The University of Houston Magazine

Annual Report


Modernizing U.S. Power Grid — Venkat Selvamanickam (M.S. ’88, Ph.D. ’92), director of the Applied Research Hub and the M.D. Anderson Distinguished Professor in Mechanical Engineering, is developing a technology with high temperature superconducting wires that is revolutionizing the way power is generated, transported and used.

Continuing Superconductivity Search — Professor C.W. “Paul” Chu, Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston, founding/executive director, T.L.L. Temple Chair of Science and professor of physics, has received a $2.8 million grant from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research for his ongoing efforts to search for novel materials that become superconducting at higher temperatures.

Expanding UH’s Diesel Center — The Texas Diesel Testing and Research Center at the University of Houston doubled its size and increased its means to research and test retrofit devices that reduce the amount of harmful pollutants emitted from heavy-duty diesel engine exhaust.


Ad Students Among Nation’s Best — Ad team Cougar Concepts earned first place and best media plan for the State Farm advertising campaign for the National Student Advertising Competition.

Albert Schweitzer Fellows — Beth Christopherson and Matt Estey, students in the Graduate College of Social Work, will lead health-related service initiatives for underserved people and communities during 2010−2011 under the prestigious Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellows Program.

Goldwater Scholar — Matthew Reichl, physics and mathematics double major and Honors College student, received a 2010 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

Student Teacher of the Year — Jason Spencer has been named the State Student Teacher of the Year by the Texas Directors of Field Experiences and the National Student Teacher of the Year by the National Association of Teacher Educators and Kappa Delta Pi.

First Lady Michelle Obama standing with Honor StudentsShining STAR Program — The Work Study Student Training and Research program provides work study students with mentored research opportunities. Students that complete program requirements will qualify for a $500 STAR Scholarship.

Presidential Honor — Blaffer Art Museum’s Young Artist Apprenticeship Program was nationally recognized by President Barak Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

Documenting HIV/ AIDS — Honors College student Erica Fletcher documented the stories of HIV/AIDS among Latinas in her film, “Marianismo.” She also was named one of Glamour Magazine’s Top 10 College Women.

Erica FletcherUH in Northwest Houston — The University of Houston System signed a leasing contract with Lone Star College that will help bring academic programs from UH to the northwest Houston metropolitan area at LSC-University Park.

UH Libraries’ Access — Students and researchers have visited the website more than 1 million times and library databases were searched more than 3.5 million times. More than 7,000 students attended classes and workshops taught by librarians, and more than 300,000 books and other resources were borrowed in FY2010.


Cougar Basketball The Numbers — 13 student-athletes received the Conference USA Commissioner’s Medal (2010); 117 student-athletes were named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll (2010).

New Coaches — Joining UH Athletics were Todd Whitting (’95), baseball head coach; Todd Buchanan, women’s basketball head coach; and James Dickey, men’s basketball head coach.

Postseason Play — Houston men’s basketball claimed its first NCAA tournament berth in 18 years (2010); Houston women’s basketball appeared in the first round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (2010); 10 Cougars advanced to the NCAA track and field championship (2010); the Cougars football team went to the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (2009).


Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture — Designed and built an outdoor amphitheater for T.H. Rogers Elementary School

C.T. Bauer College of Business — No. 1 entrepreneurship program in the nation College of Education — Largest recruitment source for the Houston Independent School District

Cullen College of Engineering — Among the top 100 engineering graduate and undergraduate programs in the nation

Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management — Completed a $12.5 million renovation to its teaching hotel, the Hilton University of Houston

Honors College — Recruited its largest freshman class of 476 (15 National Merit Scholars and 27 TierOne Scholars)

Chamber ChorusUH Law Center — Among the nation’s top 100 law schools; No. 4 health law program; No. 8 intellectual property law program

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences — No. 1 chamber chorus in the world

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics — No. 3 among public universities in Texas for strong science and mathematics programs

College of Optometry — Serves more than 40,000 patients and its students work about 920,000 hours in the community, annually

College of Pharmacy — More than $6 million in total research awards, including more than $4.3 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health

Graduate College of Social Work — Only social work program in the nation with a sitting Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (Jody Williams)

College of Technology — Designated the National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National