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Pathway Professor — Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Given the technical nature of many engineering subjects, students may struggle to perform well in some of their courses. Furthermore, not passing a course may delay students’ graduation. Hence, the faculty teaching courses with a history of high failure rates play a critical role in student success with respect to students’ pathway to graduation.

Those appointed to teach these gateway courses were selected by their Department Chair based on their extensive content knowledge and excellent teaching performance. The Dean created the role of “Pathway Professor” to recognize Cullen College of Engineering’s “best in class” instructors that, together, create a community within the college to enhance student learning in gateway courses.

Roberto Ballarini
Roberto Ballarini, Ph.D., P.E., F.EMI, F.ASME, Dist.M.ASCE
Thomas and Laura Hsu Professor and Department Chair
Phone 713-743-6466
Email rballari [at]
Gateway Course(s) CIVE 2332 - Mechanics of Solids,
ENGR 2301 - Mechanics I (Statics)
Dimitrios Kalliontzis
Dimitrios Kalliontzis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Phone 713-743-9838
Email dkallion [at]
Gateway Course(s) ENGR 2301 - Mechanics I (Statics)
Mostafa Momen, Ph.D
Mostafa Momen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Phone 713-743-1346
Email mmomen [at]
Gateway Course(s) CIVE 3434 - Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic Engineering
Kalyana Babu Nakshatrala, Ph.D.
Kalyana Babu Nakshatrala, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Associate Chair
Phone 713-743-4418
Email knakshatrala [at]
Gateway Course(s) CIVE 2332 - Mechanics of Solids
Keh-Han Wang, Ph.D.
Keh-Han Wang, Ph.D.
Director, Graduate Program
Phone 713-743-4277
Email KHWang [at]
Gateway Course(s) CIVE 3434 - Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic Engineering