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Alumnus Honored with Bridge Dedication
The Houston civil engineering community came together last Friday to honor the late Charles Joseph “C.J.” Tamborello (BSCE ’61) by dedicating a...
The plaque honoring Cullen College Alumnus C.J. Tamborello at the pedestrian bridge crossing Sims Bayou in FM Law Park.

The Houston civil engineering community came together last Friday to honor the late Charles Joseph “C.J.” Tamborello (BSCE ’61) by dedicating a bridge in his memory.

The pedestrian bridge at Sim’s Bayou in Houston’s FM Law Park was the last designed primarily by Tamborello before his death in 2005. It now bears a plaque in his honor.

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...
UH concrete canoe team

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 entry named HOPE was dedicated to raising awareness of breast cancer.

CEE Honors Four New Academy Members
The Academy of Distinguished Civil and Environmental Engineers welcomed four new members at the second annual Induction and Award Ceremony this...
John Odis Cobb, P.E., RPLS (BSCE '71, MSCE '79)

The Academy of Distinguished Civil and Environmental Engineers welcomed four new members at the second annual Induction and Award Ceremony this month. Hosted by the UH Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the celebration honored John Odis Cobb, Billy M. Cooke, D. Wayne Klotz, and Jimmie Schindewolf for their dedicated advancement of the profession, field and the university.

Hsu Wins American Concrete Institute’s Highest Honor
Thomas Hsu, John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Civil Engineering with the UH Cullen College of Engineering, has been named an Honorary Member of...
Hsu

Thomas Hsu, John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Civil Engineering with the UH Cullen College of Engineering, has been named an Honorary Member of the American Concrete Institute, the highest distinction given by the organization.

The award was presented to Hsu at the ACI’s Spring 2012 Convention, held in Dallas from March 18-22.

Report Examines Cracking and Fatigue in Highway Illumination Poles
Mina Dawood, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has published a report outlining factors that contribute to cracking of...
Dawood

Mina Dawood, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has published a report outlining factors that contribute to cracking of high mast illumination poles during fabrication. The report also provides strategies to prevent these cracks and potential failures from occurring.

Rodrigues Wins NSF CAREER Award
Debora Rodrigues, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has won a prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation...
Rodrigues

Debora Rodrigues, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has won a prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

CAREER Awards are given to junior-level faculty with the goal of helping them launch successful research and educational careers.

Ph.D. Candidate Honored for Academic and Philanthropic Achievements
Isis Mejias with Congressman Ted Poe

Cullen College Faculty Enhance Teaching Skills
The UH Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering hosted a teaching development event for faculty this month. The Mini-ExCEEd Teaching...
Mini-ExCEEd Teaching Workshop

The UH Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering hosted a teaching development event for faculty this month.

The Mini-ExCEEd Teaching Workshop, presented by American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), was a two-day series of seminars open to Cullen College of Engineering faculty that focused on innovative ways of conveying engineering concepts to students and being more successful in the classroom.

NASA Grant Funds Congo River Basin Research
With a surface area of approximately 2.3 million square miles, the Congo River Basin is the second largest river basin in the world, surpassed only...
Lee

With a surface area of approximately 2.3 million square miles, the Congo River Basin is the second largest river basin in the world, surpassed only by the Amazon.

Longtime Civil Engineering Professor Osman Ghazzaly Retires
In honor of an illustrious career spanning decades, colleagues, students, friends and family of Osman Ghazzaly gathered to celebrate his achievements...
Ghazzaly

In honor of an illustrious career spanning decades, colleagues, students, friends and family of Osman Ghazzaly gathered to celebrate his achievements on Saturday, December 3 at the HESS Club.

Honors Engineering Students Build Habitat for Humanity Home
Students with the University of Houston’s Honors Engineering Program (HEP) recently participated in a Habitat for Humanity build project earlier this...
Honors Engineering students take part in a Habitat for Humanity build.

Students with the University of Houston’s Honors Engineering Program (HEP) recently participated in a Habitat for Humanity build project earlier this month in northeast Houston. In the joint event with KBR, HEP students helped construct a home in the Milby Park subdivision, alongside KBR volunteers.

NSF-MRI Grant Bolsters Cullen College Failure Mechanics Research
Researchers with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering have won a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's Major...
Willam

Researchers with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering have won a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's Major Research Instrumentation Program to acquire one of the most advanced systems in the world for studying how steel and ductile materials deform before rupturing and how concrete and other quasi-brittle materials fail due to progressive cracking.

UH Hurricane Conference Addresses Preparedness and Disaster Recovery
With hurricane season entering its historically most active period, public officials, researchers and businesspeople from the gulf coast region met...
Vipulanandan

With hurricane season entering its historically most active period, public officials, researchers and businesspeople from the gulf coast region met at the University of Houston last week to discuss disaster preparedness, rapid recovery and coastal protection options.

The gathering, “Hurricanes, Major Disasters, Coastal Protection and Rapid Recovery in Texas and the Gulf Coast Region,” was organized by the university’s Texas Hurricane Center for Innovative Technology.

Professor Creates Graphene-based Antimicrobial Film
A researcher with the Cullen College of Engineering has helped create a nanotechnology-based material that is extremely effective at killing E. coli...
Rodrigues

A researcher with the Cullen College of Engineering has helped create a nanotechnology-based material that is extremely effective at killing E. coli and other pathogenic bacteria.

Rifai Wins Grant to Study Galveston Bay Pollutants
Cullen College Professor of Environmental Engineering Hanadi Rifai has received a grant to expand her research into toxic chemicals in the Houston...
Rifai

Cullen College Professor of Environmental Engineering Hanadi Rifai has received a grant to expand her research into toxic chemicals in the Houston area’s major bodies of water.

College Faculty Recognized for Teaching, Research
Dean Joseph Tedesco recognized UH Cullen College of Engineering faculty members for outstanding teaching and research during the 2010-2011 academic...

Dean Joseph Tedesco recognized UH Cullen College of Engineering faculty members for outstanding teaching and research during the 2010-2011 academic year at the college's Spring Faculty/Staff Meeting May 3.

Professors Win Grant to Study Concrete Strengthening and Repair
When concrete on a bridge or building deteriorates, cracks or is weakened, the structure doesn’t need to be torn down and replaced. Instead, it can...
Belarbi

When concrete on a bridge or building deteriorates, cracks or is weakened, the structure doesn’t need to be torn down and replaced. Instead, it can be repaired and strengthened with advanced materials such as carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRP) that are more than five-times stronger than steel when placed under tension.

Civil Professor Honored by ASCE for Lifetime Work
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering Jerry Rogers will receive two honors this year from the American Society of Civil Engineers for a lifetime...
Rogers

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering Jerry Rogers will receive two honors this year from the American Society of Civil Engineers for a lifetime of work in the civil engineering profession and for his ongoing passion to raise awareness for civil engineering history.

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...
Howser

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.

Professor Developing Patch for Repairing Cracked Steel
Mina Dawood, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering with the Cullen College of Engineering, recently received a three-year, $300,...
Dawood

Mina Dawood, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering with the Cullen College of Engineering, recently received a three-year, $300,000 grant from National Science Foundation to develop a new method of repairing cracks in steel structures such as bridges.

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