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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...
The University of Houston concrete canoe was one of 22 teams to compete at the national competition in California. Contributed photo

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 in the 23-year history of the competition. Just like their competitors, UH earned a chance to compete in San Luis Obispo, Calif. after winning their regional contest earlier this year.

UH Researchers Predict Probability of Hurricane Hitting Texas
Researchers at the University of Houston have developed a new model they hope will accurately predict the number of hurricanes that could strike the...
Vipulanandan

Researchers at the University of Houston have developed a new model they hope will accurately predict the number of hurricanes that could strike the state during this year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season.

The model, which researchers hope to help verify through this season’s prediction, indicates there is an increased potential a storm will make landfall in Texas.

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...
Taraka Ravi Shankar Mullapudi holds the three awards he recieved at the 24th Annual Campus Leaders Reception and Awards Ceremony April 27. Contributed Photo.

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.

Concrete Canoe Team Captures First, Qualifies for Nationals
For months, a team of University of Houston civil engineering students has been concocting the perfect recipe. A dash of fly ash, some silica fume,...
Students from the Concrete Canoe Team pose with Steer Clear, their 215-pound concrete canoe. Photo by Thomas Shea.

For months, a team of University of Houston civil engineering students has been concocting the perfect recipe.

A dash of fly ash, some silica fume, foam, shredded tires, PVA fibers, water, ceramic beads, glass bubbles and most importantly, a little cement. What they ended up with was a concrete mixture light enough to be buoyant.

College Adds National Center Focused on Airborne Laser Swath Mapping
The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) and the groundbreaking researcher leading it, in January, moved operations to the University...
Shrestha

The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) and the groundbreaking researcher leading it, in January, moved operations to the University of Houston.

Alumni Honored During National Engineers Week
Four University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering alumni were among those honored recently by area professional organizations as their 2010...
Sharma

Four University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering alumni were among those honored recently by area professional organizations as their 2010 Young Engineers of the Year.

College Adds National Academy Member
Surendra P. Shah, Walter P. Murphy Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University, this spring joined faculty at the...
Shah

Surendra P. Shah, Walter P. Murphy Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University, this spring joined faculty at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering as a visiting professor.

Alumnus to Fill Chair Post in Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
Abdeldjelil “DJ” Belarbi will return to his roots in December when he takes over as chair of the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering’...
Belarbi

Abdeldjelil “DJ” Belarbi will return to his roots in December when he takes over as chair of the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Accomplishments of CE Professor Honored With International Symposium
A John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, Thomas T.C. Hsu is an...
Hsu

A John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, Thomas T.C. Hsu is an internationally known researcher in the field of structural engineering.

Professor Travels to UK to Celebrate Civil Engineering Achievements
Jerry Rogers, an associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Houston, was among a select few to be present at a wreath laying...
Rogers

Jerry Rogers, an associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Houston, was among a select few to be present at a wreath laying ceremony this month for a famed London train and bridge engineer.

The ceremony, marking the 150th anniversary of Robert Stephenson’s death, was held at Westminster Abbey. Rogers was among only 10 selected to attend the event.

Lucrative Lessons: Engineering Pegged as Degree With Highest Starting Salary
Wide array of profitable, rare programs offered at UH In recent weeks Kaytie Curttright (2009 BSChE) has been settling into work as an engineer...
Chemical engineering senior Rhys Forgie works in the lab as part the college's Research Experience for Undergraduates program. Photo by Thomas Shea.

Wide array of profitable, rare programs offered at UH

In recent weeks Kaytie Curttright (2009 BSChE) has been settling into work as an engineer with Samsung Austin Semiconductors.

The position, which has her responsible for ensuring the quality of materials at the Austin-based manufacturing plant, is exactly the job Curttright had hoped for upon graduating from UH in May.

UH Researchers Part of $1.25 Million SSPEED Center Study on Ike
Hanadi Rifai hopes to leave behind some of the discomforts area residents experienced last year after Hurricane Ike should another big storm pass...
Rifai

Hanadi Rifai hopes to leave behind some of the discomforts area residents experienced last year after Hurricane Ike should another big storm pass through Houston.

Civil Professor Receives UH Teaching Excellence Award
Those who know Keh-Han Wang best describe this professor of civil and environmental engineering as a modest man with an immeasurable love for...
Wang

Those who know Keh-Han Wang best describe this professor of civil and environmental engineering as a modest man with an immeasurable love for teaching.

Professor Inducted as a Distinguished Member of ASCE
Jerry R. Rogers, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, was presented with one of the American Society of Civil Engineers...
Photo by Thomas Shea

Jerry R. Rogers, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, was presented with one of the American Society of Civil Engineers highest national honors at the ASCE 2008 Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa. in November.

In a formal ceremony, Rogers was inducted as a Distinguished Member of ASCE, the oldest engineering society in the United States. The position is second only to the ASCE president.

Alumnus Tapped to Lead National Engineering Society
D. Wayne Klotz (1976 MSCE) has been named president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the oldest national engineering society in the United...
Klotz

D. Wayne Klotz (1976 MSCE) has been named president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the oldest national engineering society in the United States.

Klotz was installed as ASCE president Nov. 8 at the organization’s annual conference in Pittsburg, Pa. He accepts the position following a yearlong commitment as ASCE president-elect, and more than three decades in posts on ASCE committees and boards at the local, state and national levels.

Professor, Student Organization Honored at Annual ASCE Event
An associate professor in the UH Cullen College of Engineering and the university’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineering were...
Prof. Jerry Rogers

An associate professor in the UH Cullen College of Engineering and the university’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineering were both honored earlier this month at the ASCE Texas Section Fall 2008 Meeting.

Hurricane Center Using Ike to Research Recovery Protocols, Protection Tools
From his driver’s seat, University of Houston Professor Cumaraswamy Vipulanandan has a clear view of exactly how the city is adjusting, now two weeks...
Vipulanandan

From his driver’s seat, University of Houston Professor Cumaraswamy Vipulanandan has a clear view of exactly how the city is adjusting, now two weeks after Hurricane Ike’s landfall.

Professor Named Distinguished Member of National Engineering Society
Jerry R. Rogers, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is being presented with one of the American Society of Civil Engineers...
Rogers

Jerry R. Rogers, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is being presented with one of the American Society of Civil Engineers highest national honors.

This fall, Rogers will be formally inducted as a Distinguished Member of ASCE, the oldest engineering society in the United States. The ceremony is scheduled to take place in conjunction with the ASCE 2008 Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa. this November.

Engineering Professor Helps Launch Libya Knowledge Transfer Program
A University of Houston engineering professor is one of two individuals behind the development of curriculum for a knowledge transfer program...
Rifai

A University of Houston engineering professor is one of two individuals behind the development of curriculum for a knowledge transfer program designed to assist Libyan engineers in modernizing their country’s infrastructure.

UH Students Win Regional Concrete Canoe Competition for Second Year
A team of University of Houston engineering students paddled their way to a second consecutive first place win April 28 at the Texas/Mexico...
Photo by Thomas Shea.

A team of University of Houston engineering students paddled their way to a second consecutive first place win April 28 at the Texas/Mexico Regional Concrete Canoe Competition.

The students beat out 11 teams competing at Texas’ Corpus Christi Bay for the title. High rankings in each of the four portions of the competition—an oral presentation, engineering term paper, physical display and five canoe races—launched them into the top spot.

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