UH Press Releases



Industry Leaders Highlight Energy 101 at UH - 08/13/15
University of Houston students will host the fifth annual Energy 101 Conference on campus Saturday, Aug. 15, drawing speakers from a variety of industry roles.


UH Forum to Consider Offshore Safety, Environmental Practices - 07/23/15
Representatives from industry, academia, government and nongovernmental organizations will meet at UH Wednesday when the Ocean Energy Safety Institute hosts a forum on “Taking Safety and Environmental Management Systems to the Next Level.”

UH Superconductivity Researcher Bestowed Lifetime Achievement Award - 07/17/15
Herbert C. Freyhardt, research professor at the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston, has received the International Cryogenic Materials Conference Lifetime Achievement Award.

UH Moment: Solar Powered Cell Phone Charging Station - 07/14/15
A new solar powered cell phone charging station at the University of Houston is teaching sustainability one charge at a time.

Barnett Shale Research Raises New Concerns about Methane Emissions - 07/07/15
Researchers from the University of Houston found that some natural gas wells, compressor stations and processing plants in the Barnett Shale leak far more methane than previously estimated, potentially offsetting the climate benefits of natural gas.


UH Researchers Devise New Formula to Speed Development of Modern Materials - 06/22/15
Researchers from the University of Houston have devised a new formula for calculating the maximum efficiency of thermoelectric materials, the first new formula in more than a half-century, designed to speed up the development of new materials suitable for practical use.

Winners of Bernd T. Matthias Prize Announced - 06/11/15
Three scientists have been named as recipients of the 2015 Bernd T. Matthias Prize for Superconducting Materials, an international prize awarded for innovative contributions to the field.

UH Researchers Search for New, More Efficient Materials - 06/08/15
Researchers from the University of Houston are working to discover novel materials, funded by a $1 million grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

UH Receives $1.2 Million for STEM Scholarships - 06/03/15
Two departments at the University of Houston have received a combined $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation to support scholarships for students in engineering technology and computer science.


UH Researchers: Climate Change Helped to Reduce Ozone Levels - 05/14/15
Researchers at the University of Houston have determined that climate change – in the form of a stronger sea breeze, the result of warmer soil temperatures – contributed to the drop in high-ozone days in the Houston area.

UH Launches Plans for Superconductor Manufacturing Institute - 05/08/15
The University of Houston will lead plans for an Advanced Superconductor Manufacturing Institute, aimed at speeding the full commercialization of high-temperature superconductors.

UH Construction Management Student Earns Top Score in the Nation - 05/05/15
For the third time, a student from the University of Houston’s construction management department has earned the highest score on a national certification exam.

UH Team Wins the Texas Energy Innovation Challenge - 05/04/15
Graduate students from the University of Houston won top honors in the Texas Energy Innovation Challenge with a plan to harness geothermal energy to treat water produced during hydraulic fracturing.


UH Team Takes the Texas Energy Innovation Challenge - 04/28/15
A team of graduate students from the University of Houston will take the Texas Energy Innovation Challenge, offering a solution to a problem gaining attention in shale plays across the country.

Offshore Energy Standards Workshop set for May 8 at UH - 04/27/15
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) will hold its 2015 Domestic and International Standards Workshop May 8 at the University of Houston. The workshop will feature speakers from both industry and the federal government.

UH Leader Testifies Before Congress on Energy Training Program - 04/22/15
Ramanan Krishnamoorti, acting vice president/vice chancellor for research and technology transfer at the University of Houston, has been asked to testify before Congress about an innovative workforce training program developed for the energy industry.

Princeton Review Names UH One of “Greenest” Colleges - 04/20/15
For the sixth year in a row, the University of Houston has been named one of the nation’s “greenest” colleges by the Princeton Review.

Students, Faculty Team Up to Bring New Technologies to Market - 04/13/15
Students from the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship are part of an innovative program: Students are paired with UH faculty and asked to turn technology created by the faculty member into a viable business.

UH Student Gains Front-Row Seat for Energy Policy and Politics - 04/13/15
An internship at a chemical company assured Jami Summey-Rice that chemical engineering is a good fit for her technical skills. Now she will focus on policy, spending the summer in Washington, D.C., for the WISE (Washington Internships for Students of Engineering) program.

UH Researchers Discover N-Type Polymer for Fast Organic Battery - 04/06/15
Researchers at the University of Houston have reported developing an efficient conductive electron-transporting polymer, a long-missing puzzle piece that will allow ultrafast battery applications.


UH Students Take on Rebranding Energy Industry for Millennials - 03/27/15
An advertising class in the University of Houston’s Jack J. Valenti School of Communication is developing an ad campaign to attract young workers to the petrochemical industry.

UH Energy Debate to Focus on Future Workforce Needs - 03/27/15
The final debate in the 2014-15 Energy Symposium Series at the University of Houston will consider how oil and gas companies can best prepare for future workforce needs. The debate will be Tuesday, May 31.

Energy and Culture, Meeting in an Urban Landscape - 03/23/15
How does the production of energy combine with a region’s culture to affect the urban landscape? That will be the topic of a talk by Wes Michaels, a landscape architect from Louisiana State University, March 25 at the University of Houston..

UH Appoints Dean to College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics - 03/19/15
Dan E. Wells, a longtime faculty member, department chair and interim dean, has been appointed the next dean of the University of Houston College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

UH Energy Symposium to Focus on Future Energy Workforce - 03/17/15
The final debate in the 2014-15 Energy Symposium Series at the University of Houston will focus on concerns about the coming "crew change" in the oil and gas industry..

UH Researchers Discover New Material to Produce Clean Energy - 03/03/15
Researchers at the University of Houston have created a new thermoelectric material, intended to generate electric power from waste heat – from a vehicle tailpipe, for example, or an industrial smokestack – with greater efficiency and higher output power than currently available materials.


BP Economist to Present 2015 Energy Overview at UH - 02/23/15
A BP economist will present the global energy company’s annual predictions of the world’s energy picture for the next 20 years at the University of Houston on Thursday, Feb. 26.

UH Students Revving Up for Shell Eco-Marathon - 02/17/15
In the end, it’s all about the cars. But for students from the University of Houston and Elsik High School, the path to the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas 2015 has offered much more – learning, mentoring and the opportunity to put classroom lessons into action.

Recent UH Grad Named Forbes "30 Under 30" for Energy - 02/16/15
University of Houston alum Casey McNeil was recently named to the newest Forbes Magazine "30 Under 30" list for energy.

UH Energy Debate: Private Companies and the Public Good - 02/04/15
The next debate in the UH Energy Symposium Series, set for Tuesday, Feb. 10, will look at whether and how energy companies address their responsibility to society.


New Supercomputer Allows for Massive Data Analysis in Less Time - 01/26/15
UH is adding a new, state-of-the-art supercomputer to its arsenal of research tools. This powerful, high-performance computing system will more than double the current computing power at UH.

UH Selected to Lead Offshore Energy Research Center - 01/20/15
The University of Houston will lead a national research center for subsea engineering and other offshore energy development issues, including research and technology to improve the sustainable and safe development of energy resources in the Gulf of Mexico.

Students Search for Oil, Make Deals in PetroChallenge - 01/13/15
More than 380 high school students will study seismic surveys, compete for rigs and wheel and deal during the four-day PetroChallenge on the University of Houston campus.



Ocean Energy Safety Institute Hires Paul Robinson to Work with Industry - 12/10/14
Paul Robinson, an ocean engineer with experience working in subsea and aerospace systems, has been named program manager for the Ocean Energy Safety Institute.

UH Professor Honored for Materials Research, STEM Outreach - 12/09/14
UH mathematician Yuliya Gorb recently received a five-year, $420,000 National Science Foundation CAREER Award for both her research and an outreach program she’s developing for high school girls.

UH to Offer Graduate Certificate in Upstream Energy Safety - 12/03/14
The University of Houston will begin offering a graduate certificate in upstream energy safety in January, covering health, safety and environmental issues, including regulatory policies, emergency crisis management and health, safety and environmental leadership.


Renowned UH Benefactor, Geophysicist Robert E. Sheriff Dies - 11/25/14
Robert E. Sheriff, professor emeritus in the UH Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and long-time departmental benefactor, died Nov. 19 in Missouri City, Texas. He was 92.

UH Researcher Honored for Work in Nanomaterials - 11/18/14
Debora Rodrigues, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Houston, has received the Emerging Investigator award from the Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization.

UH Chemists Develop Porous Molecules that Bind Greenhouse Gases - 11/13/14
A team of UH chemists have developed a molecule that assembles spontaneously into a lightweight structure with microscopic pores capable of binding large quantities of several potent greenhouse gases.

UH Students Compete for Best Environmental Design Ideas - 11/13/14
Students from the University of Houston will get a chance to put their own touch on the Houston Independent School District’s new Energy Institute High School, competing to offer new ideas for sustainable design.

UH Launches Bold Reputation Campaign ‘Welcome to the Powerhouse' - 11/10/14
UH’s Powerhouse campaign, which uses the slogans “Welcome to the Powerhouse” and “This is the House Innovation Built” and features high-impact photography and design, is expected to tally more than 65,000,000 impressions now through spring 2015.

Rail Vs. Pipeline? It’s Bigger Than That - 11/05/14
As the fight over the Keystone XL pipeline continues, the UH Energy Symposium Series will host a debate about the larger issue of the nation’s energy infrastructure on Tuesday, Nov. 11.


UH Researcher Wins $1.5 Million Federal Solar Energy Award - 10/22/14
A University of Houston researcher is trying a novel approach to create high efficiency, low cost solar cells in an effort to bring the cost down to that of traditional electricity sources.

University of Houston Receives IEEE Milestone Award - 10/20/14
The University of Houston will be recognized Nov. 17 by IEEE as the site of the discovery by physicist Paul Chu and colleagues of a material that made high temperature superconductivity practical for real-world applications.

UH Physicist Shuo Chen Awarded Welch Professorship - 10/14/14
Shuo Chen, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics, has been awarded a Robert A. Welch Professorship in High Temperature Superconductivity and Materials Physics from the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston.

UH, Consumer Energy Alliance Celebrate Energy Day - 10/13/14
UH Energy, the University of Houston’s energy initiative, will lead students, researchers and organizations from across campus in activities designed to teach families about the city’s largest industry and encourage children to enter science and technical fields during this weekend’s annual Energy Day Festival.

Arctic Business Conference to Highlight Opportunities, Challenges - 10/13/14
Executives from energy companies working in the Arctic, along with political leaders from Arctic nations, will talk about the challenges and opportunities involved in exploring for oil there during a business conference sponsored by the City of Houston, OTC’s Arctic Technology Conference and the University of Houston Energy initiative.

Shell Oil Company Commits $3.5 Million to UH - 10/06/14
Shell Oil Company is contributing $3.5 million to the University of Houston in support of the new Multidisciplinary Research and Engineering Building and other educational initiatives.

Khator’s Fall Address Presents Roadmap to National Relevancy - 10/01/14
In an inspiring speech before an enthusiastic audience at Moores Opera House, UH System Chancellor and UH President Renu Khator declared that success for the University of Houston is “critical to the city, and equally critical to the nation.”


Energy Security Expert Anne Korin to Speak Oct. 1 at UH - 09/25/14
As part of the Energy & Sustainability Program’s fall kickoff at the UH Honors College, energy security expert Anne Korin will speak Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the University of Houston. The event is free and open to the public.

UH Energy Symposium Series Begins with Debate Over U.S. Energy Independence - 09/24/14
The first debate in the UH Energy Symposium Series will be Sept. 30, with an assessment of the nation’s prospects for energy independence and whether independence would be good for the United States.

Multidisciplinary Research and Engineering Building to Foster Collaboration - 09/15/14
Groundbreaking for the University of Houston’s new $51 million Multidisciplinary Research and Engineering Building will be Oct. 6. Designed to encourage collaboration, it will house core facilities shared by researchers from departments around the campus.

UH Energy Symposium Series Focuses on Big Ideas - 09/04/14
UH Energy, the University of Houston’s energy initiative, will tackle some of the top issues facing the industry during its 2014-2015 Energy Symposium Series: Critical Issues in Energy. The popular series will feature four moderated discussions, beginning with U.S. energy independence.

UH Researchers Begin Work on $1.8 Million Design-and-Build Project - 09/04/14
Paul Chu, T.L.L. Temple Chair of Science and founding director of the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston, will lead a group of investigators as they build a one-of-a-kind piece of equipment designed to further their research and ultimately help make superconductivity and thermoelectricity more commercially viable.


Superconductivity Researcher Awarded Welch Professorship - 08/29/14
Jakoah Brgoch, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, has been awarded a Robert A. Welch Professorship in High Temperature Superconductivity and Chemical Materials from the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston.The Robert A. Welch Foundation created the professorships to recruit and retain outstanding faculty, research faculty and visiting scientists.

University of Houston Releases 2014 National Commercial - 08/28/14
The University of Houston has released its 2014 national commercial, which highlights the University’s 667-acre campus, including the new TDECU Stadium, and features students and athletes in action.

UH Receives $3.3 Million Grant to Promote Women in STEM Fields - 08/21/14
The University of Houston has received a $3.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to increase the number of women faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, as well as to ensure they have opportunities to move into leadership roles. The University will establish a Center for ADVANCING Faculty Success to oversee its goal of increasing female faculty recruitment in STEM fields, especially among women of color.

Chu, Selvamanickam Honored at Superconductivity Conference - 08/08/14
Two of the University of Houston’s leading superconductivity researchers will be honored this month at the Applied Superconductivity Conference in Charlotte, N.C. Paul C.W. Chu, founding director and chief scientist of the Texas Center for Superconductivity at UH, will receive the 2014 Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Council on Superconductivity Max Swerdlow Award for Sustained Service to the Applied Superconductivity Community. Venkat Selvamanickam, M.D. Anderson Chair professor of mechanical engineering and director of the center's Applied Research Hub, will receive the inaugural Dr. James Wong Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions to Applied Superconductor Materials Technology.


Energy Institute High School Sees Future at the University of Houston - 07/29/14
Incoming freshmen from the Houston Independent School District’s new Energy Institute High School, a magnet school for energy careers, will spend Thursday, July 31, at the University of Houston for an introduction to renewable energy.

UH STEM Center Boosts City’s Reputation as ‘Best Place’ for Grads - 07/14/14
The Houston metro area ranked fourth in a new listing of the nation’s top places for graduates working in fields related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). NerdWallet, the financial literacy website that published the study, noted the University of Houston STEM Center as a factor in the ranking. NerdWallet indicated the center “helps attract and retain students in STEM careers, both locally and nationally.”

Phillips 66 Donation Strengthens ties to University of Houston - 07/07/14
The University of Houston’s colleges of business and engineering have gained new support from one of the city’s energy leaders, which has donated money to a variety of programs and student support services. “Phillips 66 wants to support the development of a diverse, agile and highly-capable workforce in the city where our company is headquartered,” said Greg Maxwell, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Phillips 66. In making the donation, the company recommended it be allocated to a number of programs.


UH Engineering Camp for Girls Offers Robotics, Role Models - 06/23/14
The shortage of engineers and other technical specialists is a national problem, and it’s especially acute for women. But a female-only engineering camp at the University of Houston hopes to show teens that engineering isn’t all pocket protectors and slide rules.

BP Economist to Present Energy Overview at the University of Houston - 06/17/14
Mark Finley, general manager for global energy markets and U.S. economics at BP, will discuss the global energy giant’s 2014 Statistical Review of World Energy at the University of Houston on June 24.

Governor's Science and Technology Camp Meets at UH This Week - 06/16/14
Some of the state’s brightest high school students will be on the University of Houston campus this week for the Governor’s Science and Technology Champions Academy. The invitation-only camp, sponsored by Gov. Rick Perry and the Texas Workforce Commission, is for winners of the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair, which was held this spring in San Antonio.

UH Business Plan Team Wins Big at National Contest - 06/13/14
A student team from the University of Houston won the three top awards at the National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition in Washington, D.C., for their plan to recycle rare earth elements critical for powering cell phones, wind turbines and other clean energy technologies.

UH Researcher Paul Chu’s Achievements Cited in Exhibit - 06/02/14
Paul Chu, the founder of the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, is included in an exhibit honoring the contributions made by immigrants from Taiwan and China to the United States. The exhibit, “Immigrants Building America,” opened Sunday, June 1, at the Culture Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, and will remain up through June 14.


Membrane Society Conference Highlights New Materials, Applications - 05/27/14
More than 400 people are registered for the 24th annual meeting of the North American Membrane Society, set for May 31-June 4 in a Houston suburb. The meeting, to be held in the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square, is hosted by the University of Houston and Prairie View A&M University. Co-chairs are Shankar Chellam, an environmental engineer at UH, and Felecia Nave, associate provost and associate vice president for academic affairs at Prairie View.

UH Hosts President of Croatia During Recent Visit to U.S. - 05/21/14
Croatian President Ivo Josipović recently visited the University of Houston, toured the Moores School of Music and met with UH President Renu Khator, her administration and several faculty members. The meeting sets the stage for a Memorandum of Understanding between UH and Croatia’s University of Zagreb to be signed in July.

UH Students Benefit from New Fundraising Program - 05/19/14
The University of Houston has launched a new corporate giving program that brings companies closer to the students whose lives are affected by their gifts. Cougar Corporate Partners funnels half of each company’s donations directly to scholarships, with the other half split between UH’s M.D. Anderson Library and the University Career Services Center.

UH Announces Investment Deal to Launch Faculty Startups - 05/15/14
The University of Houston has signed a deal with a group of investors to commercialize technologies created by its faculty, boosting the UH Energy Research Park as a focal point for entrepreneurial activity in the Houston region. The deal will be worth as much as $25 million, including $15 million for a new building at the research park, which will house laboratories and startup businesses.

UH Chemical Engineer Earns Early Career Award from Energy Department - 05/12/14
Lars Grabow, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Houston, has been awarded a $750,000, five-year award from the Department of Energy. The award is designed to support the nation’s most exceptional researchers during the early years of their careers.

Discovery Creates a Better Chance for Clean Energy Research - 05/07/14
University of Houston physicists have discovered a new thermoelectric material offering high performance at temperatures ranging from room temperature up to 300 degrees Celsius, or about 573 degrees Fahrenheit. Zhifeng Ren, M.D. Anderson Chair professor of physics at UH and the lead author of a paper describing the discovery, said the work could be important for clean energy research and commercialization.


Princeton Review Ranks UH Among Greenest Universities - 04/29/14
The editorial staff at the Princeton Review has taken note of the UH’s earth-friendly efforts and included it in its 2014 “Guide to 332 Green Colleges.” This is the fifth straight year UH has been recognized in this publication.

Transporting Crude Oil by Rail: UH Energy Expert Weighs in on Reducing Risk - 04/28/14
Ramanan Krishnamoorti, chief energy officer for the University of Houston, is available to talk about the proposed standards for tank cars expected to be released by the U.S. Department of Transportation this week.

UH Students Create Mobile Activity Center Focused on Sustainability - 04/08/14
It’s not a Transformer, but a recent project from University of Houston art and architecture students is not too dissimilar from the metallic super heroes. In the “Transformers” movies, common vehicles take the form of robots aimed at protecting the earth. UH’s Re/Cycle Hub is comprised of four adult-sized tricycles that will transform into an activity center promoting habits that can help save our planet.

UH Entrepreneurship Students Ride the WAVVE - 04/08/14
A program launched at the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship in conjunction with the Division of Research is working to help the University's researchers turn their inventions into thriving businesses, while providing a unique academic experience for UH students.

Zero to 20, in a Green Machine - 04/04/14
Cindy Au’s usual ride is a Camry, but look for her in something a little more high tech when the Shell Eco-Marathon comes to town later this month. Au is a member of one of four teams the University of Houston will field for this year’s competition, which challenges students to design, build and drive energy efficient cars. It will be held April 25-27 at Discovery Green.

Weather Balloons, Fuel-Sipping Cars and Environmental Research - 04/03/14
The University of Houston will highlight some of its campus-wide sustainability efforts during the city’s Earth Day celebration Saturday, April 12, at Discovery Green. Students and faculty will also talk about environmental research and projects at the daylong event.


CenterPoint, Direct Energy Join UH Electricity Research Project - 03/26/14
Two of the region’s largest energy companies have joined with the University of Houston to form the Electric Power Analytics Consortium, which will focus on data-driven solutions to better predict the number of electric outages due to storms and find new ways to help customers.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Tours Energy Programs at UH - 03/25/14
During a recent visit to the University of Houston, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said the UH’s energy research and academic programs are a prime example of the administration’s “all-of-the-above” energy policy playing out in one place.Moniz visited the UH Energy Research Park earlier this month and heard presentations on the subsea engineering master’s degree program, among others, before touring the National Wind Energy Center and the superconductivity-focused Energy Device Fabrication Laboratory.

UH Honors College Presents Ultimate Talk Show - 'The Great Conversation' - 03/17/14
For more than two decades the college has delivered insightful discussions and gourmet dinners to Houstonians during “The Great Conversation.” At the heart of this annual fundraiser are meaningful supper chats led by esteemed experts and noted scholars.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to Visit UH - 03/03/14
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will visit the University of Houston’s Energy Research Park this week to tour some of its energy-related research programs, including the National Wind Energy Center and the Energy Device Fabrication Laboratory.


Debate Will Consider Subsidies for Renewable Energy - 02/20/14
Renewable energy’s role in the nation’s future remains unclear, partly because whether to provide government subsidies is still an unsettled question. A March 4 debate at the University of Houston will focus on subsidies, and whether they are needed..

UH Students Use Technology to Boost Performance From the Grid to the Basketball Court - 02/17/14
Students in the University of Houston’s College of Technology are turning to Facebook, Twitter, blogs and other social media to get out the word about the innovative designs that earned them two spots in the Cornell Cup competition finals.

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis to Speak at UH - 02/10/14
Former U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis will bring his effort to push a carbon tax and other free-market approaches to addressing climate change to the University of Houston. Inglis has been controversial among conservatives, but he has continued to push for dialogue and solutions.

Symposium Tackles the Challenges Raised by Climate Change - 02/03/14
Scientists from industry, government and academia will meet to discuss the evidence about climate change and what the economic toll is likely to be. The discussion will take place Feb. 11 at the Hilton University of Houston.


New Theory May Lead to More Efficient Solar Cells - 01/29/14
A model developed by professors at the University of Houston and Université de Montréal may hold the key to developing better materials for solar cells. The findings appear in the Jan. 29 issue of Nature Communications.

UH’s Jack Christiansen Honored by Mechanical Engineering Society - 01/24/14
Jack Christiansen, founding director of the Petroleum Technology Initiative in the College of Technology, has been honored with the Ross Kastor Educators Award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Christiansen, who came to UH after a 35-year career in the oil and gas industry, says he wants to help students understand the opportunities the industry has to offer.

UH Moment: Building a More Powerful Wind Turbine - 01/10/14
A team of University of Houston researchers is developing a superconducting wire with 400 percent the performance of wire available today and an aim to increase the power of wind turbines to 10 megawatts and more.

Building a Habit in Construction Management - 01/06/14
For the second time in a row, a University of Houston student has had the highest score in the nation on the American Institute of Constructors’ national certification exam, required to graduate from the University's construction management program. Eric Talley is the latest student to earn the honor.



Researchers Split Water into Hydrogen, Oxygen Using Light, Nanoparticles - 12/16/13
Researchers from the University of Houston have found a catalyst that can quickly generate hydrogen from water using sunlight, potentially creating a clean and renewable source of energy.

Four UH Researchers Named to National Academy of Inventors - 12/10/13
Four UH researchers have been named as fellows to the National Academy of Inventors, driven both by intellectual curiosity and by the desire to improve the lives of the people around them.

UH Physicist Honored as Rising Star in Texas Research - 12/10/13
Zhifeng Ren received the O'Donnell Award in science from The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas, which cited his contributions in five scientific fields: carbon nanotubes, thermoelectrics, hierarchical zinc oxide nanowires, high temperature superconductivity, and molecule delivery/sensing.

UH Energy Expert Michael Economides Dies During International Flight - 12/02/13
Engineering Professor Michael Economides was an internationally known authority on petroleum engineering, as well as a prolific writer on global energy politics, an analyst and consultant. He died Saturday night during an international flight to South America.


UH Engineer Named President of Houston Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance - 11/21/13
UH Engineering Professor William Epling has been named president of the Greater Houston Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance, a group formed to promote greater awareness of the potential for natural gas-powered vehicles. Epling took over from Jim Granato, director of the UH Hobby Center for Public Policy, who was the group's founding president.

Graduate School Plans Daylong Focus on Energy - 11/12/13
Energy@UH is designed to help graduate students in a variety of disciplines break down boundaries and promote networking, building a greater sense of community between students working in common fields.

College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics Opens New Labs - 11/08/13
The open house will will allow visitors, UH faculty and students to tour the new additions to inorganic and organic analytical labs, as well as the Center for Petroleum Geochemistry.

UH Among Texas Institutions That Will Lead Ocean Energy Safety Institute - 11/07/13
The Institute will work with regulators and industry to integrate safety into rapidly evolving technology as drillers move into deeper water in the search for energy.


UH Students Create Nation’s Only Subsea Engineering Society - 10/29/13
University Offers Only Master’s Degree Program in Subsea Engineering in U.S.

UH Debate Considers Whether Natural Gas Exports Will Be Good for the U. S. - 10/29/13
Nov. 12 Debate Will Look at Economic, Energy Security and Environmental Concerns

PBS’ “NOVA” Features University of Houston in Episode Exploring Innovation and Cold Temperatures - 10/29/13
Researchers and staff at the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston (TcSUH) recently contributed to an upcoming installment of the award-winning PBS television series, “NOVA.”

CenterPoint CEO, UH Alum, Honored By American Gas Association - 10/24/13
David McClanahan Earned an MBA at UH in 1976

11th EPRI Superconductivity Conference Opens Oct. 28 at UH - 10/23/13
Conference Focuses on Using Superconductors to Generate and Transmit Electricity

College of Technology Hosts Petroleum Industry Speaker Series - 10/22/13
Kurt Albaugh Will Discuss Offshore Deep and Ultra-deep Water Development Projects

New Energy Minor Helps UH Students Broaden Their Focus - 10/17/13
With Interdisciplinary Approach, Program is Open to Students in Any College

UH Nanotech Company Wins Goradia Innovation Prize - 10/10/13
C-Voltaics named Grand Prize Winner in Gulf Coast Competition

Keeping Pace With the Gulf Coast's Building Boom - 10/02/13
UH Construction Management Department Steps Up to Meet Growing Demand


UH Energy, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Host Energy Symposium Series - 09/24/13
Series Will Feature Moderated Debates on Key Issues Facing the Energy Industry

University Receives $4 Million to Launch New Chemistry Initiative - 09/19/13
Center of Excellence in Polymer Chemistry will Focus on Polymeric Materials

Schlumberger Donates $2.35 Million to Energy Research Park - 09/09/13
Schlumberger is donating $2.35 million to the University of Houston to support the expansion and renovation of the Energy Research Park.

Research Creates New Opportunities from Waste Heat - 09/05/13
UH physicist and his team find a compound to more efficiently convert waste heat to electrical power

Industry leaders named to Energy Advisory Board - 09/04/13
Three industry leaders have been named to the UH Energy Advisory Board.

Nanotech company launches in Energy Research Park - 09/03/13
C-Voltaics, a nanotechnology company started by UH professor Shay Curran, is the first nanotech venture for the University of Houston


Nanotech start-up wins international industry honors - 08/28/13
C-Voltaics, a nanotechnology company started by UH professor Shay Curran, won the Young Technology Award at an international conference held in The Netherlands.


UH Offers Wide Array of Experts on Energy - 07/02/13
The University of Houston is home to a number of top researchers and educators with expertise in a variety of energy-related fields.


Five Energy Industry Leaders Join UH Energy Advisory Board - 06/26/13
The University of Houston has added five energy professionals to its UH Energy Advisory Board, which is now comprised of 18 global leaders in the energy industry. The advisory board is tasked with providing strategic guidance, planning and external coordination for the UH Energy initiative.


UH Hosts Panel Discussion at Offshore Technology Conference - 05/03/13
UH's success in working with the energy industry to establish the undergraduate petroleum engineering program will be the focus on May 7 panel discussion.


UH Creates a New Minor in Energy and Sustainability - 03/21/13
UH's new minor, set to officially begin in fall 2013, will offer a wide range of courses about energy and sustainability issues.

Fossil CSI: Prehistoric Clues to Oil, Environment Revealed - 03/06/13
More than 200 delegates from around the world will assemble at UH next week to share research and discoveries about oil and the environment at an international conference on the economic and environmental use of fossils.

Azerbaijan Ambassador to Visit UH to Discuss Energy in Caspian Region - 03/05/13
Ambassador Elin Suleymanov's talk is sponsored by UH's Energy and Sustainability Initiatives Program


President Renu Khator Appoints Leader of UH Energy Initiatives - 02/13/13
University of Houston President Renu Khator has named Dow Chair Professor Ramanan Krishnamoorti as a special assistant to the president/chancellor for UH Energy, a collection of the university’s preeminent energy research and education programs.



Engineering Researcher Wins Prestigious NSF CAREER Award - 12/13/12
Assistant professor will use NSF CAREER award to research flexible, stretchable ion batteries.

UH Superconductivity Research Project Wins Additional Funding - 12/07/12
Professor Venkat "Selva" Selvamanickam's wind energy project involves the use of superconducting wire to generate and transport electricity. The U.S. Department of Energy awarded an additional $900,000 for the research effort.


National Oilwell Varco Gives $905,000 to UH's Subsea Engineering Program - 11/06/12
Donation from National Oilwell Varco will be used to establish computational engineering laboratory and to conduct additional research.


UH Establishes Nation's First Master's Program in Subsea Engineering - 10/16/12
State of Texas approves subsea engineering master's program for UH. Courses expected to begin in fall 2013.


UH Partners With Consumer Energy Alliance for Energy Day 2012 - 09/20/12
Energy Day will feature a variety of demonstrations, booths and other events highlighting the importance of energy in our daily lives.

UH Law Center Undertakes Critical Study of Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Law - 09/07/12
The Center for U.S. and Mexican Law at the University of Houston Law Center is embarking on a binational research project to explore the domestic and international laws that govern development of shared oil and gas fields in the Gulf of Mexico.


UH Chemist Tackles Black Holes in Canada with Fulbright Fellowship - 07/16/12
A recently chosen Fulbright fellow in chemistry at UH hopes to accomplish something no one has done before. Among other things, he wants to prepare a two-dimensional optical analog of a black hole on a laser table and study some of its properties without actually having to go to outer space to find a real one.

TIGER Grant Helping Connect UH Campus with Energy Research Park - 07/10/12
Right now, the only way to get from the University of Houston’s main campus to the UH Energy Research Park (ERP) is by automobile or shuttle bus. That will ultimately change as the university plans to construct a paved pathway connecting the campus to the ERP.


HoustonPBS UH Moment: UH Law Center’s Environment, Energy & Natural Resource Center - 05/01/12
The University of Houston Law Center is home to the Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Center. EENR tackles complex policy issues where energy and the environment intersect.


UH Receives ExxonMobil Grant for Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp - 03/15/12
ExxonMobil has awarded an $80,000 grant to the UH teachHOUSTON math and science teacher preparation program, as it once again takes the reins of the Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp for Houston-area middle school students.


UH Creates $30 Million Fund to Recruit Key STEM Faculty - 02/28/12
As the University of Houston solidifies its standing as a Tier One public research university, it is aggressively hiring stellar faculty to build a portfolio of nationally competitive translational research focused on energy-and health-related discovery and innovation.

UH Officials Named to Wind Alliance Board - 02/07/12
Vice Chancellor Rathindra Bose, professor Ray Cline will serve on board of The Wind Alliance.


Climate Change Liability the Focus of Mock U.S. Supreme Court at UH Law Center Jan. 19 - 01/18/12
The Environment, Energy & Natural Resource Center at the University of Houston Law Center is hosting a mock U.S. Supreme Court argument on climate change tort liability on Jan. 19 in Krost Hall on campus.



UH Physicist Part on Multi-Institution Team Trying to Develop New Solar Energy Technology - 11/10/11
NSF and DOE have jointly funded project to develop advanced solar technologies that can provide a large-scale and affordable energy source.


'Green UH Day' on Nov. 2 Celebrating Campus Sustainability, New Partnership with Green Mountain Energy - 10/31/11
Each fall, the University of Houston celebrates campus sustainability on “Green UH Day.” This year’s event will showcase UH’s environmentally friendly initiatives while commemorating its new partnership with Green Mountain Energy.

UH-led Team Receives $3.1 Million DOE Award to Develop Superconducting Wire for Wind Turbines - 10/11/11
Public-private research team will develop an efficient, low-cost high-temperature superconducting wire to use in future advanced wind turbine generators.


UH Bauer College Leads Nation in Entrepreneurship Education - 09/20/11
For the third time in five years, the Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Center at UH Bauer has been ranked the best of its kind in the nation, landing at the top of The Princeton Review’s list of leading undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the U.S. for Entrepreneur magazine.

UH Researcher Receives Grant to Develop New Oil Dispersants - 09/12/11
Grant is part of multi-institutional project to study the health and environmental effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


UH Architecture Students Designing, Constructing 'Solar Shade Tree' for Houston's McReynolds Middle School - 07/08/11
With one mature tree on campus, the students at McReynolds Middle School don’t necessarily have it “made in the shade” when they emerge from class. Thanks to UH's Graduate Design Build Studio, these students soon will have a cool new addition to their school - a solar shade tree.


ConocoPhillips Donates $1 Million to UH and its Energy Research Park - 06/29/11
ConocoPhillips is donating $1 million to the University of Houston and the emerging UH Energy Research Park, a collection of the university’s preeminent energy research and education programs.

White House Environmental Policy Adviser Nancy Sutley Visiting UH June 28 - 06/27/11
As chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Nancy Sutley has been credited with adding a green attitude to the White House. Soon, she will bring her insights on sustainability and environmental issues to the University of Houston.

Gardening to Go: UH Architecture Professors Introduce GroPODS - 06/23/11
Thanks to University of Houston architecture professors, more green thumbs will be popping up in urban areas. The innovative minds at UH Green Building Components have developed a solution for growing gardens in apartments and non-green business and residential spaces. UHGBC’s GroPOD is a raised bed, modular gardening system that can easily be transported and used anywhere.

UH Researchers' Graphene Development Published in Nature Materials - 06/01/11
Researchers at UH's Center for Advanced Materials have developed method for creating single-crystal arrays of graphene, an advance that could lead to the creation of a new class of high-speed transistors and integrated circuits that use less energy than silicon.


ExxonMobil Donates More Than $500K to UH for Math, Science Initiatives - 05/18/11
ExxonMobil has donated $586,766 to the University of Houston through its educational matching gift program to support math and science initiatives.

UH Engineering Launches New Subsea Certificate Program - 05/17/11
Subsea certificate program created in response to oil industry's need for skilled subsea engineers, who are responsible for the design and maintenance of equipment used in the underwater phase of offshore oil and gas exploration and production.


State’s Leading Climatologist to Speak at UH Law Center April 7 - 04/06/11
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor map, more than 40 percent of the state is currently experiencing extreme drought. What does the future hold for Texas? Professor John Nielsen-Gammon, state climatologist and a leading researcher on weather and climate will address these and other issues in a talk at noon on Thursday, April 7 at the University of Houston Law Center.


UH Receives $1 Million Grant to Test Technology on Diesel-powered School Buses - 03/17/11
Several HISD buses will be retrofitted with technology designed to reduce pollutants emitted by diesel-powered vehicles

$5 to $6 Per Gallon of Gas? UH Energy Commodities Expert Offers Insight - 03/10/11
Craig Pirrong, a professor of finance and energy markets at the University of Houston, keeps track of the developments that influence the world’s oil industry and shape energy policy.


Neal Amundson, Pioneer in Chemical Reaction Engineering, Dies at Age 95 - 02/18/11
University of Houston professor emeritus Neal Amundson, a pioneer of chemical reaction engineering who was widely regarded as a top educator in his field, died Wednesday at age 95.



Joint United States, China Project Studies Origins of Universe - 12/01/10
UH physicist Kwong Lau is part of a vast international team of researchers trying to unlock the secrets of a mysterious particle that could shed light on the history of the universe and how existence is possible.


Green Thumbs Up for UH in College Sustainability Report Card - 10/27/10
The University of Houston is making significant progress in reducing its carbon footprint according to the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card released today. UH earned a B+ for 2011, a half grade higher than last year’s B-. While several other Texas school matched UH’s B+ ranking, no other scored higher.

Green Gadgets, Products Showcased at UH College of Architecture Oct. 21 - Dec. 1 - 10/14/10
Green minds think alike. Houstonians will learn this firsthand during the second annual University of Houston Green Building Components Exhibition from 5 to 7 p.m., Oct. 21 in the UH Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture’s atrium.

Energy Saving Tips, Tools Showcased During Solar Tour and Social Oct. 2 - 10/01/10
The UH Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture will host the Solar Social from 9 a.m. to noon. Members of Houston’s solar and renewable energy communities will be on hand to deliver presentations and showcase products in the college’s lecture hall.


UH, Partners Receive $4.2 Million DOE Grant - 08/31/10
Grant to be used to develop magnet energy storage system that could revolutionize power grid.


University of Houston Joins Gulf Project Coalition - 07/07/10
UH is part of an expert coalition focusing on the prevention of future oil spill disasters in the Gulf. The group of energy and environmental scientists, policy experts and others was announced by Gov. Rick Perry.

UH Professors Showcasing Green Gadgets During ‘Freedom Over Texas’ on July 4 - 07/02/10
Houstonians will celebrate the red, white and blue during the “Freedom Over Texas” Fourth of July festival in Eleanor Tinsley Park. They also will have the opportunity to discover new green technologies from UH architecture professors.

UH Expert Explains Potential Impact of Hurricanes on Gulf Disaster - 07/01/10
Donald Van Nieuwenhuise, with his experience as a production geologist and ongoing research on the impact hurricanes have on the Texas coast, understands the lengthy process of drilling relief wells and what effect a Gulf storm could have on that process as well as the overall recovery effort.


Researchers Available to Discuss How Hurricanes Might Affect Gulf Oil Spill - 06/29/10
Forecasters predicted an active hurricane season this year, so those involved in the recovery effort of the Gulf oil spill are keeping a close eye on tropical depressions and potential storms. UH professors are available for comment on how hurricanes and the oil spill might mix in the Gulf.

UH Receives $2.3 Million DOE Grant For New Wind Facility - 06/24/10
UH researchers to develop and test large wind turbine blades for use offshore.

Schlumberger Executive Joins UH Energy Advisory Board - 06/21/10
Advisory Panel of Global Leaders Focuses on Strategic Planning for UH Energy

UH Forms Green Alliance with Urban Harvest - 06/02/10
Thanks to a new partnership between UH and Urban Harvest, the university is intensifying its sustainability initiatives with a new and improved community garden and campus gardening classes that are open to the public.

Hurricane Experts Take UH by Storm - 06/02/10
With predictions for a more active hurricane season this year, an array of University of Houston researchers are available to address topics ranging from preparation to fall out, as well as various research endeavors.


UH Offers Experts on Gulf Oil Spill - 05/07/10
A massive containment and cleanup effort continues in the Gulf of Mexico, and further fallout is expected from the deadly oil rig blowout. As you continue to seek experts to discuss various aspects of this ongoing story, keep in mind these resources at the University of Houston, where energy is a strategic focus for faculty research and teaching.

UH Geologist Explains BP Efforts to Dome Blown Well - 05/06/10
Don Van Nieuwenhuise, Ph.D., is currently Director of the Professional Geoscience Programs in the department of geosciences as well as Director of the Applied Sequence and Biostratigraphy Program at the UH. During his career with several energy companies, he successfully drilled more than 15 exploration, production, and blow-out kill wells. Nieuwenhuise gives insight into the current efforts to stop the leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico.

As Oil Spill Hits Coastline, UH Expert Explains Ecological Impact - 05/05/10
Steven Pennings, Ph.D., is an expert in community ecology. He is a professor in the department of biology and biochemistry at UH. As the BP oil spill hits the Louisiana coastline, Pennings offers expertise on the ecological impact and why the affects may last decades.

Expert Lends Perspective on Gulf Oil Disaster - 05/03/10
Tyler Priest, Ph.D., is an expert on offshore oil and gas development in the Gulf of Mexico. He lends perspective to the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.