Mechanical Engineering

UH Professor Elected to Board of Directors for Texas Academy


The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) announced Dec. 19 Fazle Hussain, Hugh Roy & Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, is among three elected to the academy’s board of directors.

NFL Grant Supports Gene Therapy Study to Benefit Athletes


A treatment being developed by two University of Houston researchers could allow athletes playing in the National Football League a faster return to the field after injury.

With the support of $118,693 in grant funding from National Football League Charities, Daniel Martinez and David Zimmerman will investigate the use of gene therapy to heal damaged ligament.

UH Engineering Professor Receives High Honor From Caltech


A longtime Cullen College of Engineering professor was recently named a Moore Distinguished Scholar by the California Institute of Technology.

Fazle Hussain, Hugh Roy & Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, is the sole recipient of the award for the 2008-09 year in the division of engineering and applied sciences.

Son of UH Engineering Lecturer to Compete in Olympic Games

Selim Nurudeen, son of UH engineering lecturer Shola Nurudeen, will compete in the Olympic Games in the 110-meter hurdle event. He competed for the University of Notre Dame as an undergraduate student. Photo courtesy of Notre Dame Sports Information.

Shola Nurudeen may be a little more excited than most about Monday’s broadcast of the 2008 Olympic Games.

That’s because her son, Selim Nurudeen, will be competing for her home country of Nigeria in the preliminary heats of the 110-meter high hurdles.

Engineering Professors Among Select Few to Receive State ARP Funding


Seven facutly members from the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering in May received grants totaling more than $500,000 from the Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program.

ARP is a competitive, peer-reviewed grant program funding scientific and engineering research projects of faculty members at Texas higher education institutions. Funding given through the program is administered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Engineering Professor to Head NIH Study Section


Ralph W. Metcalfe, professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering and mathematics, was recently appointed chair of the National Institutes of Health Cardiovascular Devices Study Section.

The study section’s scientific review administrator selected Metcalfe, who has served on the section since June 2004, for the position.

Engineering Organizations Present Professor With High Honors


Two engineering organizations earlier this year presented awards to Kirill V. Larin, assistant professor of biomedical and mechanical engineering, for achievements in his biomedical optics and imaging research.

The 2008 Outstanding Young Scientist Award was presented to Larin in February by the Houston Society for Engineering in Medicine and Biology. The award recognized him for significant success in his first five years of research.

20th Annual Crawfish Boil Makes History

The Crawfish Boil Committee presents Dean Joseph Tedesco (center) with a $150,000 check for student scholarships. Pictured are Gary Hurta (1972 BSME); Vita Como, director of the Cullen College of Engineering Career Center; Janice Quiroz, special events coordinator; Dean Tedesco; Diana Ashen, event chair; Gregory Williams (1979 BSME); and Benton Baugh (1967 BSME). Photo by Tom Shea.

The large crowd at the University of Houston and American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ annual Cajun Crawfish Boil fundraiser paid off big for students seeking scholarships in the Cullen College of Engineering.

Event Chair Diane Ashen estimates the May 4 event—now in its 20th year—raised more than $150,000 in scholarships. That’s more than double the $75,000 raised in 2007.

Area High School Students Get Look At UH Engineering

In one of the day’s activities, Haichang Gu, a post-doc researching under Mechanical Engineering Professor Gangbing Song, used a Smart Vibration Platform to demonstrate how smart materials can be used to stabilize structure.

Houston-area high school seniors toured UH Cullen College of Engineering April 25 as part of a Shadow Day organized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The event, the first of its kind on the engineering campus, brought 16 students and three teachers from Sam Rayburn and J. Frank Dobie high schools to the college for an in-depth look into the field.

Students Receive Energy Engineering Scholarships

Five UH Cullen College of Engineering students were recently each awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the National Association of Energy Engineers Foundation to be used for courses directly related to energy engineering or energy management.

College Offering Scholarships for Accelerated B.S. to Graduate Program

NSF grant will fund more than 30 students over the next five years

The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has won a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to provide scholarships for students in the college’s accelerated B.S. to graduate degree program.

$1M Grant To Support Meta-Materials Research

Pradeep Sharma, professor of mechanical engineering, is leading a group of researchers that has received a $1.22M NSF grant to develop a novel class of meta materials that generate electricity when placed under physical stress. Photo by Jeff Shaw.

Interdisciplinary team from three universities will seek to create “piezoelectrics on steroids.”

Artificial limbs that can perform a variety of complex tasks by more closely mimicking natural movement and levels of strength and high-tech military equipment powered by every step a soldier takes are just two of the many innovations that may arise through the work of a research team based at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering.

Allen Rhodes, Cullen College Adjunct & NAE Member, Dies

Allen Rhodes, a former adjunct professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, has died. Rhodes passed away on Saturday, Aug. 18, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. He was 83.

Navy Taps UH Researcher to Develop Diagnostic Tool

For as long as the U.S. Navy has had scuba divers, submarines and airplane pilots, it has had to deal with the effects of decompression sickness. This condition, which affects those who experience sudden, drastic changes in the air or water pressure surrounding their bodies, can cause anything from joint pain—better known as the bends—to seizure, stroke, coma, and, in the most extreme cases, death.