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From left to right, Professors Jose L. Contreras-Vidal and Marco Santello pose for a photo with Deans Joseph W. Tedesco and Kyle Squires, of the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering and ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, respectively, at Old Main on the Tempe campus, June 29. Santello and Contreras-Vidal lead the ASU and UH sites for the new National Science Foundation-funded Building Reliable Advancements in Neurotechnology, or BRAIN, an Industry–University Cooperative Research Ce

The Building Reliable Advancements in Neurotechnology (BRAIN) Center, an Industry–University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) dedicated to bringing new neurotechnologies and treatments to market, held its first industry advisory board meeting in June to map the future challenges, strategies and goals of the collaborative enterprise.

Meeting of the Minds: BRAIN Center Hosts Inaugural Meeting to Brainstorm Future of Neurotechnologies

More than 500 guests honored the memory and legacy of dedicated UH alumnus and long-time supporter William A. Brookshire at a memorial service held in his honor this summer. The Brookshire Memorial Service was held at the UH Student Center on May 19, nearly one month after Brookshire’s passing in April.

College Holds Memorial for Dedicated Alumnus and Supporter William A. Brookshire

In a continued effort to promote international collaboration in engineering research and academics, the UH Cullen College of Engineering has entered into an articulation agreement with Delhi Technological University in New Delhi, India.

UH Engineering Signs Articulation Agreement With Delhi Technological University
Gwen Musial, (second from right) watches as students use a prism to split white light into a rainbow

For engineering graduate students bound for careers in academia, there’s probably no better honor than to be accepted into the Institute for Scientist & Engineer Educators (ISEE) Professional Development Program (PDP), a three-part series that teaches you how to teach, create a curriculum and then put it to work.

Setting Her Sights on Teaching: Graduate Student Completes Three-Part ISEE Course
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
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    Sensing Disease and Danger Early: Tianfu Wu is on the Job

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  • Pietro Cicalese is an Engineering Student and Humanitarian
    Pietro Cicalese is an Engineering Student and Humanitarian

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  • Yingchun Zhang’s Electrodes Advance Treatment For Stroke Patients
    Yingchun Zhang’s Electrodes Advance Treatment For Stroke Patients

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  • GRAD STUDENT KNOWS THE MATH BEHIND HOW YOUR HAND MOVES!
    GRAD STUDENT KNOWS THE MATH BEHIND HOW YOUR HAND MOVES!

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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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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
In the blood lab, where everything seems cast in red, are from left, Sergey Shevkoplyas, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and post doc fellows Hui Xia and Briony Strachan

Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood, according to America’s Blood Centers, generating a fundamental need to keep the blood supply healthy. A significant part of that process is to remove the white cells (leukocytes) from donated blood.

The Clot Thickens: UH Engineer's New Method To Help Keep Donated Blood Supply Safe

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

Biomedical engineering Ph.D. student Taha Salim studies the synergistic relationship between two proteins that are key drivers of immune responses following an infection.

A biomedical engineering professor and doctoral student published a paper in the journal PLOS One that reveals new insights into the synergistic relationship of two proteins that are key drivers of immune responses following an infection.

Biomedical Engineers Publish Paper on Key Drivers of Immune Response Following Infection
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

Student Success

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
 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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