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Chyu Publishes New Book: "Advances in Engineering for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment"

Chyu Publishes New Book: "Advances in Engineering for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment"

Dr. Ming Chyu, a professor of mechanical engineering, has published a new book, "Advances in Engineering for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment."

His book showcases a cross section of recent engineering advances in various aspects of cancer management to illustrate how engineering has contributed to cancer diagnosis and treatment. The goals of this book are (a) for healthcare professionals and researchers to learn Engineering approaches and methodologies addressing different cancer management issues, (b) for engineers and engineering researchers to learn the immense opportunities in cancer research where they can contribute, and (c) to bridge the gap and to foster broader and deeper collaborations between Healthcare and Engineering, that eventually benefit cancer patients and the society. The book is published by Multi-Science Publishing Co. and is available on Amazon.


Hanson Named Chair Elect of ASME Board on Student Programs

Hanson Named Chair Elect of ASME Board on Student Programs

Dr. Jeff Hanson, instructor of mechanical engineering, has been named chair elect of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Board on Student Programs.

The Board on Student Programs, under direction and oversight of the Council for the Student and Early Career Development (SECD) Sector, is responsible for providing innovative programs focused on preparing students for their professional careers through professional development, mentoring, networking, and continuing education by leveraging the ASME co-curricular teaching/learning organizations at the university and college campuses worldwide.

The chair provides guidance and leadership to ASME student sections on the university and college campuses to enhance the quality, content and relevance of their activities in preparation for their professional career.


Gragg Receives Second Place in Outstanding Dissertation Award Competition

Gragg Receives Second Place in Outstanding Dissertation Award Competition

Dr. Jared Gragg, who recently completed his dissertation in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, received second place in the Texas Tech Graduate School's Outstanding Dissertation Award Competition. His dissertation title was "Investigating the onset of slip in gait by employing probabilistic theory and optimization-based motion prediction." Gragg was nominated by Dr. James Yang, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering.


Basu and Bilbao Named ARCS Scholars

Basu and Bilbao Named ARCS Scholars

The Lubbock Chapter of the Achievement Rewards for College Students (ARCS) has selected Avik Basu and Alejandro Bilbao (pictured at left), mechanical engineering doctoral students, as ARCS Scholars for the 2014-2015 year. They were honored at an event in October and received a $5,000 stipend. ARCS funds several awards to scholars pursuing scientific research careers. These awards are merit-based, and the scholars will present a poster on their current research activities.

The Lubbock chapter was founded in 1972. The ARCS Foundation is dedicated to helping meet the country's need for scientists and engineers by providing scholarships to academically outstanding students who are United States citizens in need of financial assistance to complete their higher education, thereby contributing not only to the advancement of science, but also to the material and intellectual welfare of all people.


Haputhanthri Wins Best Poster Award at ASME ICES/Fuel Cell

Haputhanthri Wins Best Poster Award at ASME ICES/Fuel Cell

Shehan Haputhanthri, a graduate student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, won the Best Graduate Student Poster Award at the ASME 8th International Conference on Energy Sustainability and 12th Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference held in Boston, Massachusetts in July 2014.

His poster was titled "Ammonia as an Alternate Transport Fuel: Emulsifiers for Gasoline Ammonia Fuel Blends and Real Time Engine Performance."


Liu Wins SIAM Student Travel Award

Liu Wins SIAM Student Travel Award

Zhenyi Liu, a graduate student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been named a recipient of a Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Student Travel Award to attend the SIAM Workshop on Network Science (NS14) in July 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.

SIAM Student Travel Awards are given to help students gain the experience and exposure that comes from attending and presenting at SIAM conferences.


Gray`s Artwork Featured on Texas Country Reporter

Gray`s Artwork Featured on Texas Country Reporter

George Gray, an instructor of mechanical engineering, was recently featured on Texas Country Reporter, a weekly syndicated television program that airs on broadcast television across Texas.

His creative outlet and hobby is welded sculptures made from old mechanical machine components, which he calls "Up-cycled Steel Transformations."

He takes these scrap components and reassembles them into totally different configurations representing abstract visions and forms.

His artwork is available for viewing on his website at ironmongerartworks.com and the video interview is available through Texas Country Reporter's YouTube channel.


Pantoya Featured on Discovery Channel Canada

Pantoya Featured on Discovery Channel Canada's Daily Planet

Dr. Michelle Pantoya, J. W. Wright Regents Chair in Mechanical Engineering and professor of mechanical engineering, was recently featured on the Discovery Channel Canada's program, Daily Planet. The Daily Planet is a daily science magazine show that delivers a mix of documentaries and features on current events and discoveries in science.

The segment that features Pantoya's research is part of a special series of reports titled "Future Planet," where scientific advances and potential applications of science and technology in the future are discussed. Pantoya, along with representatives from the Lubbock County Sheriff's Department, demonstrate how her research into nanoparticles has led to advances in combustion and explosions that could lead to safer ammunition, the elimination of biological threats, and many other applications. Watch the video at Discovery Channel Canada's website.


Vargas wins Outstanding Student Presenter Award

Vargas wins Outstanding Student Presenter Award

Evan Vargas, a research assistant in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, won the Outstanding Student Presenter Award at the 2014 Spring Technical Meeting of the Central States Section of The Combustion Institute. His presentation was titled "Effects of Particle Size on Microwave Heating of Aluminum Powder Compacts."


ME Students Among First Responders to Galveston Bay Oil Spill

ME Students Among First Responders to Galveston Bay Oil Spill

On March 22, a cargo ship collided with a barge carrying approximately 4,000 barrels of bunker fuel oil in Galveston Bay, Texas. An estimated 168,000 gallons spilled into the Houston Ship Channel, prompting officials to shut it down for cleanup.

Within days scientists from two research consortia funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) were on site alongside government and industry workers, collecting baseline information to assess impacts. These two groups were the Deep Sea to Coast Connectivity in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico Consortium (Deep-C) and the Dispersion Research on Oil: Physics and Plankton Studies (DROPPS) consortium.

Scientists with DROPPS are interested in oil as it moves through the water column and the effects of different agents on its travel path. They also look at the weathering process, but their primary focus is effects on planktonic populations and how they in turn impact the oil.

Larry Brock and James Lassmann, Texas Tech mechanical engineering students, worked with members of the DROPPS team, sampled in the bay, and used a 3D holography unit. The underwater holography system is used to profile this oil and biological agents in the water column.

More information is available from a Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative article.


Haputhanthri Wins First Place in Graduate Student Research Poster Competition

Haputhanthri Wins First Place in Graduate Student Research Poster Competition

Shehan Haputhanthri, a doctoral student, won first place in Engineering Category 2 at the 2014 Graduate Student Research Poster Competition, hosted by the Texas Tech Graduate School.
The purpose of the Graduate Student Research Competition is to encourage students to:

  • Engage in high quality, sound, and pertinent research;
  • Gain experience in presentation of scientific papers;
  • Demonstrate poise and mental agility before their peers;
  • Develop skills in effective communication for dissemination of research information.



Marathe Receives Helen DeVitt Jones Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award

Marathe Receives Helen DeVitt Jones Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award

Archis Marathe, a doctoral student and a Graduate Part-Time Instructor (GPTI), has been named a recipient of a Helen DeVitt Jones Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award.

This award supports excellence in teaching awards administered by the Texas Tech Graduate School. The award recognizes outstanding scholarly activity and excellence in teaching and is awarded annually during the state-wide graduate student appreciation week.


ME Hosts ASME District E SPDC, Wins Awards in Competition

ME Hosts ASME District E SPDC, Wins Awards in Competition

In April 2014, Texas Tech hosted the ASME District E Student Professional Development Conference (SPDC). Texas Tech students and teams, under the supervision of mechanical engineering instructor Dr. Jeff Hanson and mechanical engineering professor Dr. Atila Ertas, won awards all three categories of student competition: poster, oral and design. Michael Crump won first place in Old Guard Design competition and will attend the ASME 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE) in November to compete at the international level.

Old Guard Technical Poster Competition:
2nd Place: Kristen Smith - "Design: Manufacturing Process of a Left Ventricular Testing Device"
3rd Place: Danielle McNeese - "Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for the ASME 2014 Student Design Competition"

Old Guard Oral Presentation Competition:
1st Place: Michael Crump - "Subsea Fluid Connector"
4th Place: Brandon King - "Student Engineering Design: Triumph & Failure in a Quest of Optimization"

Student Design Competition:
2nd Place: Team Gamma - Jesse Latimer, Danielle McNeese, Casey Chapman, Jake Hempel, Brett Anderson
4th Place: The Dream Team - Courtney Billingsley, Brandon King, Andrew Fillingim, Cody Collins, Sterling Sanders, Ana Echeverria


ME Wins Departmental Excellence in Teaching Award

ME Wins Departmental Excellence in Teaching Award

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has been named the winner of the Teaching Academy's Departmental Excellence in Teaching Award. This award is presented in recognition of a department or comparable academic unit that has made unique and significant contributions to the teaching mission of the University and has esprit de corps in its dedication to the education of students at the undergraduate, graduate, and/or professional level.

Given as merited, it carries a $25,000 prize, to be used for the enhancement of teaching in any way the department determines. The general criterion for the award is the existence of a "teaching culture," which reflects commitment to students, makes teaching a high departmental priority, and facilitates teaching excellence throughout the department.

Read more about how the department won this award in the department's nomination packet.


Barhorst Named ASME Fellow

Barhorst Named ASME Fellow

Dr. Alan Barhorst, professor of mechanical engineering has been elected as a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

There are more than 124,000 ASME members, and less than three percent of the total membership of the organization have been elevated to the level of fellow.


Castillo Named ASME Fellow

Castillo Named ASME Fellow

Dr. Luciano Castillo, Don Kay and Clay Cash Foundation Engineering Chair in Wind Energy and professor of mechanical engineering has been elected as a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

There are more than 124,000 ASME members, and less than three percent of the total membership of the organization have been elevated to the level of fellow.


Chaudhuri Named ASME Fellow

Chaudhuri Named ASME Fellow

Dr. Jharna Chaudhuri, mechanical engineering department chair and professor of mechanical engineering, has been elected as a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

There are more than 124,000 ASME members, and less than three percent of the total membership of the organization have been elevated to the level of fellow.


Dr. Lawrence Remembered

Dr. Lawrence Remembered

Dr. James (Jim) Harold Lawrence Jr. passed away at home surrounded by family on September 25, 2013, after a brief illness. Born on February 9, 1932 in Beatrice, Nebraska, he served as chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and was employed at Texas Tech for more than 40 years. He was active in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers at the national and local level, where he mentored many students.


Branson Named ASHRAE Fellow

Branson Named ASHRAE Fellow

David Branson, an instructor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been named an American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE) fellow. He was recognized for contributions that have had substantial impact on the advancement of the arts and/or sciences of HVAC&R and on the industry.


Rivera and Wanki Receive President

Rivera and Wanki Receive President's Excellence in Diversity and Equity Awards

Alex Rivera (right) and Godlove Wanki (left), mechanical engineering majors, have been named recipients of the President's Excellence in Diversity and Equity Student Awards for 2013.

Recipients of the President's Excellence in Diversity and Equity Student Award will receive a $500 scholarship in September 2013.




Cloutier Receives NSF GRFP Fellowship

Cloutier Receives NSF GRFP Fellowship

Aimee Cloutier, a graduate student under the supervision of Dr. James Yang, has been selected to receive a 2013 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship. She was selected based on her outstanding abilities and accomplishments, as well as her potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise. She will receive a $30,000 per year stipend for the next five years.




Researchers Discover Plankton Adjust to Changing Ocean Temperatures

Researchers Discover Plankton Adjust to Changing Ocean Temperatures

Drs. Brad Gemmell and Edward Buskey from UT-Austin and Dr. Jian Sheng from Texas Tech have discovered new information that explains how tiny marine plankton overcome changes in the viscosity of ocean water. Using 3-D high speed holographic techniques developed by the Sheng lab at Texas Tech, the interdisciplinary team has found that these minute crustaceans actually change the movement of their swimming appendages in order to optimize escape swimming performance across natural thermal extremes. Read more about this research.




Researchers Explain How to Make the Hardest Metal Pliable

Researchers Explain How to Make the Hardest Metal Pliable

Researchers at Texas Tech and Yale University have discovered a way to predict and control the properties of metallic glasses, yielding a highly versatile material that looks like metal, is moldable like plastic, but stronger than steel. Dr. Golden Kumar, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has developed a model that can explain why some metallic glasses are always ductile or brittle, whereas others are sensitive to processing and aging. Read more about this research.




Simek Receives ABOTA Lifetime Achievement Award

Simek Receives ABOTA Lifetime Achievement Award

Patrick C. Simek, a 1971 B.S.M.E. graduate and a 1977 School of Law graduate, is the recipient of The American Board of Trial Advocates' (ABOTA) highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award. Simek is a longtime ABOTA member and Lubbock, Texas, lawyer. He served as national president of ABOTA in 2002.


ME Graduate Students and Faculty Members

ME Graduate Students and Faculty Members' Research Published in PNAS

ME graduate students and faculty members' groundbreaking research on boron nitride is featured in the latest issue of PNAS. In the published work, the group reported successful transformation of soft boron nitride with high degree of disorder to wurtzitic boron nitride by way of plastic shear under high pressure, and provide mechanism for such transformation.


ASME Students Win Second in International Old Guard Contest

ASME Students Win Second in International Old Guard Contest

Texas Tech won second place in the Old Guard Oral Presentation Contest at the ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition.

The project was "Reinventing the Wheel: A Radially Collapsing Wheel for an Innovative Wheelchair Design."


ASME Students Win Old Guard Presentation

ASME Students Win Old Guard Presentation

Texas Tech won first place in the Old Guard Oral Presentations at the regional District E competition of ASME’s Student Professional Development Conference (SPDC) and has qualified for a spot at the International ASME Meeting this November. The winning student presenter was Pejmon Arbrapour.

Their project was "Reinventing the Wheel: A Radially Collapsing Wheel for an Innovative Wheelchair Design." Kyle Ellis won second place for the poster competition for the same project.


Castillo Named Cash Chair

Castillo Named Cash Chair

Dr. Luciano Castillo is joining Texas Tech University as the Don-Kay-Clay Cash Foundation Distinguished Engineering Chair in Wind Energy, the executive director and president of the NWRC, and professor of mechanical engineering.


Hanson Receives Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award

Hanson Receives Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award

Dr. Jeff Hanson has been named the recipient of the 2011 American Society of Mechanical Engineers International Petroleum Technology Institute, Petroleum Division, Outstanding Faculty Advisor award.


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