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Professor Commissed as Naval Campus Liaison Officer

Lawrence Schulze, professor of industrial engineering, is commissed as the regional Naval Campus Liaison Officer.

A University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering professor last week was commissioned in the Naval active reserve as a Campus Liaison Officer (CLO).

Lawrence Schulze, associate professor of industrial engineering, became the first CLO for the university since 2001, a post held by John Matthews, a manager for the Cullen College’s PROMES program.

Omron Gift Supports Senior Design, Scholarships

The Omron Foundation has given $27,500 to the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering to establish an endowed scholarship for students and to support Capstone Design, a course for senior engineering majors.

The gift was made possible through the efforts of Houston-based Omron Oilfield and Marine, one of the Omron companies that funds the foundation.

Cullen College Adds Two More National Academy Members to Faculty

Drawing top researchers to its already outstanding faculty roster is an ongoing effort at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering. These professors help grow the university’s overall research expenditures and improve the success rates of its undergraduate and graduate students – both essential to UH’s drive to earn recognition as a Tier One research university.

New Chair Named for Electrical and Computer Engineering


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Roysam to boost neuroscience research at UH.

The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has named Badrinath "Badri" Roysam from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute the new chair of the department of electrical and computer engineering, effective Oct. 1. In addition to his administrative role, Roysam will serve as Hugh and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor.

Biomedical Engineering Doctoral Program Approved


The University of Houston Health Initiative has received a major boost from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which recently approved the establishment of a doctoral program in biomedical engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering.

DOE Grant to Establish Wind Facility


Researchers to develop, test large wind turbine blades for offshore use

Efforts by the University of Houston to become a national leader in offshore wind technology received a huge boost from the U.S. Department of Energy, which recently awarded university researchers $2.3 million to establish a testing facility.

For Second Consecutive Year: Engineering Professor Earns Highest UH Honor

Stuart Long is the seventh professor in college history to win the Esther Farfel Award. Photo by Thomas Shea

Long seventh in college history to receive Esther Farfel Award

Behind most great leaders there is a great mentor. In Stuart Long’s case, there were four.

Each of these educators encouraged Long to dream big, and ultimately influenced his successful career as a professor and researcher at the University of Houston.

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.

Governor Presents UH With Grant to Advance Superconductivity in Texas


New applied research hub to push commercialization of superconductor technology

The University of Houston has received a five-year, $3.6 million grant from the state’s Emerging Technology Fund to aid in the development and commercialization of products based on high-temperature superconductors.

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.

Cullen College Student Enrollment Increases For Fall Semester

Photo by Thomas Shea

Student enrollment at the University of Houston Cullen College Engineering rose 8 percent from last year’s fall semester, according to a final enrollment report.

Close to 216 more student’s filled seats at the college for an overall head count of 2,781. This growth was consistent across the college’s six departments.

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.

Founding Chair Named to Department of Biomedical Engineering

Metin Akay, recently named founding chair of the college's new department of biomedical engineering, shares his vision for the future of biomedical sciences at University of Houston at BioHouston's August Breakfast Forum on Aug. 21, 2009. Photo by Thomas Shea.

Internationally known researcher, educator from ASU to fill spot

Metin Akay has been tasked with leading the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering’s new Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Akay, officially designated as founding chair at BioHouston’s Breakfast Forum Aug. 21, will use his nearly two decades experience to establish the first new department at the college in more than 35 years.

SPE Section Pledges First Professorship in Petroleum Engineering

In support of the University of Houston’s expanding petroleum engineering program, the Society of Petroleum Engineers Gulf Coast Section has committed $250,000 to establish a professorship.

The first of its kind for the program, the SPE-Gulf Coast Section College Endowed Professorship in Petroleum Engineering will support efforts to broaden course offerings, enhance community outreach and spearhead new research by a Cullen College of Engineering faculty member.

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.

UH’S Leadership in Creation of Ship Channel Security District Commended

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Southwest Public Safety Technology Center Key in Forging Public-Private Partnership

The University of Houston is being credited with playing a pivotal role in the creation of the Houston Ship Channel Security District, which was approved unanimously by Harris County Commissioners Court on Tuesday morning and was publicly announced at a news conference today.

College Holds Annual Spring Commencement Ceremony

Graduate Tony Kim with his family and friends last Friday at the UH Cullen College of Engineering commencement ceremony. Photo by Tom Shea

Every graduate of the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has a story to tell.

There’s Tony Kim who set out to make his mark on the world early through volunteering and internships. While Anne Schneider had her nose-to-the-grind-stone as she balanced a heavy class load with full-time work.

And then there’s Michael Fernandez who traveled the world with the UH Honor’s College and gave his time to student and professional organizations.

Engineering Faculty Recognized for Teaching, Research

Dean Joseph Tedesco recognized UH Cullen College of Engineering faculty members for outstanding teaching and research during the 2008-2009 academic year at the college's Spring Faculty/Staff Meeting.