Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Win at Regional Chem-E Car Competition Sends UH Team to Nationals

Students from the Chem-E Car Team pose with their advisor, and the Cougalac. Photo by Thomas Shea.

It may not have been as sleek as other entries, but the Cougalac stole the show at the Chem-E Car Competition held at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Southwest Regional Conference March 27.

Named after its bulky, gas-guzzling relative—the Cadillac—the 26-pound car earned a team of eight chemical engineering students from the University of Houston a first place win and a ticket to the national competition in Salt Lake City, Utah this November.

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 Young Engineers of the Year.

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


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

Lucrative Lessons: Engineering Pegged as Degree With Highest Starting Salary

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.

Chair Selected to Participate in NAE Symposium


Ramanan Krishnamoorti will be among a select group of 88 researchers convening in California this September for the National Academy of Engineering’s 15th Annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.

UH Study to Focus on Reducing Pollutants in Vehicle Exhaust


Potential for more efficient, cheaper aftertreatment system being studied with $3.2 million DOE grant

It is no wonder Houston ranks high on the list of the nation’s most polluted cities each year. Our cars are belching pollutants responsible for everything from acid rain to climate change.

Preserving History

Professors’ efforts inspire staff member to start endowment in their honor

In the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering’s infancy three men stood out as pioneers, leading efforts to establish the department of chemical engineering.

Together, the three transformed the department from idea to reality—establishing both undergraduate and graduate programs.

ChE Professor Captures Top University Honor


Much of Demetre Economou’s career has been spent ahead of the curve.

He’s led the research world in atomic layer etching and developed a promising nanofabrication technique expected to give researchers the ability to mass-produce nanotech devices.

Krishnamoorti Named Department Chair, APS Fellow


The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has appointed Professor Ramanan Krishnamoorti to serve as chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Forward Progress

Photo by Thomas Shea

Lab machinist one of two in family to supply necessary components for civil lab experiments

The light that’s managed to trickle in through the worn windows of the Y Building has been just enough to keep his father-in-law’s plant thriving for the last two decades.

Pilot Exchange Program Has Plans to Expand Education, Research Efforts

Thousands of miles from her home in China, Mengting Yu is taking the remainder of the courses necessary for the completion of her bachelor’s degree.

A senior at East China State University of Science and Technology, Yu is one of three chemical engineering majors from the Shanghai university opting to finish their fourth year of studies at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering.

Engineering the Future of Transportation

Graduate student Greg Bugosh, undergraduate student Rhys Forgie and Peter Strasser, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering are pictured in their laboratory. Photo by Thomas Shea

Imagine owning a vehicle engineered to pack as much as three times the fuel efficiency of cars on the road to date. A car designed to gain its propulsion by way of an electric motor, running on electricity generated by a fuel cell and emitting only water from its exhaust.

Engineering Professors Among Select Few to Receive State ARP Funding


Seven facutly members from the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering in May received grants totaling more than $500,000 from the Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program.

ARP is a competitive, peer-reviewed grant program funding scientific and engineering research projects of faculty members at Texas higher education institutions. Funding given through the program is administered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Engineering Professor Receives Top University Research Award

Photo by Thomas Shea.

More than two decades of studying how gas-discharge plasmas work has earned a Cullen College of Engineering professor the honor of the University of Houston’s 2008 Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award.

Demetre J. Economou, John and Rebecca Moores Professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and associate chair of the department, was named a recipient in April.

Engineering Faculty Member Named Moores Professor


Vincent M. Donnelly, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been named a recipient of the John and Rebecca Moores Professorship.

The Moores professorship is a five-year renewable award given to full-time, tenured faculty who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of teaching, service and research.

The award, given to only two people a year at UH, carries with it a $10,000 stipend.