Faculty Accolades

UH Research Featured in The New Yorker

A feature article in the May 6 issue of The New Yorker outlines how a research collaboration based at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering found previously undiscovered ruins in the rainforests of Honduras.

CEE's Jerry Rogers Retires

Jerry Rogers joined the UH department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as an associate professor in 1970. Since then, he has led an illustrious career in the practice and teaching of civil engineering, particularly, environmental and water resources engineering.

Faculty Member Wins $1M Grant to Develop Water Monitoring System


A University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering assistant professor has won a $1 million grant to develop a water monitoring system that guards against disease- and corrosion-causing bacteria in water systems in real time.

UH Research Team Uses Airborne LiDAR to Unveil Honduran Archaeological Ruins

UH Research Team Uses Airborne LiDAR to Unveil Honduran Archaeological Ruins

A field team from the University of Houston and the National Science Foundation (NSF) National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) has mapped a remote region of Honduras that may contain the legendary lost city of Ciudad Blanca. The results, recently announced by Honduras President Porfirio Lobo, mark the successful completion of the first light detection and ranging (LiDAR) survey of that country's Mosquitia region, one of the world’s least-explored virgin rainforests.

Researchers Win $2.5 million Grant to Develop Offshore Cementing and Drilling Materials


Offshore oil production is an exercise in extremes. Widely varying temperatures, very high pressures and extremely corrosive seawater – all are challenges that producers must tackle when drilling and installing wells in ultra-deep water offshore.

Add to this list the basic inaccessibility of the wells themselves. With the top of these wells often sitting thousands of feet under water, monitoring their overall health is another major challenge.

Hsu Wins American Concrete Institute’s Highest Honor


Thomas Hsu, John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Civil Engineering with the UH Cullen College of Engineering, has been named an Honorary Member of the American Concrete Institute, the highest distinction given by the organization.

The award was presented to Hsu at the ACI’s Spring 2012 Convention, held in Dallas from March 18-22.

Report Examines Cracking and Fatigue in Highway Illumination Poles


Mina Dawood, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has published a report outlining factors that contribute to cracking of high mast illumination poles during fabrication. The report also provides strategies to prevent these cracks and potential failures from occurring.

Rodrigues Wins NSF CAREER Award


Debora Rodrigues, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has won a prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

CAREER Awards are given to junior-level faculty with the goal of helping them launch successful research and educational careers.

NASA Grant Funds Congo River Basin Research


With a surface area of approximately 2.3 million square miles, the Congo River Basin is the second largest river basin in the world, surpassed only by the Amazon.

Professor Creates Graphene-based Antimicrobial Film


A researcher with the Cullen College of Engineering has helped create a nanotechnology-based material that is extremely effective at killing E. coli and other pathogenic bacteria.

Rifai Wins Grant to Study Galveston Bay Pollutants


Cullen College Professor of Environmental Engineering Hanadi Rifai has received a grant to expand her research into toxic chemicals in the Houston area’s major bodies of water.

Professors Win Grant to Study Concrete Strengthening and Repair


When concrete on a bridge or building deteriorates, cracks or is weakened, the structure doesn’t need to be torn down and replaced. Instead, it can be repaired and strengthened with advanced materials such as carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRP) that are more than five-times stronger than steel when placed under tension.

Civil Professor Honored by ASCE for Lifetime Work


Associate Professor of Civil Engineering Jerry Rogers will receive two honors this year from the American Society of Civil Engineers for a lifetime of work in the civil engineering profession and for his ongoing passion to raise awareness for civil engineering history.

Professor Developing Patch for Repairing Cracked Steel


Mina Dawood, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering with the Cullen College of Engineering, recently received a three-year, $300,000 grant from National Science Foundation to develop a new method of repairing cracks in steel structures such as bridges.

Earthquake Research at UH Featured on Local News

Earthquake research in the Thomas Hsu Structural Laboratory was featured on KPRC Channel 2 in Houston on March 14, 2011. Drs. Y.L. Mo and Abdeldjilil "DJ" Belarbi were featured discussing current earthquake-related research at the University of Houston in an effort to explain how structural materials react to earthquake-like conditions.

Professor's Paper Included in Hoover Dam 75th Anniversary Symposium Proceedings

Professor Jerry Rogers (right) with David Gilbert and Richard Wiltshire at the American Society of Civil Engineers Annual Conference and Hoover Dam 75th Anniversary Symposium. Gilbert and Wiltshire co-edited the conference proceedings with Rogers, with Wiltshire serving as lead editor.

Civil engineering professionals across the nation gathered last weekend in Las Vegas, N.V. to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Hoover Dam. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) held a special symposium at the organization's 140th Annual Civil Engineering Conference to commemorate what is considered to be one of the greatest dam design and construction projects of the 21st century.

Cullen College Adds Two More National Academy Members to Faculty

Drawing top researchers to its already outstanding faculty roster is an ongoing effort at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering. These professors help grow the university’s overall research expenditures and improve the success rates of its undergraduate and graduate students – both essential to UH’s drive to earn recognition as a Tier One research university.