Nanotech Authority Tapped to Keep University on Cutting Edge

Alan F. Jankowski, a world authority in nanoscience and nanotechnology, has joined Texas Tech University's College of Engineering as the J. W. Wright Regents' Chair and professor of mechanical engineering.

Written by Cory Chandler

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: Jan. 4, 2006
CONTACT: Cory Chandler
(806) 742-2136

Alan F. Jankowski, a world authority in nanoscience and nanotechnology, has joined Texas Tech University’s College of Engineering as the J. W. Wright Regents’ Chair and professor of mechanical engineering.

Jankowski, author or co-author of more than 100 journal publications and holder of nearly 30 patents both in the United States and internationally, joins Texas Tech after 20 years in the Chemistry and Materials Science department at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Jankowski’s research focuses on areas such as creating and identifying high-strength materials on the nanoscale and developing clean and renewable energy technologies. His research has, among other things, led to innovations in x-ray optics, magnetic devices, fuel cells and nuclear waste storage.

He hopes to stimulate interest in materials engineering graduate programs and take advantage of new laboratory capabilities established by the College of Engineering to meet emerging engineering needs in fields such as alternative energies.

“It was quite an honor to be invited to Texas Tech as the
J. W. Wright Regents Chair in Mechanical Engineering,” Jankowski said. “The impression made by the Lubbock and Texas Tech communities on my family was such that we felt this would be a great place for both career and family growth. Clearly, there is great potential for supporting existing ventures and generating new opportunities in teaching, research and industry.”

The J. W. Wright Regents’ Chair was established in 2004 by Associated Supply Company, Inc. (ASCO) and by the Wright family: Brax and Steve Wright and Paula Key, who own ASCO, to honor their father, J. W. (Bill) Wright, and help train future mechanical engineers. ASCO is the oldest material-handling equipment and construction machinery dealer under single family ownership in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico.

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