University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering


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


Inez Hutchinson
Rockwell Lecturer, John Crittenden, NAE and Department Chair of CEE Dr. Roberto Ballarini

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.

Crittenden’s lecture, titled “Gigatechnology: Developing Sustainable Urban Infrastructure to Solve Gigaton Problems,” discussed how large engineered systems (“gigatechnologies”) impact humanity and examined how to minimize the bad and emphasize the good outcomes of urban systems.  Crittenden’s research proposes that creating “systems of systems” to manage large, urban infrastructures, cities can become more sustainable, resilient and efficient while improving quality of air, water and human life.

The Rockwell Lecture, named after Elizabeth D. Rockwell in honor of her gift to establish an endowed chair for the Dean of engineering, is held annually at the Cullen College. Distinguished guests are invited to the Cullen College to deliver this lecture.

Click here to view photos from Crittenden’s Rockwell Lecture!


Related News Stories

Solving a Scientific Mystery and Finding a Solution for Industry

Yandi Hu, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Houston, led a team of researchers in developing a better understanding of the presence of strontium-rich barite in seawater.

Researchers Determine Why Strontium-rich Barite is Found in Oceans


In solving a scientific mystery, researchers from the University of Houston and the nation’s national laboratories also discovered a new avenue for clearing toxins from water, including wastewater produced by hydraulic fracturing.

Photos: Spring 2019 UH Engineering Commencement Ceremony

The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering celebrated the graduation of more than 600 engineers on Thursday, May 9 at the Fertitta Center.

The proud graduates earned: 427 bachelor’s degrees, 141 master’s degrees and 45 doctorate degrees.

The keynote address was delivered by Chang Oh Turkmani, managing director at the Mega Company and a member of the Engineering Leadership Board (ELB).

Upcoming Events / Seminars