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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.

Earthquake Research at UH Featured on Local News
Earthquake research in the Thomas Hsu Structural Laboratory was featured on KPRC Channel 2 in Houston on March 14, 2011. Drs. Y.L. Mo and Abdeldjilil...

Earthquake research in the Thomas Hsu Structural Laboratory was featured on KPRC Channel 2 in Houston on March 14, 2011. Drs. Y.L. Mo and Abdeldjilil "DJ" Belarbi were featured discussing current earthquake-related research at the University of Houston in an effort to explain how structural materials react to earthquake-like conditions.

Alum Named Engineer of the Year
The Houston E-Week Committee has named a Cullen College alumnus its 2011 Engineer of the Year. Wayne Klotz (MSCE 1976) received the honor in...

The Houston E-Week Committee has named a Cullen College alumnus its 2011 Engineer of the Year.

Wayne Klotz (MSCE 1976) received the honor in recognition for his work with Klotz Associates, the civil engineering firm he co-founded, and for his service to the profession as national president of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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...
Mullapudi

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 presented to Mullapudi during the group’s 63rd Annual Meeting, held in La Jolla, Calif., last week. Mullapudi presented the winning paper, “Seismic Behavior of RC Structures Subjected to Combined Loading Including Torsion,” at the gathering.

Vipulanandan Honored as “MVP” by Underground Construction Association
A major underground construction technology association has honored UH civil engineering professor Cumaraswamy “Vipu” Vipulanandan for his...
Vipu

A major underground construction technology association has honored UH civil engineering professor Cumaraswamy “Vipu” Vipulanandan for his outstanding contributions in education and research related to underground infrastructure construction and maintenance.

Professor's Paper Included in Hoover Dam 75th Anniversary Symposium Proceedings
Civil engineering professionals across the nation gathered last weekend in Las Vegas, N.V. to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the completion of the...
Professor Jerry Rogers (right) with David Gilbert and Richard Wiltshire at the American Society of Civil Engineers Annual Conference and Hoover Dam 75th Anniversary Symposium. Gilbert and Wiltshire co-edited the conference proceedings with Rogers, with Wiltshire serving as lead editor.

Civil engineering professionals across the nation gathered last weekend in Las Vegas, N.V. to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Hoover Dam. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) held a special symposium at the organization's 140th Annual Civil Engineering Conference to commemorate what is considered to be one of the greatest dam design and construction projects of the 21st century.

Researcher Working to Quantify Real-World Impact of Automobiles
While there are plenty of advantages to living in a big city, one big drawback is air quality. Nearly every large metropolitan area in the country...
Chellam

While there are plenty of advantages to living in a big city, one big drawback is air quality. Nearly every large metropolitan area in the country struggles to keep its air pollution levels in line with standards recommended by physicians and mandated by government.

To more easily meet these standards, cities should first know what chemicals, exactly, can be found in pollution from different sources.

Cullen College Adds Two More National Academy Members to Faculty
Drawing top researchers to its already outstanding faculty roster is an ongoing effort at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering....

Drawing top researchers to its already outstanding faculty roster is an ongoing effort at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering. These professors help grow the university’s overall research expenditures and improve the success rates of its undergraduate and graduate students – both essential to UH’s drive to earn recognition as a Tier One research university.

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...
Mullapudi

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.

Notables to Discuss Hurricane Issues at August Conference
Leading academic researchers, state and local officials will convene on the University of Houston campus next month for the second annual Hurricane...
Vipulanandan

Leading academic researchers, state and local officials will convene on the University of Houston campus next month for the second annual Hurricane Conference hosted by the Texas Hurricane Center for Innovative Technology (THC-IT) and the Systems Optimization and Computing Laboratory (SOCL).

The day long, public conference will address everything from new hurricane technology to coastal protection just two months into what is predicted to be a busy Atlantic Hurricane Season.

UH Visiting Professor Inducted Into Chinese Academy of Engineering
Surendra P. Shah, visiting professor at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering and Walter P. Murphy Professor of Civil and...
Shah

Surendra P. Shah, visiting professor at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering and Walter P. Murphy Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University, was recently inducted into the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) as a foreign member.

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