University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering

Dr. Claydon, Frank J.

UH G.R.A.D.E. Camp Celebrates 15 Years of Introducing Engineering to New Generations of Girls

Julie Rogers, a Cullen College mechanical engineering senior and a G.R.A.D.E. Camp counselor, works with camper Natalie Cramer, an 8th-grader from Pearland.

Spending summer days engineering can be creative, empowering and fun. Imagine taking bits and pieces of circuitry, plastic and metal to build robots, then programming them to navigate mazes; venturing out into the warm sunshine with friends to collect water from the UH campus pond and testing it for invisible microbes; or creating Texas-shaped earrings using a 3-D printer. These are defining moments of doing, creating memories and building friendships.

#CullenCollegeStories - Natalie Cramer

Natalie Cramer, a student from Pearland, is enjoying building her robot at the 2018 G.R.A.D.E. Camp at the University of Houston.

Natalie Cramer
8th Grade, St. Helen Catholic School, Pearland
G.R.A.D.E. Camp

“My friend Claire was going to come and I was interested in engineering too, because you can create something on your own and improve lives.

#CullenCollegeStories - D'Nari Mills

D'Nari Mills, a 9th grader from Cypress, is enjoying making friends while building a robot at the UH G.R.A.D.E. Camp.

D’Nari Mills
9th Grade, Cypress Woods High School
G.R.A.D.E. Camp

“At first I wanted to be a cheerleader, but it’s a lot of practice and I grew tired of it. Then, when I was eight or nine, I attended a STEM camp and I really liked it. I just like to take things apart and put things back together.

#Cullen College Stories - Julie Rogers

Julie Rogers, a Cullen College mechanical engineering senior, is spending her last summer before graduation as a counselor at G.R.A.D.E. Camp.

Julie Rogers
Senior, Mechanical Engineering
Counselor, G.R.A.D.E. Camp

“I’m one of the counselors/mentors helping with robotics. I have [worked] G.R.A.D.E. Camp for two summers now and I really want to help young girls learn about robots.

G.R.A.D.E. Camp Redefines STEM Field Roles

Engineering and computer science professions attract fewer women than other STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields in the United States. For more than a decade, professors at the UH Cullen College of Engineering have worked to change this longstanding tradition by hosting summer engineering camps strictly for girls.

Cullen College Faculty Awarded by University


Each spring, the University of Houston recognizes exceptional faculty member across the university at the annual UH Faculty Excellence Awards Ceremony. This year, nine Cullen College of Engineering faculty members were honored for their great strides in teaching and research excellence.

RET Program Earns Spot on President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

The trophy awarded to the Cullen College for its part in earning UH a spot on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction.Research Experience For Teachers program.

Not only is University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering home to world-class research, it’s also a recognized leader in science and engineering outreach. The latest proof: the college’s Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program is one of three University of Houston Initiatives that together earned UH a spot on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction.

STEM Education Gets Boost at Cullen College

Teachers across the country have access to dozens of new lesson plans and activities thanks to STEM education efforts (science, engineering, technology and mathematics) at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering.

Engineering, Camp-Style

Girls in grades eight through twelve enter the UH Cullen College of Engineering on Monday morning, new to the world of algorithms, motors and microscopes. By Friday, they’ve built and programmed a robot.

ECE Professor Ovidiu Crisan Retires


Friends, colleagues and students of Professor Ovidiu Crisan celebrated his career achievements at a retirement luncheon this month.

Crisan came to the Cullen College of Engineering as a visiting professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Two years later he was promoted to professor, a position he held for 26 years.

Summer Programs Immerse High School Teachers, Graduates in Research

Work by participants in the college's Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program was highlighted recently at a poster session. Photo by Thomas Shea

High school science teacher Tammie LaBiche has spent much of her summer pouring over water samples from Lake Houston inside a laboratory at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering.

LaBiche has used the samples, taken from one of the city’s sources of drinking water, in a series of experiments designed to remove contaminants and organic compounds that can affect the purity and color of the water.

College Receives Grant to Recruit, Retain Engineering Students


A grant from the Texas Workforce Commission aims not only to help underrepresented students at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering better navigate demanding coursework, but enhance their success through mentoring.