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"Father of Chemical Engineering" Neal Amundson Passes Away

Neal Amundson, Cullen Professor Emeritus of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Professor of Mathematics, passed away yesterday at the age of 95.

"We are deeply saddened at the great loss of Neal Amundson to our UH community and to chemical engineering education and research," said Dean Joseph Tedesco. "His impact to UH and the profession have been, and will continue to be, extremely profound."

Diesel Center Researchers Earn EPA Grant to Retrofit School Buses


Using a $1 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Texas Diesel Testing and Research Center at the University of Houston will retrofit school buses with a system that attempts to diminish the negative impact their diesel emissions can have on the environment.

Professor Receives International Award for Chemical Reaction Engineering


The International Symposium for Chemical Reaction Engineering (ISCRE) has named University of Houston Professor Dan Luss the 2010 recipient of the Neal R. Amundson Award for Excellence in Chemical Reaction Engineering.

One of the highest honors in the field, the Amundson Award is bestowed every three years to recognize a pioneer in the field.

A Bright Green Future: Researchers Work to Turn Algae Into Crude Oil


Inside the University of Houston Texas Diesel Testing and Research Center, space is typically reserved for finding ways to clean harmful pollutants from diesel vehicle exhaust through retrofit systems attached to tailpipes.

But recently, diesel center researchers have taken on a new project intended to expand the center’s clean air focus. They are examining glass beakers filled with samples of a slimy green substance most find growing in ponds, swamps and even dirty swimming pools.

UH Granted $2.5 Million to Test Retrofit Devices That Clean Diesel Exhaust


Diesel engines are the workhorses of American economy, powering everything from heavy-duty construction vehicles and buses to ships.

These engines are also one of the biggest producers of harmful pollutants, churning out more smog-causing Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and near 100 times more sooty particles than their gasoline counterparts.

UH Diesel Center Finishes Expansion Doubling Size, Capabilities

A heavy-duty engine dynamometer is one of many new additions to the Texas Diesel Research and Testing Center. Photo by Thomas Shea.

The Texas Diesel Testing and Research Center at the University of Houston recently finished an expansion doubling its size and increasing its means to research and test retrofit devices that reduce the amount of harmful pollutants emitted from heavy-duty diesel engine exhaust.

College Research Expenditures See Increase, Set Record

Research grant and contract expenditures by University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering faculty totaled more than $21.8 million in fiscal year 2009, the largest ever on record.

Up some 50 percent from the previous fiscal year’s total, primarily the federal government—the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy—supported the research.

UH Study to Focus on Reducing Pollutants in Vehicle Exhaust


Potential for more efficient, cheaper aftertreatment system being studied with $3.2 million DOE grant

It is no wonder Houston ranks high on the list of the nation’s most polluted cities each year. Our cars are belching pollutants responsible for everything from acid rain to climate change.

Speakers Honor Achievements of Alumni, University at Awards Dinner

Cullen College alumni Gabe Cuadra, Michael Harold, Duane Germenis and Daniel Wong at the EAA Distinguished Engineering Alumni Banquet June 5. Photo by Thomas Shea.

They have served University of Houston advisory boards, city council, area youth organizations, even given time to organize college fundraisers.

Alongside this outreach, all have built successful careers on a solid UH education.

Friday, accomplishments by Michael Harold (1985 Ph.D. ChE), Duane Germenis (1983 BSME), Gabe Cuadra (1988 BSChE) and Daniel Wong (1983 BSCE, 1985 MSCE, 1988 Ph.D. CE) were celebrated at the 2009 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards Dinner.

Alumni to be Honored at Annual Dinner


Four University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering alumni will be recognized next month at the 2009 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards Dinner.

Established in 1987, the awards dinner recognizes alumni, faculty and friends of the college and the Engineering Alumni Association. At this year’s event, four alumni will be honored not only for their contributions within the community, but also to the engineering profession.

Engineering Faculty Recognized for Teaching, Research

Dean Joseph Tedesco recognized UH Cullen College of Engineering faculty members for outstanding teaching and research during the 2007-2008 academic year at the college's Spring Faculty/Staff Meeting on April 29.

Chemical Engineering Receives Graduate Fellowship from Bayer Foundation

From left: Dan Luss, Thomas Daszkowski, Kirk Wilson, Manolis Doxastakis, Willy Scherf, Rich Guhl, Richard Willson, Mike Harold, Peter Strasser, John Danchisko, and Ramanan Krishnamoorti. Photo courtesy of Lauren Trocano.

The University of Houston Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE) has received $90,000 grant from the Bayer Foundation to establish the Bayer Graduate Fellowship Program at the Cullen College of Engineering.

The fellowship will be awarded over three years to a graduate student pursuing a doctoral degree in chemical engineering. The recipient will be selected among a pool of second-year graduate students seeking to complete his or her studies.

Chemical Engineering Department Changes Name

The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering is changing its name to the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

According to Michael Harold, Dow Chair Professor and department chair, the change reflects the changing direction of the field of chemical engineering.

Winning Poster Showcases NOx Emissions Research

A postdoctoral research fellow with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering took first place in the poster presentation competition at the Southwest Catalysis Society’s Spring Symposium, held this spring at Rice University.

Building Bridges to Industry — Nascent Partnership with Cummins Yields New Opportunities in Research, Education

Cummins, Inc., a Fortune 500 company best known for its world-class diesel engines, is donating an engine dynamometer and engine to the UH Diesel Engine Controls Research Facility in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The company has also recently underwritten a $30,000 fellowship for UH mechanical engineering students, and has played host to two summer interns in its hometown headquarters in Columbus, Ind.

Clean Diesel Benefits Houston

At Houston’s newly-developed Diesel Vehicle Research and Testing Facility today, EPA Regional Administrator Richard E. Greene announced the Bush administration’s Clean Air Nonroad Diesel Rule will cut emission levels from construction, agricultural and industrial diesel engines by more than 90 percent. The rule was signed by EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt yesterday.