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Diesel Center Hosts Fuel Economy Roundtable

Prof. Michael Harold speaks at the Texas Diesel Research and Testing Center's Industry Roundtable on Feb. 21, 2012. (Photo by Nine Nguyen)

When analyzed from the oil well to wheels on the ground, diesel is the single most efficient liquid transportation fuel. Combine that with rising petroleum prices and concerns about peak oil production, and it is clear that there is a real and growing need to improve efficiency and reduce emissions from diesel-powered vehicles.

Faculty Developing New “Platform” to Fight Malaria

Rimer

Malaria has been one of the world’s biggest killers for as long as records have been kept (and almost certainly longer). According to the World Health Organization, in 2008 alone the disease claimed approximately 881,000 lives, making it responsible for approximately 1.5% of all deaths worldwide. That year it was responsible for more than 5.2% of all deaths in low-income countries and a startling 20% of childhood deaths in Africa.

Diesel Center Researching Marine Vehicle Emissions

Muncrief

The Cullen College's Texas Diesel Research and Testing Center was founded, in part, to develop technologies that reduce emissions from diesel vehicles. Researchers at the center have worked to cut pollution from everything from school buses to garbage trucks to heavy construction equipment. Thanks to a recent $163,000 grant, it can now add one more vehicle to that list: commercial fishing boats.

Diesel Center Researchers Earn $1M EPA Grant to Retrofit HISD School Buses

Using a $1 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Texas Diesel Testing and Research Center at the University of Houston will retrofit Houston Independent School District school buses with a system that attempts to diminish the negative impact their diesel emissions can have on the environment. UH researchers will supervise the installation of Nett Technologies’ BlueMAX Selective Catalytic Reduction System on buses.

Amundson Tribute Set for March 14

Engineers from across the United States and Mexico are set to come to the University of Houston later this month for an event honoring the late Neal Amundson.

"Father of Chemical Engineering" Neal Amundson Passes Away

Neal Amundson, Cullen Professor Emeritus of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Professor of Mathematics, passed away yesterday at the age of 95.

"We are deeply saddened at the great loss of Neal Amundson to our UH community and to chemical engineering education and research," said Dean Joseph Tedesco. "His impact to UH and the profession have been, and will continue to be, extremely profound."

Team Hopes to Cut Years Off Development Time of New Antibiotics

Eliminating tens of thousands of manual lab experiments, two University of Houston professors are working toward a method to cut the development time of new antibiotics. While current practices typically last for more than a decade, a computerized modeling system being developed at UH will speed up this process.

Researcher Uncovers ‘Walking’ Bacteria

Conrad

Discovery featured in October 8 issue of Science

Sometimes, the smallest things can make a huge difference.

Take something as seemingly minor as the way bacteria move. Research from UH Cullen College of Engineering Assistant Professor Jacinta Conrad has uncovered a new method of bacteria motility that could have implications for everything from food production to military transport.

UH Researchers Developing Nanoscale Manufacturing Technique

Donnelly

Researchers at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering have received a grant to develop a method for mass-producing devices less than 10 nanometers in size, addressing one of the most significant barriers to their widespread use.

Diesel Center Researchers Earn EPA Grant to Retrofit School Buses

Muncrief

Using a $1 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Texas Diesel Testing and Research Center at the University of Houston will retrofit school buses with a system that attempts to diminish the negative impact their diesel emissions can have on the environment.

DOE Grant to Establish Wind Facility

Wang

Researchers to develop, test large wind turbine blades for offshore use

Efforts by the University of Houston to become a national leader in offshore wind technology received a huge boost from the U.S. Department of Energy, which recently awarded university researchers $2.3 million to establish a testing facility.

BP Annual Gift to Support Wind Lab, Students

UH Cullen College of Engineering alumni Gabriel Cuadra (1988 BSChE) and Lizzie Nguyen (2006 BSChE) present Dean Joseph Tedesco and Russell Dunlavy, director of development, a check for $85,500 to support the college's Wind Energy Undergraduate Experiment as well as its departments and student organizations.

As part of an annual contribution to the University of Houston, BP representatives presented a $85,500 check to Dean Joseph Tedesco last week in support of Cullen College of Engineering educational initiatives.

Researchers Awarded Funding to Expand Nano Work Being Done at UH Center

Litvinov

Inside the University of Houston Center for Integrated Nanosystems researchers are studying magnetic materials so tiny they require the aid of state-of-the-art microscopes to see.

Though the materials are miniscule—thousands of times smaller than the diameter of a human hair—these researchers work is helping find new ways of doing things. More specifically, they are set to influence everything from the storage capacity of magnetic disk drives to how doctors detect cancer

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