum Engineering Department Chair, Butler Chair

Dr. Marshall Watson, assistant professor of petroleum engineering, has been named the chair of the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering and the holder of the Roy Butler Chair in Petroleum Engineering.

His leadership and years of practical experience in the oil field will be essential to the department as they make the transition into the new Petroleum Engineering Building.

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Online Master of Engineering Ranked Among Best

The online master's degree offered by Texas Tech's Whitacre College of Engineering is ranked among the best in the nation, according to the 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Programs, released Jan. 15.

Texas Tech's program is ranked 50th among 293 institutions offering a master's degree in engineering and housing at least one program that was ABET accredited at the bachelor's level or higher. The ranking is based on a survey conducted through the fall of 2012, U.S. News said. Respondents were then ranked based on student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, and admissions selectivity.


Engineering Our Future Magazine
Engineering Our Future Magazine

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.


Student News

Lie's Group Wins Best Student Paper Award

At the 2013 IEEE Topical Conference on RF Power Amplifiers for Wireless and Radio Applications (PAWR'13), Dr. Donald Lie, Keh-Shew Lu Regents Chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering, and his group's paper on silicon-based high-efficiency power amplifier design won first place in the Best Student Paper Award contest.

The paper is titled "A SiGe Bipolar-MOSFET Cascode Power Amplifier with Improved Linearity for LTE Applications," and is authored by Ruili Wu, an electrical engineering doctoral student; Dr. Jerry Lopez, a senior research associate in the Department of Electrical Engineering; Dr. Yan Li, a 2012 graduate with a Doctor of Philosophy in electrical and computer engineering; and Donald Y.C. Lie. The research focuses on power amplifiers. Power amplifiers are often the most critical component of RF/microwave communications systems and are the focus of intense research to achieve increased linearity and power efficiency. New forms of power amplification are being developed to meet the needs of the wireless communication equipment industry and the world's demand for greater information transmission. The research for the paper investigates how to design novel high efficiency silicon-based power amplifiers for 4G handset long-term evolution (LTE) applications.


Faculty News


Hernandez Named Rising Star at Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Dr. Annette Hernandez, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been named a recipient of the Rising Star Award from the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Javelina Alumni Association. The Rising Star Award recognizes graduates of the university who have experienced professional success early in their careers. Special consideration is given to those alumni who have graduated in the last fifteen years.

Hernandez earned a bachelor of science in civil engineering, a master of science in environmental engineering, and a doctor of philosophy in environmental engineering from Texas A&M-Kingsville. She was the first female Hispanic Ph.D. graduate from the environmental engineering program at the university in 2007.



Morse Named Integrated Scholar

The Office of the Provost has named Dr. Audra N. Morse, associate dean for undergraduate studies and associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, an "Integrated Scholar." Faculty members who are integrated scholars consistently promote active learning and infuse the results of their research and scholarship in courses and other learning experiences.

Her profile for this honor is included in a recent AcademiCast, a podcast series dedicated to telling Texas Tech University's academic story. The biweekly podcasts feature stories about faculty, staff, student and alumni accomplishments



Simon Named a Woman of Excellence

Dr. Sindee Simon, Whitacre Department Chair and Horn Professor of chemical engineering, has been named a Woman of Excellence by the YWCA of Lubbock. The Women of Excellence program recognizes and honors women in the Lubbock community who excel in their careers. Since 1989, the YWCA has honored 185 Women of Excellence who have been inspiring others in Lubbock not only with their professional achievements, but also with the work they do for the community. They serve as role models for current and future generations.

Simon will be recognized at the 25th Women of Excellence Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

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Alumni News


Wen-Hsing Liu Wins Highly Commended Award from Emerald

Dr. Wen-Hsing Liu, a May 2012 graduate with a doctor of philosophy in industrial engineering, has won a Highly Commended Award from Emerald Group Publishing Limited for her doctoral research at Texas Tech. The award is part of the 2012 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards which seek to celebrate excellence in research.

Liu is currently in a teaching position this semester at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

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Grants and Contracts

December 12, 2012 – January 22, 2013

Chemical Engineering

  • Dr. Micah J. Green was awarded $400,000 by National Science Foundation. The title of the proposal was "CAREER: Structure-Property-Processing Relations for Aggregation-resistant Graphene."

Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Dr. Stephen M. Morse was awarded $7,938 by Solutia, Inc. The title of the proposal was "Laminated Glass Balustrade Prick Test."

Construction Engineering and Engineering Technology

  • Dr. Ali Nejat was awarded $26,511 by the National Science Foundation. The title of the proposal was "RAPID: Collection of Perishable Data on Households Affected by Hurricane Sandy to Better Understand Variables Affecting Collective Post Disaster Housing Recovery."

Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Transportation

  • Dr. Theodore G. Cleveland was awarded $62,678 by TX Dept of Transportation. The title of the proposal was "TxDOT DES 601, DES 602, and DES 606 Course Instruction: Hydrology, Urban Storm Drain, and Watershed Modeling."

Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics

  • Drs. James C. Dickens, John J. Mankowski, and Andreas A. Neuber were awarded $207,840 by U.S. Army/Lockheed Martin Corporation. The title of the proposal was "Compact Hard Tube Vircator System."
  • Dr. Stephen B. Bayne was awarded $150,000 by U.S. Army Research Lab/CREE. The title of the proposal was "Evaluation of High Voltage SiC IGBTs."

Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Dr. Ranadip Pal was awarded $81,230 by the National Science Foundation. The title of the proposal was "CAREER: Robustness in Genetic Regulatory Network Modeling and Control."
  • Dr. Hamed Sari-Sarraf was awarded $55,376.50 by Cotton Incorporated. The title of the proposal was "Establishing a Set of Reference Cottons for the Simultaneous Measurements of Length and Maturity."
  • Dr. Vittal S. Rao was awarded $41,000 by the National Science Foundation. The title of the proposal was "GRDS SUPPLEMENT: MRI-Development of Real Time Simulator for Smart Grid Systems Integrated with Distributed Renewable Energy Sources."
  • Dr. Hamed Sari-Sarraf was awarded $37,702.50 by Cotton Incorporated. The title of the proposal was "Moisture Management Measurement via Thermal Infrared Imaging."
  • Dr. Timothy J. Dallas was awarded $100,000 by AT&T. The title of the proposal was "Telehealth Fall Monitoring Clinical Trial."

Industrial Engineering

  • Dr. Ismael R. De Farias was awarded $67,022 by Office of Naval Research. The title of the proposal was "Nonconvex Combinational Nonlinear Optimization: New Methodologies and Critical Applications."

Mechanical Engineering

  • Dr. Michelle L. Pantoya was awarded $125,000 by Office of Naval Research. The title of the proposal was "Metal-hydride Based Reactive Material Composites."

Nano Tech Center

  • Dr. Luis E. Grave de Peralta was awarded $79,378 by the National Science Foundation. The title of the proposal was "CAREER: Plasmon Tomography."

Petroleum Engineering

  • Dr. James J. Sheng was awarded $50,000 by Wintershall Holding GmbH. The title of the proposal was "Chemical EOR Knowledge Database."

Smart Grid Energy Center

  • Dr. Vittal S. Rao was awarded $20,000 by Northrop Grumman Corporation. The title of the proposal was "Cyber Security SCADA Protocol Unique Digital Signature Tool."

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