Highlights and Points of Pride of an Academic Year Well Done

May. 24, 2013

It’s been a busy and exciting academic year for the College of Engineering, as our students and faculty continued to push the bounds of innovation. As the book is closed on the spring semester, we reflect on the many accomplishments and achievements we have celebrated this year:

  • UNLV was announced as the lead on a new $20 million, five-year research project funded by the National Science Foundation on the “Solar Energy-Water-Environment Nexus,” a joint collaboration with UNR and the Desert Research Institute; co-principal investigators of the project are Distinguished Professor Bob Boehm and Professor Jacimaria Batista
  • Long-time supporters of the college, Fred Cox and Selma Bartlett, were both recognized for their contributions to the community, when Cox received the 2012 Silver State Award and Bartlett was inducted into the Nevada Business Hall of Fame
  • Distinguished Professor Bob Boehm, along with Professors Jaci Batista, Kwang Kim, and Yvangelos Yfantis were named Angel Professors, while Professor Pushkin Kachroo was named Lincy Professor
  • Progress continued on DesertSol, UNLV’s first entry into the U.S. DoE Solar Decathlon, moving from the design stage to the home’s construction kick off in April 2013
  • UNLV launched the new Nuclear Criticality Safety Engineering Certificate Program, funded through a $200,000 grant provided by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Professor Pushkin Kachroo was named an “Intriguing Person” by Vegas Seven in its January 2013 issue
  • Two of the college’s student organizations took part in competitions that simulated real world engineering projects:
    • The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) raced in the SAE Baja series against 97 top teams around the world, placing 59th overall and as high as 8th in the maneuverability race and 25th in the hill climb
    • The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) competed in multiple events at the ASCE Pacific Southwest Conference, taking 3rd place in the overall regional steel bridge competition and earning the chapter’s second consecutive trip to nationals in Seattle, May 31-June1
  • Two faculty members from the College of Engineering were named Fellows of their respective professional organizations – Professor R. Jacob Baker (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and Professor Dave James (National Society of Professional Engineers)
  • Three National Merit Finalists committed to attend the College of Engineering in fall 2013
  • UNLV’s Center for Energy Research was selected by the U.S. DoE as one of five regional solar test center sites, working to make solar energy more affordable and reliable
  • Two mechanical engineering students – Jinger Zeng and Maria Ramos – were recognized in the spring semester for their contributions, Zeng winning a Rebel Award and Ramos being chosen as the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers’ (national) Face of Engineering for the National Engineers Week Foundation’s New Faces of Engineering
  • College of Engineering faculty members were recipients of 10 university-wide awards

We look forward to seeing what 2013-2014 brings us!