Greg McKenna Receives Bingham Medal
Dr. Greg McKenna, Paul Whitfield Horn Professor, John R. Bradford Chair, and professor of chemical engineering, is the 2009 recipient of the Society of Rheology's Bingham Medal. The Bingham Medal is an annual award for outstanding contributions to the field of rheology. It was instituted in 1948 by the Society of Rheology, commemorating Eugene C. Bingham, a pioneer in rheology theory and practice.
McKenna received the medal because of his development of novel rheological experiments and methods to interrogate the physics of polymers and complex fluids. His contributions to rheology have been made in four areas:
Summer in Seville
Dr. Walt Oler, associate dean of undergraduate studies; 25 engineering students; Dr. Mark Webb, an associate professor of philosophy; and Dr. Stacy Elko, an assistant professor of art are currently involved in a study abroad program in Seville, Spain for the months of June and July. The students will take courses in thermodynamics, statics, world religions, and art appreciation.
To keep up with the group's activities, visit the COE in Seville blog.
New Staff Members
Michael Boyles was hired on June 1 in the Department of Chemical Engineering.
Grants and Contracts
05-20-2009 - 06-16-2009
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics
Nano Tech Center
Water Resources Center
Whitacre College of Engineering Dean's Office
WEAT Team Takes 3rd Place
The Texas Tech Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT) team took 3rd Place in the WEAT Student Design Competition at the Texas Water Conference in Galveston. The Texas Tech team consists of Kristin Peterson, Nubia Estrada, Felipe Estrada, Glenda Smith, Kristen Faith, and Steven Broadaway.
Four university teams prepared design alternatives for Nutrient Removal at the Trinity River Authority (TRA) Central Regional Wastewater System Treatment Plant. Student teams assumed that TRA currently has the system improvements to handle existing permit requirements. Additionally, student teams assumed that the permitted capacity will remain 162 MGD. The nutrient removal solution developed by the student teams was capable of handling the addition of nitrogen and phosphorus limits to the projected 2015 permit requirements.
Scott Simpson Named Program Manager at NASA
Scott Simpson, a 1983 electrical engineering technology graduate and son of former electrical engineering professor Dr. Travis Simpson, has been named a program manager at NASA in Houston. He will manage the Johnson Space Center Safety and Mission Assurance Support Services contract with 415 people providing engineering services in the Safety, Reliability, and Quality Assurance disciplines for the NASA Programs/Projects at the Johnson Space Center. These include the Space Shuttle Program, International Space Station Program, Constellation Program (designing our next vehicles to go to the moon including the Orion capsule), the Extra-Vehicular Activity Project and many other projects at the center.
Dr. J. E. Archer, former professor of systems and computer science at Texas Tech, died on June 1, 2009 at Stanford Hospital, in Palo Alto, Calif.
J. E. was born to James McQuatty and Mary Minerva Archer on December 1, 1922 in Hedley, Texas. He married Reta Faye Turner on November 8, 1942 in Abilene. Following service in World War II, he graduated from Texas Tech in 1947, and then was received a Ph.D. in Physics from M.I.T in 1950. He joined the M.I.T. faculty for two years, before entering industrial research for what is now PPG Industries, rising to Director of Research of the 300-person laboratory in four years. In 1962, J. E. joined Texas Instruments in Dallas as Corporate Director of Management Systems. In 1968, he and Reta moved to Lubbock, where they lived until Reta's death in 1996. At Texas Tech, J. E. started a new department, Systems Engineering, whose name was later changed to Systems and Computer Science. He remained at Texas Tech until he retired in 1996.
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