It was 1995 and Eric Ayanegui (BSIE ’95) was an industrial engineering undergraduate student at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering. He found himself in unfamiliar surroundings – at the Cintas Facility and Uniform Services plant a few miles from UH – nervously presenting findings from his class project on improving quality control in their garment inspection department.
UH alumnus William A. Brookshire, Ph.D. (BSChE '57), co-founder and chairman of the board of S&B Engineers and Constructors, died on April 21, 2017.
Joseph Tedesco, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Dean of the Cullen College of Engineering said, “Dr. Brookshire was a fine gentleman and one of our great philanthropists, always in search of new ways to help students and professors. We will forever feel his generosity and his loss in equal measures.”
Current and past students from the Cullen College's industrial engineering department came together last Saturday at the annual Industrial Engineering Alumni Luncheon was held at the University of Houston on April 25. Alumni of the industrial engineering department at UH can be found in leadership positions throughout the Houston region.
The largest industrial and systems engineering event of the year is the Institute of Industrial Engineer’s (IIE) annual conference and expo, and this year’s gathering will host Cullen College alumna Nancy Currie as keynote speaker.
Watson, a computer program named for IBM’s founder, defeated the two best human players on “Jeopardy!” one of the most challenging game shows of all time, in 2011, marking a significant milestone in the advancement of big data analytics.
It started as a conversation among friends, about a common issue of college life: the price of textbooks. Ade Adesanya (BSEE '11) recalls the discussion with Eric Imasogie (BSIE '10). "We decided there is no reason why anyone should sell a used book to the bookstore," he said. "You spend $200 on a book and the bookstore buys it back for a fraction of that. The ideal thing would be for students to sell or trade books to each other."
A lifetime separates two special University of Houston engineering students who are graduating this spring. David Levy is receiving two bachelor's degrees, one in mechanical engineering and the other in mathematics. George Hall, meanwhile, is getting his master's degree in industrial engineering. Levy is 16 and Hall is 86, a 70-year age difference.
UH Cullen College of Engineering alum Rex Walheim (1989 MSIE) will be aboard the Atlantis (STS-122) mission when it blasts off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on February 7. The launch has been delayed twice due to the failure of two engine cutoff sensors.