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Students at the UH Cullen College of Engineering aren't just expected to do well in their labs and classes -- engineering students are expected to work in their respective fields of study while pursuing their degrees in order to land their dream jobs after college. That's why the Cullen College's Career Center offers two Engineering Career Fairs each year, one in the spring and one in the fall, to connect students to the top employers around the country early on in their academic careers.

Top Companies Recruit UH Engineers at Fall Career Fair
Nuri Ince is helping to locate the brain's seizure onset zone in record time

A University of Houston biomedical engineer is reporting a dramatic decrease in the time it takes to detect the seizure onset zone (SOZ), the actual part of the brain that causes seizures, in patients with epilepsy.

UH Engineer Locates Brain’s Seizure Onset Zone in Record Time
UH biomedical engineering student Amanda Nash wins Student Leadership Award

Amanda Nash, a first-generation undergraduate student at the University of Houston, likes to combine biology, engineering, research and awards.

“I love learning new things and trying to understand the world around me,” Nash said about what fuels her research. “I think it is so cool to think about everyday things from a scientific point of view.”

PROMES Scholar Wins Student Leadership Award for the 2018 BEYA STEM Conference
Nearly 450 Students Graduated at The Fall 2017 Engineering Convocation

The UH Cullen College of Engineering held its fall convocation ceremony on Thursday, December 14, recognizing nearly 450 graduating students at the Bayou City Events Center. The ceremony featured a keynote address from UH alumna Cynthia Oliver Coleman (BSChE `71), who spent her 33-year career at Exxon Mobil holding various positions in gas engineering, reservoir engineering, engineering applications, engineering recruiting and engineering information systems.

PHOTOS: Cullen College Celebrates Nearly 450 Graduating Students at Fall 2017 Convocation Ceremony

Life as a college student is fraught with challenges: keeping up with classes, making new friends, learning new fields of study and working jobs and internships. But imagine also having to learn a new language and adjust to a foreign culture – those are some of the added challenges faced by international students attending colleges in the U.S.

Coping with Culture Shock: Director of Graduate Admissions Pens Article on International Student Experience
  • 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?

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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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  • Sensing Disease and Danger Early: Tianfu Wu is on the Job
    Sensing Disease and Danger Early: Tianfu Wu is on the Job

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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 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
 Milad Khorrami & Mohammad Reza Abidian, University of Houston

With increasing scientific and medical interest in communication with the nervous system, demand is growing for biomedical devices that can better record and stimulate the nervous system, as well as deliver drugs and biomolecules in precise dosages.

Researchers Report Better Way to Create Organic Bioelectronics / New Fabrication Technique Allows More Control Over Electrical Properties

Faculty Accolades

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
 Milad Khorrami & Mohammad Reza Abidian, University of Houston

With increasing scientific and medical interest in communication with the nervous system, demand is growing for biomedical devices that can better record and stimulate the nervous system, as well as deliver drugs and biomolecules in precise dosages.

Researchers Report Better Way to Create Organic Bioelectronics / New Fabrication Technique Allows More Control Over Electrical Properties

Student Success

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
 Tianxiao Jiang studies brain and brings home prize

Of all the concepts that a Ph.D. candidate in biomedical engineering has to grasp, grasping is at the top.

Biomed Grad Student Develops Algorithm for How Brain Controls Hand, Wins Award at International Brain Conference

Student Success

Cullen College student and iEducate tutor Bionka Edmundson in action

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.

Cullen College in the Community – Partnership with iEducate Teaches Success
 Tianxiao Jiang studies brain and brings home prize

Of all the concepts that a Ph.D. candidate in biomedical engineering has to grasp, grasping is at the top.

Biomed Grad Student Develops Algorithm for How Brain Controls Hand, Wins Award at International Brain Conference

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