Early exposure to the engineering fields can mean all the difference to high school students who are deciding what majors to pursue in college. That’s what inspired Miguel Ramirez, a math teacher at Galena Park High School, to bring 23 of his students on a field trip to the Structural Research Laboratory at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering.
Take a car trip from Houston and you’ll likely drive over one of the 50,000 bridges that span the great state of Texas. During your drive you probably never wondered if the weight limits on the bridges were accurate. But then, that’s why we have Mina Dawood, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering in the Cullen College.
At this month’s Cullen College of Engineering faculty and staff meeting, Dean Joseph Tedesco announced the recipients of the 2014–2015 faculty excellence awards, which recognize faculty members for their outstanding performance in teaching, research and service.
Metal buildings comprise almost 50 percent of all non-residential, low-rise construction in the United States. The most common configuration is the gabled frame with sets of exterior columns supporting rafters that form house-shaped peaks, and base plates serve as the load-resisting mechanisms that withstand horizontal forces, such as high winds.
At this month’s Cullen College of Engineering faculty and staff meeting, Dean Joseph Tedesco announced the recipients of the 2013–2014 teaching awards, which recognize faculty members with outstanding performance in teaching, research and service.
A team of researchers from University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering and Qatar University has won a $779,000 grant to develop a new way to rehabilitate deteriorating reinforced concrete structures.
A civil infrastructure that provides essentials like clean running water and passable roads is essential to a healthy and prosperous society. While concrete and steel remain the backbones of modern infrastructure, civil engineers are exploring ways to add advanced composite materials to the mix. These materials could increase the service life of existing structures in need of repair and new structures alike by decades.
Wind turbines, aircraft, and automobiles could become more tough and durable thanks to research being conducted at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering. All of these use composites, materials that contain two or more constituents that have distinct properties. In these examples, the composites are composed of a polymer resin and reinforcing fibers such as glass or carbon.
Mina Dawood, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has published a report outlining factors that contribute to cracking of high mast illumination poles during fabrication. The report also provides strategies to prevent these cracks and potential failures from occurring.
Researchers with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering have won a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's Major Research Instrumentation Program to acquire one of the most advanced systems in the world for studying how steel and ductile materials deform before rupturing and how concrete and other quasi-brittle materials fail due to progressive cracking.
Dean Joseph Tedesco recognized UH Cullen College of Engineering faculty members for outstanding teaching and research during the 2010-2011 academic year at the college's Spring Faculty/Staff Meeting May 3.
Mina Dawood, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering with the Cullen College of Engineering, recently received a three-year, $300,000 grant from National Science Foundation to develop a new method of repairing cracks in steel structures such as bridges.