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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.

Newsletter Fall 2022

The newsletter for Fall 2022 is available here. You will find interesting stories on our alumni, faculty's research and accomplishments, new faculty members, and students' activities. NewsLetter

Department News & Events

kongME Chair's Message: The Whitacre College of Engineering hosted the Distinguished Engineers Award celebration on May 6, 2022. We are most proud that one of this year's two recipients is an ME graduate and the sole Young Distinguished Engineer Award recipient is also an ME graduate.


jeff   Dr. Jeff Hanson, an Instructor of Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech Unversity, was one of the ten    recipients of the Professing   Excellence award, a formal ceremony created in 2002 by University Student Housing as a way to recognize Texas Tech instructors and   professors for their impact on the academic success of students living in the residence halls. Dr. Hanson was recognized as an innovative educator. 


hallJerome D. Hall “Joey”, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1989. Jerome D. Hall, Jr. “Joey” grew up in Amarillo, Texas. He is an honorary member of both the Petroleum and Mechanical Engineering Academies at Texas Tech.  Distinguished Engineer  read more


OlsenMark Olsen, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2009.Mark has been an active member of ExxonMobil's recruiting team at Texas Tech for over 10 years and has placed dozens of students into internship and full-time positions within his company. Young Distinguished Engineer


PantoyaDr. Pantoya, director of the Combustion Lab, joined the ME department at Texas Tech in 2000, and this year she celebrates the 22nd anniversary of the lab. read more

ChyuDr. Ming Chyu closes the gap between healthcare and engineering. This is a year of reward for Dr. Chyu who is featured in the Top 100 Innovators and Entrepreneurs Magazine due to his accomplishment in healthcare engineering. read more


YangJames Yang looking to Mitigate Injury Risks for Military Free-Fall Jumpers. Texas Tech's received a grant to study the impact of parachute opening shock in paratroops. read more

EkwaroStephen Ekwaro-Osire received a five-year grant to help increase the capabilities of the undergraduate engineering program at Jimma University in Ethiopia. Texas Tech University's Stephen Ekwaro-Osire, a professor of mechanical engineering in the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering, received a five-year, $816,392 grant from Jimma University in Ethiopia to help lead the institution's Pathway Toward Global Engineers program. read more

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.

Graduate Student Funding Opportunities
The Department is expanding research programs. The faculty are recruiting graduate students and will provide scholarships and fellowships to qualified applicants.

Open Faculty Positions
The Department is recruiting multiple tenure-track faculty members.

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