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Students Receive Energy Engineering Scholarships

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Shar-Day Campbell

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.

Nathaniel Howell, Ph.D. student in environmental engineering; Shirlaine Koh, M.S. student in chemical engineering; Jose Mojica, undergraduate chemical engineering major; Mohamed S. Majoub, Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering; and Chengigui Yu, M.S. student in chemical engineering were each awarded a scholarship, making UH second in the nation for total number of scholarship receipients and first in the state.

With only 38 recipients nationally, scholarship winners must be attending an accredited institution, enrolled in an engineering or management program and be distinguished leaders in their programs.

All of the students are participating in cutting-edge research initiatives. Koh, Mojica and Yu are researching fuel cells with Peter Strasser, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering.  Their work was highlighted in the leading chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie. Howell is researching water quality with emphasis on the Houston Ship Channel with Hanandi S. Rifai, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and has an article approved for publication.  Majoub is conducting research into piezoelectric materials with Pradeep Sharma, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

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