Mechanical Engineering

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.

International Karate Champion Merges Biomechanical Engineering with Martial Arts to Realize Goals

In late October, the martial arts world gathered in Limerick, Ireland for the 2003 World Championships, and Sandra Geffert took home multiple wins for the third consecutive year. Geffert, a second year graduate student at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, competed in seven events and captured five medals, including silver medals in soft kata and musical kata, and bronze medals in team kata, team fighting and musical weapons.

Lienhard’s New Book Earns Him September Author of the Month

“Inventing Modern” Book Signing Sept. 6 at Barnes & Noble Town & Country Village

John Lienhard, M.D. Anderson Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering and History at the University of Houston, has just published his latest book by Oxford University Press that celebrates the inventive energy that made early 20th-century America modern.

Four Cullen Faculty Members Honored at UH Faculty Awards Dinner

Vemuri Balakotaiah, Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award

Four faculty members of the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering were honored last week at the university faculty awards presentation. Vemuri Balakotaiah, Karolos Grigoriadis, David Shattuck and Osman Ghazzaly were among 15 scholars honored at the event held April 22 at the UH Hilton Hotel.

Vemuri Balakotaiah
Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award

UH Team Places Third in ASME Design Competition

An interdisciplinary team of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering students from the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering placed third in the 2003 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Design Competition.

Members of the winning group are Paul Sommerfield, Marcos Flores, and Jamie Suarez, senior mechanical engineering students, and Robert Whitaker, a senior industrial engineering student.

UH Engineer Lienhard To Receive Freedoms Foundation Award

John Lienhard

University of Houston engineering professor John Lienhard will be awarded one of four 2002 Freedoms Foundation Awards at a luncheon, Nov. 9, at the Junior League of Houston.

Lienhard, M.D. Anderson Professor of Technology and Culture, Emeritus in the Cullen College of Engineering, will be joined by UH political science professor Richard Murray, who will also be honored. Murray is the director of the Center for Public Policy at UH.

Dalton Honored for Service to UH Cullen College of Engineering

Charles Dalton

Professor Charles Dalton was presented with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering Service Award at the Fall Faculty and Staff Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Dean Raymond Flumerfelt presented a plaque to Dalton, professor of mechanical engineering, honoring him "for his dedicated service to the Cullen College of Engineering and especially for his outstanding contribution to the establishment of quality leadership and excellence in our engineering programs."

Former Engineering Ph.D. Student Receives APS Dissertation Award

Wade Schoppa

Wade Schoppa has been selected to receive the 2002 Andreas Acrivos Dissertation Award in Fluid Dynamics from the American Physical Society (APS). The award honors Schoppa's doctoral research with the UH Department of Mechanical Engineering, where he focused on the mechanisms of fluid turbulence in flow over solid surfaces and the development of new drag reduction strategies applicable to aircraft, ships and pipelines.

Engineering Student is Gunning for Gold

One of the fiercest fighting martial artists in the world sits in an office in the UH Cullen College of Engineering. Sandy Geffert (2001 BSME) is a UH honors graduate, a first-year graduate student and the undergraduate student advisor for the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She is also a highly decorated world-class karate champion. Click here to read more.

Former Dean to Retire from Faculty

Roger Eichhorn, Dean 1982-1996, Professor 1982-2002

Former Dean Roger Eichhorn is retiring from the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering faculty in August, leaving behind a legacy of academic and administrative achievement--and many devoted friends and colleagues.

Under Eichhorn's leadership, the college raised student admissions standards, elevated the quality of the faculty, and greatly expanded the college's public identity and community presence.

Engineer One of Four to be Awarded UH Honorary Degrees

John H. Lienhard, M.D. Anderson Professor of Mechanical Engineering and History, Emeritus, is one of four individuals to receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during UH's May 11 commencement ceremony. Lienhard has gained international visibility as the writer and voice of the syndicated public radio program, The Engines of Our Ingenuity, produced by KUHF-FM. The program is carried by more than 20 public radio stations in the U.S. and aired internationally by the U.S.

Professors Dalton, Wheeler to Be Honored by ASME South Texas Section

Charles Dalton, Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Professors Charles Dalton and Lewis Wheeler will be honored this week by the South Texas Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Professor Dalton will receive the 2002 Dean W.R. Woolrich Award, recognizing him as the South Texas Section Engineer of the Year. Wheeler, interim chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineer, will be named the 2002 Dean Claude L. Wilson Award for lifetime achievements of an outstanding Engineering Educator.

Looking for the Engineers

UH mechanical engineering professor John Lienhard's nation-wide radio show 'Engines of Our Ingenuity' recently explored the value of an engineering degree. "People who see the world with an engineer's eye are typically able to move in many directions."