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HoustonPBS UH Moment: Building a More Powerful Wind Turbine

Building a More Powerful Wind Turbine
January 10, 2014

A team of University of Houston researchers is developing a superconducting wire with 400 percent the performance of wire available today and an aim to increase the power of wind turbines to 10 megawatts and more. The wire uses minimal rare earth materials. According to Venkat "Selva" Selvamanickam, M.D. Anderson Chair Professor in the UH Cullen College of Engineering, there is a need and interest in to develop higher power wind turbines— those that produce 10 megawatts and more (compared to two megawatts). While UH is not the only university conducting research on superconducting wires for use in the energy industry, specifically wind energy, Selva and his team are taking it a step further— figuring out how to take it to the marketplace, which means learning to scale-up the technology so it can be made cost effectively in large quantities.

Making Waves: Understanding the Brain Through Dance & Engineering

Making Waves: Understanding the Brain Through Dance & Engineering
May 13, 2013

Professional dancers are working with researchers from the University of Houston and the University of Maryland, College Park inside UH's Brain-Machine Interface Systems Laboratory to study brainwave patterns and transform them into tools to give new life to people with physical challenges, like spinal cord injuries. The project is the result of a unique, creative collaboration between UH electrical and computer engineering professor Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal and UMCP theatre, dance and performance professor Karen Bradley.

UH Awards Top Faculty Honor to Mike Harold

UH Awards Top Faculty Honor to Mike Harold
April 29, 2013

Mike Harold, the M.D. Anderson Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and chair of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been awarded the University of Houston 2013 Esther Farfel Award. The honor is a symbol of overall career excellence and is the highest award UH bestows on a faculty member. Harold was presented with the Farfel Award recently at an awards banquet, where other faculty members were honored for excellence in teaching, advising, research and scholarship.

HoustonPBS UH Moment: Did LiDAR Uncover the Lost City?

Did LiDAR Uncover the Lost City?
November 28, 2012

Researchers from the University of Houston’s National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM), a collaborative program between UH and the University of California at Berkeley, routinely take to the skies to better understand the ground below using LiDAR, or light detecting and ranging technology. “LiDAR is a fairly new technology that sends LiDAR pulses from the airplane to the ground as your plane is flying,” said Ramesh Shrestha, profressor of civil and environmental engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering.

HoustonPBS UH Moment: Brain-Controlled Exoskeleton Making Strides

Brain-Controlled Exoskeleton Making Strides
November 13, 2012

Steve Holbert was paralyzed in a dirt bike accident in late 2009. “I broke five vertebrae and injured my spinal cord and have been paralyzed ever since,” said Holbert. His hope is to completely recover from his spinal cord injury and one day walk again. That’s why he’s agreed to participate in the research of Jose Luis “Pepe” Contreras-Vidal, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering and director of the Laboratory for Non-invasive Brain-Machine Interface Systems.  Contreras-Vidal is working on a brain-machine interface (BMI) that would allow patients like Holbert to control prosthetic limbs through their own thoughts. Holbert’s is testing a self-balancing lower limb exoskeleton.

HoustonPBS UH Moment: Thomas T.C. Hsu Structural Research Lab

Thomas T.C. Hsu Structural Research Lab
December 12, 2011

One of only two in the world, a high capacity and full-size panel tester was established at the University of Houston's Thomas T.C. Hsu Structural Research Laboratory in 1988. The University Element Tester puts elements cut out from large structures, such as shear walls, bridges, shell roofs, nuclear containment structures and concrete offshore platforms through large loads of pressure, simulating natural disasters. The lab uses the information to improve the construction and design of everything from high rises to bridges.

HoustonPBS UH Moment: Nation's First Subsea Program

Nation's First Subsea Program
October 21, 2011

Located in the Energy Capital of the World, the University of Houston is the only institution in the United States providing a certificate training program in subsea engineering. The University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering currently offers the nation's first post-baccalaureate certificate program, and a Master's of Science degree in subsea is in development. Click here for more information.

HoustonPBS UH Moment: 86-year-old Coog Graduates with Master's

86-year-old Coog Graduates with Master's
September 2, 2011

George Hall first fell in love with UH as a student in 1956. In 1974 he took his future wife on a first date at a UH basketball game. Hall had earned two bachelor's degrees, one master's degree, and retired from a long career in engineering when the active alumnus decided to go back to school at age 84 to earn a Ph.D. He settled on a master's degree in industrial engineering from UH, graduating at age 86. "I tell people it's never too late to learn, but I recommend not waiting until you're 84," says Hall.

ConocoPhillips Donates $1 Million to the University of Houston and its Energy Research Park

ConocoPhillips Donates $1 Million to the University of Houston and its Energy Research Park
July 5, 2011

ConocoPhillips is donating $1 million to the University of Houston and the emerging UH Energy Research Park, a collection of the university's preeminent energy research and education programs.The gift demonstrates ConocoPhillips' commitment to UH and President Renu Khator's vision of the Energy Research Park as a comprehensive research and education facility for the energy industry. ConocoPhillips is giving UH $1 million this year and intends to follow up with proposed future gifts of $1 million each year in 2012 and 2013.

HoustonPBS UH Moment: Targeting Tumors for Precise Radiation

Targeting Tumors for Precise Radiation
October 16, 2010

An effort is under way at the University of Houston to use technologies with origins in the automobile industry to develop new tools that will help doctors and technicians better plan radiation therapy for patients with head and neck cancer. Dr. Ali Kamrani, founding director of the Design and Free Form Fabrication Laboratory at UH and a former auto industry researcher, is teaming up with Dr. Lei Dong, associate professor and deputy research director of radiation physics at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, to develop predictive models of tumors that hopefully will increase the accuracy of radiation therapy.


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