UH Studies Challenges to Sustainable Development in Brazil
While many people dream of seeing the world one day, a group of UH Cullen College of Engineering students recently returned from Brazil as part of the first engineering faculty-led study abroad experience through the Program for Mastery in Engineering Studies (PROMES).
The aim of the PROMES study abroad trip was for students to "understand the Grand Challenges that Brazil faces in the context of Brazilian culture, technological advances, economy, workforce and its K-12 population," said Jerrod Henderson, director of PROMES, who led the group of 24 students on the trip.
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No More Business As Usual For Oil And Gas Companies
The public is becoming more skeptical of companies that produce fossil fuels, including oil, gas and coal, a trend seen most clearly in young people.
It isn't so much that the students disapproved of fossil fuels. But strong majorities said they would consider how a company handled environmental issues as part of their calculations about working in the industry
UH Hines College CDRC Welcomes Community Leaders for Greens Bayou Watershed Resiliency Planning
This July, the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design hosted the Greens Bayou Watershed Resiliency Planning's second workshop. The goal of the workshop was to bring together researchers from the University of Houston Community Design Resource Center and the Rice University SSPEED Center, along with neighborhood stakeholders, community based organizations, and representatives from local government and Harris County in order to present specific flood mitigation strategies in each of the project's four case study neighborhoods: East Aldine, East Houston, Eastex | Jensen, and Greenspoint."
UH Energy Launches EVolve Houston in Collaboration with CenterPoint Energy and the City of Houston
When you think of Houston, images of the oil and gas industry that contribute to rising greenhouse emissions come to mind.
EVolve Houston aims to challenge that image by bringing together a coalition of sustainability-minded civic and business leaders, who want to accelerate clean transportation and zero-emissions goods movement through electrification. UH Energy is partnering with CenterPoint Energy and the City of Houston, along with other industry leaders, to create the EVolve Houston coalition. Their goal is to improve regional air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Greater Houston Area.
UH Engineering Student Wins ASCE Hawley Memorial Fellowship
Ali Ansari, a doctoral student at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, was recently awarded the American Society of Civil Engineers' John B. Hawley Memorial Fellowship. The fellowship, established in 1961, promotes graduate study and research in hydraulic and environmental engineering.
Growing up in Tehran, Iran, Ansari experienced water rationing and scheduled electricity blackouts. This motivated him to find solutions to environmental issues and led him to pursue his Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering.
"Considering the environment is vital for sustainable development," Ansari said. "I have always wanted to work with microorganisms; to understand their role in environmental issues and apply their endless potential to solve those issues."