Texas Tech University


Chair's Message

September 2017

The arrival of fall and a new academic year brings new students to campus and excitement in the air. This fall with hurricane Harvey, it is also a time to come together, help one another, and have gratitude for what we have. I do hope that those of you in Houston are safe and healthy, and that the cleaning and rebuilding, if any, are minor. Please reach out and let us know how you are.

In the Department of Chemical Engineering, we are continuing to build on our momentum in our quest to be recognized as one of the top chemical engineering departments in the nation. We have recently received a major gift from Valero that will strengthen our teaching laboratories, and we have many other exciting plans in the works. Some of our recent news includes the following:

  • Enrollments continue to increase, with the department now serving over 550 undergraduates and 79 Ph.D. students.
  • A total of seventy-two B.S. students graduated in May and August 2016. Although the job market is getting softer, over 70 % had jobs at graduation, with an average starting salary of $ 72,000.
  • Student researchers and faculty continued to receive recognition for their excellence, including a recent Graduate Student Research and Design Award from BMSE.
  • The department maintained its stature as one of the top research departments in the University with over $ 5.6 M in total research expenditures in fiscal year 2017 and one of the the highest levels of competitive federal expenditures per faculty member in the University for the fourth year running.

Enjoy the latest stories, and of course, do not hesitate to share your successes with us or to stop by the department when you are in town!

Dr. Sindee Simon
P.W. Horn Professor
Whitacre Department Chair