BSEE Technology Challenge, 2017
The University of Houston hosted a group of high school students from Houston-based high schools around the city for the second annual BSEE Technology Challenge. The Ocean Energy Safety Institute and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement sponsored the event. For the competition students used skills related to offshore exploration and development in order to power a remote controlled helicopter. The competition was part of BSEE’s efforts to promote science, technology, engineering and math education and engage the future technical workforce.
As an expansion to last year’s Challenge, BSEE took their materials to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and California State University at Bakersfield. The winning teams at each competition took home a prize of $2,500.
The University of Houston is the second-most diverse public university in the United States. Students and faculty come from all over the world to pursue research in this international city, especially those looking to work in major industries in Houston such as energy, health, biotech and aerospace.
Research First Look is an annual showcase of student and faculty research at UH. Representatives from the energy industry are invited to view the research, discuss findings with those who conducted the project and, ideally, create a partnership to turn the research into practice. This year, 43 projects from more than 20 academic programs across campus were submitted.
Research First Look provides an opportunity for these industry leaders to have inside access to some of the most promising research ideas and projects, many of which may have sustainable outcomes for business practices.
The third installment in the UH Energy Symposium Series confronted the long-debated issue “Going Nuclear: Risk, Odds and Potential” on February 15 at the Student Center. The well-balanced panel consisted of Armond Cohen, the Executive Director of the Clean Air Task Force; Shirley Ho, professor and Assistant Chair at Nanyang Technological University; Mark Jacobson, Director of the atmosphere and energy program of Stanford University; and Jessica Lovering, Director of Energy at the Breakthrough Institute. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Deputy Director of the Clean Energy Program at Third Way, moderated the event.
UH Energy hosted its second symposium in the 2016-2017 series, titled “Shale Development: Six Degrees of Consideration” on November 29. The panel and moderator were all members of TAMEST, the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science. David T. Allen from the University of Texas at Austin; John Barton from Texas A&M; Brian W. Stump from Southern Methodist University; Melinda E. Taylor from University of Texas at Austin, Gene Theodori from Sam Houston State University; and Michael Young from the University of Texas at Austin contributed as guest speakers. UH’s Christine Ehlig-Economides moderated the discussion.
The first topic in the UH Energy 2016-2017 Energy Symposium Series tackled the controversial Clean Power Plan. The discussion, held on September 20, 2016, was well-attended by UH students and faculty, as well as industry professionals. UH Law Center professor Tracy Hester moderated the symposium. Guest speakers included Al Armendariz, Deputy Regional Director of the Beyond Coal Campaign for the Sierra Club; Jeffrey R. Holmstead, partner at Bracewell LLP; John Hall, Associate Vice President of Clean Energy for the Environmental Defense Fund; and Mark Walters, Senior Counsel at Jackson Walker LLP.
The 2016 Offshore Technology Conference, held at NRG Park saw over 68,000 attendees from 120 countries. OTC is a platform for energy industry professionals to meet and discuss ideas and innovations that will better the world in the way of offshore resources.
UH had three booths at OTC: UH Energy, Bauer College of Business and the research and development showcase. Several people, including UH alumni, stopped by the UH Energy booth to discuss continuing education options in UH energy programs. Industry professionals offered internships and inquired about research opportunities at UH.
The final symposium in this year’s series was “Navigating the Future of Personal Transportation” and featured speakers Quincy Allen, district engineer for TXDOT; Emil Frankel, the interim president for the Eno Center for Transportation; Ken Laberteaux, senior principal scientist for the Toyota Research Institute-North America; and Joshua Schank, chief innovation officer at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Gail Delaughter, transportation reporter for Houston Public Media, moderated the event.
Chris Smith, Assistant Secretary of Fossil Energy Visits UH Campus