For the first time in history, Texas Tech University has a succinct road map to become a great public research university. Through the institution’s strategic planning efforts, eight strategic research themes have been identified across all colleges, schools, centers and institutes that will directly and clearly guide activities and investment strategies to expand and enhance research and creative scholarship.
The themes and sub-themes were identified through external scans and SWOT analysis, and with respect to increasing support to the institution, advancing knowledge, improving quality of life, and enhancing global and economic competitiveness. Utilization of these themes will advance disciplinary, multidisciplinary, and interdisciplinary research at Texas Tech.
TTU is on the cutting edge of research involving energy, water, agriculture and the built environment, including focus areas in food safety and quality, sustainable energy and communities, water resources and law, and animal health and well-being.
Innovative Education & Assessment
Our researchers are finding new ways to educate and assess special needs and special education, bilingualism and ESL, STEM training and certification, and social issues and critical pedagogy in public schools.
Computational and Theoretical Sciences & Visualization
Our researchers work nationally and internationally studying high energy particle physics, molecular dynamical simulation, business intelligence, systems engineering, and information systems.
Advanced Electronics & Materials
Providing immeasurable benefits to our state and nation both economically and defensively, Texas Tech is an innovator in advanced electronics and materials research including nanotechnology, nanophotonics, and pulsed power.
Texas Tech research collaborations extend across departmental boundaries in areas of biodefense law, addiction and recovery, and cancer research.
Culture & Communication
From the study of military law and policy to the cognitive and social effects of new media, researchers at Texas Tech cover a broad area of culture, communication, entrepreneurship, and leadership.
Community Health & Wellness
Texas Tech is dedicated to research addressing the needs of rural West Texas community health issues, including family health and wellness, addiction and recovery, family outreach, health care law, and health care design.
The university is invested in supporting and enhancing creative scholarship through arts and design technologies such as geospatial analysis and visualization, gaming and technology, and music perception and cognition.
Vice President for Research
Office of the Vice President for Research