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Chair, Mechanical Engineering Department and Endowed Professor

Texas Tech University invites applications and nominations for the Endowed Departmental Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department in the Ed Whitacre College of Engineering.

Mechanical Engineering, which is the largest department in the Whitacre College of Engineering, ranks among the top U.S. programs in the mechanical engineering undergraduate degrees awarded. The Department currently has 1400 undergraduate students, and 100 Ph.D. and 50 MS graduate students. Its faculty consists of 35 members with tenure or tenure-track appointments, 5 full-time instructors, and 4 research faculty members. The ME Department is aspiring to significantly enhance its research profile, impact, and national ranking and is in a rapid growth phase, and at least 5 additional tenure track positions are available. Over the last few years, the Department has averaged approximately $2.0 million/year in research expenditures, and it is strongly focused on pursuing nationally competitive grants, extensive publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and increasing its doctoral program. In addition to traditional research fields such as thermal and fluid sciences, mechanics and materials, dynamics and controls, and design, a significant emphasis is placed on conducting interdisciplinary research, including aerospace, wind energy, medical and biological engineering, nanotechnology, sensors, devices and imaging, and biomimetic and soft materials.

Texas Tech University is part of the comprehensive state-supported Texas Tech University System. Texas Tech University has an enrollment of 35,000 students and is home to 12 academic colleges. Texas Tech has embarked on a major initiative to position itself as the next national Tier One research university in Texas, and it is operating in a major growth phase in research efforts. The Whitacre College of Engineering performs more than $18 million/year in sponsored research supported by federal agencies, state agencies, and private organizations. The college has a rich history of nationally and internationally recognized investigations. It has highly accomplished faculty, including four members of the National Academy of Engineering. There are many areas of excellence including the Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics (P3E), the Center for Nanophotonics, the Water Resources Center, and the National Wind Institute (NWI). Thriving nationally renowned research programs also exist in medical image processing, semiconductor materials, water remediation, energetic materials, polymer materials, intelligent software systems, along with big data and cyber security. For more information please visit

The ideal candidate will be a visionary, goal-oriented and collaborative leader. She or he will also embrace and further the core commitments of the University's and Colleges mission and will actively promote academic excellence in teaching and research. A successful Chair will have excellent interpersonal skills and will enhance diversity in a learning community. The candidate must have an outstanding record of scholarly and technical achievements, a strong commitment to engineering education, effective management and leadership skills, and must be eligible for appointment at the full professor level. A Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering or a related field is required.

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting Texas Tech University in the search. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. Nominations should include the name, position, email address and telephone number of the nominee. Interested candidates should prepare an application package consisting of their personal contact information, a curriculum vitae, a cover letter describing their technical qualifications, thoughts on leadership, and their vision of the field in the future, and contact information for at least four professional references. Submission of materials as a PDF attachment is strongly encouraged. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to:


Jan Greenwood or Betty Turner Asher, Partners

Chris Channing, Principal
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
42 Business Center Drive, Suite 206
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Phone: 850.650.2277tFax:850.650.2272

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