Dr. Liu, Richard

ECE Hosts Well Logging Conference

The Cullen College hosted a gathering of Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts earlier this month. Well logging involves recording the properties of petroleum wells, often during drilling, to ensure that resources are retrieved safely and efficiently.

About 30 researchers gathered at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering earlier this month to discuss the latest in nuclear well logging—science of gathering and interpreting data from petroleum wells, often during drilling, through gamma radiation signals.

ConocoPhillips Donates Over $1 Million to UH


Continuing its commitment to education at the University of Houston, ConocoPhillips is donating $1 million to UH’s growing Energy Research Park (ERP) and $125,000 to various engineering, science and business programs.

Engineering Researcher Set to Improve on TxDOT Road Maintenance Device

Professor Richard Liu (left) works with graduate students Yu Cai and Yinan Xing on the vehicle-mounted laser device developed in the Cullen College's Subsurface Sensing Lab. Photo by Thomas Shea

Drivers may think the only thing standing between them and a collision in rush hour traffic is their brakes, but really the friction generated as their tires move over a road’s surface has a lot to do with stopping ability.

It is what the Texas Department of Transportation calls skid resistance. In short, if the surface texture of a road is too smooth it can not only negatively affect stopping time, but also increase the chances of hydroplaning on rainy days.

Professors Develop Technologies to Aid Study of Nervous System


Professors from the Cullen College of Engineering have created an implantable single electrode cuff and a wireless telemetry system allowing researchers to better understand how certain neurons in locusts’ brains process sensory information.

Two Highway Research Projects Nominated as 'Most Innovative' in Texas

When a construction crew pours concrete for an interstate highway, they're supposed to lay it on thick -- 15 inches thick, to be precise.

It's the responsibility of the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDoT) to make sure every highway meets the proper construction standards. But engineers with the state agency faced a tough problem: Once the road is constructed, how do you check the thickness of the concrete?