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Engineering Takes Top Honors At Faculty Awards Ceremony

The Cullen College of Engineering shined at last night’s University of Houston Faculty Awards Banquet, with college professors taking home five research and scholarship awards, the career teaching award and the university’s highest faculty honor, the Esther Farfel Award.

Focused Air Puff to the Eye Promises Improved Vision Care


It sounds pretty annoying, actually. A puff of air focused into a small spot and blown directly into the eyeball. But what’s annoying could drastically improve eye care, and even end up saving the vision of some people.

Engineering Students Showcase Research at Undergraduate Research Day

Mechanical engineering student Ethan Pedneau showcases his poster at the 6th Annual Undergraduate Research Day at the University of Houston. Photo by Thomas Shea.

At the Cullen College of Engineering, students learn not just in the classroom, but through hands-on work. The University of Houston celebrated the work of more than a dozen of these students, along with many more from across UH, at the 6th Annual Undergraduate Research Day earlier this month.

UH Engineering Junior Wins Poster Competition for Biomedical Research

An undergraduate research project at the University of Houston was recognized recently at the Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES) Symposium 2010 poster competition.

Biomedical engineering junior Mohamed Mohamed captured first place in the competition by showcasing work performed in the Biomedical Optics Laboratory at the UH Cullen College of Engineering.

UH Researcher Documents Early Cardiovascular Development


Larin’s Imaging Device Captures First High-Resolution Video of Mammalian Heartbeat

Imaging the cardiovascular system in its earliest stages of development is a feat that could provide researchers unequivocal knowledge into the how the heart forms. Until now, the developmental dynamics of the heart have been well theorized and modeled, though very little experimental visual evidence exists to better explain how it forms and why.

Study by UH Researchers Could Help Diabetics Better Monitor Glucose Levels


A device being developed by a team of researchers from the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering could make it unnecessary for more than 23 million diabetics to submit to daily finger pricks to test glucose levels in their blood.

The researchers received a three-year, nearly $400,000 National Science Foundation grant this month to explore the development of the implantable device, designed to use optical sensing to continuously monitor glucose levels.

Engineering Students Present at Undergraduate Research Day

Senior Michael Leba is pictured demonstrating research highlighted at the university’s Undergraduate Research Day. He was among 10 students from the Cullen College to participate in the annual event. Others from the college included Robert Hood, Max Lingamfelter, Basilios Sideris, Minh Tran, Nadia Dowla, Thuan Pham, Oliver Rivera, Arol Vicent and Kevin Weaver. Photo by Tom Shea.

Michael Leba spent this past summer engrossed in the beginnings of a research project that may one-day aid diabetics.

Only last month did the senior biomedical engineering major finish the 10-week stint in the University of Houston’s Biomedical Optics Laboratory where he devoted hours to determining whether there is a direct correlation between cornea thickness and changes in glucose concentrations.

Engineering Organizations Present Professor With High Honors


Two engineering organizations earlier this year presented awards to Kirill V. Larin, assistant professor of biomedical and mechanical engineering, for achievements in his biomedical optics and imaging research.

The 2008 Outstanding Young Scientist Award was presented to Larin in February by the Houston Society for Engineering in Medicine and Biology. The award recognized him for significant success in his first five years of research.

Navy Taps UH Researcher to Develop Diagnostic Tool

For as long as the U.S. Navy has had scuba divers, submarines and airplane pilots, it has had to deal with the effects of decompression sickness. This condition, which affects those who experience sudden, drastic changes in the air or water pressure surrounding their bodies, can cause anything from joint pain—better known as the bends—to seizure, stroke, coma, and, in the most extreme cases, death.