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NEWS Texas Tech's College of Engineering (www.coe.ttu.edu) is ranked in the top 100 of America's Best Graduate Schools of Engineering f or 2007 by U.S.News & World Report, with a rank of 93. The undergraduate program tied f or the 87th spot as ranked in the 2006 U.S.News & World Report, up f rom 92nd last y ear. http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/grad/rankings/rankindex_brief .php http://www.texastech.edu/communications/display _article.php?id=2014 TTU grads passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam giv en in April 2005 with an 89 percent pass rate compared to the state av erage of 71 percent. There were 19 top perf ormers (a score of 90 or higher) in the state; f iv e of those were f rom TTU. For the exam giv en in October 2005, the state av erage pass rate was 55 percent while Texas Tech's pass rate was 81 percent! We look f orward to seeing our progress in the results of this y ear's exams.
Lloyd Heinze, Prof essor and Chair of Petroleum Engineering, is f eatured in an upcoming issue of Vistas. Heinze's data on enrollment trends ref lect a recent increase in petroleum engineering student registrations. Speculation is that as oil and gas booms again with demand soaring and prices surging, so too will the need f or petroleum engineers.
Cure f or the gas pump blues? Timothy Maxwell, Prof essor of Mechanical Engineering, say s hy brid electric v ehicles with diesel engines could be ev en more ef f icient than hy brids f ueled by gasoline, though he noted that they are more expensiv e. http://www.texastech.edu/communications/display _article.php?id=2001
In January , the Coordinating Board approv ed a PhD degree in sy stems and Engineering Management, residential and distance deliv ered. This ef f ort was led by Industrial Engineering Associate Prof essor Mario G. Beruvides.
Texas Tech's computer science engineering program at the Abilene teaching site will expand its mission by of f ering a doctoral program with the recent Coordinating Board approv al. Additionally , master's degrees in sy stems engineering and management, and a doctoral degree in educational leadership will be of f ered. http://www.reporter-news.com/abil/nw_ed_coll_univ /article/0,1874,ABIL_7950_4641891,00.html
Ernst Kiesling was quoted in a Nev ada Yubanet article explaining the national Storm Shelter Association's standards f or storm shelters. The Wind Science and Engineering Research Center testing was also described. http://www.y ubanet.com/cgi-bin/artman/exec/search.cgi http://www.texastech.edu/communications/display _article.php?id=1989
TTU civ il engineers Prof essor Chris Letchf ord and Research Associate Larry Tanner hav e been called on to speak to the impact that hurricanes hav e on engineered structures and the rebuilding ef f ort. http://www.texastech.edu/news/currentNews/display _article.php?id=1987
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The College of Engineering research f unding has seen a 16 percent increase ov er last y ear at this time; graduate applications hav e increased by 12 percent. The challenge of adequate water resources research by Civ il Engineering Associate Prof essor Andrew Jackson and Assistant Prof essor Audra Morse was highlighted in a recent issue of Vistas. http://www.texastech.edu/news/v istasmag/Vistas2005_13_1/stories/waterworks.html Back to Top GIFTS Executiv e Vice President Phil Frederickson, along with other ConocoPhillips representativ es, presented a $202,500 gif t to the College of Engineering to prov ide scholarships, student organization support, and a research and dev elopment f ellowship. The ExxonMobil Foundation gav e $88,500 to the College of Engineering. These f unds are matching gif ts to TTU by ExxonMobil employ ees, retirees, and surv iv ing spouses. Back to Top AWARDS Glenna Andrews, Civ il Engineering Adv isor, and Tonette Rittenberry, Mechanical Engineering Adv isor, were nominated f or the President's Excellence in Academic Adv ising award. Mario Beruvides, Prof essor of Industrial Engineering, is a recipient of a Faculty Incentiv e Grant f or 2007. He, in association with Robert E. McDonald, Business Administration, won f or their proposal, "TTU Teaching Academy Dev elopment of a Cross Disciplinary Journal on the Scholarship of teaching and learning." John Chandler's proposal, "Pilot Dissemination of Aeroscience Principles of Technology Course and Training Teachers Using Aerospace Projects to Teach STEM Content," was f unded recently by the Texas Space Grant Consortium. Daniel E. Cooke, Prof essor of Computer Science, has receiv ed the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., Computer Society 's Technical Achiev ement award f or SequenceL research. http://www.texastech.edu/communications/display _article.php?id=1953 Associate Prof essor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Tim Dallas and his team won the 2006 Sandia MEMS Design competition in the Characterization/Reliability /Material and Surf ace Science category . In 2005, they won the Sandia MEMS competition in the Nov el Design category . http://www.texastech.edu/communications/display _article.php?id=1991 Dean Pamela A. Eibeck has been named to the Adv isory Committee of the TTU Chancellor Search Committee of the Texas Tech Board of Regents. This committee, working with the Search Committee, will help identif y potential candidates, assist with initial screenings of candidates, and ensure that their respectiv e constituency groups are kept up to date on the progress of the search. http://www.texastech.edu/news/currentNews/display _article.php?id=1943 Stephen Ekwaro-Osire, Associate Prof essor of Mechanical Engineering, is the recipient of the 2005-2006 Dr. Charles L. Burf ord Faculty Teaching Award f or the College of Engineering. Dean Fontenot, Director of the Center f or Engineering Outreach, has been named to the steering committee f or the Rev olutionary Aerospace Sy stems Concepts Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) program. Dev eloped by NASA and the Univ ersity Space Research Association, RASC-AL is an initiativ e that links univ ersities with the Rev olutionary Aerospace Sy stems Concepts program at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia. Jan Hudson, Chemical Engineering, and Tonette Rittenberry, Mechanical Engineering, receiv ed the Orv al Leroy Lewis 2006 College of Engineering staf f award f or demonstrating a positiv e and f riendly attitude toward all their colleagues, and f or committing personal energy ov er and abov e that required by their job description. Andrew Jackson, Civ il Engineering Associate Prof essor, is among the authors of "The Origin of Naturally Occurring Perchlorates: The Role of Atmospheric Processes," 2005 recipient of the Env ironmental Science & Technology (ES&T)
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Env ironmental Science Paper of the Y ear. ES&T is one of the American Chemical Society 's peer-rev iewed journals.
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Tanja N. Karp, Associate Prof essor of Electrical Engineering, is the recipient of the 2005-2006 George T. and Glady s AbellHanger Faculty Award f or the College of Engineering, and the Spencer A. Wells Faculty Award f or Creativ ity in Teaching by the Texas Tech Association of Parents.
Valery Levitas, Prof essor of Mechanical Engineering, receiv ed the American Medal of Honor f rom the American Biographical Institute.
Greg McKenna, Horn Prof essor of Chemical Engineering, is the 2006 recipient of the George Whitby Award f or Distinguished Teaching. The award f rom the Rubber Div ision of the American Chemical Society recognized his outstanding career and contributions to the rubber industry .
Audra Morse, Assistant Prof essor of Civ il Engineering, is the recipient of the 2005-2006 Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award f or the College of Engineering. She also receiv ed the 2006 ExCEED New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award f rom the American Society of Civ il Engineers and the TTU Parents Hemphill-Wells New Prof essor Excellence in Teaching Award.
R. Heyward Ramsey, Associate Prof essor of Civ il Engineering, is the recipient of the 2005-2006 Halliburton Teaching Excellence Award f or the College of Engineering.
Mohammad Saed, Associate Prof essor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is the recipient of the 2005-2006 Lockheed Martin Teaching Award f or the College of Engineering.
Ted Weisner, Associate Prof essor of Chemical Engineering, is the recipient of the 2005-2006 President's Excellence in Teaching Award f or the College of Engineering.
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Mary Donahue, Electrical Engineering master's student, has been named a Fulbright Scholar f or the 2006/2007 academic y ear. Her TTU undergraduate degree is also electrical engineering. Mary 's area of research centers on MEMS and NEMS sensors and actuators. She will be doing her research at the Center of Micro- and Nanotechnologies at the Technical Univ ersity of Ilmanau in Ilmanau, Germany . She has been an intern at Texas Instruments working on semiconductor product engineering. Her adv isors are Drs. Jordan Berg and Richard Gale. Dr. Tanja Karp, who has been a mentoring inf luence throughout Mary 's undergraduate career, was instrumental in encouraging her to apply f or the program. Suzanne McDonald, Electrical Engineering sophomore, was awarded a two-y ear, $15,000 scholarship beginning with the 2006-2007 academic y ear, based on academic merit, f rom the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. Her f ield is micro air v ehicles, and she is a member of the TTU Honors College. Her adv isor is Dr. Ram Iy er. http://www.texastech.edu/newsletter/stories/06April/scholarships.php The Industrial Adv isory Board named senior Ross Nieman as Outstanding Student f or the Engineering Technology department f or 2006. He was chosen on the basis of his contributions to his department, assistance to f ellow students, leadership, and scholastic achiev ement. Nilmini Wijeratne, Chemical Engineering graduate student, was awarded a Paul Whitf ield Horn Fellowship f or Women Graduate Students f or the 2006-2007 academic y ear. Elev en members of the J. H. Murdough American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) trav eled to Beaumont, Tex. in late April to attend the Spring Texas Section ASCE meeting and to participate in the annual concrete canoe competition. http://www.southeasttexasliv e.com/site/index.cf m?newsid=16520995&BRD=2287&PAG=461&dept_id=577015&rf i=8 The student design/build team representing the construction program in the department of Engineering Technology won f irst place in its div ision at the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region 5 Student Competition hosted by QUOIN Chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America (http://quoin.org/def ault.asp) held on February 11-14,
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2006, in Dallas, Tex. They brought home a trophy that is on display in the Engineering Technology of f ice. The Electrical and Computer Engineering department in cooperation with the IEEE South Plains Section and its TTU student chapter hosted Project Demonstration Day on April 29 в" a competition f or sophomore student-designed robots to nav igate in a relativ ely small area by guidance of a Global Positioning Sy stem sensor. These sy stems hav e direct military applications in unmanned v ehicles as well as show great promise f or f uture civ ilian applications. Drs. Jim Dickens and Richard Gale are sponsoring f aculty members. Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) f aculty named outstanding students f or the department. Those recognized are Suzanne McDonald, Outstanding Sophomore; Brandon Moretz, Outstanding Junior; Stephanie Walters, Outstanding Senior; and Najib Nawas, Outstanding Graduate Student. The ECE students selected Dr. Timothy Dallas as Outstanding Faculty f or 2006. Petroleum Engineering students Olaluwa Adepoju, Chad Kronkosky , Simeon Losoha, Andrew Oghena, Simo Stephane, and Laski Tesalonika are winners of the Sev enth Annual Student Paper Contest. They trav eled to A&M f or the Society of Petroleum Engineers Gulf Coast Regional contest. TTU's chapter of IAESTE was named the 2005-2006 Outstanding Newcomer Student Association by the Center f or Campus Lif e on April 28. Drs. Ron Cox and Tanja Karp are adv isors. The TTU AIChE student chapter will host the 2007 Southwest Regional Conf erence next spring. TTU is one of nine schools in Texas and Louisiana that takes turns hosting this conf erence. From Here, It's Possible в" This new ef f ort to collect stories about the successes and accomplishments of Texas Tech's alumni, f aculty , students, and staf f caught the ey e of sev eral gratef ul engineering students. Fiv e students submitted entries: Ibegbuna Ezisi, Simeon Losoha, Olamide Oguntuga, and Maanisaad Shahriar (all petroleum), and Daniel King (electrical/computer science). http://www.texastech.edu/possible/ Back to Top ALUMNI RECOGNITION The College of Engineering recently named three Distinguished Engineers: Ajay M. Marathe ('83 Industrial), president and corporate v ice president, Adv anced Micro Dev ices India, Bangalore, India; Jerry L. Morgensen ('65 Civ il), chairman and CEO, Hensel Phelps Construction Co. Greeley , Colo.; and Trav is A. Simpson ('81 Electrical), v ice president of Dell Inc.'s North Carolina operations, Winston-Salem, N.C. A ceremony was held in April to honor these alumni and recognize their accomplishments. http://lubbockonline.com/stories/040706/loc_040706065.shtml http://www.texastech.edu/stories/0604-engineering-alumni.php The TTU Academy of Petroleum Engineers inducted three new members in April: Joe Feagan '60, Johnny W. Mulloy '60, and Howard W. Swaim '43. http://lubbockonline.com/stories/041506/loc_041506045.shtml This April at the IEEE Student Banquet, f iv e alumni were inducted into the ECE Academy. Dr. Stev e Calico ('86 MS; '91 PhD), senior program manager f or Research and Technology at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Tex. and Randy Gurley ('78), general manager at AT&T in San Antonio, Tex. were inducted by Drs. Jon Bredeson and Tom Trost. Also inducted was Dr. Diana Loree ('86 BS; '88 MS; '91 PhD), activ e denial technology program manager and activ e denial sy stem ACTD technical manager at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Juan Manual Ramirez Cortez ('91), Titular prof essor in the electrical engineering department at the Univ ersidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico, and Dr. Y onhua "Tommy " Tzeng ('81 MS; '83 PhD), prof essor in the electrical and computer engineering department at Auburn Univ ersity in Auburn, Ala., were also inducted. Sean P. Cudnoski ('99 Civ il) was named Y oung Engineer of the Y ear by the South Plains Chapter of the Texas Society of Prof essional Engineers. Cudnoski is a graduate of Texas Tech and is employ ed by Parkhill, Smith and Cooper, a Lubbock-based engineering/architectural f irm, where he serv es as a civ il engineer and project manager in road design. Dain Hancock, ('64 BS; '66 MS Mechanical), has been named the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus by the Texas Tech Alumni Association. A ceremony hosted by the Alumni Association will honor him in the f all. Mr. Hancock is the retired Lockheed Martin executiv e v ice president and president, Aeronautics Company . He was named by the College of Engineering as a
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Distinguished Engineer in 1999.
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The College of Engineering honored the Class of 1956 with a 50th Class Reunion luncheon on May 4, in conjunction with the Alumni Association activ ities surrounding commencement. The Iron Ring Ceremony f or engineering students will be held on May 12. Sixty -six graduating seniors will be inducted into the society . The Iron Ring Society serv es as a reminder of the engineer's duty to serv e society , similar to the Hippocratic Oath in medicine. Wearing the engineer's ring sy mbolizes pride in being an engineer, and a moral and ethical responsibility to society . The College of Engineering was a co-sponsor f or Ethics Day в" 2006. Don Cash ('66 Industrial), chairman emeritus and director, Questar Corporation; Judge Roy al Ferguson ('64 English), U.S. District Judge, El Paso, Texas; and Ly nn Brewer, author of Conf essions of an Enron Executiv e, were speakers. Nearly 2,000 attendees f rom Texas Tech and neighboring communities heard stories and examples of why ethics is critical to success. Thanks to the Murdough Center f or Prof essional Ethics as well as COE staf f , Patti Harper, and f aculty , Dr. Jimmy Smith. http://lubbockonline.com/stories/040706/loc_040706057.shtml
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"Rapid Bridge Replacement under Emergency Situation: Case Study ," Y ong Bai, William R. Burkett, and Phillip T. Nash, Journal of Bridge Engineering, Vol. 11, No. 3, May /June 2006. http://scitation.aip.org/dbt/dbt.jsp?KEY =JBENF2&Volume=11&Issue=3 "Lessons Learned f rom an Emergency Bridge Replacement Project," Y ong Bai, William R. Burkett, and Phillip T. Nash, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Vol. 132, No. 4, April 2006. http://scitation.aip.org/coo
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Timothy Lee Graves, dean's list computer science major, died suddenly on April 22. Our condolences to his f amily . It is alway s such a tragedy when a y oung person with so much promise is taken so soon.
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The College of Engineering Today is published by: The College of Engineering at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX Dean of Engineering: Pamela A. Eibeck, PhD Editors: Karlene Hoo, PhD; Sharon Smith Technical Editors: Jonathan Cotton; Nick Rinker Mailing Address: Box 43103 Lubbock, TX 79409-3103 Phone: 806-742-3451 Web site: http://www.coe.ttu.edu
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