Mechanical Engineering

Subsea M.S. to be Offered Online

Franchek

Last year, the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering won permission to offer the nation’s first and only master’s degree in subsea engineering. This fall, nearly all the program’s courses will be offered online.

Cullen College Names 2012-2013 Outstanding Students

John Alred

The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has chosen two mechanical engineering students as Outstanding Senior and Junior for the 2012-2013 academic year. Senior John Alred and junior Ryan Hannemann were selected for superlative academic performance, representing a group of high-achieving students from each of the college’s undergraduate programs.

College Welcomes Bonnie Dunbar, Retired Astronaut & NAE Member

Dunbar

Bonnie Dunbar, a retired astronaut, National Academy of Engineering Member and alumna of the Cullen College of Engineering, has joined the University of Houston as leader of a new STEM Center. The center will build upon programs throughout the university and leverage their success in the larger K-12 community. Dunbar has also accepted the position of professor in the college’s mechanical and biomedical engineering departments.

Wind Energy Project Wins Early Extension, Bump in Funding from ARPA-E

Selvamanickam

A wind energy research team led by the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has made such rapid progress in its work that it has received an accelerated grant extension along with a $900,000 increase in total funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy.

Professor Uses Nanowires to Cool Electronics

Liu

Computing power’s decades-long rise has been both steady and astounding, but for this rise to continue researchers must grapple with some fundamental challenges.

Among these is heat. As devices become more compact and powerful, they generate more heat trapped to a smaller area. Today’s cooling technologies are simply not up to the job of removing heat that will be generated by tomorrow’s devices.

Cooling System Research Wins NSF Support

Liu

It sounds like the setup to a bad joke: How many engineers does it take to boil water? Actually, to do so as efficiently as possible, it takes two (plus their research teams).

Paper Outlines First Observation of Nano-scale Phenomenon

Sharma

The defining characteristic of nanotechnology, where devices and their features are measured in billionths of a meter, is size. But size isn’t the only thing that sets the nano-realm apart. Materials and devices can behave differently – startlingly differently even – at the nano-scale than they do when in larger forms.

Song Wins Research Award from UH

Song

The University of Houston has awarded Gangbing Song, professor of mechanical engineering in the Cullen College of Engineering, a 2012 Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award.

Researcher Improves Batteries through Hybrid Nanoparticles

Ardebili

From finding directions to making phone calls, working on laptops to driving hybrid and electric cars, much of life is lived through battery-powered devices. It’s no surprise, then, that developing better batteries is a major thrust of science and engineering research.

College Mourns Passing of ME Professor David Zimmerman

Zimmerman

David Zimmerman, a professor in the Cullen College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2012.

Zimmerman earned his doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering, all from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1982, 1984 and 1987, respectively. He then served as a faculty member at the University of Florida before joining the Cullen College in 1993.

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