Student Success

Cullen College Ph.D. Student Takes Home Award at International Conference
A scant few months before she defends her dissertation for a Ph.D. in environmental engineering, Aparna Balasubramani found herself on a podium in New Orleans in January receiving an award for a paper she wrote on ridding…
Aparna Balasubramani, right, with her award
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at UH is Number One in the U.S.A.
Every year, as a marketing activity, the leadership board of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at UH, recently named outstanding large chapter of the year by the national organization, brainstorms to create the next…
 (L-R) Katherine Velasco, historian; Belinda Herrera, new member rep.; Luis Espinoza, VP for external affairs; Daniel Cariel, VP for internal affairs; Maria Violeta Paez, president; Diana Enriquez, regional rep.; Samantha Bryant, secretary; Oscar Rodriguez, treasurer
Making a Splash: Cullen College Ph.D. Student Wins Scholarship For His Water Work
As a Ph.D. student in environmental engineering, Amin Kiaghadi already has a patent under his belt and won awards for his idea of how to treat “produced water,” the dirty, non-usable water created during hydraulic fracturing. Now…
 Environmental engineering Ph.D student Amin Kiaghadi studies bodies of water to develop his ideas
Undergrads Engineer the Future of Research at the Cullen College
At the University of Houston, graduate students aren’t the only ones diving into research this summer. Undergraduate students are gaining hands on research experience through the UH Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF…
Doctoral Student Earns Robert J. Melosh Medal for Computational Mechanics Research
A civil and environmental engineering student from the UH Cullen College of Engineering was recently awarded the Robert J. Melosh Medal for his doctoral dissertation in the area of finite element methods and computational…
Doctoral Students Honored with Cullen College’s Best Dissertation Awards
Two doctoral students in the UH Cullen College of Engineering received the college’s Best Dissertation Awards for fall 2015. Mechanical engineering student Nikhil Walani and civil and environmental engineering student Maruti…
UH Engineering Student to Attend Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing
A Ph.D. student at the UH Cullen College of Engineering was one of only 65 participants selected to attend the Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC) funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of…
Photo from the 2014 ATPESC
Civil Engineering Student Wins Prestigious NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship
Tropical wetlands are one of the most important sources of methane and carbon emissions, which means these land areas play a key role in climate change. Hydrology and hydrodynamics in the tropical wetlands are controlling factors…
 ESA
UH Team Wins the Texas Energy Innovation Challenge
Graduate students from the University of Houston won top honors in the Texas Energy Innovation Challenge with a plan to harness geothermal energy to treat water produced during hydraulic fracturing. The competition, held Friday,…
 UH students Varun Sreenivas, Shanisha Smith, Rose Sobel, Amin Kiaghadi
Civil Engineering Ph.D. Earns DOE Research Award
Later this year, civil engineering Ph.D. student Justin Chang's educational career will receive a boost in the form of funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Award. The…
Civil Engineering Student Delivers Award-Winning Elevator Pitch
Jingjing Fan, a graduate student in the Cullen College's civil and environmental engineering department, delivered an award-winning elevator pitch at the Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization's (SNO) first ever Nano Pitch…
Civil Engineering Ph.D. to Attend SIAM Conference in Computational Science and Engineering
The new year has only just begun, but one civil engineering Ph.D. student is already planning to pack his bags and hit the road. Saeid Karimi has received a travel award from the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (…
UH Concrete Canoe Team Wins Third Place at Regionals
A team of University of Houston engineering students took third place at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Texas/Mexico Regional Concrete Canoe Competition. The competition gives students an opportunity to apply…
Concrete Canoe Team Places Third in Competition
The UH chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers participated in the concrete canoe competition at the 2012 Texas-Mexico Student Regional Conference in San Antonio last month, taking third place overall. The UH team’s…
UH concrete canoe team
Ph.D. Candidate Honored for Academic and Philanthropic Achievements
Isis Mejias has been busy lately. She received a scholarship from the Rotary Club of Humble Intercontinental, secured a $50,000 grant for Engineers Without Borders – Central Houston Professional Chapter, and became a US citizen…
Isis Mejias with Congressman Ted Poe
Civil Engineering Grad Student Wins Fellowship
For the second time in three years, a Cullen College graduate student has won the O.H. Ammann Research Fellowship from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Rachel Howser, a graduate student in the college's Department of…
Howser
Civil Engineering Graduate Student Wins Paper Competition
Taraka Ravi Shankar Mullapudi, a Ph.D. candidate in the Cullen College’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, won the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s 2011 Student Paper Competition. The award was…
Mullapudi
Grad Student Wins Fellowship to Study Soil’s Resistance to Bending
A UH Cullen College of Engineering graduate student has won a fellowship to research an underused method of distributing the load of a structure in soil. Taraka Ravi Shankar Mullapudi, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Civil…
Mullapudi
Concrete Canoe Team Competes, Places in Nationals
The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering’s concrete canoe team finished among the top 15 teams at the national competition in California over the weekend. It was the sixth appearance by a team from the university…
The University of Houston concrete canoe was one of 22 teams to compete at the national competition in California. Contributed photo
Graduate Student Takes Home Honor at ICE Competition
Taraka Ravi Shankar Mullapudi, a Ph.D. candidate in civil and structural engineering, placed third at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) USA Graduate and Student Paper Competition recently. Mullapudi was among three chosen…
Taraka Ravi Shankar Mullapudi holds the three awards he recieved at the 24th Annual Campus Leaders Reception and Awards Ceremony April 27. Contributed Photo.

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