University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering
Wire and Wind: Research Team Receives DOE ARPA-E Grant Exten
November 2012

Wind Energy Project Wins Early Extension, Bump in Funding from ARPA-E

A wind energy research team led by the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has made such rapid progress in its work that it has received an accelerated grant extension along with a $900,000 increase in total funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy. Their research focuses on developing wind turbines that use superconducting wire to generate and transport electricity, which would allow for more efficient and more affordable units. Read More


Faculty Member Wins $1M Grant to Develop Water Monitoring System

A University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering assistant professor has won a $1 million grant to develop a water monitoring system that guards against disease- and corrosion-causing bacteria in water systems in real time. The three-year grant was awarded to Debora Rodrigues, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, by the Qatar National Research Fund. The technology being developed is designed to be placed in pipelines that carry water to and from water treatment plants. At its heart is a class of molecules known as aptamers, which can be designed to detect specific bacteria. Read More


UH Chem-E Car Team Places Fifth at National Competition

The University of Houston Chem-E Car team competed at the 2012 AIChE National Competition recently, taking fifth place, the highest that UH has achieved at the national level. Chemical engineering student teams from around the country were challenged to design and construct a size-limited car that is powered by a controlled chemical reaction. The car's performance was evaluated by its ability to travel a specified distance of 21 meters with a load measuring 300 milliliters. Distance and load parameters were given to the teams an hour before the competition. Read More


Paper on Electricity Purchasing Wins Award for ECE's Han

An article authored by a University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering faculty member won the Best Paper Award at the Third IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications, which was held earlier this month in Taiwan. The article by Zhu Han, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and his Ph.D. student, Yi Huang, presents an algorithm designed to allow electric utilities to quickly select the most reliable and profitable wholesale provider of electricity generated from a renewable source. Read More


UH Team Wins Best Overall in Design Challenge

Three University of Houston electrical engineering students were recognized as the top design team at the Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge Showcase this month. Seniors Lazaro "Danny" Rodriguez, Dhruval Bhatt and Bryant Lopez, known as the Space Coogs, won three awards, including best poster, best oral presentation, and best overall design team for their Smart Fabric Communicator. The team created a wireless communicator, similar to a Star Trek badge, for astronauts to use in conference calls with each other and with mission control while aboard the International Space Station. Read More


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