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Pinpointing Material Failure
September 2011

NSF-MRI Grant Bolsters Cullen College Failure Mechanics Research
Researchers with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering have won a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's Major Research Instrumentation Program to acquire one of the most advanced systems in the world for studying how steel and ductile materials deform before rupturing and how concrete and other quasi-brittle materials fail due to progressive cracking. The grant was awarded to 11 faculty in the college’s departments of civil and environmental engineering and mechanical engineering. Read More

Cullen College Welcomes Nine New Faculty Members
The Cullen College of Engineering’s strategic plan to achieve tier one status includes a significant increase in its faculty count. With nine new tenured or tenure-track faculty members joining the college for the 2011 fall semester, it is clearly making great progress toward that goal. These faculty members run the gamut from newly minted Ph.D.s to a highly respected member of the National Academy of Engineering. Read More

UH Researcher Receives Grant to Develop New Oil Dispersants
A Cullen College researcher has received a grant to develop safer, more efficient oil dispersants. Ramanan Krishnamoorti’s work is part of a major multi-institution grant project to study the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, develop new tools and technology to respond to future spills and improve mitigation and restoration efforts. Krishnamoorti is chairman and professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Read More

College’s Freshmen Enrollment up 25 percent
This year’s cohort of freshman students at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering shouldn’t have much trouble finding a good study group. With a class that’s more than 25 percent larger than last year, there will be plenty of people to cram with when the first tests come around. All told, the college has begun the 2011-2012 academic year with 603 freshman students, up from 477 a year earlier. Read More

ECE Professor Shieh Retires after 40 Years
Leang Shieh, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has retired after 40 years with the university. Incredibly productive as both a researcher and educator, over that period he has advised more than 100 graduate students and published 301 papers and counting — an average of roughly one every six weeks for four decades. Read More

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