Mechanical Engineering

UH-Led Group Wins Wind Turbine Testing Facility

Located on a 23 acre tract in Ingleside, Texas (east of Corpus Christi), the Texas National Large Wind Turbine Research and Test Center will be among the largest wind turbine testing facilities in the world. Initially testing blades up to 70 meters, planned expansion will provide for testing 100 meter blades as they are developed. Design concepts were developed by PageSoutherlandPage.

The Department of Energy has selected the University of Houston-led Lone Star Wind Alliance as a partner in the development of one of the nation’s first facilities for developing and testing large-scale wind turbine blades to be utilized for offshore wind generation.

Texas Holds Strong Potential for Offshore Wind Power

Industry leaders, UH researchers explain the advantages of developing this resource in the state

Leaders in the field of wind energy from industry and from the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering laid out the viability and importance of developing this renewable resource in the State of Texas during a presentation yesterday at the Texas Society of Professional Engineers Annual Meeting.

Engineering Alum Journeys to Space

John "Danny" Olivas (1993 MSME), Mission Specialist. Photo courtesy of NASA

When the Space Shuttle Atlantis launches this Friday on a mission to the International Space Station, the list of Cullen College of Engineering alums who have been to space will grow by one name.

Decorated Professor Adds Farfel Award to his Long List of Honors

Fazle Hussain, Hugh Roy & Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 2007 Esther Farfel Award recipient. Photo by Thomas Shea.

Fazle Hussain receives University of Houston's Highest Faculty Honor

Fazle Hussain will need a larger trophy room as this year’s recipient of the University of Houston’s highest faculty honor. Already one of the most decorated scholars in his field, Hussain now can add the 2007 Esther Farfel Award to his list of accomplishments. The award brings with it a $10,000 cash prize and an acknowledgement of overall career excellence.

Senator Hutchison Commends UH-Led Effort to Bring Wind Facility to Texas

Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison visited the Cullen College of Engineering on Tuesday, April 3, to tour wind-related research labs and hold a press conference to announce new renewable energy legislation and to commend a UH-led effort to bring the Department of Energy's Large Wind Turbine Testing Facility to Texas. Photo by Gregory Bohuslav.

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison toured wind-related research labs at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering before holding a press conference Tuesday to announce new renewable energy legislation and to commend a UH-led effort to bring the Department of Energy’s Large Wind Turbine Testing Facility to Texas.

Bechtel Provides Continued Support for Cullen College Programs

John Duty, executive vice president of Bechtel, Inc., presents Dean Flumerfelt with a check for scholarship support on behalf of the Bechtel Group Foundation.

Cullen College distinguished alum John Duty (1969 BSME), executive vice president of Bechtel Oil Gas & Chemicals, Inc., presented a gift to the college on behalf of the Bechtel Group Foundation to provide scholarship support for several of the college’s diversified programs and organizations, including University of Houston student chapter of The Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES).

Turning 'Delayed' to 'On Time' Goal of UH Prof in Aircraft Turbulence Studies

Fazle Hussain, Hugh Roy & Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to research ways to reduce delays during aircraft takeoffs and landings caused by swirling vortices. These whirling masses of air follow a plane after a takeoff or landing and can be considerably dangerous to trailing aircraft.

Mechanical Engineering Students Build Pumpkin-Launching Machines

The Cullen College of Engineering student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers hosted its first-annual “Pumpkin Chunkin” contest on Oct. 27.

The Halloween-inspired event featured devices built by teams of students launching pumpkins through the air and, eventually, crashing into a field. The teams competed to determine whose device launched pumpkins closest to targets placed at various distances from the machines.

Mechanical Engineering Renovates Biomedical Lab

The newly renovated biomedical engineering laboratory includes over $600,000 worth of equipment moved from the Connective Tissue Physiology Laboratory for students and professors to conduct advanced research in the field. Photo by Todd Spoth.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has nearly completed the renovation of its Biomedical Engineering Core Research Lab.

UH Alum Recognized for Offshore Drilling Development

The Discoverer Enterprise was first ultra deep-water ship equipped with the dual-activity drilling system. The system, which significantly cuts the time required to conduct deep-water operations, was co-invented by Cullen College alumnus Bob Herrmann (BSME 1972, MSME 1973). Image supplied by Bob Herrmann.

An invention patented by Bob Herrmann, a graduate of the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, was named one of the 50 most important developments in the history of offshore drilling by Offshore magazine.

Herrmann, an independent consultant to the petroleum industry, earned his B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from UH in 1972 and 1973, respectively.

Engineering Graduate Student Attends Discovery Shuttle Launch

Sandra Geffert, a mechanical engineering graduate student with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, attended the July 4th launch of the space shuttle Discovery as an invited guest of NASA Assistant Administrator for Education John M. Hairston, Jr.

Alumnus-Owned Firm Receives Award for Innovation

UH Alumnus Manmohan Kalsi is pictured along with Kalsi Engineering associates Aaron Richie (2002 BS ME), Alex Beliaevski, Jeff Gobeli (1996 MS PE), and Tia Baker.

A company owned by a University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering alumnus recently received an innovation award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ International Petroleum Technology Institute (ASME-IPTI).

Alumnus Manmohan Kalsi (1970 MS ME, 1975 PhD ME) founded and runs Kalsi Engineering, which received the Woelfel Distinguished Innovation Award for its Kalsi Hydrodynamic Thrust Bearing™.

Hussain to Lead ME Section of National Academy of Engineering; Receives NSF Grant

Fazle Hussain, Hugh Roy & Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been elected as an officer of the National Academy of Engineering’s Mechanical Engineering Section.

His three-year term, which begins on July 1, includes one-year terms as secretary and then vice-chair and will culminate with Hussain serving as chair of the Mechanical Engineering Section, one of the most prestigious positions in the mechanical engineering community.

State Grants Engineering Researchers Nearly $500k

Professors at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering received five grants totaling almost half a million dollars from the state of Texas’ Advanced Research Program.

The program, which was founded in 1987, employs a competitive peer-reviewed system to fund the scientific and engineering research projects of faculty members at Texas higher education institutions. Awards are given once every two years.

Physicians and Engineers Pool Resources to Prevent Stroke

Ralph Metcalfe, professor of mechanical engineering and deputy director of the UH biomedical engineering program, and his graduate student, Aishwarya Mantha, are working on a new tool to improve brain aneurysm treatment. Metcalfe and Mantha are working with physicians and scientists at the Methodist Neurological Institute (NI) to determine which brain aneurysms are at highest risk of rupture and could cause a stroke.

Student Researchers Honored at Sigma Xi Research Day

Several members of the Cullen College of Engineering were honored at the annual research day of the University of Houston chapter of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society and global honor society of scientists and engineers.

BP Check Presentation

BP representative Gabe Cuadra (1988 BSChE) presents a check to UH Cullen College of Engineering Dean Raymond Flumerfelt and Vita Como, director of the Engineering Career Center. The gift will support the Program for Mastery in Engineering Studies (PROMES), equipment purchases in the chemical and mechanical engineering departments and the UH student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

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.

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