Whitacre College of Engineering Unveils Plans for Valero Experiential Learning Laboratory

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: Aug. 4, 2017

CONTACT: George Watson, george.watson@ttu.edu

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As the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering continues to grow in national stature, ensuring the availability of up-to-date experimentation and teaching facilities is a high priority, both to produce high-quality students and to retain outstanding faculty.

The Valero Energy Corporation, a San Antonio-based Fortune 50 Company, has recognized those efforts with a $1-million gift that will provide Texas Tech University engineering students one of the most advanced teaching laboratories in the country.

In recognition of the gift, the facility will be named the Valero Experiential Learning Laboratory.

“We are thankful for this partnership with the Valero Energy Corporation as it invests in Texas Tech students who are making a difference in the world,” said Texas Tech University System Chancellor Robert Duncan. “World-class facilities are critical for spurring innovation and impactful research. This investment will help establish the infrastructure needed to provide invaluable opportunities to faculty, staff and students.”

A critical teaching laboratory within the Department of Chemical Engineering, the approximately 2,000-square-foot facility will be relocated from its current location in the basement of the chemical engineering building to the Livermore Center. This will increase the space for the laboratory by 65 percent, allowing the department to significantly increase the types and quality of experimental setups.

“Valero is proud to contribute to the state-of-the art experiential learning laboratory at Texas Tech,” said Lane Riggs, Valero executive vice president of refining operations and engineering. “It is important to provide excellent facilities to students. The hands-on experience will prepare them to become better engineers and industry leaders.”

The laboratory will showcase small-scale and benchtop experiments, including a gas absorber, fluidized bed, microscope, bioreactor and gas chromatography unit, with several new experiments planned for the laboratory, including a process-control trainer and reaction-engineering equipment.

“Valero’s generous contribution reflects the confidence and appreciation of globally leading…

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