Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering

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Departments

Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction provides a well-rounded education, combining theoretical principles with practical laboratory experience. The civil engineering program includes in-depth study in environmental engineering as well as construction, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resources. The construction management program focuses on a blend of topics related to both the engineering and management sides of construction.

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Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science is the largest academic unit in the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering. The department seeks to explore the techniques for creating algorithms, implementing algorithms as programs, and then executing the programs on computers.

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Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering provides students with the knowledge to design computer hardware or software. It also gives students the skills to be responsible for the analysis, design, and development of systems that process, communicate, interface, and display information.

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Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering prepares students for the lifelong practice of mechanical engineering and related engineering disciplines. The department teaches students to become problem solvers through the application of science in order to deal with the relations among forces, work or energy, and power in designing systems, which will ultimately contribute to the betterment of the human environment.

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Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor of Science
Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy
Aerospace Engineering
Master of Science
Biomedical Engineering
Master of Science
Materials and Nuclear Engineering
Master of Science

Military Science/Army

UNLV’s ROTC program trains leadership and other essential skills necessary for students to learn how to lead today’s soldiers. The program is run by Army officers and noncommissioned officers with a wealth of experience. The program is divided into phases: the basic program and the advanced program. The techniques and principles of leadership and management are stressed throughout both phases. Basic summer camp (Leader’s Training Camp) is normally scheduled after the student’s sophomore year and is competitive for entry.

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Programs

Aerospace Studies & ROTC

The Air Force Reserve Office Training Corps (Air Force ROTC) Detachment 004 is the only AFROTC detachment in Nevada. It covers Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps recruiting for the entire state. Detachment 004 has commissioned numerous lieutenants since 2004 in various career fields, including cyber warfare, intelligence, security forces, engineering, combat rescue, flying, and more. As a cadet in Air Force ROTC, you'll be working toward a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.

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Entertainment Engineering and Design

The program positions students to become successful and competitive in a growing entertainment market by being well-versed in engineering principles, new materials, new and emerging technologies, and traditional theatrical practices while still being able to recognize the artistic demands of the entertainment industry.

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Mendenhall Innovation Program

The Mendenhall Innovation Program, with its minor focused on the early stages of product conception and development, offers all engineering majors the opportunity to learn the basics of product commercialization from faculty and industry practitioners. It provides the opportunity to collaborate with other students to develop and present a potentially winning idea in the Governor’s Cup Business Plan Competition — the capstone of the technology commercialization minor.

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Multicultural Program

UNLV’s multicultural program prepares minority groups with essential information, exposure, educational opportunities, and materials in preparation for careers in engineering and in the rigorous disciplines of engineering, computer science, informatics, and construction management for graduation and employment. Although the program is open to all students enrolled in these five disciplines, our primary mission remains to improve the recruitment, retention and graduation rates of underrepresented and minority students in UNLV’s STEM and Health Science colleges.

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems

UNLV's UAS programs provide students with the basic knowledge of the field's various components, preparing them for work in the industry. With Nevada's recent FAA designation as one of six regional sites for unmanned aerial vehicles development, students who will be uniquely prepared for future UAV pilot certification, the rules and standards of which are currently being developed by the FAA.

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Solar and Renewable Energy

Through the Solar and Renewable Energy minor, students will attain the knowledge of global environmental problems and different types of solar energy utilizations, as well as competence in both solar thermal and photovoltaic system design and sustainable building design. Students enrolled in the certificate program will develop an interdisciplinary approach to SRE grounded in the three critical pillars of policy and governance, technology and physical science, and the built environment.

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Tech Commercialization

Students in the technology commercialization minor will have the basic education and understanding in what is required to start a business based on an innovative concept or technology they have developed. Through the certificate program, students will develop the skills needed for planning business operations and marketing plans.