Faculty Accolades

BME Faculty Meet with Turkish Health Minister

Members of the College's biomedical engineering department met with Turkish government officials at a recent gathering in Houston.

Members of the biomedical engineering department at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering met with Turkey’s Minister of Health during his recent visit to Houston.

Mehmet Muezzinoglu came to the city earlier this month to meet with members of the area’s Turkish community, discuss plans for the future of his country’s healthcare services, and introduce the Turkish medical system to U.S. healthcare investors.

Engineering Takes Top Honors At Faculty Awards Ceremony

The Cullen College of Engineering shined at last night’s University of Houston Faculty Awards Banquet, with college professors taking home five research and scholarship awards, the career teaching award and the university’s highest faculty honor, the Esther Farfel Award.

Video: Q&A With Dr. Bonnie Dunbar


The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering is proud to present our Q&A session with Dr. Bonnie Dunbar, Ph.D., NAE. This video serves as a special supplement to the print version of our Q&A session with Dr. Dunbar, which can be found in our Spring 2013 issue of Parameters.

BME Welcomes Computational Neuroscience Expert


Ahmet Omurtag, an expert in computational neuroscience with experience developing new clinical tools in an entrepreneurial setting, has joined the biomedical engineering department of the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering.

College Welcomes Bonnie Dunbar, Retired Astronaut & NAE Member


Bonnie Dunbar, a retired astronaut, National Academy of Engineering Member and alumna of the Cullen College of Engineering, has joined the University of Houston as leader of a new STEM Center. The center will build upon programs throughout the university and leverage their success in the larger K-12 community. Dunbar has also accepted the position of professor in the college’s mechanical and biomedical engineering departments.

Focused Air Puff to the Eye Promises Improved Vision Care


It sounds pretty annoying, actually. A puff of air focused into a small spot and blown directly into the eyeball. But what’s annoying could drastically improve eye care, and even end up saving the vision of some people.

Akay Honored by Two Engineering Associations


The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has named Metin Akay, founding chair and John S. Dunn Endowed Chair Professor of the Cullen College’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, to its inaugural group of IEEE Brand Ambassadors.

Researcher Developing Lab-Grown Heart Tissue


One day, people in need of a heart transplant won’t have to wait for a donor organ to become available. Instead, hearts (and other organs) will be grown the lab, often out of the patient’s own cells.

UH Department of Biomedical Engineering Welcomes New Faculty Member


Associate Professor Howard Gifford joins the UH Department of Biomedical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. His research focuses on the medical imaging process with the goal of improving chances of detecting or quantifying a certain target. Specifically, Gifford works to optimize the performance of a task to read images, by examining hardware and image acquisition protocol as well.

New Biomedical Chair Earns Esteemed Engineering Honors


Just weeks into his post as John S. Dunn Distinguished Professor and founding chair of the University of Houston Department of Biomedical Engineering, Metin Akay is already being recognized.

He has been selected and will be inducted next month into two prestigious engineering and science organizations—the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

UH Researcher Documents Early Cardiovascular Development


Larin’s Imaging Device Captures First High-Resolution Video of Mammalian Heartbeat

Imaging the cardiovascular system in its earliest stages of development is a feat that could provide researchers unequivocal knowledge into the how the heart forms. Until now, the developmental dynamics of the heart have been well theorized and modeled, though very little experimental visual evidence exists to better explain how it forms and why.

Founding Chair Named to Department of Biomedical Engineering

Metin Akay, recently named founding chair of the college's new department of biomedical engineering, shares his vision for the future of biomedical sciences at University of Houston at BioHouston's August Breakfast Forum on Aug. 21, 2009. Photo by Thomas Shea.

Internationally known researcher, educator from ASU to fill spot

Metin Akay has been tasked with leading the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering’s new Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Akay, officially designated as founding chair at BioHouston’s Breakfast Forum Aug. 21, will use his nearly two decades experience to establish the first new department at the college in more than 35 years.

Study by UH Researchers Could Help Diabetics Better Monitor Glucose Levels


A device being developed by a team of researchers from the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering could make it unnecessary for more than 23 million diabetics to submit to daily finger pricks to test glucose levels in their blood.

The researchers received a three-year, nearly $400,000 National Science Foundation grant this month to explore the development of the implantable device, designed to use optical sensing to continuously monitor glucose levels.

Engineering Organizations Present Professor With High Honors


Two engineering organizations earlier this year presented awards to Kirill V. Larin, assistant professor of biomedical and mechanical engineering, for achievements in his biomedical optics and imaging research.

The 2008 Outstanding Young Scientist Award was presented to Larin in February by the Houston Society for Engineering in Medicine and Biology. The award recognized him for significant success in his first five years of research.

Navy Taps UH Researcher to Develop Diagnostic Tool

For as long as the U.S. Navy has had scuba divers, submarines and airplane pilots, it has had to deal with the effects of decompression sickness. This condition, which affects those who experience sudden, drastic changes in the air or water pressure surrounding their bodies, can cause anything from joint pain—better known as the bends—to seizure, stroke, coma, and, in the most extreme cases, death.