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Title: Department of Mechanical Engineering Texas Tech University Presentation to ME Industrial Advisory Co


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Department of Mechanical EngineeringTexas Tech
UniversityPresentation toME Industrial
Advisory Committeeand ME AcademyBy Dr. Jharna
Chaudhuri, ChairApril 3, 2009
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  • Guy Bailey became the 15th president of Texas
    Tech University on Aug. 1.
  • Bailey previously served as chancellor of the
    University of Missouri-Kansas City.
  • At the University of Texas at San Antonio, Bailey
    doubled the external funding for research while
    increasing the schools enrollment by more than
    40 percent.

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  • At the University of Missouri-Kansas City he
    oversaw the completion of a 200 million capital
    campaign and created about 10 million in
    administrative savings that was put into the core
    academic mission of the university, including
    raising salaries to attract and retain faculty.
    During his tenure, about 175 million in new
    construction was approved using primarily
    public/private funding partnerships.
  • Bailey holds a bachelors and masters degrees in
    English from the University of Alabama and a
    doctorate in English linguistics from the
    University of Tennessee. He is the author of
    about 100 books and articles.

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  • Robert Smith, Ph.D.Provost and Senior Vice
    President
  • Prior to joining TTU, he served as the Provost
    and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and
    Professor of Chemistry at the University of
    Arkansas, Fayetteville (UAF) from 2000-2008
  • Bob served as Vice Provost for Research and
    Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate
    School at the University of Connecticut (UConn)
    from 1997-2000. 
  • Bobs earlier academic and administrative
    appointments included serving as James E. Bauerle
    Professor (1983-85) and Director of the Drug
    Dynamics Institute (1978-85) at the University of
    Texas at Austin.  He also served in Professor
    (1977-83) and Associate Professor (1974-77)
    positions at UT. 

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Accomplishment
  • Goal 1 Access and Diversity Recruit, retain,
    and graduate a larger, more academically
    prepared, and diverse student body.
  • Total number of undergraduate students -810
    (slightly increased, Females  57 (7.0),
    Hispanic 76 (9.38), African American 9 (1.1))
  • 59 transfer students in Fall, 2008
  • BSME degree awarded 170 (150 in 2007)
  • Total number of graduate students -120 (50 Ph. D.
    students, 70 MS students, need to reduce to 100)
  • MSME degree awarded 32, Ph. D. degree awarded
    4
  • FE exam passing rate 79 (Fall, 2008) low, need
    89

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Accomplishment
  • Goal 1 Access and Diversity Recruit, retain,
    and graduate a larger, more academically
    prepared, and diverse student body.
  • A total of 61 undergraduate students were
    supported by scholarship.
  • A total of 84 (78 in 2007) graduate students were
    supported by GRA/GTA/ or scholarship by the
    department.
  • Working with the undergraduate and graduate
    student committee is going very well.
  • Dr. Ekwaro visits Intro to Design Class and to
    give students information on Graduate program and
    encourage students to join.
  • Recruited more domestic students in our graduate
    program (Bradley Howard, Courtney Guinn, Corey
    Farley, Chris Gumby).
  • The 150 hour combined BS/MS program has continued
    to be successful in attracting our own BS
    students into our graduate program (currently
    31).
  • The Honors program in ME is working very well.

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Accomplishment
  • Goal 2 Academic and Research Excellence Attain
    national recognition as a top publicly funded
    engineering school.
  • External research funding has slightly increased
    (1.3 m), but the department needs to
    aggressively seek more external funding.
  • Total journal publication by the department was
    65 in 2008 (64 in 2007) which is very good.
  • Drs. Berg, Levitas, Ma, and Pantoya received
    large research grants.
  • Drs. Anderson (NSF), Bhattacharya (ACS), Chyu
    (NIH, USDA), Para (Chrysler), Smirnov (TXDoT),
    Yang (Caterpillar Inc.), Tate, Ertas and Maxwell
    (Earthco), Ertas and Maxwell (Raytheon MSE and
    Ph. D. program), Maxwell (EcoCAR).
  • Dr. Valery Levitas and Dean Pam Eibeck became the
    ASME Fellow.
  • The ATT Chancellors Endowed Fellowships
  • Sanjana Datta
  • Ilker Durukan
  • Fisseha Alemayehu
  • Luke Mayer (2009)

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Accomplishment
  • Goal 2 Academic and Research Excellence Attain
    national recognition as a top publicly funded
    engineering school.
  • Raytheon Air to Air University Design Competition
    received honor (Team members Austin Smith,
    Hector Guardado, Leroy Arce, Richard Borge,
    Faculty Advisor Ekwaro)
  • Mrugesh Dhorje 2008 Summer Thesis Research Awrad
  • Bo Gao 3rd place , TTU Graduate School 7th
    Annual Research Competition
  • Luke Meyer James Douglas and Mary Hazelwood
    Memorial Fellowship
  • Adrian Escudero, BSME,10 McNair Scholar, 2nd
    place, West Teaxs AM Research Conference
  • Travis Bull McAuley Distinguished Engineering
    Student Award, 2008

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Accomplishment
Goal 2 Academic and Research Excellence Attain
national recognition as a top publicly funded
engineering school.
  • Mr. Isaac Mora, Senior Technician of ME received
    the Orval Leroy Lewis College of Engineering
    Staff Award.
  • Drs. Ma and Idesman was tenured and promoted to
    Associate Professor.
  • Dr. Jordan Berg was recognized for receiving more
    that 500,000 grant.
  • Dr. Michelle Pantoya was recognized for receiving
    a grant between 250,000 - 500,000.
  • Dr. Michelle Pantoya became College of
    Engineering Whitacre Fellow.
  • Dr. Jordan Berg received the Whitacre Excellence
    in Research Award.
  • Dr. Pantoya is nominated by COE for Chancellors
    Council Distinguished Research Award

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Accomplishment
  • Goal 3 Engagement. Build community connections
    that enhance the quality of life for students and
    the community.
  • The ME department has participated in many tours
    and outreach activities organized by COE for K-12
    students.
  • A funded senior design project from Raytheon was
    obtained (Advisor Dr. Stephen Ekwaro).
  • A ME undergraduate student team is working to
    participate in an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Student
    competition partly supported by Lockheed Martin
    (Advisor Dr. Walt Oler).
  • Dr. Derrick Tate acquired industry sponsored
    projects for the Senior design class.
  • The senior design courses (ME 4370 and ME
    4371)need to generate more projects from local
    and regional industries.

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Accomplishment
  • Goal 3 Engagement. Build community connections
    that enhance the quality of life for students and
    the community.
  • The Advanced Vehicle Engineering Research program
    (Challenge X program) currently has 15 ME
    undergraduate and 4 ME graduate students.
  • In 2008, the team received two awards student
    Stephen Barrett received the first place award
    from National Instruments and Dr. Maxwell
    received NSF Outstanding Long Term Faculty award.
  • The team received 15,750 seed funding and other
    monetary and in-kind gifts for the Eco-CAR
    competition.

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Accomplishment
  • Goal 4 Technology Maximize the use of
    technology in the delivery of services.
  • All computers have been replaced in the open
    computer lab.
  • The departmental website has been updated. The
    graduate program and research website are getting
    updated.
  • The technology class room is working very well.
  • We will be soon hiring an IT person

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Accomplishment
  • Goal 5 Partnerships. Build Strategic
    partnerships and alliances to support teaching,
    research, and service mission of the college
  • 28 co-op (many more internships)
  • Some faculty are involved in research with
    industries (Raytheon, Earth-co, Applied Research
    Associates, Inc. etc.) and or national laboratory
    (Sandia, Livermore, Oakridge, etc.
  • Held regular meetings with ME IAC and ME Academy
    Members.

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Accomplishment
  • Goal 6 Human Resources and Infrastructure.
    Maintain a quality work force and work
    environment.
  • Improved Control Laboratory.
  • Renovation is underway to build special
    laboratory rooms for Dr. Jankowski's lab
    (estimated cost 290,300).
  • Renovation for Dr. Mas Nanomaterials Lab
    (250,000).
  • Smaller HAAS machines downstairs (will give a
    tour next year).
  • New hires Drs. Yang and Hui (New Faculty), Dr.
    Ray Desrosiers , Ms.Tosha Chambers (half time
    advisor), Ms. Vanessa Hocutt Jehangiri (Sr.
    Businees Asst), in the process of hiring a
    business supervisor (Carmen retired in June,
    2008).
  • Current Temporary hires Instructors Mosedale,
    Hanson, Ms. C. Berg,
  • Fanning, Branson, GPTI Breighner, Fisher,
    Whigham, Ufford.
  • Current Faculty Search to replace Valery
    Levitas.

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Accomplishment
  • Goal 7 Tradition and Pride
  • Many faculty served in different committees in
    professional organizations and in editorial
    boards for journal papers, were invited for
    research presentation, and organized national
    conferences.
  • Berg and Ekwaro Fullbright Scholars
  • Levitas and Eibeck ASME Fellow

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Accomplishment
  • Goal 8 College Development and Marketing
  • J. W. Wright Endowed Chair position
  • Three endowed Chair position open in the College
    (two Maddox Chair position 7m each (one for
    solar energy) and one nuclear energy)
  • Ms. Suzanne Cox, COE Development Officer to work
    with ME

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Accomplishment
  • Goal 9 Accountability Enhancing planning,
    performance, assessment, and public
    accountability.
  • Maintain program accreditation (2011 next ABET
    visit).
  • Performed assessments of student learning
    outcomes for both undergraduate and graduate (MS
    and Ph. D.) programs.
  • SACS is coming along well

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General Comments
  • The Mechanical Engineering Department faculty and
    instructors are increasing in number.
  • The ME undergraduate program is well reputed as
    indicated by enrollment and competition among
    industry to recruit our students.
  • Research in the department is growing.
  • The department strives to achieve excellence in
    graduate program and research.

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Implementation Plan (Strategies)
2009-2010
  • The ME Department should continue to improve the
    excellent undergraduate program and prepare for
    the next ABET visit in 2011.
  • Work towards increasing the FE exam passing rate
  • Aggressively seek more external funding to
    support more graduate students on external funds.
  • The department should work with the college
    towards recruiting more women and
    underrepresented group students (Diversity
    Director in the College?).
  • Encourage more students to assume
    co-op/internship.
  • Come up with a new strategic planning.
  • Get more laboratory/research space.

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Implementation Plan (Strategies)
2009-2010
  • Encourage undergraduate students to enter in
    BS/MS program.
  • Recruit domestic graduate students.
  • Recruit more Ph. D. students while keeping total
    number of graduate students to 100
  • Get more new faculty, instructors and GTA
    positions.
  • Review and improve graduate program.
  • Get more undergraduate and graduate scholarships.

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Long Term Implementation Plan- Strategies
  • Get more new faculty, instructor, staff
    positions.
  • Maintain an excellent undergraduate program by
    improving it continuously.
  • Aggressively seek external funding must support
    more graduate students on research grants.
  • Try to recruit students from women and
    underrepresented groups
  • Improve graduate program
  • Get more space
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