About the Department of Mechanical Engineering
The Department of Mechanical Engineering is a tremendous asset to the Whitacre College of Engineering, Texas Tech University, the State of Texas, and the nation. According to ASEE data, the Department is ranked in the top 25 in producing B.S.M.E. graduates (a total of 274 schools reported). Currently, the Department consists of 34 highly-qualified faculty members from a diverse background who are committed to excellence in research and teaching. Many of the faculty members are fellows in their professional organizations, and many have received numerous teaching and research awards.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering ranks among the top U.S. programs in number of undergraduate mechanical engineering degrees awarded. In addition to the 321 undergraduate degrees awarded in 2018-2019, the department awarded 15 PhD and 8 MS degrees. Department enrollment includes 800 undergraduate students and 120 graduate students. Among the 27 tenure track, tenured, research professors and professors of practice, roughly 30% are women and minorities. In recent years, department faculty have served as PI/Co-PI on 4.7 million dollars in externally sponsored research, of which about 70% were from federal sources. Departmental faculty publications have garnered roughly 40,000 lifetime Scopus citations. Faculty are known for cited work on bio-inspired devices, computational mechanics, vortex dynamics, turbulence, microfluidics, nanoimprinting, physiological microstructure and translational nutrition, cardiovascular dynamics, nanomedicine, energetic and biological materials, and robust control methods. Department faculty recognitions and awards include membership in the US National Academy of Engineering and foreign Academies of Engineering and the Sciences, recognitions as Thomson-Reuters highly cited scholars, and receipt of PECASE, and Young Investigator DOD awards.
Faculty, staff, and students work closely with Industry Advisory Board members and ME Academy members to continuously improve our program.
This Department supervises the following degree programs:
- Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
- Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
- Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering