About the Department of Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical engineering is the largest major in the engineering college at Texas Tech University. The Department is ranked in the top 25 in producing B.S.M.E. graduates (a total of 274 schools reported) according to ASEE. In 2020-2021 academic year, the Department awarded 305 undergraduate degrees, 21 MS degrees, and 12 PhD degrees. In Fall 2021, the Department enrollment includes 136 graduate students and 674 undergraduate students who have met the requirements and been accepted to the ME program. In addition, another 916 undergraduate students have their concentration set for ME and are working to complete the required foundational coursework/GPA requirements. This is a strong testament to the demand and strength for ME!
Currently, the Department has 40 highly qualified faculty members from diverse backgrounds who conduct advanced research, advise students, and teach a rigorous curriculum. In 2020-2021 academic year, ME faculty serve as the investigators of numerous research awards totaling $3.7 M. Many of the faculty members are fellows in their professional organizations, and many have received numerous teaching and research awards. Department faculty recognitions and awards include membership in the US National Academy of Engineering and foreign Academies of Engineering and Science, recognitions as Thomson-Reuters highly cited scholars, receipts of NSF CAREER awards, PECASE awards, and Department of Defense Young Investigator awards.
The Department is also proud to have an engaging Industrial Advisory Board, consisting of 16 distinguished ME alumni who are leaders in their fields. The Board is proactive and provides recommendations to the Department in areas including curriculum, research, outreach, and fundraising. The Board also supports a number of senior capstone design projects. This is a strong showing of the engagement of ME alumni after graduation.
The Department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering. Graduates with a degree in mechanical engineering will find employment opportunities covering a broad spectrum of industries, including aerospace, automotive, petroleum, petrochemicals, electrical power, electronics, semiconductors and computers, manufacturing, healthcare, and research positions in academia and government laboratories. Problem-solving techniques learned in the mechanical engineering curriculum are also applicable to continued educational pursuits or advanced studies in engineering, law, medicine, business administration, and other professions.