Scholarly Accolades

6 Cullen College students selected for Great Minds in STEM scholarships

Senior Jose Vargas.

Six students from the Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston have been honored by the Great Minds in STEM organization as 2020 scholars, and been rewarded with scholarships.

For more than 30 years, GMiS has served as an educational and national 501(c)3 nonprofit, whose vision is to be a national leader in keeping America technologically strong by promoting science, technology, engineering and math careers, especially in underserved communities.

UH INFORMS earns summa cum laude distinction

UH INFORMS members [left to right] Maryam Torabbeigi, Poria Dorali, Zahed Shahmoradi, Bilal Majeed and Saba Ebrahimi.

The University of Houston’s student chapter of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) has been awarded summa cum laude distinction for 2020, one of only five chapters internationally to earn it.

Combs earns BEYA STEM award for Student Leadership

Wesley Combs is the 2021 winner for Student Leadership at the Undergraduate Level from the Black Engineer of the Year Awards STEM Conference.

When Wesley Combs was attending Houston Community College in his 10th grade year, he was primarily interested in the liberal arts. Even before graduating, he had written novels, and he thought that would be his career.

5 Cullen College students honored by ASIE

Ankur Agrawal.

The American Society of Indian Engineers and Architects (ASIE) has awarded five scholarships for 2020 to students attending the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering. Each student received a monetary award, ranging from $1,000 to $2,000, to further their studies.

ASIE Scholarship Winners 2020

Chakrabarti earns artistic honor for crystal art

Rajshree Chakrabarti, a graduate student in the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department, was honored for “Colour of Life,” her entry for the British Association for Crystal Growth's 2020 Crystal in Art competition. The piece showcases Protoporphyrin IX.

The artistic work of a scientist at the Cullen College of Engineering has been recognized with a third place finish in the British Association for Crystal Growth's 2020 Crystal in Art competition.

CEE doctoral student receives American Water Works Association scholarship

Cynthia V. Castro, a doctoral student working with Dr. Hanadi S. Rifai of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is passionate about her work on flooding and environmental contamination because of her own experiences growing up along the Gulf Coast in Texas.

For Cullen College of Engineering doctoral student Cynthia V. Castro, growing up on the Gulf Coast and seeing how devastating the storms can be has fueled her educational pursuits, and also led her to being earning a scholarship from the Texas Section of the American Water Works Association for the 2020-21 academic year.

Two UH students take 1st place at SPWLA International Contest

Two Cullen College of Engineering students studying Petroleum Engineering took home first place awards at the 61st annual SPWLA International contest. Makpal Sariyeva [left] won first place in the Oral Presentation Undergrad Category. Naveen Krishnaraj, a doctoral candidate, won first place in the Oral Presentation PhD Category.

A pair of Petroleum Engineering students from the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering took home first place honors from the 61st annual Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts International Student Paper Contest this summer.

Naveen Krishnaraj, a doctoral candidate, won first place in the Oral Presentation PhD Category. Makpal Sariyeva won first place in the Oral Presentation Undergrad Category.

Ph.D. candidate Effiong honored with ExxonMobil award

Michael Effiong, a doctoral student in the Petroleum Engineering program at the Cullen College of Engineering, has received an award from ExxonMobil for his work in reservoir engineering.

The Reservoir Engineering Discipline Leadership at ExxonMobil, one of the world’s largest publicly traded energy providers, has awarded Cullen College of Engineering student Michael Effiong the Advanced Skill Milestone (ASM) in Production Engineering.

ASCE tabs UH student Mello for research fellowship

Livia Mello, a UH graduate student and doctoral candidate in Civil Engineering with Dr. Roberto Ballarini, was awarded the American Society of Civil Engineers' 2020 O.H. Ammann Research Fellowship to continue her work in studying progressive building collapse.

A graduate student at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering has been honored by being selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers for the 2020 O.H. Ammann Research Fellowship.

Livia Mello, a UH graduate student and doctoral candidate in Civil Engineering, was awarded the fellowship to continue her work in studying progressive building collapse.

Seven BME Students Surge into SURF Program

Seven from Cullen College of Engineering surge into SURF program

For the summer of 2020, the Cullen College of Engineering had seven Biomedical Engineering students selected for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program.

The SURF program is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors that will be not be graduating in the year of the fellowship. A 3.0 GPA is required for full-time students, and only University of Houston main campus students are eligible.

UH, NACME Celebrate 2019-20 Class

Samuel Akinwande

A dozen students from the Cullen College of Engineering's chapter of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) were celebrated for graduating in the 2019-20 academic year, along with others across the country, during a national Zoom ceremony on June 11.

Odo earns first place with 'rare event' paper

Chiwetalu Peter Odo, a senior Industrial Engineering undergraduate student, was the first-place winner in the IISE South Central Undergraduate Student Technical Paper Competition at Wichita State University in early March.

Odo's paper, “Rare Event Classification in Multivariate Time Series,” is about “rare events” in industry – trying to predict the events before they happen, and accentuating preventive actions that could be taken during early stages.

UH IE grad students honored for operation room efficiency

FlexSim CEO Bill Nordgren presents an award to University of Houston graduate students Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq Hussain and Moaz Ahmed for their third place finish at the annual Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference.

A pair of University of Houston graduate students earned a third place finish for their model to handle operation room cases at the annual Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference, presented by Society of Health Systems in Savannah, Georgia, in February 2020.

Rubbery circuits lead to first place for biomed's Ershad

Faheem Ershad

When Faheem Ershad first came to the University of Houston as a biomedical engineering undergraduate student in 2014, he had some interest in teaching in the future, but that interest has only increased as he has served as a teaching assistant and pursued a doctorate in the field.

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