Engineering Houston
University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering
William A. Brookshire

The UH ChBE department has been renamed as the William A. Brookshire Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Dr. William A. Brookshire graduated from UH in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and later co-founded S&B Engineers and Constructors. Though he passed away in 2017, his continued philanthropic impact on the educational excellence of UH faculty, students and researchers is significant. Endowments fuel the momentum of the academic mission in perpetuity, helping the Cullen College of Engineering excel as an internationally recognized hub of research activity in the fields of chemical and biomolecular engineering.

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Venkat Selvamanickam

Venkat Selvamanickam, M.D. Anderson Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will lead a $1.5 million project to develop high temperature superconducting magnets made from low-cost raw materials and capable of handling high currents in a magnetic field greater than 20 Tesla.

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UH Cullen College of Engineering partnered with The Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute at UH to add a third supercomputer, “Carya” which will allow the University to better serve the research community.
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The Center for Carbon Management in Energy at the University of Houston has awarded $275,000 in research funding for projects focused on carbon management and the energy transition. The selected projects and principal investigators from UH Cullen College of Engineering included:

Carbon capture and storage in depleted gas fields along the Gulf of Mexico, Dimitrios G. Hatzignatiou, professor of petroleum engineering
Single-step direct air capture and conversion to fuels and chemicals, Praveen Bollini, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering
All-day carbon capture and sequestration through molecular and phase-change hybrid modules, Hadi Ghasemi, Cullen Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Real-time subsurface wireless communication and sensing for CO2 storage, Jiefu Chen, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering
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Ying Lin
Dr. Ying Lin, a professor at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering, was awarded a $435,017 grant to continue research on identifying underlying genetic contributors to some forms of psychiatric illness.
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Debora Rodrigues
Dr. Debora Rodrigues, an associate professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, was awarded a $599,975 grant to continue working with Dr. Mohammad Al-Ghouti of Qatar University to explore new water filtration methods by recycling date pits.
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Jeffrey Rimer
Jeffrey Rimer, Abraham E. Dukler Professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, was recently published in Nature Materials journal, detailing research finding surrounding how 3D finned zeolite catalysts enhance molecule access to the interior of the particle.
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Rose Faghih
Dr. Rose Faghih and her doctoral student, Dilranjan Wickramasuriya, of the Cullen College of Engineering were spotlighted by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Xplore homepage for the month of August.
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Shiv Bhakta
Shiv Bhakta, a 2017 magna cum laude UH alumnus with degrees in chemical engineering and economics, has opened an Idea Lab Kids franchise in Cypress with fellow graduate Gurjinder Toor.
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Michael Effiong
Michael Effiong, a doctoral student in the Petroleum Engineering program at the Cullen College of Engineering, has received an award from ExxonMobil for his work in reservoir engineering.
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Faheem Ershad
Faheem Ershad, a doctoral student under Dr. Cunjiang Yu, served as first author for a new paper featured in Scientific American, highlighting his involving research about drawn-on-skin electronics.
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UH Society of Petroleum Engineers
The UH Society of Petroleum Engineers (UH SPE) was recently awarded its first Student Chapter Excellence Award for 2020.
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Please join us in celebrating the Women In Red Movement, VIRTUALLY on September 24th at 6:30pm!


Each year, female engineering students, faculty and alumnae of the UH Cullen College of Engineering come together for Women in Engineering Day.


The event fosters a community of support among women engineering students and professionals.


The event is open to all UH Cullen College of Engineering female students, faculty and alumnae.

Engineering Alumni Association Annual Virtual Meeting
Please join us on October 1st for the Engineering Alumni Association Annual Virtual Meeting beginning at 6:30pm. Hear updates from the Association and their plans for the 2020–2021 year.

UH Cullen College of Engineering
E421 Engineering Bldg 2, Houston, TX 77204-4007


The University of Houston is an EEO/AA institution.