Mechanical Engineering

ME Chairman and Student Publish Paper on World's Thinnest Piezoelectric Material in Nature Communications

Pradeep Sharma and Matthew Zelisko

There are a handful of naturally occurring materials, known as piezoelectric materials, which generate electricity if you bend, stretch, or apply another mechanical force to them, and vice versa – if you apply a voltage across them, they’ll deform accordingly. These materials are currently the subject of intense research for their potential applications in energy harvesting, artificial muscles and sensors, among others.

SURF Provides Undergrad Research Opportunity for Cullen College Junior

Plenty of college students around the country are using the summer months to catch up on their favorite TV shows, work on their base tans and reconnect with old friends. For one Cullen College junior, however, these three months off from school are the perfect opportunity to sharpen her analytical skills and dive head-first into the world of undergraduate research.

NASA TV to Air Expedition 39’s Return From ISS Today!

Three crew members currently aboard the International Space Station are scheduled to end more than six months on the orbiting laboratory Tuesday, May 13 (U.S. time), and NASA TV will provide complete coverage of their return to Earth, from farewells to landing. (More info available on NASA's website)

Cullen College Faculty Awarded by University

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Each spring, the University of Houston recognizes exceptional faculty member across the university at the annual UH Faculty Excellence Awards Ceremony. This year, nine Cullen College of Engineering faculty members were honored for their great strides in teaching and research excellence.

Cullen College Hosts Second "Intellectual Property Training Series"

As part of its ongoing effort to support entrepreneurship among its faculty and students, the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering is hosting an Intellectual Property Training Series for the second year in a row. This latest IP Training Series will begin on March 21.

VIDEO: UH Engineering Students Take Ride on NASA's "Vomit Comet"

The UH Cougarnauts

Last November, we told you about a team of UH Cullen College of Engineering students who were chosen to take a coveted ride in NASA’s reduced gravity aircraft, known as the “Vomit Comet.” The UH “Cougarnauts” team members were chosen as part of an elite group to participate in NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, where they performed an assigned experiment during 25-second bouts of weightlessness inside the aircraft. The UH students studied the effects of freezing water in zero-gravity conditions.

VIDEO: Meet Team Primer: Cullen College Undergrads to Compete in Shell Eco-Marathon

Meet Team Primer, a group of mechanical engineering undergrads who will be competing in the next Shell Eco-marathon in Houston.

MEET TEAM PRIMER…A group of mechanical engineering undergrads at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering who will be competing in the upcoming Shell Eco-marathon in Houston from April 25th to 27th. The 12-member team is currently building an ultra-energy efficient, battery-powered vehicle from the ground up. Team Primer will enter their vehicle, named “EcoPrimer,” under the marathon’s “prototype” class, focusing on maximizing the car’s efficiency rather than the driver’s comfort. The team members’ tireless work on “EcoPrimer” will double as their senior Capstone Design projects, the penultimate project for all graduating seniors at the Cullen College.

Volunteers Needed for Mars Rover Celebration

Volunteer opportunities are available for the upcoming 12th annual Mars Rover Celebration, being held January 25 at the University of Houston Hilton Conrad Hilton Ballroom. 

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