Patterson Takes Head of Texas Tech Industrial Engineering

Written by Cory Chandler

News Release
DATE: June 7, 2006
CONTACT: Cory Chandler,
(806) 742-2136

LUBBOCK – Dr. Patrick Patterson will join Texas Tech University’s College of Engineering Aug. 1 as chairman of the Industrial Engineering Department.

The current chairman of Iowa State University’s Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering was tapped to lead a team of faculty with research interests spanning manufacturing, ergonomics, engineering management, biomechanics and human and environmental safety.

Patterson, whose own research focuses on rehabilitation engineering and ergonomics – or designing user-friendly equipment for rehabilitation use – recently ticked off a list of factors that attracted him to Texas Tech. These include the department’s esteemed reputation, its focus on student-driven research, its association with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and the college’s “impressive” level of support – a must, he said, to ensure the department continues its growth into one of the nation’s top 25 industrial engineering programs.

“These are all benefits in terms of being able to actively pursue research within a dynamic university system.” said Patterson. “These factors all added up to make this a great decision for me.”

Patterson returns to Texas after 22 years in Iowa, where, in addition to his chairmanship, he was an associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering and was interim chair of the Industrial Education and Technology Department. Prior to that, he was a lecturer in both industrial engineering and health and physical education at Texas A&M University, where he received his Ph.D. in ergonomics.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in health, physical education and recreation from Springfield College and a master of education degree in adapted and developmental education from Cleveland State University.

Patterson has served on review panels for a range of entities including NASA, the U.S. Army and the National Institutes of Health. He was named the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering’s outstanding professor 10 times while at Iowa State.

“Dr. Patterson has the outstanding qualifications and experience we are seeking to lead our industrial engineering department’s progress toward being one of the country’s premier engineering programs,” said College of Engineering Dean Dr. Pamela Eibeck. “We look forward to having him on board.”

CONTACT: Sharon Smith, communications coordinator, College of Engineering, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3451, ext. 267, or