Graduate Degrees: Cullen College of Engineering

Fields of Study


The college has five departments: chemical and biomolecular engineering, civil and environmental engineering, electrical and computer engineering, industrial engineering, and mechanical engineering.

In addition to programs of study leading to degrees in these five fields, there are graduate-level interdisciplinary programs in aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, computer and systems engineering, environmental engineering, materials engineering, and petroleum engineering.

Chemical Engineering


The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has research programs in four core areas; materials engineering (including polymeric and electronic), biomolecular engineering, energy engineering, and reaction and systems engineering. Specific research areas include biochemical engineering, chemical reaction engineering, chemical vapor deposition, catalysis, colloid science, combinatorial chemistry, applied molecular biology, process control, interfacial phenomena, numerical simulation, molecular recognition, rheology, fluid flow and phase behavior in porous media, polymer and macromolecular solutions, processing of electronic materials, thin-films materials fuel cells, two-phase flow, solid-fluid separation, reliability theory, super-conductivity, thermochemical energy storage, and petroleum production engineering.

The department occupies more than 50,000 square feet in the two modern buildings that house the Cullen College of Engineering. All full-time graduate students are provided office and laboratory space to carry out their studies and research. Excellent facilities and equipment are available in the aforementioned research program areas. Typical equipment includes scanning electron microscopes, an X-ray diffractometer, pulsed excimer-pumped dye laser, quasi-elastic laser light scattering spectroscopy unit, atomic force microscopes, ellipsometers, and confocal microscopes system. In addition the department has laser anemometers, rheometus, gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer system, ultraviolet spectrometers, microscope-video recorder and microscope-move camera systems, and automatic image analyzers. New facilities include systems for infrared thermal imaging, plasma processing and etching, semiconductor processing equipment, high pressure centrifuge for porous medium analysis, X-ray scattering equipment, advance rheometer, TGA/DSC, Fourier transform infrared spectrometers, parallel array diagnostic equipment, polymer chain reactor devices, cell culture facilities and fluorimeters. The faculty and students in the department participate in the Texas Diesel Testing and Reserach Center and The National Wind Energy Center.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers graduate study in environmental, geosensing systems, geotechnical, materials, hydraulic/water resources, and structural engineering.  The department has well equipped research laboratories fitted with state-of-the-art instruments. The structural laboratory has more than 2,500 square feet of strong floor with a 2.5-million-pound MTS testing system, a large panel tester with forty 100-ton jacks, a biaxial fatigue tester and a walk-in chamber for large scale environmental testing. The materials testing laboratory is equipped with a 2-foot-deep strong floor and a 400-kip Tinius-Olsen universal testing machine. The geotechnical facility includes a laboratory with triaxial testing capability, sophisticated pile test chambers and fully equipped grouting and soil mechanics laboratories. The hydraulic facility is equipped with a fluid mechanics/wave mechanics laboratory with a 50-ft long tilting flume and state-of-the-art ADV and LSPIV. The environmental laboratories encompass a 2,000 square foot analytical research facility with state-of-the-art instrumentation that allows for analysis of most contaminants in soil, water and air as well as microbial and molecular analysis. The geosensing laboratory includes an optical laboratory and specialized airborne and terrestrial based remote sensing equipment.

Electrical and Computer Engineering


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers graduate study in the specialized fields of applied electromagnetics and antennas, biomedical engineering, computers, control systems, electron beams, high-temperature superconductivity devices, neural networks, neuro-engineering, pattern recognition, power systems, robotics, seismic exploration, signal image processing, solid-state microelectronics, and well logging.

The department has extensive research facilities for work in antenna measurements, biomedical engineering, digital systems, electron beam lithography, micro-electronics fabrication, microwaves,neuro-engineering, power systems, well logging applications, and other areas.

Industrial Engineering


The Department of Industrial Engineering offers graduate study with emphasis in five primary areas: manufacturing and production systems, logistics and distribution, operations research, ergonomics/safety/ human factors engineering, and engineering management. Research within these areas encompasses such topics as computer integrated manufacturing, robotics, rapid prototyping, simulation, logistics, supply chain management, production planning and inventory control, scheduling, facilities planning and design, project management, ergonomics, safety, human factors, large-scale optimization, stochastic optimization, and queuing theory.

The department emphasizes the implementation of problem solving methodologies for production and service industries. The department has state-of-the-art laboratories and computation facilities including the Enterprise logistics Laboratory (ELL), the Systems Optimization and Computing Laboratory (SOCL), the Advanced Automation and Rapid Prototyping Laboratory, the Ergonomics and Human Factors Laboratory, and the Undergraduate Computation Laboratory.

Mechanical Engineering


The Department of Mechanical Engineering has an active graduate program encompassing advanced study and research in the major areas of dynamics and controls, fluid mechanics and heat transfer, materials engineering, and theoretical and computational mechanics.

Current research topics include computational fluid dynamics applied to problems ranging from the circulatory system and to the dynamics of offshore platforms; control of complex systems such as engine exhaust after-treatment, orbiting spacecraft, and structures built from smart materials; health monitoring and design optimization applied to a range of structures from micro-scale devices to bridges; biomedical research into biosensing, micro-scale bioreactors and health prognostics of the cardiovascular system; experimental studies of turbulent flows occurring in energy systems and two-phase flows in micro-scale heat exchangers.  Research activities in nanomechanics include structure-property relationships, strain-quantum behavior in quantum dots, nanoscale piezoelectricity, and the application of magnetic nanostructures to sensors and biomedical devices.  Our materials engineering activities are driven by applications of composite materials to wind turbines and off-shore structures, ceramic components for aerospace systems, and superconducting materials for imaging and energy systems.  

Interdisciplinary Programs


In addition to the departmental programs, there are several graduate-level programs open to qualified students from the life and physical sciences, mathematics, and computer science, as well as from engineering. All six interdisciplinary programs offer the Master of Science. The Doctor of Philosophy degree is offered in all interdisciplinary programs except biomedical and petroleum engineering.

Aerospace Engineering


The Aerospace Engineering Program at UH provides graduate education in Aerospace Engineering to those interested to acquire advanced knowledge, conduct research and pursue careers in the field. The program offers the opportunity for full-time or part-time graduate study to those employed or seeking employment in aerospace engineering to help them advance in the technical track of the profession. This is an interdisciplinary program taught by faculty in the Mechanical Engineering Department with assistance from other colleges and departments at UH. It offers the Master of Science (M.S.) degree (with a thesis or non-thesis option) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree.

Biomedical Engineering


The biomedical engineering program has two major functions. One is to provide students having nonengineering backgrounds with a solid and flexible basis in engineering and medical-related subjects. The other function is to provide engineers from the classical disciplines with the specialized training necessary to solve problems in medical research and clinical situations. Research opportunities are available on campus, at the Texas Medical Center, and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Computer and Systems Engineering


Computer and systems engineering is a highly developed and effective approach to formulating and solving system analysis and design problems. Systems engineering methods are regularly employed in controlling dynamic systems; manufacturing goods; managing environmental resources; transporting matter, energy, and information; and in a wide variety of other endeavors. Systems engineers employ mathematical concepts at both the abstract and computational levels and use computers as efficient calculators, systems simulators, and integral system components.

Environmental Engineering


Environmental engineers provide solutions to problems involving protection of human health and the environment. The UH Environmental  Engineering Graduate Program focuses on research, development, and design of systems and processes related to transport, fate, and removal of harmful contaminants in water, air, and soil. Research areas include: membrane, coagulation, electrocoagulation, adsorption and ion-exchange processes for water and wastewater treatment; fate, transport and removal of contaminants in soil and groundwater; modeling the effects of contaminant discharges on receiving waters; characterization, natural attenuation, bioremediation, risk assessment and modeling of environmental contaminants; and characterization and source apportionment of airborne fine particulate matter. The faculty, students, and extensive and well-equipped Environmental Engineering Laboratories provide an excellent teaching and research environment for productive study.

Materials Engineering


The materials engineering program prepares engineers and scientists to meet the increasing demand for materials with unusual engineering properties and applications. The program provides an understanding of the methods used in the processing, characterization, control, and improvement of properties of engineering materials. This is achieved by addressing the most current and pressing problems in materials usage associated with thin films, solid state devices, fracture-safe design, elevated temperatures, aggressive environments, and nondestructive evaluation of flaws and residual stresses. Materials of special interest in the program include polymers, ceramics, composites, and high-temperature superconductors.

Petroleum Engineering


Petroleum engineering combines geology, drilling engineering, and petrophysical logging methods to find and produce crude oil and gas from deposits deep under land and sea. Petroleum engineers design and operate surface facilities for drilling and for preparation of oil and gas for shipment to refiners and markets. They test to determine the predominant natural forces causing production in each deposit and apply principles of chemical engineering in devising processes for increasing recovery efficiency. Economics, safety, and environmental protection are essential aspects of all these activities.




















Catalog Publish Date: July 27, 2012
This Page Last Updated: May 30, 2012