University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering
Happy Holidays from the Cullen College!
December 2013

Happy Holidays from the Cullen College of Engineering

As the year comes to a close, we here at the Cullen College want to wish you all happy holidays! To our alumni and friends, we respectfully ask that you consider the Cullen College in your year-end giving. Giving opportunities include our new building fund, scholarships, unrestricted gifts and gifts to specific departments. Every gift will help ensure the college remains home of outstanding engineering education and research for years to come. We thank you for your generosity and wish you all the best in 2014!


J. J. Azar

Cullen College Welcomes World-Renowned Energy Expert, NAE Member to Petroleum Engineering Faculty
World-renowned petroleum engineering expert, lecturer, researcher and National Academy of Engineering member J. J. Azar has joined the UH Cullen College of Engineering’s petroleum engineering program. Azar is the eighth NAE member to join the Cullen College of Engineering faculty in the past four years. He has authored or co-authored five textbooks and more than 60 publications in referenced technical journals and has given more than 100 presentations at technical meetings and professional functions. He was inducted into the NAE in 2004. Read More


College Mourns Passing of UH Energy Expert Michael Economides
Michael Economides, an internationally known authority on petroleum engineering and adjunct professor at the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering, died this month on an international flight to South America. Dean Joseph Tedesco said news of Economides’ sudden death came as a blow to the Cullen College community. “We are mourning not only the loss of an invaluable source of knowledge and leadership for our petroleum engineering program, but of a dearly respected professor, friend and outspoken ally of the Cullen College and the University of Houston,” he said. “He is deeply missed, and our hearts go out to his family and his loved ones.” Read More

National Academy of Inventors Honors Two Engineering Faculty
Between them, Dmitri Litvinov and Venkat Selvamanickam hold 65 U.S. patents with another 15 pending. One has transformed how data is stored in a computer-driven world, while the other is reshaping how electricity is generated, stored and transported. For their efforts, each has been named a 2013 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Read More

Researcher Wins $1M to Develop Electricity-Generating Soft Materials
A researcher with the UH Cullen College of Engineering has won a $1 million grant to develop soft materials that combine mechanical strain and nanoscale effects to generate large amounts of electricity. The three-year grant from the Qatar National Research Fund goes to Pradeep Sharma, M.D Anderson Chair Professor and department chairman of mechanical engineering. Read More

ECE Undergrad Work Tops Ph.D.s in Paper Competition
Undergraduate student work at the UH Cullen College of Engineering ended up winning the overall Best Paper Award at the recent IEEE International Conference on Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments, topping papers presented by industry, government and academic researchers. The paper, “Transparent Microstrip Antennas for CubeSat Applications,” grew out of a senior design project taken on last spring by electrical and computer engineering students at the college. Read More

Other News

ECE Professor Named IEEE Fellow for Wireless Communications Research

Bioartificial Heart Developer Honored, Featured in Television Interview

Co-Op Provides Real World Lessons for IE Students

Water-Splitting Nanoparticles Featured in Nature Nanotechnology

Schlumberger’s Support for UH Robotics Benefits Students, Company

Science Engineering Fair of Houston Produces UH Scholar

“Hour of Code” Initiative Hopes to Stir STEM Excitement

City of Houston Honors UHSTEM Center, Center Director

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