Welcome to the Department of Engineering Technology website.
I am pleased to have you visit our website. If you are a prospective student we invite you to explore the many exciting opportunities awaiting you in our undergraduate programs in civil engineering technology, computer engineering technology, and electronics engineering technology. Our goal is to provide an environment to which there are no limits to creativity and exploration. Though our courses are rigorous, students will experience fun as they progress further and further into the program. Our goal is to have ALL our students succeed in our programs. We have developed several innovations to increase the likelihood of graduation success including creation of freshman study pods with senior pod leaders, a Counseling Assistant to watch over all the entering freshman students and senior tutors. The goal is to create an early bonding among freshman students and to have them meet with faculty and staff in a relaxed and informal setting. We are in the second year of a program to insure success by creating an integrated peer-tutoring program, and we have increased the number of seniors working as tutors to assist freshman and sophomore students. A number of activities that had occurred within the department in the last two years. These are noteworthy, and I have decided to include some of this in this welcome message:
Memorandum of Agreement with Transportation Department
On September 9 2005, the Department of Engineering Technology (ENGT) signed an agreement of cooperation with the Department of Transportation Studies (DTS). The agreement aims at fostering sound linkages between the two departments, leading to sound pedagogical and research collaboration. Main content of the agreement are:
Implementation of this agreement has since commenced. This coming Fall, Dr. Yu will be teaching the Traffic Engineering class in the Civil Engineering Technology Division of the department. Likewise, Dr. Olowokere will begin a new class offering, Transportation Infrastructure Management in the Transportation Studies department.
Peer Tutoring Program
The department embarked on a major program that identifies more highly motivated students that have capabilities to tutor other students in a number of classes. These student tutors are hired by the department as student assistants. As much as we do not yet have sufficient data to assess the efficacy of this effort, we are able to see signs of improved student performances based on this peer tutoring initiatives.
Civil Engineering Technology Computer Laboratory
TECH 141 has been converted to a computer laboratory for civil engineering technology students. 18 computer workstations are already in place in this room, and they have significantly enhanced The capability of Civil Engineering students for stronger computer integration into their work.
To supplement existing stock of an array of state-of-the-art modern equipment available in the department, a new set of testing equipment and components valued over $150,000.00 is expected for delivery to the civil and electronics engineering laboratory by December 2007. This set of equipment will greatly strengthen and enhance the capability of our students to conduct experimental work simulating real-life scenario, and meeting industry standard. Additionally, through Title III funding several sets of miscellaneous components for the electronics engineering technology are being purchased.
Collaboration with Enrolment Services
The department has lately worked with the TSU Enrolment Management division in reviewing and assessing various TSU strategies for enhancing and promoting better understanding between TSU international students and their domestic American counterparts. This effort has resulted in a publication entitled: Promoting cohesion and enhancing international understanding between international and domestic students at Texas Southern University co-authored by Dr. Olowokere and Ms. Shoyombo, of the Engineering Technology Department and Enrollment Management Services respectively.
We have enjoyed a wide array of activities from our faculty. They have made presentations and publications counting over 30 in the last 2 years. Thy have also been very active in attending various workshops and symposium adding to enhancement of their teaching and research capabilities. We are located in the Technology Building of Texas Southern University in the heart of Houston. Our administrative office is Room 319; and I invite you to visit and meet with some of our students and faculty and have a tour (both individual and school tours) of our facilities.
With my best wishes,
David Olowokere Ph.D., P.E.
Professor & Chair
Department of Engineering Technology
3100 Cleburne Street
Houston, Texas 77004
Tel: (713) 313-7119
Fax: (713) 313-4486