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National Magazine Features UH Engineer’s Smartphone Tool to Detect Lead in Drinking Water
Lead poisoning has become a national concern as aging water pipes pose a threat to public health. You just have to mention Flint, Mich. for Americans...
UH professor Wei-Chuan Shih & his research team's new smartphone tool to detect lead in water made the news.

Lead poisoning has become a national concern as aging water pipes pose a threat to public health. You just have to mention Flint, Mich. for Americans to acknowledge the dangerous realities of contaminated water.

Photos: UH Engineering Hosts 6th Annual 2018 ECE Alumni Mixer
UH Cullen College’s Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department hosted its annual alumni mixer last week at Saint Arnold Brewing Company on...

UH Cullen College’s Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department hosted its annual alumni mixer last week at Saint Arnold Brewing Company on Thursday, November 8th. 

Distinguished Alumnus, Bilfinger Executive to be UH Cullen College Fall 2018 Commencement Speaker
Terrance “Terri” Ivers, P.E. (BSME ’80), is coming home to the UH Cullen College of Engineering as the featured speaker at its commencement on Dec....
Terrance “Terri” Ivers, P.E. (BSME ’80) is the fall 2018 UH Cullen College of Engineering commencement speaker.

Terrance “Terri” Ivers, P.E. (BSME ’80), is coming home to the UH Cullen College of Engineering as the featured speaker at its commencement on Dec. 13 at the NRG Arena. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from UH in 1980 and has remained involved in the Cullen College community throughout the course of his 37 year-long career.

Undergrads From Across the Country Work As UH Engineering Researchers Over Summer
UH Cullen College’s REU Programs Focus on Materials Science, Neurotechnologies   For 10 weeks over the summer, undergraduate students from across...
Student researcher presented their work at the 2018 UH REU Poster Session to students and faculty

UH Cullen College’s REU Programs Focus on Materials Science, Neurotechnologies

 

For 10 weeks over the summer, undergraduate students from across the U.S. became bonafide engineering researchers, working alongside some of UH Cullen College’s brightest minds to solve some of the world’s most pressing technical challenges with science and ingenuity.

Bang for Your Buck: Three UH Engineering Online Master’s Programs Ranked Among Top in Nation for Return on Investment
Three online master’s programs in the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering were recognized for providing high return on investment and...
UH civil engineering program makes the 2019 Best Online Colleges list.

Three online master’s programs in the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering were recognized for providing high return on investment and best value in the 2019 Best Online Colleges rankings released by SR Education Group.

The recently released rankings put the online M.S. degree in civil engineering at No. 5, electrical engineering at No .11 and mechanical engineering at No. 19.

UH ECE Professor Guest Edits Special Issue of Electrochemical Journal
Stanko Brankovic, professor of electric and computer engineering and chemical and biomolecular engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering,...
Stanko Brankovic, a UH researcher, guest edits a special issue of the The Electrochemical Society Interface.

Stanko Brankovic, professor of electric and computer engineering and chemical and biomolecular engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, served as a guest editor for a special issue of The Electrochemical Society Interface.

Building the UH Engineering Legacy at Katy: From Foundation to New Heights
Q & A With Founding Director Phaneendra Kondapi   Plans for the Cullen College of Engineering to expand into the Katy area grow more concrete...
Phaneendra "Phani" Kondapi brings a unique and invaluable skillset to his roles as founding director of the UH engineering programs at Katy and director of the UH subsea engineering program.

Q & A With Founding Director Phaneendra Kondapi

 

Plans for the Cullen College of Engineering to expand into the Katy area grow more concrete each day as the construction of the University of Houston Katy Campus progresses. The 84,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art building will open its doors to hundreds of UH engineering students in fall 2019.

Paper Outlining Fuel Cell Discovery Wins AIChE Best Fundamental Paper Award
Cullen College engineering professors collaborate to solve monolayer catalyst mystery   The South Texas Section (STS) of the American Institute of...
Stanko Brankovic and Lars Grabow, two UH Cullen College of Engineering professors, accept the STS-AIChE Best Fundamental Paper Award.

Cullen College engineering professors collaborate to solve monolayer catalyst mystery

 

The South Texas Section (STS) of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) chose a paper written by two UH Cullen College of Engineering professors and their Ph.D. students for its Best Fundamental Paper Award.

The award was presented Tuesday at the monthly STS-AIChE meeting in Galveston.

‘Smart’ Robotic System Could Offer Home-Based Rehabilitation
Industry Partnership Supports Faster Track to Commercialize Accessible Healthcare   Researchers in Houston and elsewhere have shown that robotic...
While early prototypes of robotic rehabilitation systems controlled by the user's own brain required the use of skullcaps embedded with sensors, researchers are developing a simpler version that can be used at home.

Industry Partnership Supports Faster Track to Commercialize Accessible Healthcare

 

Researchers in Houston and elsewhere have shown that robotic systems controlled by the user’s own brain activity can help patients recovering from stroke and other disabling injuries. But the demonstrations have taken place in highly controlled settings, and none of the systems have been approved for use in clinics or patient’s homes.

Optical Society Elects UH ECE Professor Jiming Bao as Fellow
Bao recognized for contributions to the field of semiconductor and metallic nanostructures
Jiming Bao, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering

Bao recognized for contributions to the field of semiconductor and metallic nanostructures

Researchers Create Smartphone System to Test for Lead in Water
Unlike Most Commercially Available Tests, It Can Detect Levels Below EPA Standards   The discovery of lead in Flint, Michigan’s drinking water drew...
UH researchers built a self-contained smartphone microscope that can operate in both fluorescence and dark-field imaging modes and paired it with an inexpensive Lumina 640 smartphone with an 8-megapixel camera.

Unlike Most Commercially Available Tests, It Can Detect Levels Below EPA Standards

 

The discovery of lead in Flint, Michigan’s drinking water drew renewed attention to the health risks posed by the metal. Now researchers at the University of Houston have created an inexpensive system using a smartphone and a lens made with an inkjet printer that can detect lead in tap water at levels commonly accepted as dangerous.

Renowned Engineering Faculty Join Cullen College
The UH Cullen College of Engineering is kicking off the 2018-2019 academic year by adding seven new faculty members to its teaching and research...
Birol Dindoruk, Professor of Petroleum Engineering at UH Cullen College

The UH Cullen College of Engineering is kicking off the 2018-2019 academic year by adding seven new faculty members to its teaching and research rosters, including a member of the presigious National Academy of Engineering. They specialize in fields ranging from reservoir engineering to neuro-engineering, and their research covers topics ranging from water resources to power and energy systems.

UH G.R.A.D.E. Camp Celebrates 15 Years of Introducing Engineering to New Generations of Girls
Spending summer days engineering can be creative, empowering and fun. Imagine taking bits and pieces of circuitry, plastic and metal to build robots...
Julie Rogers, a Cullen College mechanical engineering senior and a G.R.A.D.E. Camp counselor, works with camper Natalie Cramer, an 8th-grader from Pearland.

Spending summer days engineering can be creative, empowering and fun. Imagine taking bits and pieces of circuitry, plastic and metal to build robots, then programming them to navigate mazes; venturing out into the warm sunshine with friends to collect water from the UH campus pond and testing it for invisible microbes; or creating Texas-shaped earrings using a 3-D printer. These are defining moments of doing, creating memories and building friendships.

UH Professor Part of National Event on the Interworking of Art and the Brain
Contreras-Vidal seeks to answer what happens in the brain as people create and enjoy art   Bringing together scientific research and artistic...
Jose Contreras-Vidal, a UH researcher, in discussion with a dancer for his "Brain on Art" research.

Contreras-Vidal seeks to answer what happens in the brain as people create and enjoy art

 

Bringing together scientific research and artistic inquiry is a serious mission for the D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER). It offers monthly conversations about different interdisciplinary topics with invited speakers from all over America.

Cullen College Staff Wins UH President’s Excellence Award
Delvina Branch, office coordinator in the department of electrical and computer engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, received a 2018...
Delvina Branch, winner of a President's Excellence Award, with Renu Khator, UH president; Joseph W. Tedesco, Elizabeth D. Rockwell dean of the UH Cullen College of Engineering; and Suresh Khator, associate dean of graduate programs and computing facilities at the Cullen College.

Delvina Branch, office coordinator in the department of electrical and computer engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, received a 2018 President's Excellence Award.

“It was a tremendous honor to be nominated and to win,” said Branch, who has worked at UH for four years. “I truly appreciate my department for thinking of me and nominating me.”

Mission: Possible — Mapping Dangerous Terrain
UH Engineers Focus on Degradable Reconnaissance Vehicles and Evasive Drone Maneuvers   Ensuring military forces have up-to-date information about a...
UH researchers are testing prototypes for the project in Brays Bayou.

UH Engineers Focus on Degradable Reconnaissance Vehicles and Evasive Drone Maneuvers

 

Ensuring military forces have up-to-date information about a potentially hostile region offers obvious advantages, but current methods for doing that – especially along shorelines, where underwater mines and other hazards can pose serious risks – all have drawbacks. It is especially difficult if keeping the technology out of enemy hands is a priority.

UH Researchers Win $1M Award to Boost Student Success
The National Science Foundation awarded a $999,029 grant to a team of University of Houston researchers for a new program aimed at studying the...
Lisette Montemayor, incoming freshman, is part of UH's newest Student Success Program funded by the NSF.

The National Science Foundation awarded a $999,029 grant to a team of University of Houston researchers for a new program aimed at studying the impact of scholarships, engagement and other support on low-income students and their academic success.

UH Engineering Professor Wins IEEE Distinguished Educator Award
IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society recognizes Stuart Long for his ‘commitment to electromagnetics education.’  
Stuart Long, professor of electrical & computer engineering at the UH Cullen College, teaches a 2018 G.R.A.D.E. Camp workshop.

IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society recognizes Stuart Long for his ‘commitment to electromagnetics education.’

 

Second Annual Advisory Meeting Showcases Innovative BRAIN Center Neurotechnologies
The Building Reliable Advancements in Neurotechnology (BRAIN) Center welcomed engineering faculty, staff and students from UH and ASU along with a “...

The Building Reliable Advancements in Neurotechnology (BRAIN) Center welcomed engineering faculty, staff and students from UH and ASU along with a “who’s who” of industry leaders to the second annual Industry Advisory Board meeting at the Royal Sonesta hotel in Houston, Texas this May.

Wearable Technology to Track Brain, Predict Illness
University of Houston researcher examines skin to predict stress, illness University of Houston electrical engineer Rose T. Faghih has been awarded...
With a $175,000 award from the National Science Foundation, UH electrical engineer Rose T. Faghih will examine whether wrist-worn wearable devices can transform how mental-stress-related diseases are diagnosed and treated.

University of Houston researcher examines skin to predict stress, illness

University of Houston electrical engineer Rose T. Faghih has been awarded $175,000 by the National Science Foundation to examine whether wrist-worn wearable devices, like fitbits or Apple watches, can be used to peer into the brain. She thinks they can.

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