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Life as a college student is fraught with challenges: keeping up with classes, making new friends, learning new fields of study and working jobs and internships. But imagine also having to learn a new language and adjust to a foreign culture – those are some of the added challenges faced by international students attending colleges in the U.S.

Coping with Culture Shock: Director of Graduate Admissions Pens Article on International Student Experience
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
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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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    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

With high-density electrodes placed on the arm of grad student Nick Dias, Yingchun Zhang (far right) monitors muscle contractions to pinpoint the neuromuscular junction. Grad student Chuan Zhang, far left, observes.

A UH biomedical engineer is zeroing in on the gap where nerve meets muscle to bring more precise treatment to stroke patients. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded more than $434,000 to Assistant Professor Yingchun Zhang to delve deep into the neuromuscular junction, the connector of the nerve and muscle fiber, to calculate the exact spot to deliver the dose of motion-restoring Botox.

Treating Stroke Patients at the Intersection of Nerve and Muscle
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

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
With high-density electrodes placed on the arm of grad student Nick Dias, Yingchun Zhang (far right) monitors muscle contractions to pinpoint the neuromuscular junction. Grad student Chuan Zhang, far left, observes.

A UH biomedical engineer is zeroing in on the gap where nerve meets muscle to bring more precise treatment to stroke patients. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded more than $434,000 to Assistant Professor Yingchun Zhang to delve deep into the neuromuscular junction, the connector of the nerve and muscle fiber, to calculate the exact spot to deliver the dose of motion-restoring Botox.

Treating Stroke Patients at the Intersection of Nerve and Muscle

Student Success

Making connections at Engineering Career Fair

Aside from attaining knowledge itself, most students attend college to find a path forward in their lives, searching for a career that suits them. At the Engineering Career Fair, that job is made easier as company representatives from the Houston area drop in to offer opportunities, mentor students and share stories of how they went from being a college student to a company employee.

Spring Engineering Career Fair a 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

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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