University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering
Building the Grid of the Future: Latest Issue of Parameters Now Available
April 2013

Spring 2013 Parameters Now Online

The latest issue of the Cullen College's research magazine, Parameters, is now online. This issue features faculty efforts to build the electrical grid of the future. These includes an ARPA-E funded project to develop new superconducting wind turbines that are far smaller and more powerful than anything currently available; the exploration of the fundamental science underpinning polymer-based solar cells, which are cheaper and more durable than their silicon counterparts; and the formation of what may be the first university-based industry consortium dedicated to analyzing data generated by the "smart grid" to help utilities improve service, plant capital investments and forecast power demand. Read More


College Takes Top Honors at Faculty Awards Ceremony

The Cullen College of Engineering shined at the 2013 University of Houston Faculty Awards Banquet. Chairman of chemical and biomolecular engineering Mike Harold won the top faculty Honor, the Esther Farfel Award. Dave Shattuck, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and associate dean of undergraduate programs, won the university's career teaching award; and five college faculty members won awards for excellence in research and scholarship. Read about Harold | Read about Shattuck | Read about Research & Scholarship Winners


Professor Wins MRA Young Investigator Award to Study Cutting-Edge Cancer Treatment

A professor with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has won a grant from the Melanoma Research Alliance to help develop one of the most promising therapies for patients with the disease. Navin Varadarajan, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, received the Stewart Rahr-MRA Young Investigator Award. The grant gives him $225,000 over three years to study a therapy that has helped melanoma patients who aren't responding to any other treatment. Read More


UH Creates New Energy & Sustainability Minor

UH Creates New Energy & Sustainability Minor
A new interdisciplinary Energy & Sustainability Minor designed for students who are pursuing a wide range of majors and are looking to understand the key issues in the world of energy has been established at the University of Houston. Courses in the minor, which is offered by UH's Bauer College of Business, will be taught by faculty members from different colleges across campus, including the Cullen College of Engineering. It is part of UH's strategic plan to enhance and expand its energy-related educational and research initiatives as it seeks to become "the energy university," said Ramanan Krishnamoorti, Dow Chair Professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering and special assistant to the president/chancellor for UH Energy. Read More


Students take Third In Concrete Canoe and Robotics Competitions

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The Cullen College of Engineering was well-represented at two recent student comptitions. A team of four Cullen College students won third place out of 26 teams at the IEEE Region 5 Robotics Competition in Denver earlier this month. In March UH engineering students took third place in the Texas/Mexico Regional Concrete Canoe Competition. Read about robotics | Read about concrete canoe


Mechanical Engineering Releases Flagship Publication: Momentum Magazine

The Engineering Office of Communications is proud to present Momentum Magazine, our flagship publication for the Cullen College of Engineering's Department of Mechanical Engineering. In this issue of Momentum Magazine, we introduce you to some of the emerging new research within the department of mechanical engineering (ME), highlight ME's award-winning faculty members, and share some of our ME student's success stories. Read More


GE Oil & Gas Gives College $100K for Scholarships

GE Oil & Gas will donate $100,000 to the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering for undergraduate student scholarships. The gift will support students in the college's mechanical engineering department. For five academic years starting in the fall of 2013, two undergraduates will each receive a one-year scholarship valued at $10,000, along with the title of GE Oil & Gas Scholar. The scholarships can be renewed, provided that the recipients meet specific academic benchmarks. Read More


Other News
Video: University of Houston "Out of the Darkness" Walk for Suicide Prevention
Cullen College Hosts 24th Annual Engineering Golf Tournament
Dunbar Inducted into Astronaut Hall of Fame
Civil & Environmental Engineering Inducts Two New Academy Members
Photos: Garden Villas Elementary UH Field Trip
Fundraising for MS: ECE Professor Pedals From Houston Austin in MS 150
Photos: IEEE Chili Cook-Off
The Engineering Career Search
Your Brain on Dance: A Research Collaboration Between Engineers and Dancers


25th Annual ASME/UH Crawfish Boil
Sunday, May 5, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Lynn Eusan Park, University of Houston

Engineering Awards Gala
Thursday, June 13, 6:00 pm
Petroleum Club of Houston



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