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UH Engineering Signs Articulation Agreement With Delhi Technological University
In a continued effort to promote international collaboration in engineering research and academics, the UH Cullen College of Engineering has entered...

In a continued effort to promote international collaboration in engineering research and academics, the UH Cullen College of Engineering has entered into an articulation agreement with Delhi Technological University in New Delhi, India.

Groundbreaking Malaria Study by UH Engineers Opens the Door to New, More Effective Drug Therapies
In 2015 the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine went to Chinese scientist Youyou Tu for her discovery of a novel malaria treatment rooted in...

In 2015 the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine went to Chinese scientist Youyou Tu for her discovery of a novel malaria treatment rooted in traditional Chinese medicine. Tu isolated the drug artemisinin from an herb used to treat malaria in China for more than 2,000 years.

Christine Ehlig-Economides Chairs TAMEST Shale Task Force on Environmental and Community Impacts of Shale Development in Texas
The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) released findings Monday from its Shale Task Force, chaired by UH petroleum...

The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) released findings Monday from its Shale Task Force, chaired by UH petroleum engineering professor and National Academy of Engineering member Christine Ehlig-Economides.

Photos and Videos: 2017 EAA Gala
The 2017 UH Cullen College of Engineering Alumni Awards Gala was held at the Bayou City Event Center on Thursday, June 8, 2017. The annual event,...
2017 UH Cullen College of Engineering Alumni Awards Gala

The 2017 UH Cullen College of Engineering Alumni Awards Gala was held at the Bayou City Event Center on Thursday, June 8, 2017. The annual event, hosted by the Engineering Alumni Association (EAA), celebrates the professional achievements and contributions of college alumni and faculty.

Two Prestigious Catalysis Journals Elect Lars Grabow as Advisory Board Member
In the field of catalysis, which uses one material to initiate or speed up a chemical reaction, there are few researchers in the world as well-known...

In the field of catalysis, which uses one material to initiate or speed up a chemical reaction, there are few researchers in the world as well-known or respected as Lars Grabow.

UH Engineer to Host Conference on Hurricane and Disaster Preparation and Recovery
The Gulf Coast has been spared a major hurricane in the past few years, but as most Houstonians know all-too-well, the wrath of Mother Nature is...
Satellite image of Hurricane Katrina, Courtesy of NASA

The Gulf Coast has been spared a major hurricane in the past few years, but as most Houstonians know all-too-well, the wrath of Mother Nature is never far away.

Photos: First-Year Students Shine at First Year Experience Summit
When it comes to success in engineering studies, the data is clear: the better students do in their first-year core classes, the higher the chances...

When it comes to success in engineering studies, the data is clear: the better students do in their first-year core classes, the higher the chances that they will complete their engineering degrees.

Engineering Cells to Make Immunotherapy More Effective
Immunotherapy, in which cells from the human immune system are unleashed to fight disease, has been the big story in cancer treatment over the past...

Immunotherapy, in which cells from the human immune system are unleashed to fight disease, has been the big story in cancer treatment over the past few years. When it works, it can spur long-lasting remission in patients for whom other treatments have failed. But most patients don’t benefit, and there is still no good way to predict who will respond.

William A. Brookshire Leaves Legacy of Generosity and Dedication to the Cullen College
UH alumnus William A. Brookshire, Ph.D. (BSChE '57), co-founder and chairman of the board of S&B Engineers and Constructors, died on April 21,...
30 p.m. Dr. Brookshire’s family will host a memorial on the UH campus at the Student Center, Houston Room. Friends and family are invited.

UH alumnus William A. Brookshire, Ph.D. (BSChE '57), co-founder and chairman of the board of S&B Engineers and Constructors, died on April 21, 2017.

Joseph Tedesco, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Dean of the Cullen College of Engineering said, “Dr. Brookshire was a fine gentleman and one of our great philanthropists, always in search of new ways to help students and professors. We will forever feel his generosity and his loss in equal measures.”

UH Honors Cullen College Professors for Excellence in Teaching and Research
Each spring the University of Houston shines a spotlight on the faculty’s best and brightest, honoring them with teaching and research awards. Read...
Hanadi Rifai

Each spring the University of Houston shines a spotlight on the faculty’s best and brightest, honoring them with teaching and research awards. Read more about the Cullen College of Engineering professors who earned the distinction below!

UH Materials Research Society Student Chapter Hosts Campus Symposium
The University of Houston-Materials Research Society Chapter (UH-MRS) hosted its first student symposium in the main lobby of engineering building 1...
Winners all around at the UH-MRS symposium!

The University of Houston-Materials Research Society Chapter (UH-MRS) hosted its first student symposium in the main lobby of engineering building 1. At the symposium students presented their work to an esteemed crowd of professional members across various engineering and science disciplines at UH. The 40 presenters came from different departments including chemistry, physics; and chemical, mechanical, materials and electrical engineering.

UH-MRS winners are:

Ph.D. Student Studies Solid-State Batteries With Prestigious NASA Fellowship
Karun Kumar Rao, a first-year chemical engineering doctoral student in the UH Cullen College of Engineering, has been offered a place in the esteemed...
Top, Karun Kumar Rao works at a battery panel. Below, he holds a solid non-liquid battery with advisors (from left) Yan Yao and Lars Grabow

Karun Kumar Rao, a first-year chemical engineering doctoral student in the UH Cullen College of Engineering, has been offered a place in the esteemed NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF) program for his research on solid-state batteries.

Academia, Industry Collaborate on Solutions to Neural Disease, Injury
Neurological disorders like Parkinson’s, the aftermath of stroke, limb loss and paralysis significantly diminish the length and quality of life –...
Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor of electrical and computer engineering, will head the new NSF-funded BRAIN Center

Neurological disorders like Parkinson’s, the aftermath of stroke, limb loss and paralysis significantly diminish the length and quality of life – affecting about one in six people worldwide. But a growing number of biomedical innovations, driven in large part by an aging population dealing with debilitating health issues, are improving both cognitive and motor function.

Space-Savvy UH Students May Apply for Moscow Summer Intern Program
Students at the University of Houston are eligible to participate in the Moscow Summer Intern Program as part of a student initiative of the Baker...

Students at the University of Houston are eligible to participate in the Moscow Summer Intern Program as part of a student initiative of the Baker Institute Space Policy Program. The program is a wonderful opportunity for all UH students, but especially those with engineering expertise and an excitement for space exploration.

Ribbon Cut on New Fluor-Sponsored Cullen College Career Closet
Just yesterday it seemed to be an empty office space you probably ignored as you walked off the elevator on the third floor of the Cullen College of...
From left, Janice Quiroz Perez, director of the Engineering Career Service Center, and Fluor rep Allison Welch check out the new closet

Just yesterday it seemed to be an empty office space you probably ignored as you walked off the elevator on the third floor of the Cullen College of Engineering Building Two. What a difference a day – and the Engineering Career Services Center – can make.

Chevron Inspires Houston-area Girls to Engineer the Future at Annual UH Event
A group of girls cheer ecstatically as they drop their carefully-engineered egg crate from a balcony of the UH Engineering building. It hits the...

A group of girls cheer ecstatically as they drop their carefully-engineered egg crate from a balcony of the UH Engineering building. It hits the ground with a thud and another cheer explodes as the girls discover their egg remains intact inside. Nearby, a young girl beams intently at a robot as it scoots across a tabletop and performs tasks, too enthralled to notice the excited screams of a successful egg drop.

Subsea Engineering Leader Joins Cullen College as Founding Director of Engineering Programs in Katy
As one of the pioneering instructors in the subsea engineering program, Phaneendra Kondapi is a familiar name at the UH Cullen College of Engineering...

As one of the pioneering instructors in the subsea engineering program, Phaneendra Kondapi is a familiar name at the UH Cullen College of Engineering. Now Kondapi is forging new paths at the college once again, this time as the founding director of engineering programs in Katy, Texas.

Strong as Metal, Yet Lightweight Nanocomposite Materials from the Mind of Ph.D. Student
Ryan Poling-Skutvik, a Ph.D. candidate in chemical and biomolecular engineering at the Cullen College, took first place in the graduate student...
Ryan Poling-Skutvik examines a nanocomposite made of polystyrene grafted to silica particles

Ryan Poling-Skutvik, a Ph.D. candidate in chemical and biomolecular engineering at the Cullen College, took first place in the graduate student poster competition at the Society of Rheology Conference in Tampa, Florida.

Poling-Skutvik presented research on understanding the behavior of nanocomposite materials. Nanocomposites are materials that combine nanoparticles with polymers.

NSF Graduate Research Fellow is Cullen College Senior
The chances of not winning a National Science Foundation (NSF) research fellowship are much greater than walking off with the coveted award. The odds...
Rawan Almallahi is packing for graduate school with a NSF fellowship in her bag

The chances of not winning a National Science Foundation (NSF) research fellowship are much greater than walking off with the coveted award. The odds go down substantially if you’re still an undergraduate who hasn’t yet been accepted to graduate school.

Women in Engineering Become Women in Red at Spring Event
The Cullen College played host to the 3rd Women in Engineering spring event on March 8. The free event was funded by alumna Cynthia Oliver Coleman, P...
Sponsor Cynthia Oliver Coleman (left) with winner Tam Nguyen

The Cullen College played host to the 3rd Women in Engineering spring event on March 8. The free event was funded by alumna Cynthia Oliver Coleman, P.E. (BSChE ’71).

The event took place at the UH Hilton and included female engineering students, faculty and alumnae. Aside from networking, those in attendance were inducted into the Women in Red Movement, which will serve as a registry of female students and alumnae to serve as mentors for one another. 

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