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Distinguished chemical engineer and BASF executive Heidi Alderman will serve as the spring 2018 commencement speaker for the UH Cullen College of Engineering.

Distinguished chemical engineer and BASF executive Heidi Alderman will be the featured speaker at the UH Cullen College of Engineering 2018 commencement on Friday, May 11.

BASF Executive Heidi Alderman to be UH Cullen College 2018 Commencement Speaker
Science experiments dazzled and inspired participants at the 2018 Girls Engineering the Future! sponsored by Chevron.

The Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston was a happening place this weekend — rockets launched into the sky with great puffs of smoke, robots performed amazing feats, and propeller-powered cars raced down corridors as happy shrieks filled the air.

About a thousand Houston-area girls, from grades 4-8, flooded the Cullen College and its surroundings on Saturday, March 24 for the third annual “Girls Engineering the Future Day: A STEM Event,” sponsored by Chevron.

UH Engineers, Chevron Introduce Houston-area Girls to STEM Fun
Researchers and students from the University of Houston are working with fourth- and fifth-grade boys to promote interest in STEM.

Both the medium and the message are STEM – encouraging fourth and fifth-grade African-American and Latino boys to embrace the cool factor of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through hands-on engineering activities with their fathers and other mentors from the University of Houston.

Boys, Fathers and Mentors Work Together for STEM Engagement
Professor Jose Contreras-Vidal, known for his work with prosthetics and brain-computer interfaces, with students.

The UH Cullen College of Engineering is several steps closer to landing a spot among the Top 50 engineering colleges in America.

The 2019 U.S. News and World Report rankings place the Cullen College on the list of the Best Engineering Schools of 2019. It moved up from #73 in the year before to #69. The ranking is shared by Clemson University, Colorado State University, Tufts University and the University of Iowa.

UH Engineering Rises in U.S. News Rankings
Dr. E. May, UH biomedical engineering professor, appointed NSF program director

Elebeoba E. May, associate professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, received a $215,032 Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) award from the National Science Foundation.

UH Biomedical Engineering Professor Appointed by National Science Foundation as Program Director
  • UH Biomedical Engineering Professor Appointed By National Science Foundation As Program Director
    UH Biomedical Engineering Professor Appointed By National Science Foundation As Program Director

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  • UH Engineer Locates Brain’s Seizure Onset Zone In Record Time
    UH Engineer Locates Brain’s Seizure Onset Zone In Record Time

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  • PROMES Scholar Wins Student Leadership Award at the 2018 BEYA STEM Conference
    PROMES Scholar Wins Student Leadership Award at the 2018 BEYA STEM Conference

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  • Communicating with Neurons: Journal Features UH Engineer’s Research on Cover
    Communicating with Neurons: Journal Features UH Engineer’s Research on Cover

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  • Could a Saliva Test Be Next for Lupus?
    Could a Saliva Test Be Next for Lupus?

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  • Smartphones and Biomarkers: Test for Kidney Inflammation from the Comfort of Home
    Smartphones and Biomarkers: Test for Kidney Inflammation from the Comfort of Home

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  • <a href="https://www.egr.uh.edu/news/201507/journal-cover-features-uh-bioartificial-heart-research" target="_blank">Read more</a>
    We are engineering new strategies to grow bioartificial hearts

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  • <a href="https://www.egr.uh.edu/news/201505/uh-engineers-develop-optical-probes-better-diagnosis-and-treatment-kidney-disease" target="_blank">Read more</a>
    We are improving disease detection methods

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  • <a href="https://www.egr.uh.edu/news/201407/medical-journal-houston-features-shevkoplyas-blood-transfusion-research" target="_blank">Read more</a>
    We are making blood transfusions safer

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  • <a href="https://www.egr.uh.edu/news/201309/parkinsons-surgery-research-wins-nsf-grant" target="_blank">Read more</a>
    We are making groundbreaking discoveries in neuroscience

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    We are promoting collaboration, interdisciplinary research and idea sharing

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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
From left, Dr. Lintao Cai, Dr. Guanglin Li, Dr Metin Akay, chair, UH BME department, Dr. Hairong Zheng, Dr Yingchun Zhang, UH BME Department

The Cullen College department of biomedical engineering hosted a roster of distinguished international guests.

Global Visitors Come To Cullen College Biomedical Engineering Department

Faculty Accolades

Dr. E. May, UH biomedical engineering professor, appointed NSF program director

Elebeoba E. May, associate professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, received a $215,032 Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) award from the National Science Foundation.

UH Biomedical Engineering Professor Appointed by National Science Foundation as Program Director
From left, Dr. Lintao Cai, Dr. Guanglin Li, Dr Metin Akay, chair, UH BME department, Dr. Hairong Zheng, Dr Yingchun Zhang, UH BME Department

The Cullen College department of biomedical engineering hosted a roster of distinguished international guests.

Global Visitors Come To Cullen College Biomedical Engineering Department

Student Success

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 Student Spreads International Compassion and Kindness to Needy
Gwen Musial, (second from right) watches as students use a prism to split white light into a rainbow

For engineering graduate students bound for careers in academia, there’s probably no better honor than to be accepted into the Institute for Scientist & Engineer Educators (ISEE) Professional Development Program (PDP), a three-part series that teaches you how to teach, create a curriculum and then put it to work.

Setting Her Sights on Teaching: Graduate Student Completes Three-Part ISEE Course

Student Success

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 Student Spreads International Compassion and Kindness to Needy
Tianfu Wu's lab has created a tool so sensitive it can detect biomolecules

Tianfu Wu used to dream of the day when cancer could be detected long before it was diagnosed. Now he sees that day dawning because of a system his research group created called the ultrasensitive polymeric sensing system (UPSS), which may detect biomarkers early – well before an illness strikes.

Finding Disease and Toxins Early: Tianfu Wu’s Laboratory Creates Ultra-Sensitive Detection Tool

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