CULLEN COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Student Athlete Sets the Pace

Oumama Hallal is a true example of a student athlete.

Hallal, who maintains a GPA of about 3.6., is a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering and a member of The Honors College. She is also a scholarship athlete on the university’s track team, for which she runs long-distance races practically every weekend throughout the academic year.

College Names Outstanding Senior, Junior Student

This year’s Outstanding Senior and Junior awards at the Cullen College of Engineering have been given to Ying Hu and Julian Vargas of electrical and mechanical engineering, respectively. Hu and Vargas along with students representing each department in the college of engineering and students from Prairie View A&M and Rice University, were honored at a luncheon hosted by the Texas Society of Engineering.

UH Engineering Alums Honored During EWeek

National Engineers Week, Feb. 19 to Feb. 25, kicked-off with events and ceremonies being held throughout the country. It is run by the Engineers Week Foundation, a coalition of engineering associations, businesses and government agencies. The week is intended to raise public awareness of engineers’ contributions to society and encourage students to pursue engineering careers.

UH Engineering Professor Presents State-of-the Art Smart Materials at ME Conference

Gangbing Song, associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Houston, recently presented his state-of-the-art smart materials research and their applications at the 18th Annual Mechanical Engineering Conference at the Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico last month.

UH Engineering Students Receive Gas Processors Association Scholarships

University of Houston mechanical engineering seniors Deena Abou-Trabi , Jared Collins and Sean Hale recently received one of the Gas Processors Association annual scholarships at the Houston Regional Meeting held earlier this month at Kingwood Country Club.

UH Mechanical Engineering Student Claims National NASA Fellowship

University of Houston engineering student Sandy Geffert has been named one of 20 national recipients of the Harriett G. Jenkins Pre-doctoral Fellowship Program from NASA. Geffert is a doctoral student in the mechanical engineering department, and has been working on NASA projects for several years with associate professor Stanley Kleis.

Award-winning Materials Expert, UH Engineering Grad to Discuss Cutting-edge R&D in Electric Power Devices

From improvements in cellular base stations to the development of more efficient electric transmission lines and energy storage systems, high-temperature superconductors (HTS) are nearing their commercial viability. Two-time UH mechanical engineering graduate, Venkat Selvamanickam, will present a special seminar — “Second-generation HTS Conductors” — from 3 to 4 p.m., Monday, May 2, in room 102 of the Houston Science Center at UH.

Engineering Professor Receives ONR’s Young Investigator Program Award for Study of Quantum Dots

Pradeep Sharma, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Houston, received the Office of Naval Research’s Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award for his proposal on the Novel Size-Effects in the Coupled Mechanical Deformation and Opto-Electronic Behavior of Quantum Dots and Wires. The total award of $262, 471 for three years is intended to further propel Sharma’s research.

Building Bridges to Industry — Nascent Partnership with Cummins Yields New Opportunities in Research, Education

Cummins, Inc., a Fortune 500 company best known for its world-class diesel engines, is donating an engine dynamometer and engine to the UH Diesel Engine Controls Research Facility in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The company has also recently underwritten a $30,000 fellowship for UH mechanical engineering students, and has played host to two summer interns in its hometown headquarters in Columbus, Ind.

Consecutive 'Homecoming King' Titles Awarded to Engineering Students

Senior mechanical engineering student Okechukwu Ofili was named Homecoming King at halftime of the UH-East Carolina football game at Robertson Stadium. Ofili is the second consecutive king from the Cullen College of Engineering. Last year, Xavier Cano received the same honor. There is an application process for every nominee as well as an interview with a panel of judges to ensure the impartiality of the vote, but Ofili said being an engineering student set him apart.

UH Engineering Doctoral Candidate Brings Home Four Medals from World Kickboxing Championships

While the student body was settling into the rhythm of the semester, UH engineering doctoral candidate and alumna Sandra Geffert (2003 MSME, 2001 BSME) was competing for international titles at the World Kickboxing Championships in Basle, Switzerland. During the six-day trip, Geffert competed in seven events. In Chinese soft style kata and open forms, Geffert took the gold, and she won silver in tae kwon do forms and a bronze in team forms.

Shell Campus Pit Stop Challenge to Visit UH Next Thursday

Shell will bring some of the excitement of a real race car competition to the University of Houston when the “Shell Campus Pit Stop Challenge” visits campus from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14, outside of the Y building. Students will compete in teams of three to perform the fastest pit stop-style duty of changing the tires on a 2001 Ferrari, the same car used for formula one races, but with no motor.

UH Engineering Professor Stanley Kleis Receives Public Service Award from NASA

Stanley Kleis, associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, received one of NASA’s highest honors, the Public Service Medal, at the NASA Honor Awards Ceremony Tuesday at the Johnson Space Center. The award recognizes exceptional contributions to the mission of NASA by those who are not government employees.

UH Engineering Professor Develops Intelligent Systems that Presage Tomorrow's Technology

Gangbing Song, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and his colleagues are working on new applications for smart materials and intelligent systems—projects that will take us deep into the future of technological advances. The merger of artificial intelligence, neural networking and a deepening understanding of the connection between electricity and structural properties are bringing futuristic visions of technology closer to reality.

UH Engineers Use Newest Superconductor to Fabricate Wires and Coils

UH engineers became one of the first few in the world to fabricate wires and coils from magnesium diboride (MgB2), the most recent superconductor yet to be discovered, and their success may ultimately lead to better and less expensive electrical devices, lower energy consumption and lower consumer costs on electrical power. Their accomplishments were featured on the cover of the journal “Superconductor Science and Technology” in February and April 2004.

Engineering Professor & Graduate Student Receive UH Teaching Awards

Charles Dalton
Enron Teaching Excellence Award

It was 1960 when Charles Dalton, professor of mechanical engineering, stood in front of a classroom to teach for the first time. Forty-three years later, Dalton continues to inspire and guide students through his rigorous curriculum.

UH Engineering Alumnus and Entrepreneur Prepares to Launch New Software Product for Medical Industry

“Even when I was a kid, I always knew I was going to be an engineer,” says Houston entrepreneur Jeff Beauchamp, who received both his bachelors and masters degrees in mechanical engineering from UH. Beauchamp’s startup software company, Datalign®, has recently licensed its information management technology from The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and is in the early stages of product rollout.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Uses Laser Vibrometer for Increased Precision in Measurement

Mechanical Engineering graduate student Ryan Link makes playful use of a laser pointer to illustrate the laser vibrometer research he is involved with under the tutelage of mechanical engineering professor David Zimmerman. The laser vibrometer, which the mechanical engineering department acquired in July 2003, is used to measure the vibrations in solid objects in a non-contacting manner, therefore avoiding the use of sensors or accelerometers that alter the object.

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