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Joseph W. Tedesco, left, presents plaque to Engineering Rockwell lecturer Ronald Larson

How do you describe materials that aren’t quite liquids, gases or solids? More importantly, how do you model these materials?

PHOTOS: Ronald Larson Engineering Rockwell Lecture

Each year the University of Houston’s Graduate School and Office of the Provost invite all graduate students to showcase their groundbreaking research at the annual Graduate Research & Scholarship Projects (GRaSP) Day. Graduate students across all disciplines exhibit their research projects, network with peers and compete to receive trophies and scholarship awards for their research.

Engineering Students Sweep Graduate Research & Scholarship Projects (GRaSP) Day
Mohammad Reza Abidian's research appears on the cover of the October issue of Advanced Materials

In October a UH biomedical engineer reported a new fabrication technique for biocompatible bioelectronics that allows more precise tuning of the electrical performance, along with improved properties for drug delivery.

A Better Way to Make Organic Bioelectronics and Neural Interfaces: Journal Features UH Engineer’s Research on Cover and in Video
Joseph Tedesco (right), Dean of the Cullen College, poses with his wife Sue (middle) and Nayeli Martinez, a member of the UH Society of Automotive Engineers

Students, faculty, alumni and friends of the UH Cullen College of Engineering gathered for breakfast tacos, drinks and games to celebrate the 2017 Engineering Homecoming and gear up for the UH Football game against East Carolina. 

In addition to catching up with old friends, attendees enjoyed mimosas and Bloody Marys provided by the Engineering Alumni Association and entered to win raffle prizes that were announced throughout the event.

PHOTOS: 2017 Engineering Homecoming Celebration
With a $386,599 grant from the National Institutes of Health, Chandra Mohan is testing biomarkers for a lupus test that uses only saliva.

Pioneering UH Lupus Researcher Examining Possible Replacement for Invasive Blood and Biopsy Testing

Could a Saliva Test be Next for Lupus?
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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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  • 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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    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

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
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

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
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

Student 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
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

Student Success

Biomedical engineering grad student Ilknur Telkes is targeting areas of the brain impacted by Parkinson's disease

Ilknur Telkes, a fourth-year biomedical Ph.D. student in the Cullen College of Engineering, spends a good bit of her time in the operating room at Baylor College of Medicine.

Cullen College Graduate Student Targets Areas for Brain Surgery, Wins Junior Scientist Award
When he's not out in the world assisting those in need, Pietro Cicalese is usually in the M.D. Anderson library studying.

In the summer of 2015 UH biomedical engineering student Pietro Cicalese found himself surrounded by astonishing squalor in Haiti. The area was densely populated yet there was no water or medical resources for the sick. And the houses – if you could call them that – were shacks.

“I have never seen anything like that. It was very eye opening to see poverty of that scale,” said Cicalese.

Cullen College Undergrad Spreads International Compassion and Kindness to Needy

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