Faculty Accolades

Researchers Win $2.5 million Grant to Develop Offshore Cementing and Drilling Materials
Offshore oil production is an exercise in extremes. Widely varying temperatures, very high pressures and extremely corrosive seawater – all are...
Vipulanandan

Offshore oil production is an exercise in extremes. Widely varying temperatures, very high pressures and extremely corrosive seawater – all are challenges that producers must tackle when drilling and installing wells in ultra-deep water offshore.

Add to this list the basic inaccessibility of the wells themselves. With the top of these wells often sitting thousands of feet under water, monitoring their overall health is another major challenge.

Hsu Wins American Concrete Institute’s Highest Honor
Thomas Hsu, John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Civil Engineering with the UH Cullen College of Engineering, has been named an Honorary Member of...
Hsu

Thomas Hsu, John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Civil Engineering with the UH Cullen College of Engineering, has been named an Honorary Member of the American Concrete Institute, the highest distinction given by the organization.

The award was presented to Hsu at the ACI’s Spring 2012 Convention, held in Dallas from March 18-22.

Report Examines Cracking and Fatigue in Highway Illumination Poles
Mina Dawood, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has published a report outlining factors that contribute to cracking of...
Dawood

Mina Dawood, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has published a report outlining factors that contribute to cracking of high mast illumination poles during fabrication. The report also provides strategies to prevent these cracks and potential failures from occurring.

Rodrigues Wins NSF CAREER Award
Debora Rodrigues, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has won a prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation...
Rodrigues

Debora Rodrigues, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has won a prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

CAREER Awards are given to junior-level faculty with the goal of helping them launch successful research and educational careers.

NASA Grant Funds Congo River Basin Research
With a surface area of approximately 2.3 million square miles, the Congo River Basin is the second largest river basin in the world, surpassed only...
Lee

With a surface area of approximately 2.3 million square miles, the Congo River Basin is the second largest river basin in the world, surpassed only by the Amazon.

Longtime Civil Engineering Professor Osman Ghazzaly Retires
In honor of an illustrious career spanning decades, colleagues, students, friends and family of Osman Ghazzaly gathered to celebrate his achievements...
Ghazzaly

In honor of an illustrious career spanning decades, colleagues, students, friends and family of Osman Ghazzaly gathered to celebrate his achievements on Saturday, December 3 at the HESS Club.

Professor Creates Graphene-based Antimicrobial Film
A researcher with the Cullen College of Engineering has helped create a nanotechnology-based material that is extremely effective at killing E. coli...
Rodrigues

A researcher with the Cullen College of Engineering has helped create a nanotechnology-based material that is extremely effective at killing E. coli and other pathogenic bacteria.

Rifai Wins Grant to Study Galveston Bay Pollutants
Cullen College Professor of Environmental Engineering Hanadi Rifai has received a grant to expand her research into toxic chemicals in the Houston...
Rifai

Cullen College Professor of Environmental Engineering Hanadi Rifai has received a grant to expand her research into toxic chemicals in the Houston area’s major bodies of water.

Professors Win Grant to Study Concrete Strengthening and Repair
When concrete on a bridge or building deteriorates, cracks or is weakened, the structure doesn’t need to be torn down and replaced. Instead, it can...
Belarbi

When concrete on a bridge or building deteriorates, cracks or is weakened, the structure doesn’t need to be torn down and replaced. Instead, it can be repaired and strengthened with advanced materials such as carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRP) that are more than five-times stronger than steel when placed under tension.

Civil Professor Honored by ASCE for Lifetime Work
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering Jerry Rogers will receive two honors this year from the American Society of Civil Engineers for a lifetime...
Rogers

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering Jerry Rogers will receive two honors this year from the American Society of Civil Engineers for a lifetime of work in the civil engineering profession and for his ongoing passion to raise awareness for civil engineering history.

Professor Developing Patch for Repairing Cracked Steel
Mina Dawood, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering with the Cullen College of Engineering, recently received a three-year, $300,...
Dawood

Mina Dawood, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering with the Cullen College of Engineering, recently received a three-year, $300,000 grant from National Science Foundation to develop a new method of repairing cracks in steel structures such as bridges.

Earthquake Research at UH Featured on Local News
Earthquake research in the Thomas Hsu Structural Laboratory was featured on KPRC Channel 2 in Houston on March 14, 2011. Drs. Y.L. Mo and Abdeldjilil...

Earthquake research in the Thomas Hsu Structural Laboratory was featured on KPRC Channel 2 in Houston on March 14, 2011. Drs. Y.L. Mo and Abdeldjilil "DJ" Belarbi were featured discussing current earthquake-related research at the University of Houston in an effort to explain how structural materials react to earthquake-like conditions.

Vipulanandan Honored as “MVP” by Underground Construction Association
A major underground construction technology association has honored UH civil engineering professor Cumaraswamy “Vipu” Vipulanandan for his...
Vipu

A major underground construction technology association has honored UH civil engineering professor Cumaraswamy “Vipu” Vipulanandan for his outstanding contributions in education and research related to underground infrastructure construction and maintenance.

Professor's Paper Included in Hoover Dam 75th Anniversary Symposium Proceedings
Civil engineering professionals across the nation gathered last weekend in Las Vegas, N.V. to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the completion of the...
Professor Jerry Rogers (right) with David Gilbert and Richard Wiltshire at the American Society of Civil Engineers Annual Conference and Hoover Dam 75th Anniversary Symposium. Gilbert and Wiltshire co-edited the conference proceedings with Rogers, with Wiltshire serving as lead editor.

Civil engineering professionals across the nation gathered last weekend in Las Vegas, N.V. to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Hoover Dam. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) held a special symposium at the organization's 140th Annual Civil Engineering Conference to commemorate what is considered to be one of the greatest dam design and construction projects of the 21st century.

Cullen College Adds Two More National Academy Members to Faculty
Drawing top researchers to its already outstanding faculty roster is an ongoing effort at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering....

Drawing top researchers to its already outstanding faculty roster is an ongoing effort at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering. These professors help grow the university’s overall research expenditures and improve the success rates of its undergraduate and graduate students – both essential to UH’s drive to earn recognition as a Tier One research university.

Notables to Discuss Hurricane Issues at August Conference
Leading academic researchers, state and local officials will convene on the University of Houston campus next month for the second annual Hurricane...
Vipulanandan

Leading academic researchers, state and local officials will convene on the University of Houston campus next month for the second annual Hurricane Conference hosted by the Texas Hurricane Center for Innovative Technology (THC-IT) and the Systems Optimization and Computing Laboratory (SOCL).

The day long, public conference will address everything from new hurricane technology to coastal protection just two months into what is predicted to be a busy Atlantic Hurricane Season.

UH Researchers Predict Probability of Hurricane Hitting Texas
Researchers at the University of Houston have developed a new model they hope will accurately predict the number of hurricanes that could strike the...
Vipulanandan

Researchers at the University of Houston have developed a new model they hope will accurately predict the number of hurricanes that could strike the state during this year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season.

The model, which researchers hope to help verify through this season’s prediction, indicates there is an increased potential a storm will make landfall in Texas.

College Adds National Center Focused on Airborne Laser Swath Mapping
The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) and the groundbreaking researcher leading it, in January, moved operations to the University...
Shrestha

The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) and the groundbreaking researcher leading it, in January, moved operations to the University of Houston.

Alumnus to Fill Chair Post in Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
Abdeldjelil “DJ” Belarbi will return to his roots in December when he takes over as chair of the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering’...
Belarbi

Abdeldjelil “DJ” Belarbi will return to his roots in December when he takes over as chair of the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Accomplishments of CE Professor Honored With International Symposium
A John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, Thomas T.C. Hsu is an...
Hsu

A John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, Thomas T.C. Hsu is an internationally known researcher in the field of structural engineering.

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