CULLEN COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering

Industrial Engineering

Professor Helps Share Science Behind Houston Museum Exhibit

Ali Kamrani, associate professor of industrial engineering at UH, talks to students with The Friends School about the process he used to create replica skulls of three buffalo soldiers on a recent visit to the February museum exhibit. Photo by Thomas Shea.

Bones can tell a lot about a person. They give clues to gender, height, age and even their health.

For a group of anthropologists, pathologists, museum curators, an internationally known forensic sculptor and one University of Houston engineering professor, bones helped share the story of the forgotten buffalo soldiers that once protected New Mexico’s Fort Craig.

Lucrative Lessons: Engineering Pegged as Degree With Highest Starting Salary

Chemical engineering senior Rhys Forgie works in the lab as part the college's Research Experience for Undergraduates program. Photo by Thomas Shea.

Wide array of profitable, rare programs offered at UH

In recent weeks Kaytie Curttright (2009 BSChE) has been settling into work as an engineer with Samsung Austin Semiconductors.

The position, which has her responsible for ensuring the quality of materials at the Austin-based manufacturing plant, is exactly the job Curttright had hoped for upon graduating from UH in May.

Industrial Engineering Department Holds Annual Awards Banquet

Dean Joseph Tedesco, Darshan Singh (1971 MSIE) and Hamid Parsaei, professor and chair of industrial engineering, at the Department of Industrial Engineering Awards Banquet. Photo by Gregory Bohuslav.

Four industrial engineering alumni were recognized April 24 with one of the department’s highest honors during their annual awards banquet.

Salah Turkmani, Patrick O’ Connor, Rex Walheim and Darshan Singh were each presented with the 2008 Academy of Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Emeritus Professor, Former IE Chair Passes Away

Poage

Scott T. Poage, emeritus professor and former chairman of the University of Houston Department of Industrial Engineering, passed away May 13, 2008 in Waco, Texas. He was 76.

Poage graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering, received his Master of Science from Texas A&M University and doctoral degree from Oklahoma State University.

College Alum Aboard Upcoming Atlantis Mission

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.

College Offering Scholarships for Accelerated B.S. to Graduate Program

NSF grant will fund more than 30 students over the next five years

The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has won a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to provide scholarships for students in the college’s accelerated B.S. to graduate degree program.

Engineering Professor Receives Minority Advancement Award

Hamid Parsaei, professor and chair of industrial engineering with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, recently received the UPS Award for Minority Advancement from the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE).

The award, which was presented at the group’s Annual Conference in May, is given “for innovative development of programs/products directed to the advancement of women, minorities or people with disabilities within the field of Industrial Engineering.”

UH Engineering Alums Honored During EWeek

National Engineers Week, Feb. 19 to Feb. 25, kicked-off with events and ceremonies being held throughout the country. It is run by the Engineers Week Foundation, a coalition of engineering associations, businesses and government agencies. The week is intended to raise public awareness of engineers’ contributions to society and encourage students to pursue engineering careers.

UH Engineering Alumna Develops Hand Mimetic Device For Premature Babies, Mothers

When Yamile Cendales Jackson (2000 PhD IE) gave birth to her son Zachary, he was 12 weeks premature and weighed only one pound, 15 ounces. Now Zachary is a thriving four year old, and Jackson used her experience to develop a hand mimetic device, the Zaky, which is named after her son, to help premature babies and their mothers feel closer to each other.

UH Industrial Engineering Alumnus Co-Authors First Book on Retail Consulting

“Beware the Black Hole! The Black Hole is the place where retail companies that are no longer relevant to customers go to die. As you may recall from high school physics, a black hole is a region in space where the gravitational pull is so strong that not even light can escape.”

UH Engineering Professor Chung Honored For Words of Wisdom

There aren’t enough hours in the day for this year’s recipient of the University of Houston’s George Magner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising.

Christopher Chung, associate professor of industrial engineering (IE), couldn’t feel more honored for this recognition of his efforts outside the classroom.

Ostrofsky Takes Second Eccles Medal For Logistics Education

The Society of Logistics Engineers awarded Benjamin Ostrofsky, University of Houston Professor Emeritus of Industrial Engineering, his second Eccles Medal at the 2003 International Symposium of the Society of Logistics Engineers, which was held at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Industrial Engineering Major Captures 'Engines of Our Ingenuity' Scholarship

While engineers with a background in elementary education are not ordinary or plentiful, the 2001 scholarship committee still named Rebecca Ginsburg as the first winner of the John Lienhard “Engines of Our Ingenuity” Scholarship Endowment. Ginsburg’s unique situation is one that corresponded with the scholarship committee’s quest for a creative thinker, and with a description of creativity shaped by John Lienhard, M.D.

UH Team Places Third in ASME Design Competition

An interdisciplinary team of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering students from the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering placed third in the 2003 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Design Competition.

Members of the winning group are Paul Sommerfield, Marcos Flores, and Jamie Suarez, senior mechanical engineering students, and Robert Whitaker, a senior industrial engineering student.

Outstanding UH Engineering Students Recognized by TSPE

Dimple Pajwani, Senior, Electrical Engineering

University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering students Dimple Pajwani and Monica Greak were recognized as outstanding engineering students by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers during their annual Outstanding Students Engineers Week ceremony at the UH Hilton Hotel.

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