Prof Emily M. Hunt

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Department of Engineering and Computer Science

West Texas A&M University
Box 60767 Canyon
United States
PH: +1 (806) 6515330
Email: [email protected]


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 discipline.

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.

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