University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Betty Barr Receives Regional IEEE Outstanding Educator Award

Betty Barr, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, was honored as the 2005 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Outstanding Educator of the Year at the group’s Region 5 Technical, Professional and Student Conference, held in San Antonio from April 7-9.

“It was a surprise to be nominated, much less honored with this award,” Barr said. “I am delighted that the UH student chapter of IEEE wanted to nominate me this year.”

Student Researchers Honored at Sigma Xi Research Day

Several members of the Cullen College of Engineering were honored at the annual research day of the University of Houston chapter of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society and global honor society of scientists and engineers.

IEEE Hosts 27th Annual Chili Cookoff, Provides Activities for Faculty and Students

The University of Houston Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) student chapter held its 27th Annual Chili Cook-Off on Thursday, March 9. More than 250 Cullen College of Engineering faculty, staff, students, alumni and local company sponsors gathered outside the Y-Building to participate in a host of events including several competitions, an auction, plenty of chili tasting and great music.

College Names Outstanding Senior, Junior Student

This year’s Outstanding Senior and Junior awards at the Cullen College of Engineering have been given to Ying Hu and Julian Vargas of electrical and mechanical engineering, respectively. Hu and Vargas along with students representing each department in the college of engineering and students from Prairie View A&M and Rice University, were honored at a luncheon hosted by the Texas Society of Engineering.

Neuro-Engineering, Vision Research Earn UH Professor NIH Appointment

Strides in vision research employing neuro-engineering and computational neuroscience earned one UH engineering professor a coveted spot in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) peer review group. Haluk Ogmen, department chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering at UH, has been invited to serve as a member of the NIH Central Visual Processing Study Section, Center for Scientific Review. His four-year term begins July 1, 2005.

First Graduate Research Conference Deemed a Success for ECE

Approximately 40 graduate students in the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering's electrical and computer engineering department (ECE) presented their work at the department’s first Graduate Research Conference held recently at the Texas Learning and Computation Center, more commonly known as “TLC2” (pronounced TLC-squared) in the Phillip Guthrie Hoffman building. Seventy-eight people attended the internal conference, including 51 graduate students and 27 faculty members.

UH Sweeps IEEE Region V Conference For Second Consecutive Year

The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering’s student branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) received high honors at the IEEE Region Five Conference. The organization won all four awards for which it was eligible—for the second consecutive year.

UH Alumnus Merges Engineering, Communication to Aid in Product Development

In the working world of an engineer—a world of technical terminology and complexity —UH engineering alumnus Kevin Self (1991 BSEE) works diligently to keep things simple. Self, who works with 8 and 16-bit microprocessors at Dallas Semiconductor, teaches a myriad of companies how to incorporate those “brain” devices into their products, which range from thermometers to televisions.

UH Engineering Alumnus Networked First ATMs, Developed Automated Fuel Dispensing System

In engineering, many discoveries that improve the quality of life do so in unseen ways, but alumnus Fred Gentile’s (1961 BSEE) development is in everyday use across the world. It’s even easy to spell—ATM, Automated Teller Machine.

“I was the development manager for Docutel Corporation, where a friend of mine developed the first basic ATM,” Gentile said. “I developed the networks that tie the ATMs together. My goal was to put the number of things tellers do online.”

UH Technology Holds Promise for Multibillion Dollar Data Storage Industry

Imagine storing the entire Library of Congress on a Palm Pilot, or storing 1,000 movies on a 2-inch disk.

These are the kinds of the futuristic goals that could become feasible if UH engineers are successful in their bid to create the first nano-patterned medium recording (N-PMR) at the scale of one terabyte per square inch and explore the physical limits of magnetic data storage in units only four nanometers in size.

Nanotech Experts To Gather in Houston in April 2005

World experts in nanotechnology will gather in Houston next April to attend the Second Conference on Nanoscale Devices & System Integration (NDSI’05) sponsored by IEEE Nanotechnology Council and the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering. The NDSI’05 will be held at the Warwick Hotel on April 4-6, 2005.

UH Electrical Engineering Professor Liang Shen Honored at Luncheon

Liang C. Shen, professor of electrical engineering and director of the UH Well Logging Laboratory, was honored at a luncheon Tuesday by the Society of Professional Well Log Analysts (SPWLA), faculty, former graduate students and his colleagues in industry. He was also presented with a large-screen plasma television as a gift from his former students and colleagues.

Engineering Professor & Graduate Student Receive UH Teaching Awards

Charles Dalton
Enron Teaching Excellence Award

It was 1960 when Charles Dalton, professor of mechanical engineering, stood in front of a classroom to teach for the first time. Forty-three years later, Dalton continues to inspire and guide students through his rigorous curriculum.