Photos: PROMES Banquet 2013

The academic success of our PROMES student community is celebrated each spring at the Annual PROMES Awards Banquet. This year's banquet was held at Brady's Landing on Feb. 28. To access the photos from this year's banquet, please visit our Flickr page at:

Engineering Alums Create Online Social Marketplace

It started as a conversation among friends, about a common issue of college life: the price of textbooks. Ade Adesanya (BSEE '11) recalls the discussion with Eric Imasogie (BSIE '10). "We decided there is no reason why anyone should sell a used book to the bookstore," he said. "You spend $200 on a book and the bookstore buys it back for a fraction of that. The ideal thing would be for students to sell or trade books to each other."

PROMES Sponsors Out of Darkness Walk

Some 140 people participated in the 2nd Annual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk held at the University of Houston on Saturday, April 16. The walk was sponsored by PROMES.

The Program for Mastery in Engineering Studies (PROMES), an engineering excellence program at the Cullen College of Engineering, sponsored the 2nd Annual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk held at the University of Houston last Saturday. The three-mile walk around the UH Campus is part of a larger, nationwide effort that benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

UH Hosts STEM Outreach Event

UH PROMES students assist Texas middle and high school students in testing their wind turbine designs.

The University of Houston, this weekend, was host to the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) 25th Annual Statewide Math and Science Competition.

Encouraging women and underrepresented minorities to become more involved in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, the event brought 320 middle and high school students from across the state to the UH campus.

Students Demonstrate Curious Inventions During End of Semester Presentation

Coleman Rink, a freshman biomedical engineering major, rigs his team's contraption for a class demonstration. The machine was designed to feed a goldfish remotely. Photo by Thomas Shea.

Unlike the light bulb or the computer, inventions on display in one Cullen College of Engineering classroom last week will never be mass-produced for the American home.

A rough construction from household items, childhood toys and even Hurricane Ike remnants, students crafted curious contraptions to fill bowls with milk and cereal, decorate Christmas cookies, deliver a television remote by plane, pour a can of soda into a glass and turn a switch on and off.

High School Seniors Get a Taste of College at UH Engineering Camp

Three MESET Camp participants construct a roller coaster as part of a design challenge to learn basic engineering principals. Photo courtesy of Dr. Kathy Zerda.

Fifty high school seniors from across the country got a hands-on introduction to engineering last month through a camp offered by the Program for Mastery in Engineering Studies (PROMES) in the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering.

Engineering Professor Honored for Work with Minority Students

Gerhard Paskusz, professor emeritus at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering and founder of its groundbreaking PROMES Program, is being honored this week for his efforts to advance the prospects of minorities in engineering.

UH Engineering Students Take Second in Regional Design Competition

Freshman engineering design team Marie Politte, Sheresa Burkey, Mauricio Salto and Crystal Ibarra, from the PROMES section of ENGI 1100, won second place in the Texas A&M Regional Engineering Conference design competition.  Photo compliments of Julie Trenor.

A team of four freshman engineering students won second place in the Texas A&M Regional Engineering Conference (TREC) design competition on February 10th. TREC, founded in 2001 by the Student Engineers Council at Texas A&M University, is an inter- collegiate engineering design competition that provides students with an opportunity to develop teamwork and leadership skills, as well as network with corporate sponsors.

WELCOME Retreat a Huge Success

Engineering students (from left) Maebeth Stiglet, Tomica Henson, Brandy Jones and Vinita Kapoor attempt a problem-solving exercise at the WELCOME Retreat last month. Photo provided by WELCOME.

The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering held its first annual Women-in-Engineering Retreat last month. A total of 35 students, about ten percent of the undergraduate female student body, attended the event.

The retreat, which took place in Galveston at the Hawthorn Suites hotel, was organized by the Women in Engineering Learning Community for Maximizing Excellence program, or WELCOME.

College Launches "Step Forward" Program for High School Students

PROMES program manager, John Matthews, chats with a group of Wheatley High School students at the Step Forward kick-off event held at UH on Sept. 29. Students joined their mentors for an afternoon of math contests and challenges.  Photo provided by Kathy Zerda.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has won a grant to help prepare high school students for academic success through a new, innovative program called Step Foward.

Engineering Professor to Study Female Student Motivations

Julie Trenor, instructional assistant professor and director of undergraduate student recruitment and retention at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, has received two grants to conduct research into the decisions of female students to select and persist in engineering majors.

BP Check Presentation

BP representative Gabe Cuadra (1988 BSChE) presents a check to UH Cullen College of Engineering Dean Raymond Flumerfelt and Vita Como, director of the Engineering Career Center. The gift will support the Program for Mastery in Engineering Studies (PROMES), equipment purchases in the chemical and mechanical engineering departments and the UH student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Consecutive 'Homecoming King' Titles Awarded to Engineering Students

Senior mechanical engineering student Okechukwu Ofili was named Homecoming King at halftime of the UH-East Carolina football game at Robertson Stadium. Ofili is the second consecutive king from the Cullen College of Engineering. Last year, Xavier Cano received the same honor. There is an application process for every nominee as well as an interview with a panel of judges to ensure the impartiality of the vote, but Ofili said being an engineering student set him apart.

PROMES Hosts a Summer Camp July 14-26 for 8th-11th Grade Students

The Program for the Mastery of Engineering Studies (PROMES) at the University of Houston invites students entering the 8th-11th grade to an all-expense-paid two-week program all about engineering July 14-26.

Each week will be packed full of fun courses, games, competitions, plant visits and talks with engineers and current UH engineering students.

PROMES Program Helps Students Sustain Success

The first roots of one of the longest-running programs of its kind in the nation reach back more than 25 years ago, to a symposium in Washington, D.C., where UH engineering professor Gerhard Paskusz listened intently to the speech of General Electric CEO Reginald H. Jones.