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UH Students Win Regional Concrete Canoe Competition for Second Year
A team of University of Houston engineering students paddled their way to a second consecutive first place win April 28 at the Texas/Mexico...
Photo by Thomas Shea.

A team of University of Houston engineering students paddled their way to a second consecutive first place win April 28 at the Texas/Mexico Regional Concrete Canoe Competition.

The students beat out 11 teams competing at Texas’ Corpus Christi Bay for the title. High rankings in each of the four portions of the competition—an oral presentation, engineering term paper, physical display and five canoe races—launched them into the top spot.

Newly Discovered River Bedforms May Impact Stream Restoration
Environmental researchers have long been studying the impact of the various physical attributes of moving water sources to better determine their...

Environmental researchers have long been studying the impact of the various physical attributes of moving water sources to better determine their effect on their ecological surroundings. Many of these naturally-occuring phenomena, such as bedforms, could impact everything from a river's flow parameters to its fish habitat.

Engineering Researchers Develop Advanced Technique for Water Purification
Shankar Chellam, professor of environmental engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, and environmental engineering graduate student,...
An electron micrograph image shows a colony of bacteria including extracellular polymeric substances which contributes to biofilm formation on a water filtration membrane.

Shankar Chellam, professor of environmental engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, and environmental engineering graduate student, Appala Raju Badireddy, have demonstrated a new technique that reduces the biological fouling of water purification filters caused by the growth of bacteria colonies and the formation of biofilm.

Students Receive Energy Engineering Scholarships
Five UH Cullen College of Engineering students were recently each awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the National Association of Energy Engineers...

Five UH Cullen College of Engineering students were recently each awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the National Association of Energy Engineers Foundation to be used for courses directly related to energy engineering or energy management.

Engineering Undergrads Showcase Research
The Cullen College of Engineering was well represented at the University of Houston’s third-annual Undergraduate Research Day. Of the more than sixty...

The Cullen College of Engineering was well represented at the University of Houston’s third-annual Undergraduate Research Day. Of the more than sixty students giving oral presentations or showcasing posters outlining their research, eleven were mentored by engineering faculty members.

UH Names New Engineering Dean
The University of Houston has named Joseph W. Tedesco the sixth dean of the Cullen College of Engineering, effective Jan. 1, 2008.
Joseph W. Tedesco, Ph.D., P.E.

The University of Houston has named Joseph W. Tedesco the sixth dean of the Cullen College of Engineering, effective Jan. 1, 2008.

UH Professor Publishes Seventh Engineering History Book
Jerry Rogers, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, has edited his...

Jerry Rogers, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, has edited his seventh book on engineering history.

UH Concrete Canoe Team Headed to Nationals
A team of undergraduate students from the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering took first place in the Texas/Mexico regional Concrete...
The UH student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) won the regional concrete canoe competition in April, earning them a spot in the upcoming national competition June 14 in Seattle, Wash. Photo compliments of ASCE student chapter.

A team of undergraduate students from the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering took first place in the Texas/Mexico regional Concrete Canoe Competition, giving them the right to represent the area at the national competition on June 14 in Seattle, Wash.

UH Professor Honored for Groundbreaking Structural Research
Thomas Hsu developed the most advanced machine in the world capable of testing full-size reinforced concrete panels under earthquake-like conditions...
Civil Engineering Professor Thomas Hsu has spent 20 years testing the durability of reinforced concrete under variable conditions on a piece of equipment called the "Universal Element Tester", the only one of its kind in the world.  Photo by Todd Spoth.

Thomas Hsu developed the most advanced machine in the world capable of testing full-size reinforced concrete panels under earthquake-like conditions.

Thomas Hsu, the John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, has received the Arthur J. Boase Award from the American Concrete Institute (ACI).

Alumna Receives "Emerging Leader" Award from SWE
University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering alumna Siddika Demir (1993 BSCE) received the Society of Women Engineers’ 2006 Emerging Leaders...
Siddika Demir (1993 BSCE) accepts the Emerging Leaders Award from the Society of Women Engineers President Jude Garzolini at the organization's 2006 Award's Banquet held in Kansas City. Photo supplied by SWE.

University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering alumna Siddika Demir (1993 BSCE) received the Society of Women Engineers’ 2006 Emerging Leaders Award for her work with Bechtel Corp, an engineering, construction and project management firm based in San Francisco, Calif.

The award, which was presented at the SWE’s annual conference last month, honors women engineers who have demonstrated outstanding technical excellence resulting in significant accomplishments.

Alum Publishes Textbook for Civil Engineering Students
University of Houston Cullen College alumnus Harry O. Ward (BSCE 1984) has written a textbook offering instruction in one of the newest tools...

University of Houston Cullen College alumnus Harry O. Ward (BSCE 1984) has written a textbook offering instruction in one of the newest tools available to civil engineers.

Alumnus Elected Vice President of Texas Municipal League
Cullen College of Engineering alumnus Daniel Wong, Ph.D., P.E., has been elected the First Vice President of the Texas Municipal League (TML), Region...

Cullen College of Engineering alumnus Daniel Wong, Ph.D., P.E., has been elected the First Vice President of the Texas Municipal League (TML), Region 14.

Graduate Student Receives Fellowship for Work in Water Purification
Archana Venkataramanan, an environmental engineering graduate student with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, received a $5,000...
Environmental Engineering graduate student Archana Venkataramanan works with a electrocoagulation unit designed for drinking water purification research. Photo by Stephen Pinchback.

Archana Venkataramanan, an environmental engineering graduate student with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, received a $5,000 fellowship from the Ivanhoe Foundation for her research on drinking water purification.

Civil Engineering Professor Named Lifetime Member of ASCE
Jerry Rogers, associate professor of civil engineering with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, has been named a Life Member of...

Jerry Rogers, associate professor of civil engineering with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, has been named a Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The organization extends life membership to those who reach the age of 65 and have held membership in the organization for 30 years.

State Grants Engineering Researchers Nearly $500k
Professors at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering received five grants totaling almost half a million dollars from the state of...

Professors at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering received five grants totaling almost half a million dollars from the state of Texas’ Advanced Research Program.

The program, which was founded in 1987, employs a competitive peer-reviewed system to fund the scientific and engineering research projects of faculty members at Texas higher education institutions. Awards are given once every two years.

Alumnus Appointed to the Texas Board of Professional Engineers
Cullen College of Engineering alumnus Daniel Wong, Ph.D., P.E., was recently appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve on the Texas Board of...

Cullen College of Engineering alumnus Daniel Wong, Ph.D., P.E., was recently appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve on the Texas Board of Professional Engineers. The Board is responsible for licensing qualified engineers, enforcing the Texas Engineering Practice Act and regulating the practice of professional engineering in Texas.

Symons Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
Civil Engineering Professor Emeritus Recognized for Teaching and Research James Symons, Distinguished Cullen Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering...

Civil Engineering Professor Emeritus Recognized for Teaching and Research

James Symons, Distinguished Cullen Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering with the University of Houston, has been awarded one of the most prestigious honors granted by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the Abel Wolman Award of Excellence.

UH Engineering Research Claims Two TxDOT Awards for Innovation
Three University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering professors claimed top research innovation awards from the Texas Department of...

Three University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering professors claimed top research innovation awards from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the state agency has announced.

UH Civil Engineering Research Recognized with SSRC Vinnakota Award
The results of research conducted in the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering were recently recognized in April 2005 by the Structural...

The results of research conducted in the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering were recently recognized in April 2005 by the Structural Stability Research Council (SSRC), which presented them with the Vinnakota Award for a paper detailing their research efforts. The research work will soon be put into practice in the construction of bridges used in the renovation of the Fulton and Irvington overpasses on Loop 610 in north Houston. Ozgur Egilmez, Ph.D.

UH Engineering Student Gives Back to Community, Teaches to Reinforce Knowledge
Joseph Joubert said, “To teach is to learn twice,” and civil engineering senior Kimani Augustine has lived by that principle. From his teaching...

Joseph Joubert said, “To teach is to learn twice,” and civil engineering senior Kimani Augustine has lived by that principle. From his teaching career in the Caribbean to the various tutorial programs he participates in at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, Augustine has fed his passion for math and science by sharing it with others.

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