Texas Tech University Center for Engineering Outreach
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About the Center

By inspiring and preparing a larger and more diverse population of K-14 students to become engineers, the Center for Engineering Outreach will improve recruitment, retention and diversity in the Texas Tech University Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering and serve as a model for other universities in the nation.


Dean Fontenot

A. Dean Fontenot, Ph.D.


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John Chandler

John R. Chandler, Ph.D.


806.742.3451 x273

Our Mission

The Center for Engineering Outreach works to integrate engineering into K-14 education to create feeder programs at the regional and state levels for Texas Tech University.

The center works to accomplish this mission by

  • developing curriculum, teacher training and other academic resources designed to help K-14 institutions and educators engage students in learning about engineering and encourage rigorous academic preparation;
  • providing experiences that reinforce interest and learning about engineering at the K-14 level with competitions, field trips and other opportunities to see or apply engineering concepts and skills;
  • and connecting the K-14 experience to engineering in higher education and practice through mentoring, campus visits, early admission and other activities aimed at making engineering degrees and careers more accessible and attainable.