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About the College of Science and Engineering

Traditions of Excellence

University of Houston-Clear Lake was founded to meet the higher education needs of those working at NASA Johnson Space Center during the early days of space exploration, and we continue that tradition of innovation and excellence in the College of Science and Engineering.

Meet Interim Dean Robert N. Phalen

Interim Dean Phalen will serve in this capacity through May 2024

Robert N. Phalen, Ph.D., CIH, FAIHA is a professor of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHE) at University of Houston-Clear Lake. He received his doctoral degree in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles, specializing in industrial hygiene. Dr. Phalen is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. His primary research areas include industrial hygiene, personal protective equipment, ergonomics, and air quality. Dr. Phalen is a co-author of the book "Air Pollution Science: A Public Health Perspective," published by the American Public Health Association and Jones and Bartlett. He is also the senior editor of the upcoming 2022 revision of "Protective Gloves for Occupational Use" (CRC Press, Taylor and Francis).

Robert N. Phalen

Connecting with Communities

Centers within the College of Science and Engineering connect our faculty, students and community. The Center for Robotics Software (CRS) serves as the focal point of collaborations between academia, the Johnson Space Center at NASA, industry, federal agencies and local business organizations in the greater Houston area.

Growth for the Future

As the fastest growing college at UHCL, we're launching more careers than ever. It helps that we're supported by $4 million in annual research funding from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agricultural, National Institute of Health, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and others. The STEM and Classroom Building provides 13 faculty research labs and 15 teaching labs for mechanical engineering, physics, chemistry, geology, industrial hygiene and environmental safety.

UHCL is one of only 10 U.S. universities with computing programs accredited under three different curriculum guidelines of ABET. The College of Science and Engineering's undergraduate degree programs in Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The undergraduate degree programs in Computer Science and Computer Information Systems are accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. The undergraduate program in Chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The undergraduate programs in Occupational Safety and Health-Safety and Industrial Hygiene are accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Commission (ANSAC) of ABET.


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