Faculty Accolades

Smartphone-based Early Warning Systems for Earthquakes Can Save Lives: BYU Radio Interviews UH Engineer
After a powerful 7.8 earthquake shook the nation of Nepal last Saturday, many media outlets around the world are asking whether anything could have...

After a powerful 7.8 earthquake shook the nation of Nepal last Saturday, many media outlets around the world are asking whether anything could have been done to save some of the nearly 4,000 lives who were lost because of the quake.

Houston’s Channel 2 News Covers Cullen College’s Bridge Beam Research
An investigative reporter with Houston’s Channel 2 News tapped into ongoing research at the UH Cullen College of Engineering aimed at improving aging...

An investigative reporter with Houston’s Channel 2 News tapped into ongoing research at the UH Cullen College of Engineering aimed at improving aging infrastructures across the U.S.

Researchers Test Smartphones for Earthquake Warning
Smartphones and other personal electronic devices could, in regions where they are in widespread use, function as early warning systems for large...

Smartphones and other personal electronic devices could, in regions where they are in widespread use, function as early warning systems for large earthquakes, according to newly reported research. This technology could serve regions of the world that cannot afford higher quality but more expensive conventional earthquake early warning systems.

Thomas Hsu Named ASCE Distinguished Member
Thomas Hsu is a Moores Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, an author of multiple civil engineering textbooks and a nationally-...

Thomas Hsu is a Moores Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, an author of multiple civil engineering textbooks and a nationally-recognized researcher. This spring, Hsu will add another title to his resume: Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Professor Helps South Asian Countries Manage Water Resources With NASA Grant
Hyongki Lee, assistant professor in the Cullen College’s department of civil and environmental engineering, has won a grant through NASA’s Applied...

Hyongki Lee, assistant professor in the Cullen College’s department of civil and environmental engineering, has won a grant through NASA’s Applied Sciences Program to help South Asian nations independently manage their water resources using softwar

Joseph Tedesco, Dean of Cullen College, Elected as ASCE Fellow
Joseph W. Tedesco, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Dean of the UH Cullen College of Engineering, has been elected as a fellow of the American Society of Civil...

Joseph W. Tedesco, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Dean of the UH Cullen College of Engineering, has been elected as a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Two Engineering Professors Earn NSF CAREER Awards
Two professors in the Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston earned Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program awards from...

Two professors in the Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston earned Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) this year. Each received a five-year, $500,000 grant for integration of outstanding research and educational outreach.

Engineers Earn Grant to Expand Base Plate Connection Research in Low-rise Metal Buildings
Metal buildings comprise almost 50 percent of all non-residential, low-rise construction in the United States. The most common configuration is the...

Metal buildings comprise almost 50 percent of all non-residential, low-rise construction in the United States. The most common configuration is the gabled frame with sets of exterior columns supporting rafters that form house-shaped peaks, and base plates serve as the load-resisting mechanisms that withstand horizontal forces, such as high winds.

Cullen College Professor Honored for Work in Nanomaterials
Debora Rodrigues, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Houston, has received the Emerging Investigator...

Debora Rodrigues, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Houston, has received the Emerging Investigator award from the Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO).

Cullen College Welcomes Roberto Ballarini as Civil Engineering Department Chair
The UH Cullen College of Engineering is proud to welcome Roberto Ballarini as the new Chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department....
Roberto Ballarini, Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

The UH Cullen College of Engineering is proud to welcome Roberto Ballarini as the new Chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.

Ballarini comes to UH from the University of Minnesota, where he served as the James L. Record Professor of Civil Engineering for eight years in addition to heading the Department from 2007 to 2012.

Craig Glennie Appointed Associate Editor of ASCE Journal of Surveying
The American Society of Civil Engineer's Journal of Surveying's newest associate editor is Craig Glennie, assistant professor of civil and...
Craig Glennie

The American Society of Civil Engineer's Journal of Surveying's newest associate editor is Craig Glennie, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Cullen College.

Civil & Environmental Engineering Researcher Wins NASA's New Investigator Award
Hyongki Lee, assistant professor in the Cullen College’s department of civil and environmental engineering, has won NASA’s New (Early Career)...

Hyongki Lee, assistant professor in the Cullen College’s department of civil and environmental engineering, has won NASA’s New (Early Career) Investigator Award in Earth Science.

NCALM Researcher Awarded $200K To Develop Open-Source LiDAR Software
Computers and other technologies have vastly increased our ability to collect data on just about anything you can imagine. However, one major...

Computers and other technologies have vastly increased our ability to collect data on just about anything you can imagine. However, one major drawback to this is our inability to keep up with the amount of data being produced by these technologies. In many cases, the vast amounts of data being collected are going unused – that is, until more sophisticated software or other data-mining tools can be developed to decipher, apply and use this data in meaningful ways.

International Team Using Shape Memory Alloys to Rehab Concrete Structures
A team of researchers from University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering and Qatar University has won a $779,000 grant to develop a new way to...
Dawood

A team of researchers from University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering and Qatar University has won a $779,000 grant to develop a new way to rehabilitate deteriorating reinforced concrete structures.

Researchers Win $700k Grant to Develop Pipeline Safety System
Damage to natural gas pipelines is both dangerous and expensive to repair. Much of it is also entirely avoidable. Excavators cause about 30 percent...
Cullen College researchers are developing a low-cost system that can send out warnings when an excavator is digging to close to a pipeline.

Damage to natural gas pipelines is both dangerous and expensive to repair. Much of it is also entirely avoidable.

Excavators cause about 30 percent of pipeline damage incidents. In most of these events, the team working the excavator hadn’t bothered to find out if a natural gas pipeline is nearby before digging, even though there’s a national hotline set up to provide this information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

UH Professor Creates “Definitive Guide” on Nuclear Power Infrastructure
Worldwide, dozens of nuclear power plants are scheduled for construction during the next decade, while hundreds more will be reviewed and examined by...
Thomas Hsu

Worldwide, dozens of nuclear power plants are scheduled for construction during the next decade, while hundreds more will be reviewed and examined by regulators. Thanks to the efforts of a University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering professor, the designers and operators of these facilities will have the most up-to-date guidelines on nuclear plant infrastructure available in one book.

UH Researchers Mapping Tahoe National Forest, Bit by Bit
Researchers with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering are creating what will likely be the most accurate and detailed map of a...
A section of Honduran rainforest mapped by NCALM researchers. The center will use the same LiDAR technology to create a much larger map of the Tahoe National Forest.

Researchers with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering are creating what will likely be the most accurate and detailed map of a forested area the world has ever seen.

Civil Engineering Faculty Writing Bridge Design Specs for New Structural Material
A civil infrastructure that provides essentials like clean running water and passable roads is essential to a healthy and prosperous society. While...
Belarbi

A civil infrastructure that provides essentials like clean running water and passable roads is essential to a healthy and prosperous society. While concrete and steel remain the backbones of modern infrastructure, civil engineers are exploring ways to add advanced composite materials to the mix. These materials could increase the service life of existing structures in need of repair and new structures alike by decades.

Rifai Named "Environmental Professional of the Year"
Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Hanadi Rifai has been named the Environmental Professional of the Year by the Texas Association of...
Rifai

Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Hanadi Rifai has been named the Environmental Professional of the Year by the Texas Association of Environmental Professionals (TAEP).

Glacier Study Explores Sea Levels, Water Resources
Hyongki Lee, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, is part of...
Satellite altimeter tracks over the Bering Glacier in Alaska.

Hyongki Lee, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, is part of an international team studying shrinking mountain glaciers and ice caps using satellite remote sensing measurements.

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