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Petroleum Engineering The Texas Tech University College of Engineering has accepted a $15 million donation from alumnus Bob L. Herd to the Department of Petroleum Engineering. The funds will be used to endow the department. Herd's donation will result in the first naming of an academic department on campus, the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering.

Herd, a 1957 petroleum engineering graduate, is the founder and operator of Herd Producing Company in Tyler. He was named a Distinguished Engineer in the College of Engineering in 1995 and was recognized as a Texas Tech Distinguished Alumnus in 1994. Herd credits Texas Tech for his success.



USNews In U.S. News and World Report’s yearly assessment of America’s best schools, Texas Tech’s undergraduate engineering program is now tied for 78, up from an 85 ranking for 2008 and from rankings in the 90s prior to that. The undergraduate program rankings are based on peer assessments only.

"We appreciate that the U.S. News ranking verifies what we have known all along: Texas Tech’s College of Engineering provides one of the best engineering educations in the nation," said Pamela Eibeck. "Our dedicated faculty, outstanding laboratories and supportive environment provide a superior engineering education, allowing our graduates to become technology leaders throughout the world."



Wind Science and Engineering Research Center The West Texas Municipal Power Agency (WTMPA) - a Texas joint power agency and municipal corporation comprised of the cities of Brownfield, Floydada, Lubbock and Tulia - has agreed to enter into a development agreement with Republic Power Partners, LP to conduct a final feasibility study for extensive, prime alternative energy sources in the High Plains region.

The project includes generation of power through wind, biomass, clean coal and other thermal energy sources and the transmission to provide a balanced, consistent source of electricity for local use, as well as selling surplus power by 2015 into the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). The Texas Tech Wind Science and Engineering Research Center will supply valuable expertise and guidance for this project. Feasibility studies are expected to be completed no later than 2011.


Rocket Camp On Friday, August 1, high school and middle school students showcased and launched rockets at Urbanovsky Park that were built during a T-STEM Center Rocket Camp. The center received a $123,000 grant to fund the camp under a joint initiative by the Texas Workforce Commission and the Higher Education Coordinating Board, aimed at motivating students in STEM education. 

Faculty Recognition

Iris Rivero Dr. Iris Rivero has been named a recipient of the 2009 Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) John G. Bollinger Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award. The award is given in recognition of significant achievements and leadership in the field of manufacturing engineering as a young engineer. Rivero is one of six recipients who will receive the award in 2009. The 2009 award is named in honor of John Bollinger for his lifelong contributions to manufacturing and long-time support of SME.


Former professor of civil and environmental engineering Dr. W. Pennington (Penny) Vann will receive the John A. Focht, Jr. Award at the American Society of Civil Engineers Texas Section Meeting in Dallas the first Friday in October. Vann was a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 1972 until 2006.


Dr. Hamed Sari-Sarraf, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, will be on faculty development leave during the Fall 2009 semester. He will spend this period as an Erasmus Mundus Scholar at the Laboratoire Electronique, Informatique et Image of Universite de Bourgogne, Le Creusot, France.


Dr. Kwong Chao retired from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering on August 31.

Theodore Cleveland was hired as an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering on September 1.

E. Annette Hernandez was hired as an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering on September 1.

Qing Hui was hired as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering on September 1.

Dr. Sangwook Lee was hired as an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Technology on July 16.

Dr. Michael Parten retired from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering on August 31.

Moon Won was hired as an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering on September 1.

Jingzhou Yang was hired as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering on September 1.

Staff Recognition

Glenna Andrews was promoted to senior advisor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering on September 1.

Denise Hinojosa was hired as a senior business assistant in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering effective August 8.

Vanessa Hocutt-Jehangiri was hired as a senior business assistant in the Department of Mechanical Engineering effective August 13.

Jeremy Obermeier was hired as a technician III in the Department of Chemical Engineering effective August 1.

Lori Walraven was promoted to supervisor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering on July 1.

Grants and Contracts

Chemical Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering

College of Engineering Dean's Office

Computer Science

Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Transportation

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Industrial Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Nano Tech Center

National Institute for Engineering Ethics

Publications

In April 2005, Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar, associate professor in The Institute of Environmental and Human Health, and collaborators published a peer-reviewed paper entitled "Electrospinning of Nanofibers" in the Journal of Applied Polymer Science. This paper was classified as a "Highly Cited Paper" by ISI's Web of Knowledge Database. As of August 21, 2008, this paper has had more than 100 citations.

The collaborators for this paper include Dr. Siva Parameswaran, professor of mechanical engineering, Dr. Richard Tock professor of chemical engineering, Dr. Gajanan Bhat, a professor in the University of Tennessee at Knoxville Department of Material Science and Engineering, and T. Subbiah, a former student of Dr. Ramkumar.

Student Accomplishments

The Society of Environmental Professionals (SEP) won first place in the Water Environment Association of Texas Student Design Competition hosted in San Antonio, TX on March 26, 2008. The student's proposed and designed a cost effective wet weather flow treatment upgrade for the Trinity River Authority's largest wastewater treatment plant. They will proceed to the national competition in October which is hosted in Chicago, IL at the WEFTEC conference.

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Computer Science Mysti Digby
Electrical and Computer Sandi Willingham
Engineering Technology Mary Reigner
Industrial Terry Wilson
Mechanical Lori Walraven
Petroleum Joan Blackmon
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