Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 2007 Norman Hackerman Advanced
Research Program awards have been announced, and the College of
Engineering received $461,776 of the $735,276 given to Texas Tech
University. Approximately $16.4 million is awarded to colleges and
universities across the state.
Four of the seven accepted Texas
Tech proposals were received by the College of Engineering and its
associated research centers:
- Dr. Muhammad N. Karim,
professor and chair of chemical engineering, was awarded $150,000. The
title of his proposal was "One Step Cellulosic Ethanol Production."
- Dr. Sindee L. Simon,
professor of chemical engineering, was awarded $150,000. The title of
her proposal was "Origin of Enhanced Reactivity and Depressed Tg for
Network Polymers at the Nanoscale."
- Dr. Lenore L. Dai,
associate professor of chemical engineering, was awarded $110,000. The
title of her proposal was "One-Step Pickering Emulsion Polymerization: A
Novel Way to Bridge Organics and Inorganics."
- Dr. Sukanta Basu,
professor of geosciences and member of the Wind Science and Engineering
Research Center faculty, was awarded $51,776. The title of his proposal
was "Atmospheric Stability Considerations in the Design of Wind Turbines
against Fatigue Failure"
The Texas Tech ChallengeX team of
engineering students accompanied their 2005 Chevrolet Equinox to the final
ChallengeX competition May 12 through May 21, 2008. The team won two
awards, the Outstanding Long-Term Faculty Advisor Award and the National
Instruments: Most Innovative Use of Graphical System Design Award.
Dr. Tim Maxwell, professor of mechanical engineering,
received the faculty advisor award, and Stephen Barrett,
electrical and computer engineering undergraduate student, received the
innovation award for the team.
Dr. Lloyd Heinze, chair
of the petroleum engineering department, was featured in the summer issue
of Prism Magazine, the publication of the American Society for
Engineering Education. Heinze was featured in "A Gusher in Jobs," an
article focusing on the changing state of the oil and gas industry and its
effect on petroleum engineering education.
Gabka was hired on June 1 as an administrative business assistant
in the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center.
Carmen Hernandez is retiring from the Department
of Mechanical Engineering at the end of June.
Thompson was hired on June 1 as an advisor in the Department
Chemical Engineering and the Dean�s Office.
- Dr. Gregory B. McKenna was awarded $20,000 by the
National Science Foundation. The title of the proposal was
"Collaborative Research: A Nanoparticle Embedment Method to Determine
Surface and Interface Properties of Viscoelastic Liquids and Solids."
- Dr. Brandon L. Weeks was awarded $33,000 by the
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. The title of the proposal was
"In-Situ Atomic Force Microscopy of PETN Crystal Growth and Coarsening."
- Dr. Muhammad N. Karim was awarded $150,000 by the
THECB - ARP - 2007. The title of the proposal was "One Step Cellulosic
- Dr. Sindee L. Simon was awarded $150,000 by the
THECB - ARP - 2007. The title of the proposal was "Origin of Enhanced
Reactivity and Depressed Tg for Network Polymers at the Nanoscale."
and Environmental Engineering
- Dr. Douglas A. Smith was awarded $54,140 by Oncor
Electric Delivery. The title of the proposal was "Transmission Line
Failure and Retrofit Study."
- Dr. Susan D. Urban was awarded $328,331 by the
National Science Foundation. The title of the proposal was "SRS: A
Decentralized and Rule-Based Approach to Data Dependency Analysis and
Failure Recovery in a Service-Oriented Environment."
and Computer Engineering
- Dr. Timothy C. Dallas was awarded $50,000 by the
Robert A. Welch Foundation. The title of the proposal was "AFM on a
- Dr. Mary C. Baker was awarded $133,452.75 by the
National Science Foundation. The title of the proposal was "GK-12:
Building Bridges: Integrating Mathematics, Science, and Engineering
Education on the South Plains."
- Dr. James L. Smith was awarded $61,291 by the
Centers for Disease Control/NIOSH. The title of the proposal was "NIOSH
- Dr. Michelle L. Pantoya was awarded $94,483 by the
DOD/DTRA/University of Texas. The title of the proposal was "Impact
Driven Reactions in Select Thermites and Reactive Materials."
- Dr. Ayrton Bernussi, Dr. Luis Grave de
Peralta, and Dr. Mark W. Holtz were awarded
$200,000 by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The title of
the proposal was "Determination of Intrinsic Parameters Influencing
Efficiencies in Single High-Power Laser Diodes." Dr. Ayrton Bernussi is
- Dr. Jordan M. Berg, Dr. Ayrton
Bernussi, Dr. Luis Grave de Peralta, and
Dr. Darryl L. James were awarded $199,995 by the
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The title of the proposal was
"Finite-Element Simulation for Electrothermal Characterization of
High-Power Diode Laser Bars."
- Dr. Ayrton Bernussi was awarded $20,000.00 by the
RDECOM/Science Research Laboratory. The title of the proposal was
"Research in Electrical Engineering - Thomasz Knapczyk."
- Dr. Andrew W. Jackson, Dr. Todd A.
Anderson, and Dr. Kenneth A. Rainwater were
awarded $79,300 by the BWXT/Pantex. The title of the proposal was
"Laboratory Demonstration of In Situ Treatment Effectiveness for
Reduction of Perchlorate, TCE, and Chromium at Pantex Plant." Dr.
Jackson is the PI.
Dr. Javad Hashemi,
associate academic dean in the College of Engineering, has an article that
was published in the July issue of the Journal of Orthopaedic
Research entitled, "The Human Anterior Cruciate Ligament: Sex
Differences in Ultrastructure and Correlation with Biomechanical
Properties." Dr. Hashemi collaborated with Dr. Naveen Chandrashekar, Dr.
Hossein Mansouri, Dr. James R. Slauterbeck, and Dr. Daniel M. Hardy for
Dr. Iris Rivero,
assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering, has an
article that will be published in the September issue of NDT and E
International entitled, �Determination of the Accuracy of Phase
Analysis Measurements on Spherical Surfaces through X-Ray Diffraction,�
Dr. Rivero completed the study with Dr. Clayton O. Ruud.
Swain, Ph.D. student in the Department of Industrial Engineering,
has been selected as a NASA/Texas Space Grant Consortium Fellow for the
2008-2009 academic year. The fellowship consists of a $5,000 supplemental
Ola Adepoju, a 2006
M.S.P.E graduate, was recently contacted by the German publishing house,
Vdm Verlag Dr. M�ller, to publish his master's thesis. The thesis,
"Coefficient of Isothermal Oil Compressibility: A Study for Reservoir
Fluids by Cubic Equation-of-State," can be read online from the Texas
Tech library, or can be purchased as a book at Amazon.com.
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