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Mechanical Engineering

Professor Theorizes About Formation of Lava Beds on the Moon

A familiar face on the lunar surface, commonly called the “man in the Moon,” has inspired superstition and myth for generations on Earth, but scientists have concerned themselves more with theories about the geological origins of the large lava beds that form the vague image.

Professor Develops Stronger Material for Spacecraft Construction

In the absence of materials that could withstand extreme heat generated by high speeds upon reentry to Earth’s atmosphere, engineers have designed blunt-edged spacecraft to slow their speeds and to thermally protect their structures as they returned from space.

ASME Magazine Taps into UH Subsea Engineering Experts

The UH Cullen College of Engineering is the world’s clear leader in establishing and standardizing subsea engineering education, research and policymaking. Faculty members in the subsea engineering program at UH are often sought out as experts by media outlets, industry professionals and government officials who are interested in the emerging field of subsea engineering.

Moscow Summer Intern Program for UH Engineering Students

Students at the University of Houston are eligible to participate in the Moscow Summer Intern Program as part of a student initiative of the Baker Institute Space Policy Program. The program is a wonderful opportunity for all UH students, but especially those with engineering expertise and an excitement for space exploration!

VIDEO: Teacher Feature Highlights Ashutosh Agrawal

Ashutosh Agrawal is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the Cullen College of Engineering, and he approaches teaching with a winning combination of traditional whiteboard lessons and novel, hands-on techniques. His teaching philosophy? "I try to make sure the students understand the fundamentals in a way that it is fun," he said.

UH Selected to Lead Offshore Energy Research Center

The University of Houston will lead a national research center for subsea engineering and other offshore energy development issues, including research and technology to improve the sustainable and safe development of energy resources in the Gulf of Mexico.

The work is intended to reduce the risk of offshore accidents, oil spills and other deepwater disasters.

American Society of Indian Engineers Recognizes Cullen College Students with Scholarships

Gahlawat, right, with White at the ASIE banquet.

This fall, the American Society of Indian Engineers (ASIE) took notice of several Cullen College of Engineering students and awarded their academic excellence with scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.

Mechanical engineering students Sonika Gahlawat, Abhilash Reddy and Himani Agrawal were just a few of the students honored by the ASIE at their banquet in November. Ken White, professor of mechanical engineering, also attended.

Professor Publishes Paper on Polymers with High Thermal Conductivity

Expensive and weighty metals play crucial roles in heat transfer applications because of their high thermal conductivity. For example, cases for cellular phones and some other electronics are made of metal rather than inexpensive materials with lower thermal conductivity because the metal is necessary to dissipate induced internal heat.

Engineering Professor Earns Grant to Pursue Energy-Saving Semiconductors

Silicon, despite inefficiencies, has been an effective electrical energy conversion and control material for hybrid-electric vehicles and numerous other power electronics. However, the semiconductor is reaching its physical limits in many important applications, such as next-generation electric vehicles and smart grid systems.

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