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UH Katy hires director for engineering programs

The University of Houston has hired Phaneendra Kondapi to lead its engineering programs at the new Katy campus opening in 2019 (Photo:UHSystem)

The University of Houston has hired Phaneendra Kondapi to lead its engineering programs at the new Katy campus opening in 2019 (Photo:UHSystem)

KATY – The University of Houston System recently hired Phaneendra Kondapi, director of subsea engineering at Texas A&M University, to oversee engineering programs at a UH System campus opening in Katy in 2019.
“(UH) has hired a very strong person with a commitment to grow the program in the Katy area,” said Richard Phillips, associate provost for outreach and community engagement at UH. Phillips was involved with the site selection of the new Katy campus. “Engineering is going to be one of the flagship programs in Katy.”
Before working at A&M, Kondapi helped develop America’s first subsea engineering program at UH. The new System campus in Katy, which is expected to initially include an 80,000-square-foot building and serve about 2,000 students, will be constructed on 46 acres at the northeast corner of Interstate 10 and Texas 99.
The new campus is replacing a 36,000-square-foot UH System location at Cinco Ranch and is expected to equally serve both UH Main Campus students and UH-Victoria students. Officials have said engineering would be a focus given the Katy area’s ties to Houston’s Energy Corridor, which employs many engineers.
Last fall, the UH System began offering two energy-focused engineering courses through Katy’s Houston Community College campus in advance of the courses that will be offered at the new UH campus. Officials said the HCC campus will offer five graduate-level engineering courses this fall, with Kondapi teaching a subsea engineering course.
In 2011, Kondapi taught UH’s inaugural course in subsea engineering. He spent more than 20 years managing engineering projects at energy companies FMC Technologies and KBR.
The Texas Legislature in 2015 approved $46.8 million for UH’s purchase of land for the new campus, as well as for costs to construct the campus’ first building. UH System regents approved the land purchase last May.


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