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New Biomedical Chair Earns Esteemed Engineering Honors
Just weeks into his post as John S. Dunn Distinguished Professor and founding chair of the University of Houston Department of Biomedical Engineering...
Akay

Just weeks into his post as John S. Dunn Distinguished Professor and founding chair of the University of Houston Department of Biomedical Engineering, Metin Akay is already being recognized.

He has been selected and will be inducted next month into two prestigious engineering and science organizations—the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

UH Researcher Documents Early Cardiovascular Development
Larin’s Imaging Device Captures First High-Resolution Video of Mammalian Heartbeat Imaging the cardiovascular system in its earliest stages of...
Larin

Larin’s Imaging Device Captures First High-Resolution Video of Mammalian Heartbeat

Imaging the cardiovascular system in its earliest stages of development is a feat that could provide researchers unequivocal knowledge into the how the heart forms. Until now, the developmental dynamics of the heart have been well theorized and modeled, though very little experimental visual evidence exists to better explain how it forms and why.

Lucrative Lessons: Engineering Pegged as Degree With Highest Starting Salary
Wide array of profitable, rare programs offered at UH In recent weeks Kaytie Curttright (2009 BSChE) has been settling into work as an engineer...
Chemical engineering senior Rhys Forgie works in the lab as part the college's Research Experience for Undergraduates program. Photo by Thomas Shea.

Wide array of profitable, rare programs offered at UH

In recent weeks Kaytie Curttright (2009 BSChE) has been settling into work as an engineer with Samsung Austin Semiconductors.

The position, which has her responsible for ensuring the quality of materials at the Austin-based manufacturing plant, is exactly the job Curttright had hoped for upon graduating from UH in May.

Founding Chair Named to Department of Biomedical Engineering
Internationally known researcher, educator from ASU to fill spot Metin Akay has been tasked with leading the University of Houston Cullen College...
Metin Akay, recently named founding chair of the college's new department of biomedical engineering, shares his vision for the future of biomedical sciences at University of Houston at BioHouston's August Breakfast Forum on Aug. 21, 2009. Photo by Thomas Shea.

Internationally known researcher, educator from ASU to fill spot

Metin Akay has been tasked with leading the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering’s new Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Akay, officially designated as founding chair at BioHouston’s Breakfast Forum Aug. 21, will use his nearly two decades experience to establish the first new department at the college in more than 35 years.

Senior Projects Pack Benefit, Fun
Students at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering leave their mark in many ways throughout their academic career. They make the...
During the course of a semester, Austin Head, Hung Lam, Meaghen Krebsbach and Eric Reyes created a device to aid a Katy doctor in his research that strives to improve the concentration of children with ADHD. Photo by Thomas Shea.

Students at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering leave their mark in many ways throughout their academic career. They make the dean’s list, participate in undergraduate research and tutor those in need.

But for many, one of the most significant impressions made on both their instructors and themselves happens in one of the last classes required before completing the course work necessary to earn their degrees—senior capstone design.

College Unveils New Undergraduate Lab Space
The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has opened a laboratory devoted to enhancing undergraduate education through hands-on...
Undergraduate biomedical student Shaun Khan studies a BioRad Thermocycler located in the new Biomedical Engineering Bioanalytics Undergraduate Laboratory. Also pictured are Laura Gutiérrez, Ph.D., manager of the lab, and students James Liu and Valor Thomas. Photo by Tom Shea.

The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has opened a laboratory devoted to enhancing undergraduate education through hands-on instruction in bioanalytics.

The Biomedical Engineering Bioanalytics Undergraduate Laboratory, which officially opened in the fall, allows students to learn biophysical laws governing cell behavior to better understand how RNA, DNA and protein are regulated.

Study by UH Researchers Could Help Diabetics Better Monitor Glucose Levels
A device being developed by a team of researchers from the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering could make it unnecessary for more...
Larin

A device being developed by a team of researchers from the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering could make it unnecessary for more than 23 million diabetics to submit to daily finger pricks to test glucose levels in their blood.

The researchers received a three-year, nearly $400,000 National Science Foundation grant this month to explore the development of the implantable device, designed to use optical sensing to continuously monitor glucose levels.

Undergraduate Students Construct Lab Instrument
Inside the Cullen College’s Biomedical Engineering Research Core Laboratory is a one-of-a-kind instrument that could help scientists better...
Undergraduate biomedical engineering students Arjun Vasan (left) and Basilios Sideris demonstrate how to operate the homemade lab instrument they developed over the course of the last year. Photo by Thomas Shea.

Inside the Cullen College’s Biomedical Engineering Research Core Laboratory is a one-of-a-kind instrument that could help scientists better understand how radiation from low-level lasers affects cellular processes.

Yet the inventors of this machine are not seasoned researchers, but rather two University of Houston undergraduate students working to fulfill the last year of requirements for their biomedical engineering degrees.

Effecting Change: UH Engineering Students Aid Needy Hospitals Overseas
Dominique Lim spent the better part of her life in a country where diseases that modern medicine have made practically unheard of are commonplace. In...
Sophomore biomedical engineering majors Kevin Shih and Sheetal Shah sort medical supplies for Project Cure, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supplying needy hospitals and clinics overseas with the tools to fight disease. Photo by Thomas Shea.

Dominique Lim spent the better part of her life in a country where diseases that modern medicine have made practically unheard of are commonplace.

In her native Philippines, a country with a population soaring past 90 million in an area slightly larger than the state of Arizona, lack of healthcare and ill-equipped hospitals make ailments such as typhoid and tetanus more prominent.

Study by UH, Texas A&M Professors to Explore Bone Loss in Astronauts
Missions to the moon to build a lunar outpost and later excursions to Mars requiring longer commitments by astronauts are among the trips topping...
Martinez

Missions to the moon to build a lunar outpost and later excursions to Mars requiring longer commitments by astronauts are among the trips topping NASA’s forthcoming itinerary.

To be successful, the half-century-old space agency must address one key health problem facing astronauts spending extended periods in weightless conditions—bone loss.

NFL Grant Supports Gene Therapy Study to Benefit Athletes
A treatment being developed by two University of Houston researchers could allow athletes playing in the National Football League a faster return to...
Martinez

A treatment being developed by two University of Houston researchers could allow athletes playing in the National Football League a faster return to the field after injury.

With the support of $118,693 in grant funding from National Football League Charities, Daniel Martinez and David Zimmerman will investigate the use of gene therapy to heal damaged ligament.

Board Approves New Biomedical Engineering Department at UH
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved the establishment of the department of biomedical engineering at the University of Houston...

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved the establishment of the department of biomedical engineering at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering.

The first department added at the college in more than 35 years, officials said it could be implemented as early as spring 2009.

Engineering Students Present at Undergraduate Research Day
Michael Leba spent this past summer engrossed in the beginnings of a research project that may one-day aid diabetics. Only last month did the senior...
Senior Michael Leba is pictured demonstrating research highlighted at the university’s Undergraduate Research Day. He was among 10 students from the Cullen College to participate in the annual event. Others from the college included Robert Hood, Max Lingamfelter, Basilios Sideris, Minh Tran, Nadia Dowla, Thuan Pham, Oliver Rivera, Arol Vicent and Kevin Weaver. Photo by Tom Shea.

Michael Leba spent this past summer engrossed in the beginnings of a research project that may one-day aid diabetics.

Only last month did the senior biomedical engineering major finish the 10-week stint in the University of Houston’s Biomedical Optics Laboratory where he devoted hours to determining whether there is a direct correlation between cornea thickness and changes in glucose concentrations.

Engineering Professors Part of Study on New Artifical Heart Technology
Two mechanical engineering professors will have a hand in creating technology that could give those on the long waiting list for a heart transplant a...
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Two mechanical engineering professors will have a hand in creating technology that could give those on the long waiting list for a heart transplant a second chance.

Engineering Professor to Head NIH Study Section
Ralph W. Metcalfe, professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering and mathematics, was recently appointed chair of the National Institutes of...
Metcalfe

Ralph W. Metcalfe, professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering and mathematics, was recently appointed chair of the National Institutes of Health Cardiovascular Devices Study Section.

The study section’s scientific review administrator selected Metcalfe, who has served on the section since June 2004, for the position.

Engineering Organizations Present Professor With High Honors
Two engineering organizations earlier this year presented awards to Kirill V. Larin, assistant professor of biomedical and mechanical engineering,...
Larin

Two engineering organizations earlier this year presented awards to Kirill V. Larin, assistant professor of biomedical and mechanical engineering, for achievements in his biomedical optics and imaging research.

The 2008 Outstanding Young Scientist Award was presented to Larin in February by the Houston Society for Engineering in Medicine and Biology. The award recognized him for significant success in his first five years of research.

College Offering Scholarships for Accelerated B.S. to Graduate Program
NSF grant will fund more than 30 students over the next five years The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has won a $600,000 grant...

NSF grant will fund more than 30 students over the next five years

The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has won a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to provide scholarships for students in the college’s accelerated B.S. to graduate degree program.

Imaging Device To Benefit Patients of In Vitro Fertilization
A professor with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering is developing an imaging device that could increase the success of patients...
Larin

A professor with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering is developing an imaging device that could increase the success of patients attempting to have children through in vitro fertilization.

Biomedical Engineering Student Conducts Research Overseas
Junior Austin Head spends 11 weeks investigating nanotechnology through the NanoJapan Program It is not uncommon for undergraduate engineering...
UH NanoJapan participant Austin Head (right), and longtime friend Craig Corcoran, a mechanical engineering major at Rice University who also participated in the program, visit Lake Tazawa, Japan's deepest lake. Photo provided by Austin Head.

Junior Austin Head spends 11 weeks investigating nanotechnology through the NanoJapan Program

It is not uncommon for undergraduate engineering students to seek out research opportunities over summer break, nor is it unusual for them to take a few weeks to travel overseas. This summer, Austin Head, a junior biomedical engineering major with the Cullen College of Engineering, got to do both through the NSF-funded NanoJapan Program.

Navy Taps UH Researcher to Develop Diagnostic Tool
For as long as the U.S. Navy has had scuba divers, submarines and airplane pilots, it has had to deal with the effects of decompression sickness....

For as long as the U.S. Navy has had scuba divers, submarines and airplane pilots, it has had to deal with the effects of decompression sickness. This condition, which affects those who experience sudden, drastic changes in the air or water pressure surrounding their bodies, can cause anything from joint pain—better known as the bends—to seizure, stroke, coma, and, in the most extreme cases, death.

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