University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering
National Science Foundation 2012 CAREER Awards
January 2012

College Wins Three NSF Career Awards

Three faculty members with the UH Cullen College of Engineering have recently won grants from the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Awards program, an initiative designed to help junior-level faculty establish their research careers. Jiming Bao from electrical and computer engineering won a grant to study the optical properties of graphene. Civil and environmental engineering’s Debora Rodrigues received a grant to examine how graphene toxicity impacts the environment. And Gila Stein from chemical and biomolecular engineering won an award to develop more efficient polymer-based solar cells. Read About Bao | Read About Rodrigues | Read About Stein


Sharma Named Chair of Mechanical Engineering

The UH Cullen College of Engineering has named Pradeep Sharma the new chair of its Department of Mechanical Engineering, an appointment effective Jan. 1, 2012. As chairman, Sharma said his primary goal will be to dramatically improve the department's national ranking through enhanced reputation among students and other engineering colleges. One way to achieve this, he said, will be to emphasize that faculty secure prestigious grants and produce not simply more journal articles, but more articles in highly-regarded publications. Teaching will also continue to remain a high priority for the department, he stressed. Read More


NASA Grant Funds Congo River Basin Research

With a surface area of approximately 2.3 million square miles, the Congo River Basin is the second largest river basin in the world, surpassed only by the Amazon. Compared to the Amazon, though, the Congo basin is a mystery. Its remote location combined with political instability in the region have prevented geoscientists from gathering even the most basic information about the basin: How much water exists in its wetlands? Is most of this water from direct precipitation, river flooding or upland runoff? How much of the basin is wetland? All these are unknown. Hyongki Lee, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, recently won a $663,000 grant from NASA to answer such questions. Read More


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