Texas Tech University

Director's Welcome

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Texas Tech University officially established the Institute for Materials, Manufacturing, and Sustainment (IMMS) in October 2016 to nourish the TTU's growth to meet the scientific and technological demands of Texas, the Nation, and the World. IMMS was founded on the principles of discovery, innovation, and transition. IMMS embraces, encourages, and nourishes opportunities to enter into the unknown and unexplored areas and transforms perceptive impossibilities into scientific possibilities.

IMMS trains and provides the next-generation of world-class scientists and engineers who can extraordinarily perform to achieve "breakthrough" scientific results for the benefits of mankind. Additionally, IMMS creates paths and nourishes inspiration for students' entrepreneurial minds and ambition to support the Nation's economic growth.

IMMS senior research staffs have mentored nearly 700 graduate students, post-doctorate fellows, visiting scholars, and young visiting professors. The IMMS' Chief Scientist is identified by Google Scholar as one of the most highly cited researchers in the fields of computational science and engineering. He has also been recognized by Thompson Reuters as "one of the 3000 best scientific minds (less than one-half of one percent of all researchers all over the world)".

As the IMMS Director, I invite you to visit Lubbock in Texas to establish collaborations and partnerships with Texas Tech University to jointly explore the undiscovered scientific areas of futuristic technologies for the benefits of mankind.

Go Raiders!

Dy D. Le, Director
Office of the Vice President for Research

Director's Bio Highlights

  • Recognized nationally and internationally in the fields of: aviation health monitoring, condition-based monitoring, intelligent sensing, fatigue and damage tolerance, fracture mechanics, and computation. U.S. Presidential Recognition Recipient. 
  • Served as researcher, program manager, and division chief for the Naval Air Warfare Center, Federal Aviation Administration, and U.S. Army Research Laboratory for a total of 31 years addressing a wide range of science and technology challenges.
  • Architect of the "Virtual Risk-informed Agile Maneuver Sustainment" or VRAMS concept, which aims at providing a futuristic capability to sustain Unmanned Aerial Systems and future vertical lift with little or "zero-maintenance".
  • Completed military pilot training at Lackland Air Force Base and Fort Rucker and served during the Vietnam War from 1972-1975.

Director's Complete Bio

Institute for Materials, Manufacturing, and Sustainment