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The Research Experience For Undergrads Inspires Students
For ten weeks during the summer, 12 undergraduate students from across the country are getting the chance of a lifetime on the UH campus, becoming...
REU student Kimi Bourland (center) with Haleh Ardebili (left) and Student Mentor Mengying Yuan (right)

For ten weeks during the summer, 12 undergraduate students from across the country are getting the chance of a lifetime on the UH campus, becoming engineering researchers in the Cullen College’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).

Work With Catalysts Changes Grad Students Into Award Winners
Three Cullen College chemical engineering Ph.D. students have returned from Denver, Co. where they were special guests at the 25th North American...
Wendy Lang, Sashank Kasiraju and Wei Qin in the lab where award-winning work takes place

Three Cullen College chemical engineering Ph.D. students have returned from Denver, Co. where they were special guests at the 25th North American Meeting (NAM25) of the North American Catalysis Society. Sashank Kasiraju, who studies under the direction of Assistant Professor Lars Grabow, Wendy Lang, who studies under Mike Harold, chair of chemical and biomolecular engineering and Wei Qin, mentored by Jeff Rimer, Ernest J. and Barbara M.

UH Materials Research Society Student Chapter Hosts Campus Symposium
The University of Houston-Materials Research Society Chapter (UH-MRS) hosted its first student symposium in the main lobby of engineering building 1...
Winners all around at the UH-MRS symposium!

The University of Houston-Materials Research Society Chapter (UH-MRS) hosted its first student symposium in the main lobby of engineering building 1. At the symposium students presented their work to an esteemed crowd of professional members across various engineering and science disciplines at UH. The 40 presenters came from different departments including chemistry, physics; and chemical, mechanical, materials and electrical engineering.

UH-MRS winners are:

Ph.D. Student Studies Solid-State Batteries With Prestigious NASA Fellowship
Karun Kumar Rao, a first-year chemical engineering doctoral student in the UH Cullen College of Engineering, has been offered a place in the esteemed...
Top, Karun Kumar Rao works at a battery panel. Below, he holds a solid non-liquid battery with advisors (from left) Yan Yao and Lars Grabow

Karun Kumar Rao, a first-year chemical engineering doctoral student in the UH Cullen College of Engineering, has been offered a place in the esteemed NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF) program for his research on solid-state batteries.

Strong as Metal, Yet Lightweight Nanocomposite Materials from the Mind of Ph.D. Student
Ryan Poling-Skutvik, a Ph.D. candidate in chemical and biomolecular engineering at the Cullen College, took first place in the graduate student...
Ryan Poling-Skutvik examines a nanocomposite made of polystyrene grafted to silica particles

Ryan Poling-Skutvik, a Ph.D. candidate in chemical and biomolecular engineering at the Cullen College, took first place in the graduate student poster competition at the Society of Rheology Conference in Tampa, Florida.

Poling-Skutvik presented research on understanding the behavior of nanocomposite materials. Nanocomposites are materials that combine nanoparticles with polymers.

NSF Graduate Research Fellow is Cullen College Senior
The chances of not winning a National Science Foundation (NSF) research fellowship are much greater than walking off with the coveted award. The odds...
Rawan Almallahi is packing for graduate school with a NSF fellowship in her bag

The chances of not winning a National Science Foundation (NSF) research fellowship are much greater than walking off with the coveted award. The odds go down substantially if you’re still an undergraduate who hasn’t yet been accepted to graduate school.

Engineering Student Op-Ed: Significant Figures
Significant Figures: A reflection on the film ‘Hidden Figures’ by an engineering student who hides her figure
Members of SWE-UH pose for a photo after seeing "Hidden Figures" in the theater

Significant Figures: A reflection on the film ‘Hidden Figures’ by an engineering student who hides her figure

UH Society of Women Engineers Hosts 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...
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.

Cullen College in the Community – Partnership with iEducate Teaches Success
When Jameel Jordan became a petroleum engineering student at the Cullen College he never dreamed he'd also become a mentor to third graders. “It...
Cullen College student and iEducate tutor Jameel Jordan at work at Blackshear Elementary

When Jameel Jordan became a petroleum engineering student at the Cullen College he never dreamed he'd also become a mentor to third graders.

“It never crossed my mind,” said Jordan.

But the opportunity found him when he learned of iEducate, a group that pays you to share your knowledge of STEM courses (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with students in Houston’s underserved communities.

It seemed a good fit. Turns out it was perfect.

Graduate Research Assistant Awarded for Work in Polymers
Vivek Yadav, studying for his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the Cullen College, earned third place for his presentation at the "Excellence in...
Vivek Yadav, left, with Dr. Chris Iacovella, session co-chair

Vivek Yadav, studying for his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the Cullen College, earned third place for his presentation at the "Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research" session at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) 2016 Annual Meeting held in San Francisco. AIChE is the world's leading organization for chemical engineers with more than 50,000 members from over 100 countries.

Spring Engineering Career Fair a Success
Aside from attaining knowledge itself, most students attend college to find a path forward in their lives, searching for a career that suits them. At...
Making connections at Engineering Career Fair

Aside from attaining knowledge itself, most students attend college to find a path forward in their lives, searching for a career that suits them. At the Engineering Career Fair, that job is made easier as company representatives from the Houston area drop in to offer opportunities, mentor students and share stories of how they went from being a college student to a company employee.

Cullen College of Engineering’s 2016-2017 Outstanding Students Named
Undergraduate mechanical engineering students Tam Nguyen, a senior, and Serrae Reed, a junior, focus on their studies with the precision of the...
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.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at UH is Number One in the U.S.A.
Every year, as a marketing activity, the leadership board of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at UH, recently named outstanding large...
 (L-R) Katherine Velasco, historian; Belinda Herrera, new member rep.; Luis Espinoza, VP for external affairs; Daniel Cariel, VP for internal affairs; Maria Violeta Paez, president; Diana Enriquez, regional rep.; Samantha Bryant, secretary; Oscar Rodriguez, treasurer

Every year, as a marketing activity, the leadership board of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at UH, recently named outstanding large chapter of the year by the national organization, brainstorms to create the next slogan that typifies their mission.

UH Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Degree Among Best in Nation
Earning a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering means you are among the most talented chemical...

Earning a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering means you are among the most talented chemical engineers in the U.S. – the UH program is ranked as one of the top 25 places in the U.S. to pursue the discipline. According to College Choice, UH is No. 23 out of the 25 Best Chemical Engineering Degrees for 2016-2017 and the 11th best state university department in the U.S.

Nine Cullen College Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Students Awarded with Scholarships
Life’s persistent and most urgent question is “What are you doing for others?” — Martin Luther King Jr.
 (L-R) Harry Diaz, Rawan Almallahi, Sharon John and Priya Patel. Leading the way (far right) is Undergraduate Program Director for the Chemical Engineering Dept. Micky Fleischer

Life’s persistent and most urgent question is “What are you doing for others?”
Martin Luther King Jr.

Cullen College Engineering Student Profiled in National Journal
The October issue of CEP Magazine, published by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), is highlighting Jami Summey-Rice, a UH Cullen...
Cullen College chemical engineering student Jami Summey-Rice

The October issue of CEP Magazine, published by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), is highlighting Jami Summey-Rice, a UH Cullen College chemical engineering student whose path to engineering has taken some interesting and varied turns.

Undergrads Engineer the Future of Research at the Cullen College
At the University of Houston, graduate students aren’t the only ones diving into research this summer.

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

Doctoral Student Wins Prestigious Award for Work with Precious Metals
The International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI) awarded Yuying Song, a chemical engineering doctoral student at the UH Cullen College, the 2016...

The International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI) awarded Yuying Song, a chemical engineering doctoral student at the UH Cullen College, the 2016 Colt Refining Student Award for her work exploring catalysts made of precious metal alloys.

Two UH Engineering Students Receive Texas Center for Superconductivity Scholarships
Two students at the UH Cullen College of Engineering received scholarships from the Texas Center for Superconductivity at UH (TcSUH).

Two students at the UH Cullen College of Engineering received scholarships from the Texas Center for Superconductivity at UH (TcSUH).

Chemical Doctoral Student Wins AIChE Research Award
Katy Olafson, a chemical engineering doctoral student at the UH Cullen of Engineering, received a 2016 American Institute of Chemical Engineering (...

Katy Olafson, a chemical engineering doctoral student at the UH Cullen of Engineering, received a 2016 American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE) Separations Division Graduate Student Research Award.

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