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School of Engineering and Computer Science Success Stories

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Success Stories

Student Masters IBM. A West Texas A&M University student took SECOND-place honors in the IBM 2011 “Master the Mainframe” Competition, which included more than 4,300 students from 400 schools throughout the U.S. and Canada. For his efforts, Vance Morris, a graduate of the computer science program from Amarillo, Texas, has received an all expense-paid trip to IBM’s mainframe laboratory in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and a Galaxy Tab tablet. Vance is now employed by IBM and works in Dallas, TX at the IBM Innovation Center.

Munitions at Pantex. Students and faculty at West Texas A&M University are conducting important research to quantify the stability of aging explosive crystals stored at the Pantex Plant. WTAMU’s Department of Engineering and Computer Science has received a $400,000 contract from Pantex to conduct a two-year study of the aging characteristics of energetic materials. Pantex is charged with maintaining the safety, security and reliability of the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile. Principal Investigator: Dr. Emily Hunt.

Professorships. Dr. Matthew Jackson was named the Bell Helicopter Professor of Engineering.  His appointment will begin in 2013 and end in 2015.  Dr. Jackson presented a current research project at the Endowed Professorships and Chairs Convocation on February 20, 2013.  The School of Engineering and Computer Science would like to thank Bell Helicopter for their continued support and dedication to West Texas A&M University.

Hot Topics. Two faculty members from the School of Engineering and Computer Science have been recommended for promotions in September 2013.  The University recommended that Dr. Matthew Jackson be promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and be recommended for tenure.  Dr. Matthew Jackson is also the recipient of the first Bell Helicopter Professor of Engineering.  This is an endowed professorship provided by Bell Helicopter.  Dr. Emily Hunt has been recommended for a promotion to the rank of Professor of Mechanical Engineering

WTAMU is now on Halliburton's recognized list of approved colleges for recruiting.