University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering

Dr. Krishnamoorti, Ramanan

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.

Sixth Annual Engineers Week Event Raises Money for Students, Programs

Raymond Flumerfelt, director of the petroleum engineering program, is presented with a check from the college's Petroleum Engineering Advisory Board. Photo by Jeff Fantich.

A University of Houston program, intended to help meet the workforce needs of the energy industry, along with several of its students, last week got a boost from area engineers.

Inspired by the fall 2009 start of the new undergraduate degree in petroleum engineering for which they helped develop curriculum, members of the Cullen College of Engineering's Petroleum Engineering Advisory Board dipped into their own pockets and raised $13,500.

BP Annual Gift to Support Wind Lab, Students

UH Cullen College of Engineering alumni Gabriel Cuadra (1988 BSChE) and Lizzie Nguyen (2006 BSChE) present Dean Joseph Tedesco and Russell Dunlavy, director of development, a check for $85,500 to support the college's Wind Energy Undergraduate Experiment as well as its departments and student organizations.

As part of an annual contribution to the University of Houston, BP representatives presented a $85,500 check to Dean Joseph Tedesco last week in support of Cullen College of Engineering educational initiatives.

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.

Chair Selected to Participate in NAE Symposium


Ramanan Krishnamoorti will be among a select group of 88 researchers convening in California this September for the National Academy of Engineering’s 15th Annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.

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.

Krishnamoorti Named Department Chair, APS Fellow


The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has appointed Professor Ramanan Krishnamoorti to serve as chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Grant to Aid in Establishment of New Engineering Minor

To help facilitate a transition into the era of nanoscale-integrated systems, professors at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering are developing a nanoengineering (NEMO) minor option.

The minor is slated to be a choice at the college as early as fall 2009, upon approval by the university's provost office.

Receipt of a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation last month is expected to fund the cost associated with the start of the program.

$1M Grant To Support Meta-Materials Research

Pradeep Sharma, professor of mechanical engineering, is leading a group of researchers that has received a $1.22M NSF grant to develop a novel class of meta materials that generate electricity when placed under physical stress. Photo by Jeff Shaw.

Interdisciplinary team from three universities will seek to create “piezoelectrics on steroids.”

Artificial limbs that can perform a variety of complex tasks by more closely mimicking natural movement and levels of strength and high-tech military equipment powered by every step a soldier takes are just two of the many innovations that may arise through the work of a research team based at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering.

State Grants Engineering Researchers Nearly $500k

Professors at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering received five grants totaling almost half a million dollars from the state of Texas’ Advanced Research Program.

The program, which was founded in 1987, employs a competitive peer-reviewed system to fund the scientific and engineering research projects of faculty members at Texas higher education institutions. Awards are given once every two years.

Engineering Graduate Student Takes First Place in Poster Competition

Photo by Stephen Pinchback

Liang Xu, a chemical engineering Ph.D. student with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, took first place in the poster presentation competition at a recent materials-research symposium.

The symposium, Frontiers in Materials Research: Applications of Thermal Analysis and Rheology, was held on April 20 in Dallas. It was hosted by The Texas and Southwest Thermal Analysis and Rheology Forum.