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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Biomedical Engineering

The Biomedical Engineering Program is an interdisciplinary program with faculty from the departments of Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. In addition, significant collaboration occurs with the biomedical faculty in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the Texas Medical Center, and UTMB-Galveston.

Chemical Engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering has developed research strengths in the areas of biochemical engineering, chemical reaction engineering, catalysis, cellular bioengineering, colloid science, electrochemical systems, interfacial phenomena, rheology, fluid flow and phase behavior in porous media, polymer and macromolecular solutions, processing of electronic materials, two-phase flow, solid-fluid separation, air pollution modeling, reliability theory, thermochemical energy storage, and petroleum engineering.

Departmental research facilities consist of a number of modern instruments including an X-ray diffractometer with a hot stage, a laser-induced fluorescence spectrometer, a pulsed excimer-pumped dye laser, a quasi-elastic laser light scattering spectroscopy unit, a Computerized Axial Tomographic Scanner ( CATSCAN ) system, and a pulsed NMR, in addition to tissue culture facilities, patch clamp systems, laser anemometers, remote telescopic infrared detector, superconducting magnet, rheogoniometer, gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer system, UV spectrophotometers, microscope-video recorder and microscope-movie camera systems, automatic image analyzers and a number of computer workstations. University of Houston acquired SP2and SX-3 supercomputers in Spring 1997.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

In civil and environmental engineering, specialized facilities include a fluid-structure interaction laboratory; a structural research laboratory capable of full-scale testing of panels, beams, and columns; a national geotechnical experimentation site for studying
in-situ behavior of soils; a Geographical Information Systems Laboratory; an environmental engineering research laboratory where studies on the analysis and control of organic and inorganic contaminants in drinking water and waste water are conducted; and geotechnical laboratories containing a fully instrumented pile-driving facility and soil modification equipment.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Fields of specialization include antennas and applied electromagnetics, bioelectromagnetics, biomedical engineering, communications, computers, control systems, high-temperature superconductivity, microelectronics, nondestructive evaluation, optics, pattern recognition, power systems, seismic exploration, signal and image analysis, system analysis, telecommunications, ultrasonics, and well logging. The department also administers interdisciplinary graduate programs in biomedical engineering and computer and systems engineering.

The department has extensive research facilities for work in antenna engineering; biomedical engineering; digital systems; electron beam and ion optics; high-temperature superconductivity; microwaves; power systems; seismic data analysis; semiconductor fabrication, including rapid thermal processing, advanced lithography, and defect characterization; well logging; and other areas.

Materials Engineering

The Materials Engineering Program is an interdisciplinary program with faculty from Mechanical, Civil, Chemical and Electrical Engineering Departments. In addition, significant collaboration occurs with the materials faculty in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The principal objectives of the materials engineering program may be summarized as follows: to study the mechanical, optical, electrical and electronic behavior of engineering and engineered materials used in civil, chemical, mechanical/aerospace and electronic applications. The specific areas covered by this program range from concrete and polymers in civil engineeing applications to metallic alloys, polymers, ceramics and composites for advanced mechanical/aerospace engineering applications to thin films for electronic applications and the new superconducting ceramics for energy-related applications.

Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has an active graduate program that encompasses advanced study and research in the major areas of control systems, design, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, and materials science. Current research activities cover aerodynamics,
aeroacoustics, turbulence and turbulent forced convection, computational fluid dynamics, boiling heat transfer, thermal imaging, applications of solar pond technology, linear and nonlinear elasticity, media with microstructure, rheology, continuum mechanics, fracture mechanics, dynamics and vibration, metallurgy, ceramics, composites and superconductive materials, nondestructive testing; control systems analysis and design, and computer-based decision making. Research projects in these areas are funded by national and state agencies and industry.

Petroleum Engineering

The Petroleum Engineering program is an interdisciplinary graduate program within the Cullen College of Engineering. Petroleum engineering combines geology, drilling engineering, and petrophysical logging methods to find and produce crude oil and gas from deposits deep under land and sea.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Center for Innovative Grouting Materials and Technology

The Center's goals are to foster improved understanding of grouting materials and their applications. Also of interest are other competing and complementing materials and technologies to grouting used in construction and rehabilitation of civil infrastructure. It is an integrated inter disciplinary framework, drawing expertise in engineering, science and technology at the University of Houston.

Institute for Space Systems Operations

The Houston Partnership for Space Exploration (HPSE) was established by the State of Texas in 1992 for the University of Houston System. The general mission of HPSE is to advance the development of the aerospace community in the Houston area and Texas. Particular emphasis is directed to the academic, industrial, and government programs associated with the NASA L.B. Johnson Space Center. The Institute of Space Systems Operations (ISSO) is the operational agency of HPSE.