About the Department of Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical engineering is the largest major in the engineering college at Texas Tech University. Current enrollment of 828 students which includes 692 undergraduate students and 136 graduate students. The Department has 39 faculty members from diverse backgrounds who conduct advanced research, advise students, and teach a rigorous curriculum. The ME curriculum comprises courses in design and manufacturing, dynamics and controls, mechanics and materials, and thermofluids. Computational thinking and capstone design projects are also an integral part of the curriculum.
Perspectives for ME Graduates
The Department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering. Our demanding curriculum offers a strong foundation for students to excel in both traditional and high-tech industries, the latter with examples ranging from the thermal management of a powerful smartphone, mechanical design of an electric vehicle, control of a fleet of autonomous vehicles, to propulsion systems for space exploration. The Department has an engaging alumni advisory board that constantly provides feedback in curriculum and research directions, making the Department thrive in this ever-changing world.
ME Wins Departmental Excellence in Teaching Award
The department has been named the winner of the Teaching Academy's Departmental Excellence in Teaching Award. This is presented in recognition of a department that has esprit de corps in its dedication to the education of students.
Fellowships and Scholarships
New ME Chair
The Whitacre College of Engineering at Texas Tech University has named Song-Charng Kong, as the chair of The WCOE's Department of Mechanical Engineering, effective January 1, 2022
Kong joined Texas Tech after serving on the faculty at Iowa State since 2005. He teaches courses related to thermal sciences, including thermodynamics, heat transfer, combustion, and internal combustion engine. In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities while at Iowa State, Kong served as the associate chair for graduate studies in Mechanical Engineering. In that role, he coordinated the department's graduate programs, including admissions, recruitment, curriculum development, candidacy exams and student advising.