About the Department of Mechanical Engineering
The vision of the department is to be recognized for exceptional undergraduate and graduate education in the art, science, and practice of mechanical engineering.
The mission of the department is to offer students nationally recognized educational opportunities grounded in the fundamentals of mechanical engineering and involving state−of−the−art technology. The department programs support technological development and innovation to meet many goals, including the needs of society. Faculty and student participation in design projects, research, or other similar activities is considered essential to their professional development. The education opportunities are to take place in a collegial environment of effective instruction and counsel.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering is a tremendous asset to the college of engineering, Texas Tech University, the State of Texas and Nation. According to ASEE data our department was ranked 23rd in producing BSME graduates in 2008 (total of 274 schools reported). Currently the department consists of twenty eight (nine new faculty joined in last five years including three Endowed Chairs) highly qualified faculty members from a diverse background who are committed to excellence in research and teaching. Four of the faculty members are fellows in their professional organizations and many receive numerous excellences in teaching and research awards.
The department offers fully accredited, BSME, MSME and Ph.D. degrees. It has a thriving undergraduate population of 1000 students and a graduate student population of 100 (50 MS and 50 Ph.D. students). The Department of Mechanical Engineering dates back to 1925 at the inception of Texas Tech University. BS program started at that time with the BSME degree conferred first time to six students in 1929. The MS program for the department was approved in 1959 and Ph.D. in 1965. Our students are of high quality and receive numerous awards. Our graduates from all three programs are highly marketable and receive jobs in various industries, academia and national laboratories, mostly in Texas but also nationwide.
Comprehensive nature of Texas Tech University has fostered collaborative educational, research and service programs between mechanical engineering and biology, chemistry, physics, philosophy, mathematics, health, medicine, agriculture, etc. The department takes pride in its internationally known research programs in energetic materials, nanomaterials, failure and residual stress analysis, biomechanics, micro− and nano−technology, fluid mechanics, wind farm modeling, tornado simulation, energy, robotics, transdisciplinary research, automotive, etc. The faulty are engaged with many centers of research excellence in the college of engineering and university.
We have a strong tradition of valuable service to the larger community. Among others, our faculty are involved with transdisciplinary research and education programs and are working with Raytheon Corporation for last seven years. The seamless automotive technology program is working with community colleges and the Lubbock Independent School District to transform high school students with automotive background into Mechanical Engineers. Our faculty are editors of highly reputed journals, organize conferences, serve on professional technical committees, organize Robotic competition, etc.
We work very closely with Industry Advisory Board Members and ME Academy members to improve our program continuously.
This department supervises the following degree programs:
- Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
- Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
- Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering