University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering
Tier One Excellence
January 2011

Carnegie Ranks UH Tier One
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching announced last week that UH has been categorized as a research university with "very high research activity," the highest classification given to research universities and the equivalent of Tier One status. UH is now the third public university in Texas in the top-tier group, joining The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University.
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Professor Leading Multi-Institution Neural Implant Research Effort
Badri Roysam, chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is leading a multi-institution team to overcome one of the biggest obstacles to the real-world use of prosthetics controlled by the brain: the nearly inevitable failure of the neural implants over time. While such prosthetics have been shown to work in laboratories around the world, making them last over a lifetime for individuals who have lost a limb is a very different proposition. The group has received a three-year, $5.4 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to explore this problem. Read More

UH Professor Richard Willson Named 2010 AAAS Fellow
UH professor Richard Willson has been named a 2010 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. He was recognized by the AAAS for his "distinguished contributions to biomolecular recognition sciences and its applications and for development of technologies for rapid characterization of catalysts and nucleic acids." Read More

Professor Named Fellow of the American Physical Society
For pioneering research in the areas of crystallization and protein aggregation, Peter Vekilov, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society. Vekilov discovered the two-step nucleation mechanism, dubbed the Vekilov mechanism, whereby crystal nuclei form inside pre-existing dense liquid droplets. He has also been able to capture and document one of only three mechanisms ever discovered on how molecules attach themselves to crystals. Read More

Nominations Open for Annual Alumni Awards
Each year, the UH Cullen College of Engineering recognizes distinguished alumni and faculty at the Annual Awards Gala, hosted by the Engineering Alumni Association in June. Nominations for all awards are open until Feb. 1.


Feb. 20-26, 2011
EAA EWeek Reception, Feb. 22, 6 p.m.
Hilton, University of Houston

Engineering Golf Tournament
April 4, 12 p.m.
Hearthstone Country Club

ASME/UH Cajun Crawfish Boil
May 1, 1 p.m.
Lynn Eusan Park, UH

Alumni Awards Gala
June 3, 6 p.m.
Four Seasons, Downtown Houston

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