University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Welcome to the April 2017 issue of the ECE Newsletter from the University of Houston. As the semester comes to a close I am excited to share the remarkable accomplishments of our faculty, students and industry partners. An NSF-funded center has been established at UH to bring together academia and industry to find new solutions to neural diseases and injuries. The BRAIN Center (Building Reliable Advances and Innovation in Neurotechnology) will be led by electrical and computer engineering professor Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal and researchers from Arizona State University, who will work with industry to speed new neural technologies to market. And, in an incredible accomplishment by our students, our IEEE student branch has been named the best in the region by the national organization for their programs in community engagement and student success.

Read more below to find how ECE is in the news, how our students are succeeding, and how we are engaged with the Houston community!


Badri Roysam, ECE Department Chair


Featured Story
Academia, Industry Collaborate on Solutions to Neural Disease, Injury


Research News


Formation Speed of Catalysts

Stanko Brankovic made a groundbreaking discovery on the speed in which catalysts are formed. His research results showed that reaction kinetics of metal deposition are significantly impacted by the design of the reaction solution and ion concentrations.



Communication in the Internet of Things

Zhu Han and Miao Pan received a NSF grant to research communication and networking for the Internet of Things systems. This research will advance the knowledge of communications engineering, and potentially be used by industry for network development, impacting future industrial standardizations.



Fundamentals of Solid-State Batteries

Doctoral student Karun Kumar Rao has been offered a NASA Fellowship to research the fundamental composition of solid-state batteries. This research will improve the function of batteries in space exploration.



Recent News

MRI-Powered Mini-Robots Could Offer Targeted Treatment

Subsea Engineering Leader Joins Cullen College as Founding Director of Engineering Programs in Katy

National Science Foundation Honors Scientists, like Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal, who Support Troops


In the Community

Chevron Inspires Houston-area Girls to Engineer the Future at Annual UH Event

Women in Engineering Become Women in Red at Spring Event

Becker's Robots and Students Visit Charter School


Student Success

UH IEEE Student Chapter Named Best in the Region by IEEE National

Ribbon Cut on New Cullen College Career Closet

UH Among Top U.S. Universities for Return on Investment and Upward Mobility



PHOTOS: College Hosts Recruiting Event for Future Cougar Engineers

PHOTOS: IEEE Annual Chili Cook-off

PHOTOS: Over 100 Companies Recruit UH Engineering Students at Career Fair


News from the Industry Advisory Board

Need a job? Leverage Your Networking Skills!

Member of ECE Industry Advisory Board Receives Award from National Organization



Upcoming Events

Cullen College of Engineering Convocation
5/13/2017, 2 p.m.

2017 EAA Alumni Awards Gala
6/8/2017, 6-9 p.m.

ECE Speaker Series

Nanomaterials Speaker Series



UH Cullen College of Engineering, E421 Engineering Bldg 2, Houston TX 77204-4007  |  713-743-4200
The University of Houston is an EEO/AA institution.