University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering

UH Names New Engineering Dean

Joseph W. Tedesco, Ph.D., P.E.

The University of Houston has named Joseph W. Tedesco the sixth dean of the Cullen College of Engineering, effective Jan. 1, 2008.

UH Concrete Canoe Team Headed to Nationals

The UH student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) won the regional concrete canoe competition in April, earning them a spot in the upcoming national competition June 14 in Seattle, Wash. Photo compliments of ASCE student chapter.

A team of undergraduate students from the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering took first place in the Texas/Mexico regional Concrete Canoe Competition, giving them the right to represent the area at the national competition on June 14 in Seattle, Wash.

UH Professor Honored for Groundbreaking Structural Research

Civil Engineering Professor Thomas Hsu has spent 20 years testing the durability of reinforced concrete under variable conditions on a piece of equipment called the "Universal Element Tester", the only one of its kind in the world.  Photo by Todd Spoth.

Thomas Hsu developed the most advanced machine in the world capable of testing full-size reinforced concrete panels under earthquake-like conditions.

Thomas Hsu, the John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, has received the Arthur J. Boase Award from the American Concrete Institute (ACI).

Alumna Receives "Emerging Leader" Award from SWE

Siddika Demir (1993 BSCE) accepts the Emerging Leaders Award from the Society of Women Engineers President Jude Garzolini at the organization's 2006 Award's Banquet held in Kansas City. Photo supplied by SWE.

University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering alumna Siddika Demir (1993 BSCE) received the Society of Women Engineers’ 2006 Emerging Leaders Award for her work with Bechtel Corp, an engineering, construction and project management firm based in San Francisco, Calif.

The award, which was presented at the SWE’s annual conference last month, honors women engineers who have demonstrated outstanding technical excellence resulting in significant accomplishments.

Civil Engineering Professor Named Lifetime Member of ASCE

Jerry Rogers, associate professor of civil engineering with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, has been named a Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The organization extends life membership to those who reach the age of 65 and have held membership in the organization for 30 years.

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.

Alumnus Appointed to the Texas Board of Professional Engineers

Cullen College of Engineering alumnus Daniel Wong, Ph.D., P.E., was recently appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve on the Texas Board of Professional Engineers. The Board is responsible for licensing qualified engineers, enforcing the Texas Engineering Practice Act and regulating the practice of professional engineering in Texas.

Symons Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Civil Engineering Professor Emeritus Recognized for Teaching and Research

James Symons, Distinguished Cullen Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering with the University of Houston, has been awarded one of the most prestigious honors granted by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the Abel Wolman Award of Excellence.

UH Civil Engineering Research Recognized with SSRC Vinnakota Award

The results of research conducted in the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering were recently recognized in April 2005 by the Structural Stability Research Council (SSRC), which presented them with the Vinnakota Award for a paper detailing their research efforts. The research work will soon be put into practice in the construction of bridges used in the renovation of the Fulton and Irvington overpasses on Loop 610 in north Houston. Ozgur Egilmez, Ph.D.

UH Engineering Student Gives Back to Community, Teaches to Reinforce Knowledge

Joseph Joubert said, “To teach is to learn twice,” and civil engineering senior Kimani Augustine has lived by that principle. From his teaching career in the Caribbean to the various tutorial programs he participates in at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, Augustine has fed his passion for math and science by sharing it with others.

UH Alumnus Flourishes in Engineering Practice, Navy, Air Force for Three Decades

C. Rick Coneway (1973 BSCE, 1976 MSCE) always wanted to fly. After receiving his first bachelor’s degree, the native Houstonian joined the U.S. Navy and used that time to launch a now 31-year dual career in the U.S. Navy and Air Force, and in engineering.

“I volunteered to become an officer and learn to fly fighters,” Coneway said. “I was able to take care of my military commitment and decide what I really wanted to do.”

UH Engineering Alumnus to Receive National Teaching Award

University of Houston engineering alumnus Abdeldjelil “DJ” Belarbi (1986 MSCE, 1991 PhD CE) will receive one of the country’s most prestigious national teaching awards this week when Chi Epsilon, the National Civil Engineering Honor Society, convenes its annual meeting at Purdue University.

Engineering Lab Supervisor Retires After 20 Years of Service

After 20 years of distinguished service with the Cullen College of Engineering, Laboratory Supervisor Martin Kowis has retired.

Kowis, who spent 21 years with the FMC Corporation before coming to the University of Houston, came to work for the university in 1984 along with his wife Diana.

Time Can't Erase Fond Memories for Civil Engineering Alumnus

LeRoy Laycock couldn’t have been happier when he was asked to serve on the calling committee for this year’s Houston Alumni Organization’s Golden Reunion.

The opportunity gave him the chance to catch up with friends he hadn’t talked to in 50 years.

Laycock graduated from UH in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. That degree took him into the supervisory control and data acquisition industry, where he remained until his retirement.