Faculty Accolades

Cullen College Professors Win Welch Awards to Explore Fundamental Chemical Ideas
Two UH Cullen College of Engineering professors received funding from the Welch Foundation for their contributions to basic chemical research that benefits humankind. These three-year grants extend from 2019 to 2022. Jiming Bao,…
Jiming Bao, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering.
Solving a Scientific Mystery and Finding a Solution for Industry
Researchers Determine Why Strontium-rich Barite is Found in Oceans   In solving a scientific mystery, researchers from the University of Houston and the nation’s national laboratories also discovered a new avenue for clearing…
Yandi Hu, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Houston, led a team of researchers in developing a better understanding of the presence of strontium-rich barite in seawater.
UH Civil and Environmental Engineering Chairman Wins 2019 Mindlin Medal
Roberto Ballarini recognized for contributions in numerous disciplines   Roberto Ballarini, Thomas and Laura Hsu Professor and chairman of the department of civil and environmental engineering at the UH Cullen College of…
Roberto Ballarini, chairman of the department of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Houston, is the recipient of the 2019 Raymond D. Mindlin Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
$1 Million Gift Will Expand UH Structural Engineering Labs
New Facilities and Space will Benefit Research and Education   When Thomas Hsu first stepped onto the University of Houston campus in 1980, UH was an emerging research university in search of top research faculty members to…
UH Honors Cullen College Professors Win Awards
Yi-Lung Mo Wins Prestigious John and Rebecca Moores Professorship   Each spring, the University of Houston recognizes the best and brightest faculty members, honoring them with teaching and research awards. This year four…
Yi-Lung Mo, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, won a prestigious 2019 John and Rebecca Moores Professorship.
Annual Center for Innovative Grouting Materials & Technology Conference Coming Up
The Center for Innovative Grouting Materials & Technology (CIGMAT) will hold its 24th annual conference this Friday, March 1 at the UH Hilton. The theme of this year’s conference will be “Infrastructures, Energy, Geotechnical…
Cumaraswamy Vipulanandan, professor of civil engineering at the Cullen College of Engineering, is the director of CIGMAT and a leading expert in the field of smart materials.
Beyond Archaeology: NCALM Pursues New Technology, New Projects
Lidar Mapping Has Also Yielded Other Earth Science Discoveries   The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping is best-known for its headline-grabbing work in archeology – the 2016 discovery of previously unknown ruins of a…
Researchers with the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping used the center's lidar-equipped plane to map the permafrost in Antarctica.
UH Engineering Professor Appointed Associate Editor of Clean Water Journal
Debora Rodrigues, an associate professor in civil and environmental engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, recently accepted the invitation to serve as an associate editor of npj Clean Water, a new open access…
Debora Rodrigues, an associate professor in civil and environmental engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, is now an associate editor of npj Clean Water
Mission: Possible — Mapping Dangerous Terrain
UH Engineers Focus on Degradable Reconnaissance Vehicles and Evasive Drone Maneuvers   Ensuring military forces have up-to-date information about a potentially hostile region offers obvious advantages, but current methods for…
UH researchers are testing prototypes for the project in Brays Bayou.
Hurricane Conference Offers Updates on Hurricane Preparation
Annual Conference Highlights Regional Readiness for Future Storms Emergency managers, public officials and industry executives will meet at the University of Houston Friday, Aug. 3, to discuss the latest in disaster…
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Can Nanoparticles Be Used to Lower Antibiotic Resistance?
UH Engineers Are Testing a Theory with Livestock Microbiome Antibiotic resistance is one of the world’s most serious threats to public health, forcing the use of medications that are more toxic, more expensive and not always…
Debora Rodrigues, left, and Stacey Louie, both faculty members in the Cullen College of Engineering, are using a reactor built to simulate the intestines of a pig to study ways to combat antibiotic resistance.
UH Researcher to Present Hurricane Lessons at 2018 Texas Emergency Management Conference
With the memories of Hurricane Harvey still fresh, researchers and policymakers across the state of Texas are taking a proactive approach in preparing for future storms by looking at the past for lessons and girding up resources…
Professor Cumaraswamy Vipulanandan (Vipu), director of the Texas Hurricane Center for Innovative Technology at the University of Houston
Solving Texas Water Problems: One Project At A Time
UH Researchers Receive Grants from the Texas Hazardous Waste Research Center Texas has water issues. Massive flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey nearly drowned Houston and other coastal areas last August. Months later, many…
Drought impacts large swathes of Texas on a regular basis creating water-stressed situations.
Houstonia Magazine Highlights Unique UH Research Center
Researchers Use Technology to Revolutionize Archaeology   In an article titled “This UH Research Center is Revolutionizing Archaeology,” Houstonia magazine shines the spotlight on University of Houston’s National Center for…
 National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping/University of Houston
Bacteria-fungi interaction may lead to improvements in crop production, sustainable energy
UH researcher receives DOE grant to study fundamental interactions While microorganism like bacteria and fungi have co-existed for eons, there is still much to discover about them, their interactions and the benefits they offer…
Debora Rodrigues,associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the UH Cullen College, is part of an international team studying bacteria-fungi interaction.
UH Engineers Shedding Light on Water Pollutants
It’s no secret that the water supply is constantly inundated with all sorts of waste and chemicals. Some are filtered out, others are not. Think about old, expired medicine you casually toss away. Pharmaceuticals don’t degrade. “…
 Stacey Louie, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, left, and Debora Rodrigues, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, examining nanoparticles, to find new materials that will break down pollutants and work in sunlight
Egor Dontsov: Tips for the Fracking Industry
In the world of hydraulic fracturing, where subterranean fractures are forced open to extract oil or gas, much is done before the drill meets the earth. Research to pinpoint the ideal extraction spot would be impossible if it had…
 Egor Dontsov with some shale
Cullen College of Engineering Joins Forces With Maritime University
In April, representatives of the University of Houston’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) traveled to Dalian Maritime University (DMU) in Dalian, People’s Republic of China, to write and sign a memorandum…
 (l-r)  Keh-Han Wang, UH professor of CEE and director of the civil engineering graduate program, UH's Roberto Ballarini, Thomas and Laura Hsu Professor and department chair and Yuqing Sun, DMU president
The Best of Our Brightest: Outstanding Service Awards Given in Cullen College
Excellence in engineering took center stage as Joseph W. Tedesco, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Dean of the Cullen College, recognized the outstanding performances of faculty, staff and students in teaching, research and service at the…
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Teaming Up Through Technology: UH and MIT Engineering Students Share Knowledge of Materials
Three days a week Konrad Krakowiak, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, stands before 13 students that make up his Cullen College engineering materials course to talk about concrete. Eighteen-hundred miles…
Konrad Krakowiak welcomes MIT students into his classroom via the big screen

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