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Satellite image of Hurricane Katrina, Courtesy of NASA

The Gulf Coast has been spared a major hurricane in the past few years, but as most Houstonians know all-too-well, the wrath of Mother Nature is never far away.

UH Engineer to Host Conference on Hurricane and Disaster Preparation and Recovery
Chen Wu is enlightened

Chen Wu, Cullen College Ph.D. student in biomedical engineering, is the winner of a $2,500 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship from SPIE, the international society advancing light‐based science, engineering and technology. SPIE (formed as the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers) honors those, like Wu, for potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics or related fields.

International Organization Sees the Light, Awards Cullen College Ph.D. Student

When it comes to success in engineering studies, the data is clear: the better students do in their first-year core classes, the higher the chances that they will complete their engineering degrees.

Photos: First-Year Students Shine at First Year Experience Summit
When he's not out in the world assisting those in need, Pietro Cicalese is usually in the M.D. Anderson library studying.

In the summer of 2015 UH biomedical engineering student Pietro Cicalese found himself surrounded by astonishing squalor in Haiti. The area was densely populated yet there was no water or medical resources for the sick. And the houses – if you could call them that – were shacks.

“I have never seen anything like that. It was very eye opening to see poverty of that scale,” said Cicalese.

Cullen College Undergrad Spreads International Compassion and Kindness to Needy
30 p.m. Dr. Brookshire’s family will host a memorial on the UH campus at the Student Center, Houston Room. Friends and family are invited.

UH alumnus William A. Brookshire, Ph.D. (BSChE '57), co-founder and chairman of the board of S&B Engineers and Constructors, died on April 21, 2016.

Joseph Tedesco, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Dean of the Cullen College of Engineering said, “Dr. Brookshire was a fine gentleman and one of our great philanthropists, always in search of new ways to help students and professors. We will forever feel his generosity and his loss in equal measures.”

William A. Brookshire Leaves Legacy of Generosity and Dedication to the Cullen College
  • Pietro Cicalese is an Engineering Student and Humanitarian
    Pietro Cicalese is an Engineering Student and Humanitarian

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  • Yingchun Zhang’s Electrodes Advance Treatment For Stroke Patients
    Yingchun Zhang’s Electrodes Advance Treatment For Stroke Patients

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  • GRAD STUDENT KNOWS THE MATH BEHIND HOW YOUR HAND MOVES!
    GRAD STUDENT KNOWS THE MATH BEHIND HOW YOUR HAND MOVES!

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  • A Perfect Marriage: Two Professors See Eye to Eye on Curing Retinal Disease
    A Perfect Marriage: Two Professors See Eye to Eye on Curing Retinal Disease

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  • How Ilknur Telkes Operates: Targeting Areas for Brain Surgery, Winning Award
    How Ilknur Telkes Operates: Targeting Areas for Brain Surgery, Winning Award

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    Vision Researcher Muayyad Al-Ubaidi Joins Faculty

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    Muna Naash, Expert on the Genetics of Retinal Disorders, Joins Faculty

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    Biomaterials and Nanofabrication Expert Sheereen Majd Joins Faculty

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    Neural Engineering Expert Mohammad Reza Abidian Joins Faculty

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    Brain-Machine Interface Expert Joe Francis Joins Faculty

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    We are engineering new strategies to grow bioartificial hearts

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    We are improving disease detection methods

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    We are making blood transfusions safer

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    We are finding new treatments for lupus

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    We are making groundbreaking discoveries in neuroscience

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    We are promoting collaboration, interdisciplinary research and idea sharing

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Faculty Accolades

With high-density electrodes placed on the arm of grad student Nick Dias, Yingchun Zhang (far right) monitors muscle contractions to pinpoint the neuromuscular junction. Grad student Chuan Zhang, far left, observes.

A UH biomedical engineer is zeroing in on the gap where nerve meets muscle to bring more precise treatment to stroke patients. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded more than $434,000 to Assistant Professor Yingchun Zhang to delve deep into the neuromuscular junction, the connector of the nerve and muscle fiber, to calculate the exact spot to deliver the dose of motion-restoring Botox.

Treating Stroke Patients at the Intersection of Nerve and Muscle

Two Cullen College biomedical engineering professors, Muna Naash, John S. Dunn Endowed Professor and Muayyad Al-Ubaidi, see eye-to-eye on just about everything.

Eyes on the Prize: Two Biomedical Engineers Awarded $1.1M to Study Unique Gene Specific to the Eye

Faculty Accolades

Ferhat Alkan (L), Houston's Turkish consul general, visits with biomedical Professor Sergy Shevkoplyas

Cullen College’s biomedical engineering department was host to Houston’s Turkish consul general on Nov. 1. Ferhat Alkan met professors and visited labs before having lunch with a few faculty and staff members.

Turkish Consul General Visits Cullen College’s Biomedical Engineering Department
In a galaxy on UH campus, Professor Joe Francis is perfecting Jedi mind control

To the unfamiliar, it might seem a Jedi mind trick – the notion of controlling robots by simply thinking of what you wish for them to do. If so, then Joe Francis, associate professor of biomedical engineering, is Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Professor Joe Francis’ Mind is Teeming with Ways to Team with Robots

Student Success

Biomedical engineering grad student Ilknur Telkes is targeting areas of the brain impacted by Parkinson's disease

Ilknur Telkes, a fourth-year biomedical Ph.D. student in the Cullen College of Engineering, spends a good bit of her time in the operating room at Baylor College of Medicine.

Cullen College Graduate Student Targets Areas for Brain Surgery, Wins Junior Scientist Award
Serra Reed, Outstanding Junior

Undergraduate mechanical engineering students Tam Nguyen, a senior, and Serrae Reed, a junior, focus on their studies with the precision of the engineers they are becoming. Upon graduation, Nguyen has an engineering job nailed down at Shell, and Reed is conducting research on solar cells and the efficiency in which light is harvested for energy production.

Cullen College of Engineering’s 2016-2017 Outstanding Students Named

Student Success

Launch into Engineering is a launch into fun for high schoolers

Approximately 120 Houston high school students blasted onto the UH campus to launch into engineering! The 5th annual “Launch into Engineering” is a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) outreach event to attract college-bound students to the STEM fields.

UH Society of Women Engineers Hosts High Schoolers

At the University of Houston, graduate students aren’t the only ones diving into research this summer.

Undergrads Engineer the Future of Research at the Cullen College

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