Posts Tagged ‘Awards & Honors’

Mejdi Kammoun (Ph.D. ’16)

The Offshore Technology Conference is honoring University of Houston alumnus Mejdi Kammoun (PhD ’16) among the conference’s 2024 Emerging Leaders. He is among an esteemed group of 11 individuals earning a spot on the 2024 list.

Mejdi Kammoun is principal engineer at the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). He earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from UH in 2016. At ABS, his primary responsibility involves developing regulations and requirements to ensure the safe implementation of energy storage and generation systems for marine and offshore shipping contexts.

The OTC’s Emerging Leaders program selects young professionals with fewer than 10 years of experience in the offshore energy sector who demonstrate exceptional talents, commitment and promise as future leaders.

Safety and sustainability are important issues. The drive to decarbonize the U.S. energy sector is bringing transformative changes to the offshore and marine sector. These changes can introduce new safety and health risks that need to be identified and addressed to protect workers in the industry.

“My aspirations have always centered around contributing to a safer, greener world. Whether through innovative technologies, sustainable practices or policy advocacy, my dream remains unwavering: to leave a lasting positive impact on our planet,” Kammoun said.

Kammoun has made significant contributions to the comprehensive update of the “ABS Requirements for Fuel Cell Power Systems for Marine and Offshore Applications” and “ABS Requirements for Use of Lithium-ion Batteries in the Marine and Offshore Industries.”

Kammoun gives credit to UH and Haleh Ardebili, the Kamel Salama Endowed Professor of Mechanical Engineering and assistant vice president of Entrepreneurship and Startup Ecosystem at UH, for supporting his growth and offered some advice to students:

“Establishing a robust foundation through a deep grasp of fundamental subjects like electrical theory, electromagnetics and solid-state electronics is critical for success in your electrical engineering studies,” he said.

Shi also shared some advice: “Learn, experience, connect and innovate!”

This year’s Emerging Leaders cohort will be recognized during a special ceremony during the conference on Tuesday, May 7.

Ashley N. Cloud (’09)

I am a native of Katy, Texas, a 2005 graduate of Katy High School and a 2009 Graduate of the University of Houston School of Liberal Arts. I am also the Founder and CEO of The Cloud Law Firm.

I was chosen as a Top 10 Finalist out of 4,500 applicants for the Barclay’s Small Business Big Wins Contest with a grand prize of $60,000.

Below is the press release about this award:

Howard Graduate and Houston Native Named Finalist in Barclays’ ‘Small Business Big Wins’ Promotion to Support Small Business Owners

The Cloud Law Firm is one of 10 finalists vying for the $60,000 grand prize, encouraging public to vote for their business beginning April 8

New York, New York (April 8, 2024) – The Cloud Law Firm, a virtual law firm founded by Ashley Cloud, Houston, Texas native and graduate of Howard University, has been named a finalist in Barclays US Consumer Bank’s “Small Business Big Wins” promotion with $255,000 in prize money to be distributed among small business owners who submitted a brief essay describing how their business is adjusting to the current economy. Members of the public are encouraged to vote for The Cloud Law Firm to help them win the $60,000 grand prize.

The Cloud Law Firm edged out more than 4,500 entrants to make it to the final 10!
Ashley founded The Cloud Law Firm to empower disruptors and visionaries who build generational wealth through innovation and creativity. We protect and leverage our clients’ empires by providing quality and accessible legal counsel in startup strategy, brand and content protection, contracts, and general counsel. You can follow Ashley on Instagram and TikTok @yourfashionattorney and check out her website at www.thecloudlawfirm.com.

Quote from Ashley Cloud:
“I’ve known since I was a teenager that I wanted to have my own law firm. The journey to get here has been full of twists and turns and ups and downs. I’ve wanted to give up more times than I care to admit. Growing up in a family with entrepreneurs, I knew what I was signing up for, and I understand how important it is to lean on your community for support. After all, it takes a village. It would mean the world to me if you’d support me as I work to keep my business afloat and hopefully take it to the next level. Please vote for me every day during the Small Business, Big Wins contest!! THANK YOU!!”

From April 8 through April 19, the public will have a chance to review the stories of the top-10 finalists and vote for their favorite small business at BarclaysSmallBizBigWins.com.
The total prize breakdown for the top 10 includes:
• One Grand Prize of $60,000
• One 2nd Place Prize of $40,000
• One 3rd Place Prize of $20,000
• Seven Runner-Up Prizes of $5,000 each

The announcement of contest winners for the top 10 will take place during the week of May 1 to coincide with National Small Business Week. In addition to the top-10 prize fund, all businesses outside of the top 10 that submitted qualifying entries were entered in a random drawing to win one of 50 $2,000 sweepstakes prizes.

“Over the past four years we have heard countless inspiring stories of resilience and perseverance from small businesses across the country,” said Angelo Disperati, Director of US Branded and Business Cards, Barclays US Consumer Bank. “As we’ve seen from previous winners, the most impressive stories are from businesses that have made good corporate citizenship a key element of their business model. Winning businesses view giving back to the community as the right thing to do and one of the most important ingredients to success. We encourage people to vote for their favorite entry today!”

For more information and to vote for the finalists, visit BarclaysSmallBizBigWins.com. For more information on Barclays’ business card offerings, visit BarclaysUS.com/Business.

About Barclays US Consumer Bank
Barclays US Consumer Bank is a leading co-branded credit card issuer and financial services partner in the United States that creates highly customized programs to drive customer loyalty and engagement for some of the country’s most successful travel, entertainment, retail, and affinity institutions. The bank offers co-branded, small business, and private label credit cards, installment loans, online savings accounts, and CDs. For more information, please visit www.BarclaysUS.com.
Today, many businesses utilize Barclays business credit cards and benefit from the reward dollars spent on business needs. For more information on Barclays’ business card offerings, visit Barclays.com/Business

Rushion McDonald (’83)

Rushion McDonald (’83) is the Honorary Chair of the “Black Men’s Wellness Day” to be held on the UH Campus on Saturday, April 27, 2024 beginning at 7 am. All-day activities include a 5K Walk, Healthcare Screenings, and Entertainment.

Craig Stocker (J.D.’12)

Craig Stocker, partner at SBSB Eastham, has been named a 2024 Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers. The award honors the top 2.5 percent of the state’s young attorneys.

Jacquie Baly (’90)

Jacquie Baly (’90) is a Co-Chair for The American Cancer Society’s 2024 Tickled Pink Luncheon. She is a past recipient of this honor. The Tickled Pink award is given to exceptional Houstonians who have made significant contributions to our community. The luncheon is scheduled for April 5, 2024. All funds raised through this event will help fund the over $26 million that American Cancer Society invests in Houston each year through Houston-based cancer research, patient services, lodging and transportation, and local prevention and early detection grants to help address health disparities with cancer screenings, HPV vaccinations, and access to quality care.

Cheryl Creuzot (’81, J. D. ’92, M.L. ’99, M.B.A. ’12)

The American Cancer Society named Cheryl Creuzot (’81, J. D. ’92, M.L. ’99, M.B.A. ’12), as a 2024 Tickled Pink Honoree. This award is given to exceptional Houstonians who have made significant contributions to our community. The luncheon is scheduled for April 5, 2024. All funds raised through this event will help fund the over $26 million that American Cancer Society invests in Houston each year through Houston-based cancer research, patient services, lodging and transportation, and local prevention and early detection grants to help address health disparities with cancer screenings, HPV vaccinations, and access to quality care.

Nelda Luce Blair (’82)

The American Cancer Society named Nelda Blair (’82) as a 2024 Tickled Pink Honoree. This award is given to exceptional Houstonians who have made significant contributions to our community. The luncheon is scheduled for April 5, 2024. All funds raised through this event will help fund the over $26 million that American Cancer Society invests in Houston each year through Houston-based cancer research, patient services, lodging and transportation, and local prevention and early detection grants to help address health disparities with cancer screenings, HPV vaccinations, and access to quality care.

Conrado A. Contreras (’21)

As a graduate of Sociology at the University of Houston and having served academically 20 years as a volunteer teacher to low-income members of the Hispanic community, I am honored to share how proud I feel that the City of Houston recognized my educational endeavor by proclaiming October 31, 2023 as Conrado Contreras’ Day.

Sincerely,

Conrado A Contreras, President and Volunteer Teacher
Found Salvation Inc./ Salvadoran American Foundation of Houston, a 501 © (3) educative community organization that since January 2003 empowers our community members with classes of English, Citizenship, Computer, and Air Condition Repair, at no charge.

Edward Carrizales (’13, M.B.A. ’23)

Edward Carrizales (’13, M.B.A. ’23) received the Rising Star Award from Amegy Bank on December 14, 2023. This award is given to early-career bankers who are actively involved in community service and demonstrate leadership through volunteer efforts.

“I am immensely grateful for this honor and more motivated than ever to keep making a positive impact. Thank you to everyone at Amegy Bank and to all the incredible individuals who inspire me every day to be better and do more. Here’s to continuing to make a difference, one step at a time!”

Go Coogs!

Marian Cabanillas (’94)

Marian Cabanillas (’94) has been named by The Houston Business Journal as one of 90 honorees for the 2023 Women Who Mean Business Awards, recognizing women in leadership roles who have demonstrated excellence in their careers and community. 

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you? 

 I am passionate about urban gardening, and I have a menagerie of animals, including dogs, bees, and hens. Being a beekeeper and tending to their hives has deepened my appreciation for nature, but has also taught me important lessons in patience, teamwork, and ecosystem dynamics.

What is the most difficult thing you’ve had to do? 

Navigating the complex and often emotionally demanding terrain of health care, particularly when it comes to family and friends. Assisting people near and dear to me in confronting their health care battles, especially in the realm of cancer, has been humbling and arduous.