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CEE's Shaffer earns NSF CAREER award
The Cullen College of Engineering is happy to announce that Devin L. Shaffer, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, is the latest member of the faculty to receive a National Science...
Devin L. Shaffer, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, is the latest member of the faculty to receive a National Science Foundation CAREER award.

The Cullen College of Engineering is happy to announce that Devin L. Shaffer, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, is the latest member of the faculty to receive a National Science Foundation CAREER award.

Belarbi continues fight against corrosion in bridges with NCHRP award
A professor at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering has received a $600,000 award from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program to continue his research into bridge materials that would resist...
Abdeldjelil “DJ” Belarbi, Ph.D., Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has received a $600,000 award to continue his research into bridge materials that resist corrosion.

A professor at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering has received a $600,000 award from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program to continue his research into bridge materials that would resist corrosion.  

Ballarini honored with ASCE Distinguished Member status
Roberto Ballarini, Thomas and Laura Hsu Professor and Department Chairman of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been elected as a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
Roberto Ballarini, Ph.D., Thomas and Laura Hsu Professor and Department Chairman of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been elected as a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Roberto Ballarini, Thomas and Laura Hsu Professor and Department Chairman of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been elected as a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

23 honored with 2020-21 Faculty and Student Excellence Awards
The Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston and Dr. Joseph W. Tedesco, Ph.D., P.E., the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Endowed Chair and Dean, are pleased to share the 2020-21 Faculty and Student Excellence Award...
The W.T. Kittinger Teaching Excellence Award is traditionally the highest teaching award given in the College. It recognizes outstanding teaching and service to students. This year's recipient is Di Yang of Mechanical Engineering.

The Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston and Dr. Joseph W. Tedesco, Ph.D., P.E., the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Endowed Chair and Dean, are pleased to share the 2020-21 Faculty and Student Excellence Award winners.

The initial announcement was made during the virtual Spring 2021 State of the College Address on May 4.

From Toxic Ions to Single-Atom Copper
Copper remains one of the single most ubiquitous metals in everyday life. As a conductor of heat and electricity, it is utilized in wires, roofing and plumbing, as well as a catalyst for petrochemical plants, solar and electrical...
Copper is a prevalent metal used in everyday life. As a conductor of heat and electricity, it is commonly used in wires.

Copper remains one of the single most ubiquitous metals in everyday life. As a conductor of heat and electricity, it is utilized in wires, roofing and plumbing, as well as a catalyst for petrochemical plants, solar and electrical conductors and for a wide range of energy related applications. Subsequently, any method to harvest more of the valuable commodity proves a useful endeavor.

21 Cullen College students receive SURF opportunities
The Cullen College of Engineering is proud to announce that 21 undergraduate students have been selected for the University of Houston's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), according to the Honors College.
A group of 21 students from the Cullen College of Engineering have been selected for the University of Houston's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships.

The Cullen College of Engineering is proud to announce that 21 undergraduate students have been selected for the University of Houston's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), according to the Honors College.

UH, HCC partnering on Engineering Academy at Fraga campus
The University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering and Houston Community College have reached an agreement to offer UH Engineering Academy courses at the HCC Felix Fraga Academic Campus on the east side of Houston on...
An exterior shot of the flags flying at the Houston Community College's Fraga Campus. The University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering and HCC will be partnering to create an Engineering Academy on the campus.

The University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering and Houston Community College have reached an agreement to offer UH Engineering Academy courses at the HCC Felix Fraga Academic Campus on the east side of Houston on Navigation Boulevard.

Life Expectancy Lower for Those Living Near Superfund Sites
Living near a hazardous waste or Superfund site could cut your life short by about a year, reports Hanadi S. Rifai, John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Houston.
Hanadi S. Rifai, John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is reporting in Nature Communications that life expectancy is lower for those living near Superfund sites.

Living near a hazardous waste or Superfund site could cut your life short by about a year, reports Hanadi S. Rifai, John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Houston.

College mourns passing of CEE professor emeritus Ghazzaly
Osman Ghazzaly, Ph.D., an emeritus professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering, passed away the afternoon of April 8, 2021, according to friends.

Osman Ghazzaly, Ph.D., an emeritus professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering, passed away the afternoon of April 8, 2021, according to friends.

Hu earns NASA funding award
Xie Hu, a 2020 hire as an assistant professor in the Cullen College of Engineering's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and at the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping, has received a $375,000 grant for her...
Xie Hu, a 2020 hire as an assistant professor in the Cullen College of Engineering's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and at the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping, has received a $375,000 grant from NASA for a research proposal.

Xie Hu, a 2020 hire as an assistant professor in the Cullen College of Engineering's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and at the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping, has received a $375,000 grant for her research proposal from NASA.

Cullen College improves again in U.S. News & World Report rankings
The stature of the Cullen College of Engineering has increased again, as it improved by its ranking by one in the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report, up to the No. 66 rated graduate engineering program in the country.
The Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston has again increased its ranking in the latest U.S. News & World Report, up one slot to No. 66 in the country.

The stature of the Cullen College of Engineering has increased again, as it improved by its ranking by one in the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report, up to the No. 66 rated graduate engineering program in the country.

Lee approved for NOAA grant to forecast inundation extents
For University of Houston professor Hyongki Lee, living firsthand through the calamity and destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey in 2017 has shaped his research interests, and brought to the forefront how important the need for...
Hyongki Lee, an associate professor in the Cullen College of Engineering's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, is the principal investigator for a grant that will hopefully lead to better flood forecasting.

For University of Houston professor Hyongki Lee, living firsthand through the calamity and destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey in 2017 has shaped his research interests, and brought to the forefront how important the need for a forecast flood extent can be.

Engineering Societies Recognize Hsu for Distinguished Achievement
A professor in the Cullen College of Engineering's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has been recognized by two international organizations for his contributions and research. Dr. Thomas T.C. Hsu, the Moores...
Thomas T.C. Hsu, the Moores Professor of Civil Engineering at the Cullen College of Engineering, has been recognized by two international organizations for his contributions and research.

A professor in the Cullen College of Engineering's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has been recognized by two international organizations for his contributions and research.

Dr. Thomas T.C. Hsu, the Moores Professor of Civil Engineering, received the 2020 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society of Earthquake Engineering of the Republic of China, Taiwan, and the Structural Engineering Society of the Republic of China, Taiwan.

Papers from Cullen College of Engineering professors make the grade, analysis finds
Several professors and researchers at the University of Houston are among the most cited in the world, according to an October 2020 update by researchers from Stanford about paper citations.
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Several professors and researchers at the University of Houston are among the most cited in the world, according to an October 2020 update by researchers from Stanford about paper citations.

CEE doctoral student receives American Water Works Association scholarship
For Cullen College of Engineering doctoral student Cynthia V. Castro, growing up on the Gulf Coast and seeing how devastating the storms can be has fueled her educational pursuits, and also led her to being earning a scholarship...
Cynthia V. Castro, a doctoral student working with Dr. Hanadi S. Rifai of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is passionate about her work on flooding and environmental contamination because of her own experiences growing up along the Gulf Coast in Texas.

For Cullen College of Engineering doctoral student Cynthia V. Castro, growing up on the Gulf Coast and seeing how devastating the storms can be has fueled her educational pursuits, and also led her to being earning a scholarship from the Texas Section of the American Water Works Association for the 2020-21 academic year.

Rodrigues, Qatar University examining potential of date pits for water conservation
A professor at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering has received a grant to explore new filtration methods by recycling date pits to help with the sustainability of the water supply in Qatar.
Dr. Debora Rodrigues, an associate professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, will be working with Dr. Mohammad Al-Ghouti of Qatar University to explore new water filtration methods by recycling date pits.

A professor at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering has received a grant to explore new filtration methods by recycling date pits to help with the sustainability of the water supply in Qatar.

If Cement Could Talk - Startup based on UH Technology to make world safer
Deadly explosions on offshore oil platforms. Collapsing bridges. Gaping potholes large enough to swallow a car. Cement is the most widely used construction material in the world, but there hasn’t been an easy-to-use and reliable...
Ody De La Paz, co-founder and CEO of Sensytec.

Deadly explosions on offshore oil platforms. Collapsing bridges. Gaping potholes large enough to swallow a car.

Cement is the most widely used construction material in the world, but there hasn’t been an easy-to-use and reliable way to ensure its structural integrity. A revolutionary technology from a lab at the University of Houston is changing that and could help to lower the risks. 

CEE adds 3 new assistant professors for Fall 2020 semester
The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the Cullen College of Engineering will have three new assistant professors added to its faculty for the Fall of 2020 – Dr. Vedhus Hoskere, Dr. Xie Hu and Dr. Dimitrios...
Dr. Vedhus Hoskere.

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the Cullen College of Engineering will have three new assistant professors added to its faculty for the Fall of 2020 – Dr. Vedhus Hoskere, Dr. Xie Hu and Dr. Dimitrios Kalliontzis.

Hoskere will be the starting the Structures and Artificial Intelligence Lab (SAIL) at the college.

NCALM postdoc picked for IEEE publication topical editor position
A postdoctoral researcher at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering has been honored with the position of topical associate editor for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE) Transactions...
Dr. Hanwen Yu.

A postdoctoral researcher at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering has been honored with the position of topical associate editor for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE) Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing.

ASCE tabs UH student Mello for research fellowship
A graduate student at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering has been honored by being selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers for the 2020 O.H. Ammann Research Fellowship. Livia Mello, a UH...
Livia Mello, a UH graduate student and doctoral candidate in Civil Engineering with Dr. Roberto Ballarini, was awarded the American Society of Civil Engineers' 2020 O.H. Ammann Research Fellowship to continue her work in studying progressive building collapse.

A graduate student at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering has been honored by being selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers for the 2020 O.H. Ammann Research Fellowship.

Livia Mello, a UH graduate student and doctoral candidate in Civil Engineering, was awarded the fellowship to continue her work in studying progressive building collapse.

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