May 15, 2012 COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hunt Named Interim Department Head at WTAMU
CANYON, Texas—Dr. Emily Hunt, associate professor of mechanical engineering, has been named as interim head of the Department of Engineering and Computer Sciences at West Texas A&M University. She will start her new duties on Thursday, May 31.
Hunt is filling a position vacated by Dr. Freddie Davis, associate professor of engineering, who is stepping down from the post but will continue to teach. Davis was instrumental in starting the engineering program at WTAMU and has supervised its growth and expansion from mechanical engineering in 2003 to the addition of civil engineering in 2010. The department is currently waiting for final authorization from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to add an environmental engineering degree program to its list of offerings beginning with the fall 2012 semester.
Hunt will continue Davis’ work in expanding both the engineering and computer science programs. She joined the WTAMU faculty in 2005 after earning her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Texas Tech University. In addition to her teaching duties, Hunt conducts research on materials to fight biological warfare and explores high-speed infrared imaging. Her work has earned her two patents as well as a prestigious Young Investigator Award from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency in 2010 for her project on “Energetic Nano-Materials for Bio-Agent Defeat.” She has received numerous other grants and research funds.
“Dr. Hunt is an outstanding teacher and researcher that has the respect and trust of her peers,” Dr. Don Topliff, dean of the College of Agriculture, Science and Engineering, said. “I am confident that she will be an outstanding interim head of the department and will lead them forward as we continue to build the engineering and computer science program.”
In addition to her teaching and research, Hunt has numerous articles and journal publications to her credit. She also is the author of Nanostructured Metallic Alloys: Synthesis, Properties and Applications. Hunt has even entered the children’s market as a co-author on Engineering Elephants to engage children at a young age about the field of engineering. She is currently developing an engineering book series for middle readers titled Engineering Everywhere for 2012 through the Texas Tech University Press. The first book of the series is titled Designing Dandelions.
“We are delighted that Dr. Emily Hunt has agreed to serve as the interim head of the Department of Engineering and Computer Sciences,” Dr. Wade Shaffer, interim provost/vice president for academic affairs, said. “Her dedication to the department and to WTAMU, along with her experience and her skills, make her an ideal person to fill this important role. I look forward to working with her.”
Hunt is the recipient of multiple awards including the Amarillo Women’s Network Career Achievement Award (2011), College of Agriculture, Science and Engineering Research Award (2010-2011) and Service Award (2008-2009), Achievement Reward for College Scientists (2003-2004 and 2004-2005), Pantex Plant Science and Engineering Award (1998-1999 and 1999-2000) and Texas Tech Honors Endowed Scholar (1998-2003).