Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Chemical Engineering Professor Receives University Award, Welch Grant

Peter Vekilov, associate professor of chemical engineering, recently received the award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship at the associate professor level from the university. His nomination was submitted by Michael Harold, chairman of the Department of Chemical Engineering, and supported by five scientists in his field from across the country.

Nanomagnetics Research Utilized for Medical Technology Development

Dmitri Litvinov, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and of chemical and biomolecular engineering, develops new bionanomagnetic technologies in the Center for Nanomagnetic Systems. Photo by Mark Lacy.

A tabletop system capable of screening tens of thousands of drug candidates in an hour and a tool that can provide a foolproof cancer diagnosis with miniscule quantities of tissue obtained through non-invasive means are just two possible outcomes of research being conducted by a team of professors with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering.

State Grants Engineering Researchers Nearly $500k

Professors at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering received five grants totaling almost half a million dollars from the state of Texas’ Advanced Research Program.

The program, which was founded in 1987, employs a competitive peer-reviewed system to fund the scientific and engineering research projects of faculty members at Texas higher education institutions. Awards are given once every two years.

Engineering Graduate Student Takes First Place in Poster Competition

Photo by Stephen Pinchback

Liang Xu, a chemical engineering Ph.D. student with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, took first place in the poster presentation competition at a recent materials-research symposium.

The symposium, Frontiers in Materials Research: Applications of Thermal Analysis and Rheology, was held on April 20 in Dallas. It was hosted by The Texas and Southwest Thermal Analysis and Rheology Forum.

Student Researchers Honored at Sigma Xi Research Day

Several members of the Cullen College of Engineering were honored at the annual research day of the University of Houston chapter of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society and global honor society of scientists and engineers.

UH Student Chapter Hosts Regional AIChE Conference

The University of Houston student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) hosted the organization’s 2006 Southwest Regional Conference on April 7-9. The three-day event attracted more than 130 students from nine universities to participate in chemical engineering professional development and social activities.

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).

Colleagues Gather to Celebrate Ernest Henley's Career

Emeritus Professor Ernest Henley was recently honored by his colleagues and friends for a lifetime of contributions to chemical engineering education and to the Cullen College of Engineering. Dean Raymond Flumerfelt and Michael Harold, Dow Chair Professor and chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering, hosted the event to celebrate Henley’s many academic achievements, as well as countless personal accomplishments, business ventures and philanthropic endeavors.

UH Engineering Alums Honored During EWeek

National Engineers Week, Feb. 19 to Feb. 25, kicked-off with events and ceremonies being held throughout the country. It is run by the Engineers Week Foundation, a coalition of engineering associations, businesses and government agencies. The week is intended to raise public awareness of engineers’ contributions to society and encourage students to pursue engineering careers.

UH Professor, Grad Student Make Strides in Diabetes Research

Discovery of insulin-production method could impact multiple fields

Researchers with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering have made a major discovery in the field of diabetes research that is also an historic find in the area crystal formation and use.

Peter Vekilov, associate professor of chemical engineering, and doctoral candidate Dimitra Georgiou, discovered a new mechanism for the formation of insulin crystals in the pancreas.

Father of Modern Chemical Engineering Honored with Lecture Series

UH Cullen Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Mathematics Neal Amundson will be honored with a three-day lecture series, December 12-14, in celebration of his 90th birthday. Named the "Father of Modern Chemical Engineering," Amundson is known for introducing advanced mathematics to chemical engineering research and education, along with many other distinguished contributions to the field during his career that has spanned some seven decades.

Ernest Henley Publishes Best Selling Chemical Engineering Textbook

Already deemed a best selling chemical engineering textbook by its publisher, chemical engineering professors Ernest Henley from the University of Houston and J.D. Seader from the University of Utah recently published “Separation Process Principles,” a textbook for a fundamental chemical engineering course.

UH Engineering Research Recognized at Annual Keck Conference

Projects including the detection of pathogens in the presence of contaminants and modeling the effect of antibiotics on bacterial populations gained a University of Houston graduate students and professors top honors in the poster competition at the 2005 Keck Center for Interdisciplinary Bioscience Training Annual Research Conference poster competition in October.

Professor Dan Luss Honored by AIChE

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) announced that Cullen College of Engineering professor Dr. Dan Luss is the recipient of the 2005 Founders Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Chemical Engineering. One of the highest honors given in the field of chemical engineering, the Founders Award will be given to Luss at the AIChE Annual Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 30.

Homeland Security Grant to Further Research Against Bioterrorism

UH researchers have been awarded a homeland security grant to develop a method for identifying bacteria and viruses that could be used in bioterrorism. The Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency recently awarded the grant to a group of bioinformatics researchers at UH to study DNA probes for detecting emerging or engineered pathogens. The project, titled “Tools for Ultraspecific Probe/Primer Design,” started in April as part of the Bioinformatics and Assays Development Program.

World Energy Monthly Review Offers Hard-hitting Analysis of Energy Sector

Michael Economides, University of Houston chemical engineering professor, and World Energy magazine launched a new energy publication. World Energy Monthly Review debuts in April. This new publication will focus more on analysis and commentary and have more in-depth editorial independence than its sister magazine. It will provide a discussion forum for energy’s role in becoming a strategic factor in global geopolitics.

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