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Pathway Professor — Department of Mechanical Engineering

Given the technical nature of many engineering subjects, students may struggle to perform well in some of their courses. Furthermore, not passing a course may delay students’ graduation. Hence, the faculty teaching courses with a history of high failure rates play a critical role in student success with respect to students’ pathway to graduation.

Those appointed to teach these gateway courses were selected by their Department Chair based on their extensive content knowledge and excellent teaching performance. The Dean created the role of “Pathway Professor” to recognize Cullen College of Engineering’s “best in class” instructors that, together, create a community within the college to enhance student learning in gateway courses.

Yashashree Kulkarni
Dr. Yashashree Kulkarni
Bill D. Cook Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Phone 713-743-3657
Email ykulkarni [at]
Gateway Course MECE 3336 - Mechanics II (Dynamics)
Dong Liu
Dr. Dong Liu
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Phone 713-743-4532
Email dongliu [at]
Gateway Course MECE 4364 - Heat Transfer
Pradeep Sharma
Dr. Pradeep Sharma
Interim Dean of the Cullen College of Engineering, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Professor
Phone 713-743-4502
Email psharma [at]
Gateway Course MECE 3336 - Mechanics II (Dynamics)
Hadi Ghasemi
Dr. Hadi Ghasemi
Cullen Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Phone 713-743-6183
Email hghasemi [at]
Gateway Course MECE 4343 - Thermal Design