University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering
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December 2011

ASME Donates $1.25 Million to UH Subsea Engineering and Petroleum Technology

The Petroleum Division of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) is donating $1.25 million to the University of Houston to support engineering and petroleum technology initiatives at the university. A $1 million gift will be used to establish the ASME Petroleum Division Endowed Chair in Subsea Engineering in the UH Cullen College of Engineering. The endowed chair provides an opportunity for UH to recruit a world-class leader in subsea engineering who can broaden course offerings, spearhead new research and increase community outreach efforts. An additional $250,000 donation to the College of Technology extends the life of its Petroleum Technology Initiative. Read More


Longtime Civil Engineering Professor Osman Ghazzaly Retires

Osman Ghazzaly came to the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering in 1966 as an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Three years later he was promoted to associate professor, a position he would hold for nearly three decades before being promoted to professor in 1997. Along with teaching graduate courses in geotechnical engineering, and undergraduate courses in mechanics, materials and transportation, Ghazzaly served as associate chair of the department, director of graduate and undergraduate studies, and graduate and undergraduate advisor over various periods in his academic career. Read More


Professor Wins Grant to Improve Online Security

The days of worrying whether it’s safe to pay a bill online may soon be over. Such encrypted transmissions could end up immune to hackers thanks in part to the efforts to Yuhua Chen, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the Cullen College of Engineering. Chen is collaborating on a three-year $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to help develop an uncrackable form of data encryption that is ideal for protecting the most sensitive information sent over the internet. This approach is a new spin on quantum cryptography. It takes advantage of the basic principles of quantum mechanics, the study of how the smallest possible particles of matter and waves of energy behave. Read More


Other Headlines
ECE Department Welcomes Contreras-Vidal, Brain-Machine Interface Researcher
UH Department of Biomedical Engineering Welcomes New Faculty Member
RoboShasta 2.0 Debuts at Cullen College



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