Texas Tech University

Chair's Welcome

Rajesh Khare, Ph.D.Reible

Phone: 806.834.0449



Chair's Message 

Welcome to the Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas Tech University!  

I am happy to accept the responsibility of serving as the Interim Chair of the department.  

The Department of Chemical Engineering provides programs leading to B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. The chemical engineering department has a long tradition of providing education to students that is grounded in both fundamental scientific principles and hands-on training.  In addition to physical, chemical, and biological sciences, students also get trained in the skills of communication and entrepreneurship.  Our undergraduate program is supported by the newly established Valero Experiential Learning Laboratory for chemical engineering unit operations.  Another exciting recent addition to our facilities is the Morrow Energy Pilot Plant.  The Pilot Plant will provide an opportunity for our students to apply the knowledge gained in the coursework to process equipment that simulates industrial operating conditions.  

Graduate students in the department conduct cutting-edge research in the fields of biomedical engineering, computational chemistry, data science, electrochemical engineering, and energy and sustainability.  The research is carried out in state-of-the art laboratory facilities and on a high-performance computer cluster.  The graduate program in the department is supported by state, federal, and industrial funding.  

The department currently has 15 tenured or tenure track faculty members and 2 full-time, non-tenure track teaching faculty members, and is supported by highly qualified staff members.  

In this centennial year of Texas Tech, I have had the opportunity to meet a large number of alumni of the department.  I have been heartened by both their professional success and their continued support of the department.  Indeed, I feel the same enthusiasm working in the department today as I did when I joined the department as a new faculty member 18 years ago!  I look forward to the continued growth of the department in the years to come.  


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