University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering
Perfecting Superconductivity for Wind Energy Generation
July 2012

Selvamanickam Wins Second R&D 100 Award in Three Years

They are called the Oscars of the science world, and a professor with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has just won his second in three years. Venkat Selvamanickam, MD Anderson Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering, was recently announced as a co-recipient of a 2012 R&D 100 award, presented by R&D Magazine. A winner in the 2010 competition as well, Selvamanickam and his collaborators at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and SuperPower, Inc., were recognized for their efforts to create superconducting wire that is ideally suited for use in high-power wind turbines. Read More


Paper Outlines First Observation of Nano-scale Phenomenon

The defining characteristic of nanotechnology, where devices and their features are measured in billionths of a meter, is size. But size isn’t the only thing that sets the nano-realm apart. Materials and devices can behave differently – startlingly differently even – at the nano-scale than they do when in larger forms. Pradeep Sharma, chair and professor of mechanical engineering, has recently co-authored a paper that outlines one such phenomenon and provides a likely explanation for it.The paper, which was published in a recent issue of the journal Nature Communications, involves a new breed of capacitor built out of nanowires. Read More


In Celebration of Y

The UH Cullen College of Engineering celebrated 70+ years of a university legacy at the Goodbye Y Party last week. Approximately 650 alumni, students, faculty and staff attended the reception in honor of a structure that has, for decades, served as an integral part of engineering student life at UH. A sudden afternoon downpour forced the festivities to move inside to the Engineering Commons, where guests enjoyed barbecue provided by alum Charles Beyer (BSCE ’72, MSCE ’77), music from the UH Pep Band, and catching up with long-time engineering colleagues and friends. Read More


Colloid Finding Could Lead to New Adhesives, Drilling Fluids

Colloid suspensions, liquids with microscopic particles dispersed throughout, play a big part in everyday life, with ink, milk, blood and paint all falling into this category. Despite their prevalence, some basic properties of colloid suspensions are still being discovered, including one recently found by Jacinta Conrad, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering. Read More


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EAA Annual Meeting and Networking Social
August 16, 6 p.m.
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