CULLEN COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering

News

UH Civil Engineer Provides Science Behind Hurricane Harvey Floods to National Media

By: 

Audrey Grayson

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and its devastating aftermath, many across the state of Texas were left asking how such catastrophic flooding could have occurred and what we can do to try to prevent it from happening again in the future.

Thankfully for Arturo Leon, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Cullen College, our questions didn’t go unanswered. Leon spoke with several national and international media outlets about why the flooding caused by Harvey was so extreme.

The short answer, Leon told Scientific American, is that Houston is a flat, low-lying coastal plain. “If there were a slope, then it would drain faster,” Leon said.

Click here to read the full article in Scientific American

Department: 

Related News Stories

Distinguished Alumnus, Bilfinger Executive to be UH Cullen College Fall 2018 Commencement Speaker

Terrance “Terri” Ivers, P.E. (BSME ’80) is the fall 2018 UH Cullen College of Engineering commencement speaker.

Terrance “Terri” Ivers, P.E. (BSME ’80), is coming home to the UH Cullen College of Engineering as the featured speaker at its commencement on Dec. 13 at the NRG Arena. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from UH in 1980 and has remained involved in the Cullen College community throughout the course of his 37 year-long career.

Photos: Fall 2018 Rockwell Lecture Series Kicks Off With John Crittenden

The UH Cullen College of Engineering’s Rockwell Lecture Series kicked off this fall with distinguished speaker John Crittenden, member of the National Academy of Engineering and director of the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Crittenden, also a professor of civil and environmental engineering, is a world-renowned expert on sustainable urban infrastructure systems.