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Limiting Bacteria Mobility: Conrad Wins 2012 CAREER Award
April 2012

Biofilm Prevention at Heart of Latest CAREER Award

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Jacinta Conrad received a five-year, $400,000 NSF CAREER award to develop surfaces that limit bacterial motility, or movement. How bacteria move, Conrad said, influences the formation of biofilms, colonies of bacteria that are protected by an extracellular matrix made of proteins. Once formed, biofilms are extremely difficult to remove and often extremely problematic. Biofilms that form in oil and water pipelines foul the liquids flowing through them. In hospitals, they are implicated in up to 80 percent of all non-specific infections, while they are cited as a significant source of drag on marine vessels. Read More

 

Brain-Controlled Exoskeleton One Step Closer to Reality

Researchers have put in decades of hard work developing an interface that would allow the human brain to control prosthetic limbs. It’s ironic, then, that the end result may be surprisingly simple. Jose Luis “Pepe” Contreras-Vidal, a professor of electrical and computer engineering with the UH Cullen College of Engineering and director of the Laboratory for Non-invasive Brain-Machine Interface Systems, has made great strides in developing a brain-machine interface that is far simpler than what was once predicted. He recently published a paper in a special issue of IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering showing his latest findings in this arena. Read More | Watch YouTube Video

 

Five NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Awarded to UH Students, Alumna

From cognitive neuroscience to theoretical physics, this year’s National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellows from the University of Houston (UH) have their sights set on careers in fields ranging from medicine to energy. Recognizing outstanding students pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines, the three-year fellowships cover tuition and include a $30,000 annual stipend.  Darren Seibert, a biomedical engineering major, and Audrey Cheong, an electrical and computer engineering graduate student, received awards this year. Read More

 

College Mourns Passing of ME Professor David Zimmerman

David Zimmerman, a professor in the Cullen College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2012. Zimmerman earned his doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering, all from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1982, 1984 and 1987, respectively. He then served as a faculty member at the University of Florida before joining the Cullen College in 1993. Widely respected by his colleagues, Zimmerman held many leadership roles in his department, including associate chairman of mechanical engineering from 2000 to 2009 and interim department chair from 2010 to 2011.  Read More

 

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23rd Annual Engineering Golf Tournament Raises Money for Cullen College
Engineering Students Present Research at Symposium
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Out of the Darkness Campus Walk Held at UH

UH Chemical Engineering 60th Anniversary Celebration
UPCOMING EVENTS

EAA Board Meeting
May 10, 5:30 p.m.
Dean's Conference Room
UH Cullen College of Engineering

Engineering Commencement
May 11, 6 p.m.
Hofheinz Pavilion
University of Houston
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Alumni Awards Gala
June 1, 6 p.m.
Four Seasons, Downtown Houston
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10th Annual Civil Engineering Alumni Luncheon
June 21, 11:30 a.m.
Hess Club, Houston
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