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College Faculty Recognized for Teaching, Research

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.

DOE Grant to Establish Wind Facility


Researchers to develop, test large wind turbine blades for offshore use

Efforts by the University of Houston to become a national leader in offshore wind technology received a huge boost from the U.S. Department of Energy, which recently awarded university researchers $2.3 million to establish a testing facility.

New Director Named to Lead College's Petroleum Engineering Program


A longtime Shell researcher has been appointed to lead the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering's petroleum engineering program in training the next generation technical workforce.

Thomas K. Holley, a senior staff geophysicist with the global energy and petrochemical company, will begin work at UH April 1. He will succeed Ray Flumerfelt who has served as director of the program since fall 2008.

Former Engineering Professor, Department Chair Dies

Wallace "Wally" Anderson poses outside the engineering buildings last spring. Photo by Thomas Shea

Wallace “Wally” Anderson, a former University of Houston department chair, died Tuesday in Galveston as a result of complications following a fall. He was 87.

During his 39 years with UH, Anderson was instrumental in growing the UH Cullen College of Engineering’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. As the former chair, he not only helped increased the number of faculty, but also the amount of research being conducted within the department.

Lucrative Lessons: Engineering Pegged as Degree With Highest Starting Salary

Chemical engineering senior Rhys Forgie works in the lab as part the college's Research Experience for Undergraduates program. Photo by Thomas Shea.

Wide array of profitable, rare programs offered at UH

In recent weeks Kaytie Curttright (2009 BSChE) has been settling into work as an engineer with Samsung Austin Semiconductors.

The position, which has her responsible for ensuring the quality of materials at the Austin-based manufacturing plant, is exactly the job Curttright had hoped for upon graduating from UH in May.

SPE Section Pledges First Professorship in Petroleum Engineering

In support of the University of Houston’s expanding petroleum engineering program, the Society of Petroleum Engineers Gulf Coast Section has committed $250,000 to establish a professorship.

The first of its kind for the program, the SPE-Gulf Coast Section College Endowed Professorship in Petroleum Engineering will support efforts to broaden course offerings, enhance community outreach and spearhead new research by a Cullen College of Engineering faculty member.

College to Launch New Petroleum Engineering Undergraduate Degree

More challenging for the petroleum industry than finding new ways to extract hard-to-reach resources may be locating the people to do it.

At the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, a bachelor’s degree option in petroleum engineering is being launched this fall to counteract the critical shortage of talent needed to replace the industry’s aging workforce.

UH Names New Engineering Dean

Joseph W. Tedesco, Ph.D., P.E.

The University of Houston has named Joseph W. Tedesco the sixth dean of the Cullen College of Engineering, effective Jan. 1, 2008.

Cullen College of Engineering Bids Farewell to Dean Raymond Flumerfelt

Dean Raymond Flumerfelt, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Endowed Chair, visits with Dr. Elizabeth Rockwell at his retirement event. Photo compliments of Nancy Clark, UH Office of Development.

University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering faculty, staff, alumni and friends, along with several university administrators, gathered at the Petroleum Club of Houston on Tuesday evening, July 31, to celebrate the accomplishments of the college's fifth dean, Raymond Flumerfelt, as he officially steps down from his leadership position after nine years.

"This has been a rewarding experience, though I'm looking forward to returning to research once again," he said.

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.

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).

Jamaican Delegation Seeks Partnership with Cullen College

A Jamaican delegation visited with Dean Flumerfelt last week to discuss a possible educational and research partnership. The delegation included (from left) Dr. Gavin Gunter, Geologist, PCJ; the Honourable Phillip Paulwell, Jamaican Minister of Industry, Technology, Energy & Commerce; Dr. Ruth Potopsingh, Group Managing Director, PCJ; Professor Simon Mitchell, University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica; and Christopher Cargill, Director, Petrojam Limited.

A delegation from Jamaica made a visit to the Cullen College of Engineering to discuss the college’s energy initiatives and to explore the possibility of developing an educational partnership. The Jamaican Minister of Industry, Technology, Energy & Commerce, the Honourable Phillip Paulwell, led the group comprised of several individuals from Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), Petrojam Limited and the University of West Indies at Mona, Jamaica.

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).

First Graduate Research Conference Deemed a Success for ECE

Approximately 40 graduate students in the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering's electrical and computer engineering department (ECE) presented their work at the department’s first Graduate Research Conference held recently at the Texas Learning and Computation Center, more commonly known as “TLC2” (pronounced TLC-squared) in the Phillip Guthrie Hoffman building. Seventy-eight people attended the internal conference, including 51 graduate students and 27 faculty members.

NASA to Award UH Dean Public Service Medal

Raymond W. Flumerfelt, dean of the Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston, is a recipient of the NASA Public Service Medal. Flumerfelt is one of 10 people who will receive a Public Service Medal on Aug. 15 at 3 p.m. at a ceremony in Teague Auditorium at the Johnson Space Center.

The Public Service Medal is presented annually to an individual who is not a government employee and is granted for exceptional contributions to the mission of NASA.