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University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering

Faculty Accolades

Beyond Archaeology: NCALM Pursues New Technology, New Projects

Researchers with the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping used the center's lidar-equipped plane to map the permafrost in Antarctica.

Lidar Mapping Has Also Yielded Other Earth Science Discoveries

 

The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping is best-known for its headline-grabbing work in archeology – the 2016 discovery of previously unknown ruins of a complex Maya settlement in the Guatemalan jungles, undocumented settlements from an ancient civilization in Honduras uncovered in 2012, and detailed mapping of more than a dozen other settlements in Mexico and Central America.

UH Engineering Professor Appointed Associate Editor of Clean Water Journal

Debora Rodrigues, an associate professor in civil and environmental engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, is now an associate editor of npj Clean Water

Debora Rodrigues, an associate professor in civil and environmental engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, recently accepted the invitation to serve as an associate editor of npj Clean Water, a new open access online journal dedicated to publishing papers about cutting-edge research aimed at ensuring the clean water supplies around the globe. It is published by Nature Research.

Mission: Possible — Mapping Dangerous Terrain

UH researchers are testing prototypes for the project in Brays Bayou.

UH Engineers Focus on Degradable Reconnaissance Vehicles and Evasive Drone Maneuvers

 

Ensuring military forces have up-to-date information about a potentially hostile region offers obvious advantages, but current methods for doing that – especially along shorelines, where underwater mines and other hazards can pose serious risks – all have drawbacks. It is especially difficult if keeping the technology out of enemy hands is a priority.

Hurricane Conference Offers Updates on Hurricane Preparation

The 10th annual hurricane conference, focused on hurricane preparedness and recovery will be held Friday. Credit: Getty Images

Annual Conference Highlights Regional Readiness for Future Storms

Emergency managers, public officials and industry executives will meet at the University of Houston Friday, Aug. 3, to discuss the latest in disaster preparations, loss mitigation and rapid recovery in the face of hurricanes and other storms.

Can Nanoparticles Be Used to Lower Antibiotic Resistance?

Debora Rodrigues, left, and Stacey Louie, both faculty members in the Cullen College of Engineering, are using a reactor built to simulate the intestines of a pig to study ways to combat antibiotic resistance.

UH Engineers Are Testing a Theory with Livestock Microbiome

Antibiotic resistance is one of the world’s most serious threats to public health, forcing the use of medications that are more toxic, more expensive and not always effective. There are several causes, including over-prescription of antibiotics in both humans and in livestock.

UH Engineers Shedding Light on Water Pollutants

A ray of hope: Stacey Louie, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, left, and Debora Rodrigues, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, examining nanoparticles, to find new materials that will break down pollutants and work in sunlight

It’s no secret that the water supply is constantly inundated with all sorts of waste and chemicals. Some are filtered out, others are not. Think about old, expired medicine you casually toss away. Pharmaceuticals don’t degrade.

Egor Dontsov: Tips for the Fracking Industry

More than just playing with rocks: Egor Dontsov with some shale

In the world of hydraulic fracturing, where subterranean fractures are forced open to extract oil or gas, much is done before the drill meets the earth. Research to pinpoint the ideal extraction spot would be impossible if it had to be conducted 1-2 miles down in the Earth’s core.

Teaming Up Through Technology: UH and MIT Engineering Students Share Knowledge of Materials

Konrad Krakowiak welcomes MIT students into his classroom via the big screen

Three days a week Konrad Krakowiak, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, stands before 13 students that make up his Cullen College engineering materials course to talk about concrete. Eighteen-hundred miles away, at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Professor Franz-Josef Ulm does the same thing, teaching the same course to his six students.

UH Engineers Join Forces to Transform Water Purification System

Debora Rodrigues (left) and Yandi Hu hold mesh polyamide filter they will modify to advance water purification

When it comes to clean water, Yandi Hu and Debora Rodrigues have a thirst for it. Hu, UH assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, works with Flint, Michigan on their water crisis and conducts research on reducing lead release in water lines. Rodrigues, UH associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, helps improve global access to clean water with a nano-sized technology that can weed out metals and microorganisms from drinking sources.

$3 Million DOE Project to Evaluate Safety of Transporting Used Nuclear Fuel, Develop Methods to Monitor Fuel Stability During Transit

Kaspar Willam of the Cullen College of Engineering will lead an effort to develop monitoring techniques to ensure nuclear materials remain stable during transit under both normal conditions and in case of an accident.

With more than 74,000 metric tons of used nuclear fuel stored at locations around the United States, ensuring the safety of moving it to more secure disposal sites is a top federal priority.

A University of Houston engineer will lead a $3 million, multi-institution effort to develop monitoring techniques to ensure the nuclear materials remain stable during transit under both normal conditions and in case of an accident.

Cullen College Engineers Bring TxDOT Bridge Ratings Up to Date

Driving in Texas? You'll appreciate the work of (L-R) Mina Dawood, Qianmei (May) Feng and Abdeldjelil Belarbi

Take a car trip from Houston and you’ll likely drive over one of the 50,000 bridges that span the great state of Texas. During your drive you probably never wondered if the weight limits on the bridges were accurate. But then, that’s why we have Mina Dawood, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering in the Cullen College.

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