University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering
Cullen College Professor Teams Up with Local Artist In Rare Collaboration of Science and Art
November 2014

VIDEO: Professor Teams Up with Local Artist to Study Aesthetic Experiences in the Brain

It’s rare to find science and art so inextricably tied together. It’s rarer still to find yourself playing the role of scientist, artist and art observer all at the same time. But patrons of the Menil Collection will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do just that at Houston conceptual artist Dario Robleto’s exhibit, The Boundary of Life is Quietly Crossed.

Each Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. through January 2015, visitors to Robleto’s exhibit will be met by a team of researchers from the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering led by Jose “Pepe” Luis Contreras-Vidal, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor of electrical and computer engineering. The research team will give museum-goers the option of wearing an EEG skullcap to record their brain activity while they observe Robleto’s artwork.

Watch the video here.



Engineering Professor Earns Grant to Pursue Energy-Saving Semiconductors
Jae-Hyun Ryou, assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the Cullen College of Engineering, recently earned a three-year $270,000 grant from Technology Engine of Science to develop a high-current, high-voltage switching and conversion device to power the next generation of electronics. Read more.

Jose “Pepe” Luis Contreras-Vidal

Houston Chronicle: UH Study Measure’s Babies’ Brain Signals as Start of Autism Research
A Cullen College professor and his students made headlines in the Houston Chronicle for their research measuring babies’ brain waves through a $6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The article, “UH study measures babies’ brain signals as start of autism research,” features Jose “Pepe” Luis Contreras-Vidal, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor of electrical and computer engineering. Two doctoral students at the Cullen College, Zach Hernandez and Jesus Cruz-Garza, as well as undergraduate Teresa Tse, were also featured in the article. Read more.


Researcher Publishes Paper on Engineered Antibody that Targets Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Gabrielle Romain, post-doctoral research fellow in the UH Cullen College of Engineering, recently published a paper in the journal, Blood, a magazine published by the American Society of Hematology. Her research, conducted with principal investigator Navin Varadarajan, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is a preliminary study of an innovative immunotherapy that targets acute myeloid leukemia tumor cells with engineered monoclonal antibodies to improve the quality and quantity of killing by natural killer immune cells. Read more.


Cullen College Professor Honored for Work in Nanomaterials
Debora Rodrigues, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, has received the Emerging Investigator award from the Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO). Rodrigues has worked with nanomaterials since arriving at UH in 2010, using the technology to develop new methods for water purification and treatment. In addition to her research, she was recognized for her work with students and her outreach to other educators. Read more.

Christine Ehlig-Economides

Petroleum Engineering Professor Wins SPE Innovative Teaching Award
Christine Ehlig-Economides joined the UH Cullen College of Engineering this fall as the William C. Miller Endowed Chair Professor of petroleum engineering — and her reputation as a world-renowned petroleum engineering educator has come along with her to the University of Houston. Last month, Ehlig-Economides was named a winner of the 2014 SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) Faculty Innovative Teaching Award. The award recognizes petroleum engineering faculty who have demonstrated innovative teaching techniques in order to encourage and equip others in academia to use similar teaching methods. Read more.

UH Mars Rover Event

Registration Deadline Approaching for UH Mars Rover Event
Houston-area grade schoolers have until Dec. 15 to reserve a spot in the 13th Annual Mars Rover Model Celebration and Competition at the University of Houston (UH). Open to students in grades three through eight, the contest calls for future scientists and engineers to create operational models that can carry out a specific scientific mission on the surface of Mars. Part of the challenge is that they must restrict themselves to found objects and minimal art supplies costing no more than $25 — a budget that would make any NASA administrator quake. Read more.


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