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Stanko Brankovic Wins Top Award in Field of Chemical Engineering
If there were Academy Awards in the field of electrochemical material science, Stanko Brankovic, associate professor of electrical and computer...
Stanko Brankovic's work in electrochemicals electrifies leading organization

If there were Academy Awards in the field of electrochemical material science, Stanko Brankovic, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the Cullen College and past chair of the materials science division of the International Society of Electrochemistry, would be taking home an Oscar.

Taking The Reins of Power (Over Power) Wins Best Paper Award for Cullen College Team
Whether you’ve suffered through a major Houston hurricane, flood event or momentary glitch in the power grid, no doubt you understand the severity of...
 Saeedeh Abbasi (center) works to restore power with the help Gino Lim and Masoud Barati

Whether you’ve suffered through a major Houston hurricane, flood event or momentary glitch in the power grid, no doubt you understand the severity of a power blackout. And lest you think Houston has cornered the market on such catastrophes, think back to 2003 when the biggest blackout in U.S. history left 50 million people in darkness in the northeast corner of America stretching into Canada.

Inexpensive Organic Material Gives Safe Batteries a Longer Life
Modern batteries power everything from cars to cell phones, but they are far from perfect – they catch fire, they perform poorly in cold weather and...
Yan Yao's Discovery Could Benefit Renewable Energy, Transportation, Personal Electronics

Modern batteries power everything from cars to cell phones, but they are far from perfect – they catch fire, they perform poorly in cold weather and they have relatively short lifecycles, among other issues. Now researchers from the University of Houston have described a new class of material that addresses many of those concerns in Nature Materials.

UH Engineer to Host Conference on Hurricane and Disaster Preparation and Recovery
The Gulf Coast has been spared a major hurricane in the past few years, but as most Houstonians know all-too-well, the wrath of Mother Nature is...
Satellite image of Hurricane Katrina, Courtesy of NASA

The Gulf Coast has been spared a major hurricane in the past few years, but as most Houstonians know all-too-well, the wrath of Mother Nature is never far away.

Ph.D. Student Presents Energy Harvesting Research at NASA
It’s hard to imagine a world where you don’t have to worry about charging your cell phone or changing the batteries in your smoke detector. According...

It’s hard to imagine a world where you don’t have to worry about charging your cell phone or changing the batteries in your smoke detector. According to electrical and computer engineering doctoral student, Fahira Sangare, that world may be closer than we think.

ECE Students Place Second at NASA Swarmathon Competition
Last April a team of four undergraduate students from the UH Cullen College of Engineering’s electrical and computer engineering (ECE) department...

Last April a team of four undergraduate students from the UH Cullen College of Engineering’s electrical and computer engineering (ECE) department competed in the 2017 NASA Swarmathon at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The team placed second out of 19 teams.

Success In and On the Air: UH Alumni and Compaq Founder Featured on NPR
In the early days of personal computing, Cullen College alumnus Rod Canion (bachelor’s in electrical engineering 1966, and master’s in electrical...
Rod Canion (far right) in the early days of Compaq

In the early days of personal computing, Cullen College alumnus Rod Canion (bachelor’s in electrical engineering 1966, and master’s in electrical engineering 1968) left the security of his job at Texas Instruments and co-founded Compaq, which created the first IBM-compatible personal computer.

Photos: First-Year Students Shine at First Year Experience Summit
When it comes to success in engineering studies, the data is clear: the better students do in their first-year core classes, the higher the chances...

When it comes to success in engineering studies, the data is clear: the better students do in their first-year core classes, the higher the chances that they will complete their engineering degrees.

UH Electrochemical Society Student Chapter off to a Successful Start
Assistant Professor Yan Yao and several electrical and computer engineering and material science students have founded the first Electrochemical...

Assistant Professor Yan Yao and several electrical and computer engineering and material science students have founded the first Electrochemical Society student chapter (UH ECS) at UH.

PHOTOS: Student Research Takes Center Stage at 13th Annual Graduate Research and Capstone Design Conference
The UH department of electrical and computer engineering hosted the Graduate Research and Capstone Design Conference (GRC/CDC) on April 28th at the...

The UH department of electrical and computer engineering hosted the Graduate Research and Capstone Design Conference (GRC/CDC) on April 28th at the UH Hilton. The day-long event included technical sessions in which graduate and undergraduate student research and projects were presented.

The following Cullen College students were awarded for their outstanding research projects:

The Best of Our Brightest: Outstanding Service Awards Given in Cullen College
Excellence in engineering took center stage as Joseph W. Tedesco, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Dean of the Cullen College, recognized the outstanding...
Haleh Ardebili

Excellence in engineering took center stage as Joseph W. Tedesco, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Dean of the Cullen College, recognized the outstanding performances of faculty, staff and students in teaching, research and service at the spring faculty and staff meeting.

Tesla Vs. Musk: Cullen College’s Faghih Weighs In
The similarities between engineering pioneers Elon Musk and Nikola Tesla, who Musk named his electric car after, are being debated on the national...
Rose Faghih in U.S. News and World Report

The similarities between engineering pioneers Elon Musk and Nikola Tesla, who Musk named his electric car after, are being debated on the national stage.

U.S. News & World Report offers that Tesla went broke pushing his obsession with wireless communication and power transmission on a world that wasn’t yet ready in 1900, and poses the question whether the same could happen to Musk as he relentlessly pursues technology.

William A. Brookshire Leaves Legacy of Generosity and Dedication to the Cullen College
UH alumnus William A. Brookshire, Ph.D. (BSChE '57), co-founder and chairman of the board of S&B Engineers and Constructors, died on April 21,...
30 p.m. Dr. Brookshire’s family will host a memorial on the UH campus at the Student Center, Houston Room. Friends and family are invited.

UH alumnus William A. Brookshire, Ph.D. (BSChE '57), co-founder and chairman of the board of S&B Engineers and Constructors, died on April 21, 2016.

Joseph Tedesco, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Dean of the Cullen College of Engineering said, “Dr. Brookshire was a fine gentleman and one of our great philanthropists, always in search of new ways to help students and professors. We will forever feel his generosity and his loss in equal measures.”

UH Honors Four Cullen College Professors for Excellence in Teaching and Research
Each spring the University of Houston shines a spotlight on the faculty’s best and brightest, honoring them with teaching and research awards. This...
Len Trombetta

Each spring the University of Houston shines a spotlight on the faculty’s best and brightest, honoring them with teaching and research awards. This year four Cullen College of Engineering professors earned the distinction.

Yan Yao Amps Up His Game: Becomes a Scialog Fellow
If there’s one thing Yan Yao gets a charge out of, it’s the idea of creating a better battery. The Cullen College assistant professor of electrical...
 Yan Yao is making better batteries

If there’s one thing Yan Yao gets a charge out of, it’s the idea of creating a better battery. The Cullen College assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering is known for being the most current in the battery industry. A Google search yields more than 16,000 citations of papers by Yao.

UH Engineers Receive NSF Grant to Improve the ‘Internet of Things’
The National Science Foundation has awarded Cullen College’s Miao Pan, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and Zhu Han,...

The National Science Foundation has awarded Cullen College’s Miao Pan, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and Zhu Han, professor of electr

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.

Academia, Industry Collaborate on Solutions to Neural Disease, Injury
Neurological disorders like Parkinson’s, the aftermath of stroke, limb loss and paralysis significantly diminish the length and quality of life –...
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.

Space-Savvy UH Students May Apply for Moscow Summer Intern Program
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...

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.

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