CULLEN COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering

News

Engineering Student Athlete Sets the Pace

By: 

Toby Weber
Mechanical engineering sophmore Oumama Hallal. Photo by Jeff Shaw.

Oumama Hallal is a true example of a student athlete.

Hallal, who maintains a GPA of about 3.6., is a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering and a member of The Honors College. She is also a scholarship athlete on the university’s track team, for which she runs long-distance races practically every weekend throughout the academic year.

Two weekends ago she competed in the Texas Southern University Relays tournament, where she won the five-kilometer race, beating out the second place contender by 90 seconds. It was the first time she ran that distance competitively, and she crossed the finish line with a time of 18:09.

As with all student athletes, Hallal maintains a hectic schedule: wakeup, run, go to class, run, study, sleep. She also finds the time to volunteer as a math and science tutor every Tuesday and Thursday morning for other student athletes.

While she admits that running and schoolwork can conflict at times, Hallal says that the passion she has for each make them both worth the effort.

“[Running] is so time consuming that it inevitably takes away from schoolwork time, and vice versa. The mechanical engineering program demands so much that it can be hard to meet my full potential [as a runner]. At the same time, it’s very rewarding. I enjoy it a lot. Anytime you’re upset, running always makes you feel better.”

Department: 

Related News Stories

Cullen College Faculty Win UH Research Awards

Hadi Ghasemi, Bill D. Cook Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering, is renowned for his work involving innovative materials and icephobicity

Ghasemi and Vekilov in the Spotlight

 

Two Cullen College of Engineering faculty won the University of Houston’s Awards for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity for the 2018-19 academic year. Hadi Ghasemi was recognized in the “Assistant Professor” category and Peter Vekilov was honored in the “Professor” category.

UH Honors Cullen College Professors With Awards

Yi-Lung Mo, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, won a prestigious 2019 John and Rebecca Moores Professorship.

Yi-Lung Mo Wins Prestigious John and Rebecca Moores Professorship

 

Each spring, the University of Houston recognizes the best and brightest faculty members, honoring them with teaching and research awards. This year four members of the Cullen College of Engineering community earned distinctions. Read more about them below: