Faculty Accolades

Houston Matters Interviews UH Engineer Using Lasers to Discover Ancient Civilization
The National Public Radio’s Houston Matters recently interviewed the University of Houston’s Dr. Ramesh Shrestha, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of civil and environmental engineering and the director of…
Smartphone-based Early Warning Systems for Earthquakes Can Save Lives: BYU Radio Interviews UH Engineer
After a powerful 7.8 earthquake shook the nation of Nepal last Saturday, many media outlets around the world are asking whether anything could have been done to save some of the nearly 4,000 lives who were lost because of the…
Houston’s Channel 2 News Covers Cullen College’s Bridge Beam Research
An investigative reporter with Houston’s Channel 2 News tapped into ongoing research at the UH Cullen College of Engineering aimed at improving aging infrastructures across the U.S. The research, which is led by civil and…
Researchers Test Smartphones for Earthquake Warning
Smartphones and other personal electronic devices could, in regions where they are in widespread use, function as early warning systems for large earthquakes, according to newly reported research. This technology could serve…
Thomas Hsu Named ASCE Distinguished Member
Thomas Hsu is a Moores Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, an author of multiple civil engineering textbooks and a nationally-recognized researcher. This spring, Hsu will add another title to his resume:…
Professor Helps South Asian Countries Manage Water Resources With NASA Grant
Hyongki Lee, assistant professor in the Cullen College’s department of civil and environmental engineering, has won a grant through NASA’s Applied Sciences Program to help South Asian nations independently manage their water…
Joseph Tedesco, Dean of Cullen College, Elected as ASCE Fellow
Joseph W. Tedesco, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Dean of the UH Cullen College of Engineering, has been elected as a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). This prestigious honor is held by less than 4 percent of ASCE…
Two Engineering Professors Earn NSF CAREER Awards
Two professors in the Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston earned Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) this year. Each received a five-year, $…
Engineers Earn Grant to Expand Base Plate Connection Research in Low-rise Metal Buildings
Metal buildings comprise almost 50 percent of all non-residential, low-rise construction in the United States. The most common configuration is the gabled frame with sets of exterior columns supporting rafters that form house-…
Cullen College Professor Honored for Work in Nanomaterials
Debora Rodrigues, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Houston, has received the Emerging Investigator award from the Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO). Rodrigues has worked…
Cullen College Welcomes Roberto Ballarini as Civil Engineering Department Chair
The UH Cullen College of Engineering is proud to welcome Roberto Ballarini as the new Chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Ballarini comes to UH from the University of Minnesota, where he served as the…
Roberto Ballarini, Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Craig Glennie Appointed Associate Editor of ASCE Journal of Surveying
The American Society of Civil Engineer's Journal of Surveying's newest associate editor is Craig Glennie, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Cullen College. Glennie was appointed to the associate…
Craig Glennie
Civil & Environmental Engineering Researcher Wins NASA's New Investigator Award
Hyongki Lee, assistant professor in the Cullen College’s department of civil and environmental engineering, has won NASA’s New (Early Career) Investigator Award in Earth Science. Out of over 130 proposals submitted to the New…
NCALM Researcher Awarded $200K To Develop Open-Source LiDAR Software
Computers and other technologies have vastly increased our ability to collect data on just about anything you can imagine. However, one major drawback to this is our inability to keep up with the amount of data being produced by…
International Team Using Shape Memory Alloys to Rehab Concrete Structures
A team of researchers from University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering and Qatar University has won a $779,000 grant to develop a new way to rehabilitate deteriorating reinforced concrete structures. The three-year grant…
Dawood
Researchers Win $700k Grant to Develop Pipeline Safety System
Damage to natural gas pipelines is both dangerous and expensive to repair. Much of it is also entirely avoidable. Excavators cause about 30 percent of pipeline damage incidents. In most of these events, the team working the…
Cullen College researchers are developing a low-cost system that can send out warnings when an excavator is digging to close to a pipeline.
UH Professor Creates “Definitive Guide” on Nuclear Power Infrastructure
Worldwide, dozens of nuclear power plants are scheduled for construction during the next decade, while hundreds more will be reviewed and examined by regulators. Thanks to the efforts of a University of Houston Cullen College of…
Thomas Hsu
UH Researchers Mapping Tahoe National Forest, Bit by Bit
Researchers with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering are creating what will likely be the most accurate and detailed map of a forested area the world has ever seen. The map of Tahoe National Forest in…
A section of Honduran rainforest mapped by NCALM researchers. The center will use the same LiDAR technology to create a much larger map of the Tahoe National Forest.
Civil Engineering Faculty Writing Bridge Design Specs for New Structural Material
A civil infrastructure that provides essentials like clean running water and passable roads is essential to a healthy and prosperous society. While concrete and steel remain the backbones of modern infrastructure, civil engineers…
Belarbi
Rifai Named "Environmental Professional of the Year"
Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Hanadi Rifai has been named the Environmental Professional of the Year by the Texas Association of Environmental Professionals (TAEP). Rifai, who also serves as the Cullen College’s…
Rifai

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