Pantoya Writes Third Book

Michelle Pantoya, professor of mechanical engineering at Texas Tech, and her co-author Emily Hunt, now an engineering professor at West Texas A&M University and Texas Tech alumna, have written another child's book teaching basic problem-solving skills by using engineering concepts and vocabulary. They worked with early childhood literacy experts and science museums to develop their most recent title, "Designing Dandelions: An Engineering Everything Adventure."

The book tells the story of two young space aliens from the planet Exergy, who have crash-landed on Earth and must apply the engineering design process to get themselves back home. The book aims to teach children the relationship between science and engineering and introduce them to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts.

"I'm very excited to bring engineering to young children and start to inspire the future generations that will impact our world," Pantoya said.

"Designing Dandelions" is the third book published by the author pair and their first to be published by Texas Tech University Press. Their previous titles, "Engineering Elephants" and "Pride by Design," also have engineering themes.