Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

College Mourns Death of Former UH Chemical Engineering Professor

William “Bill” Prengle, a founding faculty member in the Cullen College of Engineering’s chemical engineering department, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 15, at the age of 85. Prengle served on the engineering faculty for 47 years, from 1952 to 1997, and helped build the department into a nationally recognized program. He also held several patents in chemical engineering and published numerous papers in the field of thermodynamics.

Building Bridges to Industry — Nascent Partnership with Cummins Yields New Opportunities in Research, Education

Cummins, Inc., a Fortune 500 company best known for its world-class diesel engines, is donating an engine dynamometer and engine to the UH Diesel Engine Controls Research Facility in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The company has also recently underwritten a $30,000 fellowship for UH mechanical engineering students, and has played host to two summer interns in its hometown headquarters in Columbus, Ind.

UH Engineering Professor Kishore Mohanty Gives Sigma Xi Lecture

Chemical Engineering Professor Kishore Mohanty gave the Sigma Xi lecture to the University of Houston community Sept. 30 in the UH Athletics/Alumni Center Great Hall. He covered improved oil recovery meeting the near-term energy challenge.

UH Engineering Professor Kishore Mohanty To Give Sigma Xi Lecture Sept. 30

Chemical Engineering Professor Kishore Mohanty will give the Sigma Xi lecture to the University of Houston community Thurs., Sept. 30 at 4:00 p.m. in the UH Athletics/Alumni Center Great Hall. He will talk about improved oil recovery meeting the near-term energy challenge.

Quality Studies Top Priority for Engineers at UH

UH’s Diesel Vehicle Research and Testing Facility, initiated in advance of the Bush administration’s Clean Air Nonroad Diesel Rule signed by the EPA in May, will be unveiled to the public during a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Houston Mayor Bill White at 3 p.m., Monday, June 28.

UH Engineering Advisor Sharon Gates Receives UH Staff Excellence Award

For a majority of the 400 chemical engineering undergraduate students, Sharon Gates is more than a familiar face. From working with the students in the classroom to academic advising, she balances her students’ needs like a pro, or a Mom according to associate chair Demetre Economou.

UH Chemical Engineering Students Compete in Regional AIChE ChemE Car Competition

The smell of burning rubber, the roar of the crowd and the insatiable desire to win are all a part of racecar driving. While there is no pit crew for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) ChemE Car Competition, the excitement is still there for chemical engineering majors Mansour AbdulBaki and Adrian Morales, the first University of Houston students to ever enter the competition.

UH Chemical Engineering Professor Kishore Mohanty Receives Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award

UH Chemical Engineering Professor Kishore Mohanty has been selected as the 2004 recipient of the Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award "for distinguished contributions to scientific knowledge and its applications." The award, given by the Houston chapter of the organization, includes a $2,000 prize.

Mohanty will also give the Sigma Xi lecture to the University community this fall.

UH Engineering Alumnus Lends Expertise to Small Entrepreneurial Businesses

After earning a bachelors, masters, and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, Michael A. Ervin (1966 BSChE, 1969 MSChE, 1970 PhD ChE) began a 21-year tenure at DuPont in positions ranging from research engineer to vice president of R&D, and his journey took him to Europe and all across the United States. Now, Ervin, eager for a change of pace, has settled down in Austin, Texas, to get involved in a small company.

DNA Production Patent Awarded to Two UH-Related Engineers

Technology Licensing Co. to Handle Commercialization of Resulting Products

Two engineers with University of Houston affiliations have been awarded a U.S. patent for a new process for the separation and assay of biochemical cultures by compaction agents. The patent is expected to have a substantial impact on the production of DNA and other nucleic acids, a multi-million dollar enterprise.

Engineer One of Four Awarded UH Honorary Degrees

Neal Amundson, Hugh Roy & Lillie Cranz Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering & Mathematics

At the May 9th commencement ceremony, the University of Houston will award honorary degrees to a top government official, a renowned professor, an exceptional basketball coach and a celebrated entertainer.

Four Cullen Faculty Members Honored at UH Faculty Awards Dinner

Vemuri Balakotaiah, Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award

Four faculty members of the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering were honored last week at the university faculty awards presentation. Vemuri Balakotaiah, Karolos Grigoriadis, David Shattuck and Osman Ghazzaly were among 15 scholars honored at the event held April 22 at the UH Hilton Hotel.

Vemuri Balakotaiah
Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award

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