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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 890 students which includes 746 undergraduate students and 144 graduate students. The Department has 38 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 Spring 2023

The newsletter for Spring 2023 is available here. You will find interesting stories on our alumni, faculty's research and accomplishments, and students' activities. NewsLetter

Department News & Events

kongME Chair's Message: The Whitacre College of Engineering hosts the Distinguished Engineers Award celebration on April 21, 2023. We are most proud that one of this year's four recipients is an ME graduate, J. Greg Sargent (1982), and one of the two Young Distinguished Engineer Award recipient is also an ME graduate, Ruslan Filyukov (2009).


rover team NASA´s Human Exploration Rover Challenge
 Students in the Mechanical Engineering Program at Texas Tech formed a team and competed   with   a rover vehicle made from scratch in NASA's Human Exploration Rover Challenge. The team's rover earned them a win in the safety category. Read more



jeffDr. Jeff Hanson: In 2022, Dr. Jeff Hanson, a Mechanical Engineering Instructor at Texas Tech University, was among the distinguished recipients of the Professing Excellence award. This formal ceremony was established in 2002 by the University Student Housing as a way to honor instructors and professors who have significantly contributed to the academic success of students residing in the campus dormitories. Read More



Jazmin Cruz is a first-generation college student and native of Lubbock, currently teaching Finite Element Analysis Lab as a part-time graduate instructor in the Mechanical Engineering department. As a junior at Texas Tech, she attended a job fair and landed a position at Johnson & Johnson in St. Angelo, where she gained experience in the medical field in engineering, performing quality assurance. Read More



Stefania Chirico Scheele is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Additive Manufacturing in the Food Industry (3D Food Printing), with an expected graduation date at the end of Spring 2023. She has been working at the M3D Lab at Texas Tech University with Dr. Paul Egan since Spring 2019, and more recently has served as a Graduate Part-Time Instructor for the Mechanical Engineering Department since Summer 2022. Read More



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.

Open Graduate and  Undergraduate Research Assistant Positions
The Department is recruiting multiple graduate and undergraduate research assistants

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Department of Mechanical Engineering