Professor Stephen Ekwaro-Osire
Professor Stephen Ekwaro-Osire is the interim chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech University (TTU). He is a full professor and a licensed professional engineer in the State of Texas. Prior to joining academia, he practiced engineering in the private sector. He has over ten years of experience in academic leadership. Most recently, he was the associate dean of research and graduate programs in the Whitacre College of Engineering and interim chair of the Department of Industrial, Manufacturing & Systems Engineering at TTU. He was a Fulbright Scholar and is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. While at TTU, he has held honorary professorships at four universities in four countries. He has published 54 refereed archival papers in scientific journals, 130 refereed papers in conference proceedings, 14 book chapters, and two books. He has also delivered 32 invited talks in six countries. As a primary advisor, he has supervised and graduated 11 PhD students and 23 MS students, and he is currently supervising five PhD students and two MS students. Besides serving as a primary advisor, he has also served on 112 PhD and MS committees. He has mentored and trained seven post-doctoral research associates. He has also supervised 243 undergraduate students in his Product Design & Development Laboratory. Professor Ekwaro-Osire and his collaborators have secured $7.3 million for their research from state agencies, federal agencies, and industry. Professor Ekwaro-Osire is a program evaluator for the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the accrediting agency ABET, specifically for Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering programs at national and international universities. He is a founding member of the Society for Design and Process Science, and an active member of the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Society of Biomechanics, and the Society for Experimental Mechanics. Professor Ekwaro- Osire's doctorate, master's, and undergraduate degrees are all in mechanical engineering.