Research at the Cullen College of Engineering

Research Expenditures

Research at the Cullen College of Engineering is prolific in areas that the University of Houston has determined as institutional research clusters, including energy, biomedical engineering, materials and the environment.


With UH establishing itself as "The Energy University," there has been a major push to establish well-funded research in energy-related areas. The Energy Research Park will be home to many of these research programs, including alternative fuels, wind energy, superconductivity and oil and natural gas research. More than 20% of FY11 research expenditures are generated by energy-related research projects.

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering research accounts for more than 15% of the college's FY10 research expenditures. Nearly $2.9 million fund research projects in the areas of biosensing and imaging, neuroengineering, bioanalytics and drug delivery.


Materials research, specifically on the nano and atomic scales, has long been a transdisciplinary strength at the Cullen College. Nearly 25% of total research expenditures for FY11 were invested in materials-related research.

Sustainability: Infrastructure and the Environment

Complex systems and environmental-related research account for over a third of the college's FY10 research expenditures. More than $7 million was invested in solving the many environmental challenges in the Greater Houston area and beyond as well as issues surrounding the country's aging infrastructure, one of the National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenges of the 21st century.


Several initiatives have been launched over the last seven years to effectively recruit and retain more students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Though engineering outreach research expenditures only account for 8% of the college's FY10 research expenditures, more than $8 million has been awarded to the college in pursuit of these outreach initiatives.