Darryl James currently serves as Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Affairs with responsibilities to act as a liaison between the Office of the Provost, the Graduate School, and the Academic Colleges with an emphasis on graduate program development. He also oversees the Texas Tech University Press.
Dr. James is a professor of mechanical engineering and is a registered professional engineer. He obtained his bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and his master's and Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, all in mechanical engineering. He started at Texas Tech in 1993 as an assistant professor. In the Mechanical Engineering department, he has served as director of the graduate program, associate chair, and thermal-fluids group lead.
Dr. James' area of expertise is thermal-fluids. He has over 60 technical publications, has generated approximately three million dollars in funded research, has taught 12 different thermal-fluid courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and has consulted for industry and national labs. He is director of VorTECH, the US's largest tornado simulator, and has appeared on more than 25 national and international television programs related to tornadoes. Within the past few years, his research has focused on tornadic fluid-structure interaction and renewable energy (solar thermochemical).