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Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor of electrical and computer engineering, will head the new NSF-funded BRAIN Center

Neurological disorders like Parkinson’s, the aftermath of stroke, limb loss and paralysis significantly diminish the length and quality of life – affecting about one in six people worldwide. But a growing number of biomedical innovations, driven in large part by an aging population dealing with debilitating health issues, are improving both cognitive and motor function.

Academia, Industry Collaborate on Solutions to Neural Disease, Injury

Students at the University of Houston are eligible to participate in the Moscow Summer Intern Program as part of a student initiative of the Baker Institute Space Policy Program. The program is a wonderful opportunity for all UH students, but especially those with engineering expertise and an excitement for space exploration.

Space-Savvy UH Students May Apply for Moscow Summer Intern Program
From left, Janice Quiroz Perez, director of the Engineering Career Service Center, and Fluor rep Allison Welch check out the new closet

Just yesterday it seemed to be an empty office space you probably ignored as you walked off the elevator on the third floor of the Cullen College of Engineering Building Two. What a difference a day – and the Engineering Career Services Center – can make.

Ribbon Cut on New Cullen College Career Closet

A group of girls cheer ecstatically as they drop their carefully-engineered egg crate from a balcony of the UH Engineering building. It hits the ground with a thud and another cheer explodes as the girls discover their egg remains intact inside. Nearby, a young girl beams intently at a robot as it scoots across a tabletop and performs tasks, too enthralled to notice the excited screams of a successful egg drop.

Chevron Inspires Houston-area Girls to Engineer the Future at Annual UH Event

As one of the pioneering instructors in the subsea engineering program, Phaneendra Kondapi is a familiar name at the UH Cullen College of Engineering. Now Kondapi is forging new paths at the college once again, this time as the founding director of engineering programs in Katy, Texas.

Kondapi, who returns to UH after serving as the director of subsea engineering at Texas A&M University for the past year, will spearhead the expansion of UH Engineering program offerings in Katy.

Subsea Engineering Leader Joins Cullen College as Founding Director of Engineering Programs in Katy
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    GRAD STUDENT KNOWS THE MATH BEHIND HOW YOUR HAND MOVES!

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  • A Perfect Marriage: Two Professors See Eye to Eye on Curing Retinal Disease
    A Perfect Marriage: Two Professors See Eye to Eye on Curing Retinal Disease

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  • How Ilknur Telkes Operates: Targeting Areas for Brain Surgery, Winning Award
    How Ilknur Telkes Operates: Targeting Areas for Brain Surgery, Winning Award

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  • Keeping Blood Supply Safe — The Clot Thickens with UH Engineer's New Method
    Keeping Blood Supply Safe — The Clot Thickens with UH Engineer's New Method

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  • UH Engineer Discovers How Ovarian Cancer Can Kill Itself

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    Vision Researcher Muayyad Al-Ubaidi Joins Faculty

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    Muna Naash, Expert on the Genetics of Retinal Disorders, Joins Faculty

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    Biomaterials and Nanofabrication Expert Sheereen Majd Joins Faculty

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    Neural Engineering Expert Mohammad Reza Abidian Joins Faculty

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    Brain-Machine Interface Expert Joe Francis Joins Faculty

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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 finding new treatments for lupus

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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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A biomedical engineer from the University of Houston will use a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to determine how best to spur nerve regeneration in the nervous system.

UH Biomedical Engineer Pursues Nerve Regeneration

Two Cullen College biomedical engineering professors, Muna Naash, John S. Dunn Endowed Professor and Muayyad Al-Ubaidi, see eye-to-eye on just about everything.

Eyes on the Prize: Two Biomedical Engineers Awarded $1.1M to Study Unique Gene Specific to the Eye

Faculty Accolades

Ferhat Alkan (L), Houston's Turkish consul general, visits with biomedical Professor Sergy Shevkoplyas

Cullen College’s biomedical engineering department was host to Houston’s Turkish consul general on Nov. 1. Ferhat Alkan met professors and visited labs before having lunch with a few faculty and staff members.

Turkish Consul General Visits Cullen College’s Biomedical Engineering Department
In a galaxy on UH campus, Professor Joe Francis is perfecting Jedi mind control

To the unfamiliar, it might seem a Jedi mind trick – the notion of controlling robots by simply thinking of what you wish for them to do. If so, then Joe Francis, associate professor of biomedical engineering, is Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Professor Joe Francis’ Mind is Teeming with Ways to Team with Robots

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
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.

UH Society of Women Engineers Hosts High Schoolers

Student Success

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.

Cullen College of Engineering’s 2016-2017 Outstanding Students Named
Pinar Kanlikilicer is fighting to end ovarian cancer with her discovery

A 2013 graduate of the UH biomedical engineering doctoral program, now completing her fellowship at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, has discovered the existence of a tumor suppressor -- a micro ribonucleic acid (miRNA) -- inside ovarian cancer cells that could lead to new ways to combat the deadly disease.

How Ovarian Cancer Can Kill Itself – Discovered by UH Engineer

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