Ed Anderson, Ph.D., P.E.Office: ME 104
Texas Tech University
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Lubbock, TX 79409
Dear friends, colleagues, and alumni:
I am pleased to return as the departmental Chairman, albeit it on a temporary basis, as the Department searches for a new permanent Chairman to replace Jharna Chaudhuri who opted to retire last spring. Jharna served for 10 years as the Departmental Chairman during which time the department experienced a 250% growth. She is now enjoying the grandchildren in Portland, Oregon.
The department now has 1710 students and is one of the largest departments in the nation. As a consequence of this growth, the department needs to address three issues during my tenure: curriculum review, departmental organization and upcoming accreditation inspection. First, the curriculum is the same curriculum of 30 years ago with but a few minor adjustments. So, we need to consider issues such as effective and efficient laboratory experiences, efficient capstone design delivery, new technologies like emerging materials and flexible manufacturing as well as other curriculum issues. Second, the burgeoning size of the department requires a redesign of its organizational structure in preparation for the next Chairman. Third, our next accreditation inspection occurs during the fall of 2017. It takes about one year to prepare for this inspection and this will be a top priority during the 2016/17 academic year. We will be working on these three goals over the next 1-2 years.
The department now has 3 endowed professors: Dr. Fazle Hussain, President’s Distinguished Engineering Chair and member of the National Academy of Engineering; Dr. Satya Alturi, Whitacre Distinguished Engineering Chair and member of the National Academy of Engineering and Michelle Pantoya, J. W. Wright Regents Chair. These prestigious individuals are nationally known and add to the department’s reputation for excellence.
The department will undergo two changes in it physical facilities during the next two years. First, the department manufacturing facilities (known affectionately as the shop by our students) will be remodeled and named the Chicago Bridge and Iron Flexible Manufacturing Laboratory. This project is being done through a generous gift from Chicago Bridge and Iron and will include state-of-the-art 3-D metal and polymer printers, CNC machining and water-jet cutters. Second, the department is expanding into the current Industrial Engineering space in the second oldest building on the campus at the north end of the Engineering Key. We will initially move into the administration space of this building as the College and University raise funds for the renovation of the Mechanical Engineering space.
Our students continue to win awards in various national competitions. We are very proud of their accomplishments and look forward to more in the future. These are announced on the Whitaker College of Engineering and departmental website as they occur.
Please feel free to contact me or drop by my office if you are in the area. My door is always open.
Dr. Edward (Ed) E. Anderson
Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering