Oct. 22, 2021


Six Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering faculty were recently included in a ranking of the top 2 per cent of most-cited scientists in the world. 

“While the College of Engineering is still quite young – just over 30 years old – our faculty are dedicated researchers committed to advancing knowledge and innovation in their fields,” said Rama Venkat, Dean of the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering. “Their placement in this listing attests to not only their scholarship but the strong research impact of our young but growing college.” 

The study, led by Stanford University Professor John Ioannidis and utilizing data from Scopus, compiles citation counts for authors with published research findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals. It uses multiple citation-based indicators including number of citations, h-index, author order, and more to provide standardized information to address career-long total citation impact.

The College of Engineering faculty among the top 2% in their respective fields include:
Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction
•    Ahmad, Sajjad in Environmental Engineering 

Electrical and Computer Engineering
•    Baghzouz, Yahia in Energy
•    Baker, Jacob R.  in Electrical & Electronic Engineering
•    Latifi, Shahram in Artificial Intelligence & Image Processing
•    Singh, Sahjendra in Aerospace & Aeronautics 

Mechanical Engineering
•    Kim, Kwang in Optoelectronics & Photonics

In all, 42 faculty members from UNLV were recognized, including an additional 36 faculty from other disciplines and colleges at the university.

The original data for the list can be found here.

This recent recognition follows UNLV’s 2018 inclusion with just 130 other institutions nationwide classified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as R1 - “very high research activity” status. The research funding brought in and the number of graduate students graduated by the College of Engineering contributed significantly to this designation.