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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.

HoustonPBS UH Moment: Engineering Students Earn Concrete Canoe Honors

Engineering Students Earn Concrete Canoe Honors
September 8, 2010

A team of University of Houston civil engineering students recently took regional and national honors for their concrete canoe, Steer Clear, which took first place in this year's American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Texas/Mexico Regional Concrete Canoe Competition and scored in the Top 15 at nationals in California over the summer.

HoustonPBS UH Moment: Superconductive Wire

Superconductive Wire
July 8, 2010

In 2010 the University of Houston received a five-year, $3.6 million grant from the state's Emerging Technology Fund to aid in the development and commercialization of products based on high-temperature superconductors. Superconductivity uses certain ceramic materials that are cooled with liquid nitrogen so they have no electrical resistance. Venkat "Selva" Selvamanickam, professor of mechanical engineering at UH, talks about the work that UH and SuperPower, Inc., are doing to further superconductor products, including a wire that is being tested by the U.S. Department of Energy in smart electric grid project.

HoustonPBS UH Moment: UH Student Develops Self Heating Concrete

UH Student Develops Self Heating Concrete
July 7, 2010

Christiana Chang lives where temperatures rarely dip low enough to produce snow let alone ice. Yet in a lab at the University of Houston she is in the midst of perfecting something that just may garner a smile from those in regions where wintery weather wreaks havoc on commutes: Self-heating roads.

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