Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Engineering and Computer Science
West Texas A&M University
Box 60767 Canyon
+1 (806) 6515330
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Emily M. Hunt received her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. (2005) in Mechanical Engineering
from Texas Tech University and is currently an Associate Professor at West Texas
A&M University in Canyon, Texas. She has been recognized as a leader in
the field of nanocomposite energetic material combustion and continually makes
vital contributions to the University’s engineering program and to her
In addition to her pioneering work to develop technologies to enhance our
lives through the understanding of nanocomposite energetic material combustion,
Dr. Hunt is passionate about introducing young women to science careers. She
has also worked to introduced innovative science opportunities to the K-12 students
in the local community.
Dr. Hunt’s enthusiasm for the sciences, and engineering in particular,
has led her to co-author the very first children’s book ever written on
engineering: Engineering Elephants. The book is unique in that it takes the
field of engineering and puts it on a level that children can understand and
enjoy. Engineering Elephants was recently selected as a finalist in the 2010
U.S. News Best Book Award. More recently, Dr. Hunt has been sought after to
publish a series of children’s books for early STEM literacy. Future topics
of these books include nanoscience, engineering design, and engineering sports.
Professionally, Dr. Hunt has published refereed journal articles in highly
esteemed scientific journals such as Journal of Applied Physics, Acta Materialia,
and Intermetallics. Seven times in 5 short years she has been invited and given
presentations at national and international conferences including the International
Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in 2008 and the American Institute
for Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2009.
As you might expect, Dr. Hunt’s expectations of her students are high.
To motivate them to learn she has evolved her teaching methods to include applied
problem-based learning, class field trips and hands-on laboratory experiments
rather than lectures and solving problems on the board. Based on class evaluations
and the success of her students, these methods have been exceptionally effective.
Through her mentoring and outreach activities, innovative teaching techniques
and groundbreaking research, Dr. Hunt exemplifies what a national leader in
the field of engineering really is.