Faculty Accolades

The Best of Our Brightest: Outstanding Service Awards Given in Cullen College
Excellence in engineering took center stage as Joseph W. Tedesco, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Dean of the Cullen College, recognized the outstanding...
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Excellence in engineering took center stage as Joseph W. Tedesco, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Dean of the Cullen College, recognized the outstanding performances of faculty, staff and students in teaching, research and service at the spring faculty and staff meeting.

Teaming Up Through Technology: UH and MIT Engineering Students Share Knowledge of Materials
Three days a week Konrad Krakowiak, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, stands before 13 students that make up his Cullen...
Konrad Krakowiak welcomes MIT students into his classroom via the big screen

Three days a week Konrad Krakowiak, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, stands before 13 students that make up his Cullen College engineering materials course to talk about concrete. Eighteen-hundred miles away, at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Professor Franz-Josef Ulm does the same thing, teaching the same course to his six students.

UH Engineers Join Forces to Transform Water Purification System
When it comes to clean water, Yandi Hu and Debora Rodrigues have a thirst for it. Hu, UH assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering,...
Debora Rodrigues (left) and Yandi Hu hold mesh polyamide filter they will modify to advance water purification

When it comes to clean water, Yandi Hu and Debora Rodrigues have a thirst for it. Hu, UH assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, works with Flint, Michigan on their water crisis and conducts research on reducing lead release in water lines. Rodrigues, UH associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, helps improve global access to clean water with a nano-sized technology that can weed out metals and microorganisms from drinking sources.

Designing Safety: Cullen College and Taipei Center Renew Agreement to Improve Seismic Performance of Infrastructures
Continuing a successful 15-year-long partnership, the UH Cullen College’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) has renewed its...
UH engineering professors Mina Dawood, far left, and Roberto Ballarini, Thomas Hsu, last two on far right, with Shyh-Jiann Hwang, NCREE deputy director and Kuo-Chun Chang, NCREE director general, at the signing ceremony..

Continuing a successful 15-year-long partnership, the UH Cullen College’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) has renewed its collaborative agreement with the National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE) in Taipei, Taiwan for another five years.

$3 Million DOE Project to Evaluate Safety of Transporting Used Nuclear Fuel, Develop Methods to Monitor Fuel Stability During Transit
With more than 74,000 metric tons of used nuclear fuel stored at locations around the United States, ensuring the safety of moving it to more secure...
Kaspar Willam of the Cullen College of Engineering will lead an effort to develop monitoring techniques to ensure nuclear materials remain stable during transit under both normal conditions and in case of an accident.

With more than 74,000 metric tons of used nuclear fuel stored at locations around the United States, ensuring the safety of moving it to more secure disposal sites is a top federal priority.

A University of Houston engineer will lead a $3 million, multi-institution effort to develop monitoring techniques to ensure the nuclear materials remain stable during transit under both normal conditions and in case of an accident.

In Vietnam, UH Engineer Hyongki Lee Trains Stakeholders to use Satellite Data for Managing Water
Selected by NASA to help manage water for Indochina, Assistant Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Hyongki Lee is now teaching them how to...
Assistant Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Hyongki Lee teaching in Vietnam. Photo courtesy SERVIR GLOBAL

Selected by NASA to help manage water for Indochina, Assistant Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Hyongki Lee is now teaching them how to do it without him.

Cullen College Engineers Bring TxDOT Bridge Ratings Up to Date
Take a car trip from Houston and you’ll likely drive over one of the 50,000 bridges that span the great state of Texas. During your drive you...
Driving in Texas? You'll appreciate the work of (L-R) Mina Dawood, Qianmei (May) Feng and Abdeldjelil Belarbi

Take a car trip from Houston and you’ll likely drive over one of the 50,000 bridges that span the great state of Texas. During your drive you probably never wondered if the weight limits on the bridges were accurate. But then, that’s why we have Mina Dawood, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering in the Cullen College.

Houston Chronicle Profiles UH Engineers Who Are Changing the World
The Houston Chronicle recently profiled three UH engineers whose research is changing the world and shaping the future.

The Houston Chronicle recently profiled three UH engineers whose research is changing the world and shaping the future.

Cullen College Professor Discusses World’s Largest Indoor Waterfall with WIRED Magazine
Singapore’s Changi Airport, voted the world’s best airport for the fourth consecutive year, already offers travelers a wide array of top-notch...

Singapore’s Changi Airport, voted the world’s best airport for the fourth consecutive year, already offers travelers a wide array of top-notch amenities, including a rooftop pool, 24-hour cinema, butterfly garden and multiple spas. But in 2018, the airport will unveil its newest attraction – the world’s tallest indoor waterfall called the Rain Vortex.

UH Engineer Dives In to Determine How Much Water Exists In the World
Hyongki Lee, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Cullen College, is making quite a splash. Lee has accomplished so much...
SWOT image artist rendering, courtesy of NASA

Hyongki Lee, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Cullen College, is making quite a splash. Lee has accomplished so much in the field of water you could say he’s all over the map, but soon his work will be high above the map. He’s helped Pakistani officials manage water resources and was selected by NASA to do the same in Indochina.

Environmental Engineer Boosts Oil Production Efficiency with Department of Energy Grant
Everyone with a water faucet knows the nuisance of limescale, the chalky deposits of minerals that tend to build up inside of water heaters, pipes...

Everyone with a water faucet knows the nuisance of limescale, the chalky deposits of minerals that tend to build up inside of water heaters, pipes and pots. If left untreated, limescale can obstruct the flow of water through pipes and cause serious damage to various components of water lines and water heating systems.

Hyongki Lee’s Plan to Monitor Water is Out of This World
If it has to do with water, you can bet Assistant Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Hyongki Lee has an appetite whet for it. Fresh off...
Professor Hyongki Lee is helping manage water via satellite for Indochina

If it has to do with water, you can bet Assistant Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Hyongki Lee has an appetite whet for it. Fresh off the success of helping Pakistani officials manage water resources, he’s at it again, now selected by NASA to manage water for Indochina.

For Lee, it’s an issue of fairness.

NSF Awards UH Engineer Grant to Study Effects of Lead Phosphate in Water Lines
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded Yandi Hu, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the UH Cullen College...

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded Yandi Hu, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the UH Cullen College, a three-year, $188,531 grant to explore lead phosphate formations in water distribution lines.

UH Researcher Recognized for Work in Clean Energy
Debora Rodrigues, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, has received the 2016 Clean...

Debora Rodrigues, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, has received the 2016 Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Research Award.

Cullen College Engineers Discover Innovative Method to Destroy Bacteria
Researchers at the Cullen College of Engineering have discovered an innovative method for destroying bacteria in a matter of seconds by using light...

Researchers at the Cullen College of Engineering have discovered an innovative method for destroying bacteria in a matter of seconds by using light to heat highly porous gold nanodisks. A research paper describing the method was featured on the cover of the April issue of Optical Materials Express.

Civil and Environmental Engineering Chairman Delivers Lecture at Technical University of Vienna
Roberto Ballarini, Thomas and Laura Hsu Professor and Chairman of the department of civil and environmental engineering at the Cullen College, was...

Roberto Ballarini, Thomas and Laura Hsu Professor and Chairman of the department of civil and environmental engineering at the Cullen College, was invited to deliver a lecture at the Technical University of Vienna this month on strategies for cultivating a multidisciplinary environment in education and research.

UH Engineer Investigates Geologic Carbon Sequestration to Combat Climate Change
Yandi Hu, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Cullen College, is collaborating with researchers from the Lawrence...

Yandi Hu, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Cullen College, is collaborating with researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) to explore the use of geologic carbon sequestration to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide emissi

UH Engineer Helps Pakistan Officials Manage Water Resources with NASA’s Satellite Data
Using data collected from twin NASA satellites, a UH engineering professor is helping officials from the Pakistan Council of Research in Water...

Using data collected from twin NASA satellites, a UH engineering professor is helping officials from the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) to manage the country’s groundwater resources from approximately 300 miles above Earth.

UH Engineer Focuses on Improving Quality of Bridges
As the United States struggles to pay for expanding and maintaining the nation’s transportation infrastructure, a University of Houston research team...

As the United States struggles to pay for expanding and maintaining the nation’s transportation infrastructure, a University of Houston research team is proposing changes to the design for bridge construction that could dramatically lower maintenance costs while improving the quality of the bridges.

'Smart' Cement Could Talk to Engineers About Well Conditions
With the rattle and hum of a giant drilling bit churning through clay, a new frontier in oil and gas exploration began at the University of Houston...

With the rattle and hum of a giant drilling bit churning through clay, a new frontier in oil and gas exploration began at the University of Houston this spring.

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