Archived News — October 2020

Associate Professor Aaron Becker and robotic swarm lab members Steban Soto and Javier Garcia conduct tests of a submersible ROV pairing at the Neutral Buoyancy Lab in August. Subsea Systems Institute Receives $9.5 Million for Research, Economic Development
October 23, 2020
Efforts Will Advance Workforce Training, Safety and Sustainability A national research center focused on offshore energy has received $9.5 million for workforce training and to...
Research led by Pradeep Sharma, chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Houston, offers an explanation for how some species of snake convert the heat from organisms that are warmer than their ambient surroundings into electrical signals, allowing them to “see” in the dark. How Do Snakes ‘See’ in the Dark? Researchers Have an Answer
October 22, 2020
Certain species of snake – think pit vipers, boa constrictors and pythons, among others – are able to find and capture prey with uncanny accuracy, even in total darkness. Now...
Dr. Kirill Larin, University of Houston professor of biomedical engineering, is creating new technology to measure the elasticity of the cornea. New Technology Could Improve LASIK Surgery, Eye Disease Detection
October 20, 2020
UH Professor to Create Ultrafast 3D Clinical Imaging System LASIK eye surgery – a laser reshaping of the cornea to improve vision – is one of the most popular elective surgeries...
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. CEE doctoral student receives American Water Works Association scholarship
October 16, 2020
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...
Mario Ignacio Romero-Ortega, Cullen Endowed Professor of Biomedical Engineering, is set to prove that selective and coordinated stimulation of individual pelvic floor muscle nerves will re-establish their normal strength and activity patterns, effectively reversing the symptoms of urinary incontinence. Romero-Ortega receives $1.6M grant to study reversing urinary incontinence
October 15, 2020
A University of Houston researcher is working to reverse pelvic floor dysfunction, which can result in urinary incontinence, a condition affecting 30 percent to 60 percent of the...
Dr. Rose Faghih, an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the director of the Computational Medicine Lab, was selected to participate in the 2020-21 Interstellar Initiative. Faghih tabbed for 2020-21 Interstellar Initiative
October 15, 2020
An assistant professor from the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering has been selected by the New York Academy of Science and the Japan Agency for Medical...
Navin Varadarajan, M.D. Anderson Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has created a nasal vaccine for COVID-19 and a company to market it in partnership with the University of Houston. University of Houston Partners with AuraVax Therapeutics on COVID-19 Vaccine
October 12, 2020
The University of Houston has entered into an exclusive license option agreement with AuraVax Therapeutics Inc., a Houston, TX based biotech company developing novel vaccines to...
Dr. Hien Van Nguyen, an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering, has received a grant to use AI with breast cancer diagnoses. UH, Houston Methodist using AI to identify breast cancer
October 9, 2020
Dr. Hien Van Nguyen, an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering, received an R01 sub-award of $319,...
Narendra Dewangan, a graduate student of Dr. Jacinta Conrad, has completed work with the Conrad Research Group on how faster swimming bacteria could be used to help with removal of pollutants. Faster swimming bacteria could help with spills
October 8, 2020
A new paper and research from the Conrad Research Group of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering...
The Petroleum Engineering labs at the University of Houston's Technology Bridge. UH’s newest flow loop testing helps Shell achieve industry-first in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico
October 7, 2020
Thanks to laboratory testing contributed by a team led by Dr. George K. Wong of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering, a controlled...

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