Professor Stephen Ekwaro-Osire
Professor Stephen Ekwaro-Osire is a full professor of mechanical engineering at Texas Tech University (TTU) and a licensed professional engineer in the State of Texas. He was most recently the interim chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the associate dean of research and graduate programs in the Whitacre College of Engineering at TTU. Before joining academia, he practiced engineering in the private sector. He has over ten years of experience in educational leadership. He was previously the 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 59 refereed archival papers in scientific journals, 134 refereed papers in conference proceedings, 14 book chapters, and two books. He has also delivered 36 invited talks in seven countries. As a primary advisor, he has supervised and graduated 13 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 additionally served on 70 PhD committees and 51 MS committees. He has mentored and trained seven post-doctoral research associates. Also, as the director of his Product Design & Development Laboratory, he has supervised and mentored 246 undergraduate students. 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 ABET (Global Accreditor of College and University Programs in Applied & Natural Science, Computing, Engineering, and Engineering Technology). His research interests are Dynamics, Engineering Design, Orthopedic Biomechanics, and Engineering Education. 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 from accredited institutions.