Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering!
Texas Tech University's mechanical engineering department has a long-standing history of providing quality education with curriculum that offers a strong foundation for students to excel in their careers.
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.
This is a strong testament to the versatility and demand for Mechanical Engineers!
The vision of the department is entirely student-centered with regards to teaching, research, and service. Our goal is to provide an exceptional undergraduate and graduate education in the art, science and practice of mechanical engineering.
The mission of the department is to offer students nationally recognized educational opportunities rooted in the fundamentals of mechanical engineering and state-of-the-art technology. The department programs support technological development and innovation to meet numerous goals, including the needs of society. Faculty and student participation in design projects, research or other similar activities is considered essential to their professional development. The educational opportunities take place in a collegial environment of effective instruction and counsel.
The mechanical engineering program provides students with the ability to apply their engineering, mathematic and scientific knowledge to design mechanical systems and solve engineering problems. Students learn to design and conduct experiments, communicate effectively, function in teams and utilize modern engineering tools. Students gain an understanding of their professional and ethical responsibilities as engineers. Perhaps most importantly, students are prepared for the lifelong learning necessary to function effectively as the practice of engineering evolves.
Graduates with a degree in mechanical engineering will find employment opportunities covering a wide spectrum of industries, including aerospace, automotive, petroleum production and refining, petrochemicals, electrical power, electronics, semiconductors and computers, manufacturing and healthcare, as well as research positions in industry and government laboratories. Problem-solving techniques learned in the mechanical engineering curriculum are also applied to continued educational pursuits or graduate studies in engineering, as well as in areas such as law, medicine, business administration and other professions.
Nurcan Bac, Ph.D.
Interim Department Chair
of Mechanical Engineering,
Texas Tech University
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Lubbock, TX 79409