CULLEN COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

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.

Undergraduate Research Day 2014!

This year's Undergraduate Research Day will take place Thursday, October 9th at 4 p.m. in the Rockwell Pavilion at the M.D. Anderson Library at the University of Houston main campus.

Out of the 150 undergraduate researchers showcasing their posters and oral presentations, 20 will be undergraduates from the UH Cullen College of Engineering.

Researchers Draw Inspiration for Camouflage System From Marine Life

Cuttlefish

It could be a fun party trick – put your cell phone down on a table and watch it fade into the woodwork – or part of a lifesaving technology used by industry or the military.

Researchers have developed a technology that allows a material to automatically read its environment and adapt to mimic its surroundings. The technology is described in a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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