CULLEN COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering

Dr. Rifai, Hanadi S.

UH Researchers Join National Effort to Study Recent Storms

The Project Seeks to Learn How Best to Respond to National Disasters

Two University of Houston researchers are part of an effort by the National Science Foundation to better understand how disasters such as Hurricane Harvey happen and how best to respond.

What’s in the Water? Hurricane Harvey Renews Attention to UH Research on Galveston Bay Pollutants

In the days after Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas Gulf Coast, thousands of evacuated families returned to their homes to survey the flood damage and begin the long road to repairs.

But the dream to rebuild isn’t a realistic one for many families in riverfront neighborhoods east of Houston, where industrial waste from the notorious San Jacinto Waste pits, a Superfund site, may possibly have contaminated the land.

Cullen College Faculty Awarded by University

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Each spring, the University of Houston recognizes exceptional faculty member across the university at the annual UH Faculty Excellence Awards Ceremony. This year, nine Cullen College of Engineering faculty members were honored for their great strides in teaching and research excellence.

Researchers Win $700k Grant to Develop Pipeline Safety System

Cullen College researchers are developing a low-cost system that can send out warnings when an excavator is digging to close to a pipeline.

Damage to natural gas pipelines is both dangerous and expensive to repair. Much of it is also entirely avoidable.

Excavators cause about 30 percent of pipeline damage incidents. In most of these events, the team working the excavator hadn’t bothered to find out if a natural gas pipeline is nearby before digging, even though there’s a national hotline set up to provide this information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Engineering, Camp-Style

Girls in grades eight through twelve enter the UH Cullen College of Engineering on Monday morning, new to the world of algorithms, motors and microscopes. By Friday, they’ve built and programmed a robot.

ConocoPhillips Donates Over $1 Million to UH

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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.

Rifai Wins Grant to Study Galveston Bay Pollutants

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Cullen College Professor of Environmental Engineering Hanadi Rifai has received a grant to expand her research into toxic chemicals in the Houston area’s major bodies of water.

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.

Multi-Million Dollar NSF Grant to Fund Science Enrichment Program

University of Houston researchers received a nearly $3 million grant this month to support an initiative aimed not only at enriching the education of university graduate students, but engaging area schoolchildren and teachers in physical sciences.

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.

Students Receive Energy Engineering Scholarships

Five UH Cullen College of Engineering students were recently each awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the National Association of Energy Engineers Foundation to be used for courses directly related to energy engineering or energy management.

On the Waterfront: Professor Rifai is profiled in the latest issue of Collegium Magazine

Hanadi Rifai, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, credits her love of the ocean as a deciding factor in choosing a career that has led her to head a $3.2 million study funded by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. She will study dioxins in the Houston Ship Channel, one of the busiest waterways in the United States.

'Images': Improving Health of Houston's Residents Focus of UH Research Project

The dioxin found in seafood organism tissue can affect human health, even at low concentrations, says Hanadi Rifai, UH associate professor of civil & environmental engineering. Rifai discusses the health advisories, environmental regulations and her most recent research in the latest edition of the 'Images' audio Web cast program.

'Images': Improving Health of Houston's Residents Focus of UH Research Project

The dioxin found in seafood organism tissue can affect human health, even at low concentrations, says Hanadi Rifai, UH associate professor of civil & environmental engineering. Rifai discusses the health advisories, environmental regulations and her most recent research in the latest edition of the 'Images' audio Web cast program.

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