Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

UH Chemical Engineering Student Named NACME Scholar

University of Houston chemical engineering student Rosalia Wisinger has been named a National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) scholar, an honor that reflects her hard work and involvement in the UH Cullen College of Engineering.

“I’m very honored to be a NACME scholar,” Wisinger says. “This is a goal I set and I didn’t even think I would get this far. I’m amazed that I’m here.”

UH Engineering Staff Member David Dawlearn Clowns Around For A Cause

UH chemical engineering lab machinist David Dawlearn clowns around at last year's ABC13 and the March of Dimes Annual Caring Cradles.

David Dawlearn, lab machinist in the University of Houston Department of Chemical Engineering, spends his spare time "clowning around" for local causes.

Last month, Dawlearn joined ABC Channel 13 and the March of Dimes for the 11th annual Caring Cradles community-wide baby shower.

"I love to make people smile," says Dawlearn, who has been clowning around on the side for 13 years.

Cullen College Faculty Members Honored at Awards Ceremony

Three Cullen College of Engineering faculty members were honored Tuesday at a University of Houston luncheon where 17 UH educators and researchers received awards based on nominations from faculty, staff and alumni.

William G. Rixey, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, received the Enron Corporation Teaching Excellence Award, which carries a $5,000 stipend and a trophy and is made possible by a fully funded endowment.

Economou Receives Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award

Demetre Economou, John & Rebecca Moores Professor of Chemical Engineering

UH Chemical Engineering Professor Demetre Economou has been selected as the 2002 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.

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

Balakotaiah Named Moores Professor

Vemuri Balakotaiah, Professor of Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering Professor and University of Houston alumnus Vemuri Balakotaiah has been chosen as a John and Rebecca Moores Professor for his outstanding contributions to teaching, research and service at UH. This five-year position will begin with the 2002-2003 academic year.

Chemical Engineering Student May Shek Receives Meier Outstanding Senior Award from the UH Cullen College of Engineering

May Shek, Senior, Chemical Engineering Major

Chemical engineering student May Shek recently received the 2002 Wilbur L. and Judy L. Meier Outstanding Senior Award for her scholastic qualities and dedicated involvement in the UH Cullen College of Engineering. Shek received a plaque honoring her accomplishments as well as a monetary award.

"The University of Houston has treated me well and I'm grateful for that," Shek said. "I would like to thank the faculty, my colleagues, and most of all my family for supporting me."

UH Engineering Professor Selected for 2002 CACHE Award

University of Houston engineer Ernest J. Henley has been selected to receive the 2002 Computers and Chemical Engineering (CACHE) Award from the American Society for Engineering Education.

The award, which includes a $1,000 stipend, is given by the Chemical Engineering Division of the ASEE for significant contributions in the development of computer aids for chemical engineering education.

New Technology May Benefit Health Care, Bioterror Defense

Biochemist Susan Hardin and four UH colleagues (including chemical engineering professors James Briggs and Richard Willson) are developing a new technology for direct molecular sensing that could be used to gather all the genetic information contained in a person's DNA - in less than 24 hours. They have filed a patent on a new process to sequence the human genome.

Cracking the Secrets of Oil

Industry partnerships and grants equaling $1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy assist Kishore K. Mohanty, professor of chemical engineering and director of the Institute for Improved Oil Recovery, in cracking open the secrets of porous, oil-containing rocks. Click here to read more.

Engineering Student Wins Free Tuition

A lucky engineering student won tuition for the upcoming spring semester in a random drawing at a University of Houston football game this month, showing other UH students that it really does pay to support your team.

New Faculty Strengthen Research at UH

Virtual teams, see-through concrete and sickle cell anemia represent just a few of the new areas of research being explored by faculty who joined UH for the 2001-02 academic year. Peter Vekilov, new associate professor of chemical engineering, is featured.

UH assembling research consortium to fight pollution

A consortium of industry and university representatives is being formed in Houston to facilitate collaborative research and development of technology designed to help clean up the Bayou City's environmental problems. The group is being assembled by the UH Department of Chemical Engineering as part of workshops and roundtable discussions on pollution reduction March 22.