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Faculty Research Club

Faculty Research Club

The Faculty Research Club meets monthly on the last Thursday of each month.

The Faculty Research Club is intended to provide a social setting to stimulate interdisciplinary research collaborations, promote informal discussions about research and disseminate information about campus resources to faculty. To stimulate conversation, several faculty members will give a 5-minute summary of their research and opportunities for collaboration.

Each club meeting is open to all faculty at Texas Tech and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Faculty members are welcome to invite post-doctoral scholars to help them develop research networks.

To sponsor a Faculty Research Club meeting, present at a meeting or be added to the mailing list, please complete the form here. 

Upcoming Meetings:

October 26
4 p.m.
Texas Tech Club, East Side, 5th Floor
Sponsored by the Innovation Hub
Speakers:

Kimberly Gramm is managing director of the Innovation Hub at Research Park, where she plans, directs and leads the overall operation of the Innovation Hub and a total of 16 venture development programs supporting the West Texas entrepreneurial ecosystem for four universities within the Texas Tech University System. Additionally, the Hub supports economic growth of the state and region fostering public-private partnership and providing a place for the entrepreneur community to learn and launch a start-up with opportunities such as the NSF I-Corps (TTU is a Node Partner), Spark Fund, and Texas Tech University Accelerator. Ms. Gramm will be sharing how the Innovation Hub can be a resource for all faculty as well as how you can get involved in the entrepreneurial enterprises and activities at the Innovation Hub.

Stephen B. Bayne is a professor with the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. His research interests include Power Electronics for Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Design of Compact Power Electronics Converters, Evaluation of Power Devices for Power Electronics & Pulse Power Applications, and Renewable Energy (wind and solar). Dr. Bayne has had past experience as Branch Chief for the Directed Energy Branch of the Army Research Lab, and as an Electronic Engineer for both the Army and Naval Research Labs. In his time at Texas Tech, Dr. Bayne has received several honors for his teaching and research, including EEE Texas Tech University Student Branch Teacher of the Year 2013-2014 and TTU Lockheed Martin Excellence in Engineering Teaching award, 2012. Dr. Bayne serves on the Spark Fund Board and is not only one of the NSF I-Corps participants, but also an instructor.

Lindsey Penrose is an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, where she manages resident research by overseeing undergraduate and graduate students preforming research and assisting in the laboratory. While in the laboratory Dr. Penrose conducts independent research in both animal and human reproduction with an emphasis on developing technology to improve assisted reproduction. Several technologies developed in Dr. Penrose's laboratory have been submitted for patents with many being licensed for commercialization or having licenses pending. Dr. Penrose's research interests include Research Ethics, Histology, Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization, Polymerase Chain Reaction, Cell Culture, and Andrology. Dr. Penrose is currently working with the Hub as an NSF I-Corps participant and a Texas Tech Accelerator team member with Reproductive Solutions Inc.

Michael Ryan is an associate professor of practice in management at the Rawls College of Business. Dr. Ryan is also the executive director for both the Institute for Leadership Research and the Center for Entrepreneurship & Family Business. Dr. Ryan has research interests in leadership development, team development, product innovation, and project management. His most recent efforts concentrated on leadership challenges for virtual teams. His notion of ambassadorial leadership integrates ideas from social network theory, boundary spanning, and transformational leadership into a unified framework. Dr. Ryan brings more than 25 years of industry experience to his work as an academic. Dr. Ryan serves as a mentor and is highly involved in the entrepreneurial ecosystem at Texas Tech serving as both and iTTU Mentor and NSF I-Corps Instructor.

Cole Seifert is the president and CSO of GAP Peptides, LLC, which seeks to commercialize GAP Peptide Synthesis technology, having been invented by Dr. Seifert and Professor Guigen Li during Dr. Seifert's graduate tenure at Texas Tech University. In addition to his dissertation work focusing on the development of group-assisted purification (GAP) chemistry and its numerous applications, Dr. Seifert has also conducted research with Dr. Michael Mayer on supramolecular chemistry and mechanically interlocked molecules at Texas Tech. Dr. Seifert has recently secured space at the Innovation Hub to continue research and development for GAP Peptides, LLC and is an active tenant and researcher.

November 30
4 p.m.
Texas Tech Club, East Side, 5th Floor
Sponsored by The Institute of Environmental and Human Health

NO DECEMBER MEETING

January 25
4 p.m.
Texas Tech Club, East Side, 5th Floor
Sponsored by the Office of International Affairs

February 22
4 p.m.
Texas Tech Club, East Side, 5th Floor
Sponsored by the Humanities Center

March 29
4 p.m.
Texas Tech Club, East Side, 5th Floor
Sponsored by the Institute for Peace and Conflict

April 26
4 p.m.
Texas Tech Club, East Side, 5th Floor
Texas Tech Neuroimaging Institute

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