Mechanical Engineering

DOE Grant to Establish Wind Facility


Researchers to develop, test large wind turbine blades for offshore use

Efforts by the University of Houston to become a national leader in offshore wind technology received a huge boost from the U.S. Department of Energy, which recently awarded university researchers $2.3 million to establish a testing facility.

ME Professor Receives DARPA Award for Materials Research

Yashashree Kulkarni shows off an example of her computational modeling, a technique she is using to improve on a new class of materials that could make metals stronger. Photo by Thomas Shea.

Yashashree Kulkarni, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has received a 2010 Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

The award is given annually to junior faculty by DARPA, the research arm of United States Department of Defense. The program is designed to recognize talented researchers whose work will help develop solutions that could enhance security.

Realizing a Dream

John Rogers stops on stage and flashes a Cougar sign before a packed house at spring commencement Saturday. Photo by Thomas Shea.

ME graduate walks in commencement six decades after earning degree

When John Berry Rogers (1950 BSME) attended the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering things were a lot different. The roads were not paved, buildings on campus lacked air conditioning and men didn’t always have a choice to enlist in the military and go to war.

The Whiz Kids of UH Baseball

Tom Wertz (left) and Erik Pesek are pursuing engineering degrees while playing baseball. Photo by Thomas Shea.

Bewildered faces no longer surprise Tom Wertz and Erik Pesek. It’s come to be a common reaction when these two University of Houston baseball players tell people they are pursuing engineering degrees.

“It’s typical,” said Wertz, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering. “At this point I have two stereotypes. In my engineering classes I’m a jock and in the locker room I’m a nerd.”

Engineering Researcher to Modernize Power Grid


Although the U.S. electric power industry is one of the greatest engineering marvels of the 20th century, aging technology and an increase in demand create problems for the electricity infrastructure that need to be fixed.

Graduate Student Nabs ASME Scholarship

Mohammad Wasy Akhtar was the only graduate student awarded the Hugh Cameron Scott Award from the South Texas Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Photo by Thomas Shea.

Mohammad Wasy Akhtar, a University of Houston mechanical engineering graduate student, was selected as this year’s recipient of the South Texas Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering’s Hugh Scott Cameron Award.

Engineering Researchers to Improve Test for Cardiovascular Disease


Two University of Houston professors are helping to keep your heart beating stronger, longer simply by monitoring the temperature of your fingertip.

VENDYS, a device mechanical engineering professors Stanley Kleis and Ralph Metcalfe helped to develop, is allowing doctors to monitor how changes in blood flow affect finger temperature to measure an individual’s risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Governor Presents UH With Grant to Advance Superconductivity in Texas


New applied research hub to push commercialization of superconductor technology

The University of Houston has received a five-year, $3.6 million grant from the state’s Emerging Technology Fund to aid in the development and commercialization of products based on high-temperature superconductors.

Technology Being Developed in UH Lab Could Put an End to Icy Commutes

Mechanical engineering graduate student Christiana Chang holds a sheet of carbon nanofiber paper she is embedding in concrete in an effort to create self-heating roads. Photo by Thomas Shea.

Christiana Chang lives where temperatures rarely dip low enough to produce snow let alone ice.

Yet in a lab at the University of Houston she is in the midst of perfecting something that just may garner a smile from those in regions where wintery weather wreaks havoc on commutes.

Self-heating roads.

Engineering Professor Part of International Center


Funding awarded to one University of Houston professor by the National Science Foundation is expected to advance energy research as part of a new International Institute for Multifunctional Materials for Energy Conversion (IIMEC).

UH Researcher Recognized for Technical Achievements


Selvamanickam honored by Wire & Cable Technology International

For contributions to the development and commercialization of second-generation high temperature superconducting wire, Venkat Selvamanickam, M.D. Anderson Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Houston, has been honored with a 2009 Wire & Cable Technology International Technical Achievement Award.

Partnership to Boost Education, Research Overseas


A country north of Saudi Arabia on the Persian Gulf, Qatar ranks among the top 20 producers of oil worldwide.

Though the natural resource is the cornerstone of their economy, Qatar wants more. Recently, they dedicated 2.8 percent, or roughly $1.5 billion yearly, of their gross domestic product toward earning a reputation as a knowledge-based nation.

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.

Youngster's Engineering Aspirations Realized at UH

Logan Craft, 10, is given a demonstration on smart materials by Ph.D. student Claudio Olmi during one stop on a tour of the college June 30. Photo by Thomas Shea.

Logan Craft’s summer has started off like any other grade school students'. He visited the beach in Galveston, attended camp and spent several long days getting into mischief with friends.

There is, of course, one exception. This 10-year-old’s summer plans included a tour of the University of Houston.

Why? It is simple, says the soon-to-be Harlem Elementary School fifth grader.

Study by UH Researchers Could Help Diabetics Better Monitor Glucose Levels


A device being developed by a team of researchers from the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering could make it unnecessary for more than 23 million diabetics to submit to daily finger pricks to test glucose levels in their blood.

The researchers received a three-year, nearly $400,000 National Science Foundation grant this month to explore the development of the implantable device, designed to use optical sensing to continuously monitor glucose levels.

College to Host 20th Annual Engineering Golf Tournament

Larry Witte, professor of mechanical engineering, launched the UH Engineering Golf Tournament twenty years ago. Photo by Tom Shea.

Larry Witte has just about enough hats to cover every day of the month tucked away in his closet.

These baseball-style caps are not about fashion for this professor of mechanical engineering. Each represent a year he’s organized the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering’s annual golf tournament.

College Names Outstanding Engineering Students


Students from two University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering departments were among those recognized at a luncheon on campus today honoring area engineering students’ high academic achievement.

Hosted by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, the event paid tribute to the college’s Outstanding Junior, Joshua Kovitz, and Outstanding Senior, Rodrigo Feliu, as well as the successes of other engineering students from Rice and Praire View A&M universities.