Mechanical Engineering

SURF Provides Undergrad Research Opportunity for Cullen College Junior
SURF Provides Undergrad Research Opportunity for Cullen College Junior

Abby Zinecker, a junior studying mechanical engineering, begins her Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), researching flexible lithium ion batteries. Read more.

Professor Wins New Investigator Award
Professor Wins New Investigator Award From NASA Texas Space Center Grant Consortium

Haleh Ardebili has won a one-year, $10,000 New Investigator Award from the NASA Texas Space Center Grant Consortium to develop flexible, stretchable batteries for spacesuits. Read the full story.

ME Chair & Student Publish Paper in Nature Communications
ME Chair & Student Publish Paper in Nature Communications

ME chairman and student publish paper on world's thinnest piezoelectric material in Nature Communications. Read more.

ME Faculty Names Moores Professor
ME Faculty Names Moores Professor

Gangbing Song has been chosen as the 2014 recipient of the John and Rebecca Moores Professorship. Read the full story.

Researcher Wins $1M Grant to Build Electricity-Generating Soft Materials
Researcher Wins $1M Grant to Build Electricity-Generating Soft Materials

Pradeep Sharma has won a $1 million grant to develop soft materials that combine mechanical strain and nanoscale effects to generate large amounts of electricity... Read the full story.

Message from the Chair

sharma.jpgThe central mission of the Mechanical Engineering (ME) department at the University of Houston is to perform cutting-edge research in the broad area of mechanical sciences and educate globally competitive engineers.

A modern Mechanical Engineer is very versatile: for example, cell biology, drug delivery, missile design, radiation hardened materials, quantum dots, hypersonic flights, shale gas exploration, nanostructured Li-ion batteries for energy storage, environmentally friendly engines, high temperature superconductive materials, sensors, artificial muscles, ultra strong materials are all topics that use mechanical engineers. This particular list of topics is intentional—our Mechanical Engineering faculty are currently performing active research in all these areas.

University of Houston’s highly ranked ME department boasts close ties with Houston’s energy and engineering industrial complex as well as the medical center. Our graduates can be found in key positions in some of the leading companies of the area and around the world.

The Mechanical Engineering program has seen record growth in recent years, and with an undergraduate enrollment of over 600 students, it is the most sought after major within the engineering college.

I invite you to explore our website and see what we have to offer. If you need more information about our program, please email me at psharma [at] uh [dot] edu.

Latest News

Engineering Professor Publishes Three Papers Related to Harvesting Low-grade Heat Energy
The concept of power generation is conversion of heat to electricity, which is the prime form of energy. Until recently, the only methods available...

The concept of power generation is conversion of heat to electricity, which is the prime form of energy. Until recently, the only methods available to harvest low-grade heat (<160 Fahrenheit) were thermoelectrics and organic rankine cycle, which captured only 2 to 3 percent of waste heat.

Professor Publishes Paper on Polymers with High Thermal Conductivity
Expensive and weighty metals play crucial roles in heat transfer applications because of their high thermal conductivity. For example, cases for...

Expensive and weighty metals play crucial roles in heat transfer applications because of their high thermal conductivity. For example, cases for cellular phones and some other electronics are made of metal rather than inexpensive materials with lower thermal conductivity because the metal is necessary to dissipate induced internal heat.

Engineering Professor Earns Grant to Pursue Energy-Saving Semiconductors
Silicon, despite inefficiencies, has been an effective electrical energy conversion and control material for hybrid-electric vehicles and numerous...

Silicon, despite inefficiencies, has been an effective electrical energy conversion and control material for hybrid-electric vehicles and numerous other power electronics. However, the semiconductor is reaching its physical limits in many important applications, such as next-generation electric vehicles and smart grid systems.

Department Updates

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING GRADUATE STUDENT IS AWARDED AISE SCHOLARSHIP

Abhilash Reddy, a graduate student at the Department of Mechanical Engineering is one of the recipient of the American Society of Indian Engineers...

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING GRADUATE STUDENT IS AWARDED AISE SCHOLARSHIP

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