UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering Welcomes Two Mechanical Engineering Faculty

Sep. 30, 2019

New to the Las Vegas area, Mechanical Engineering professors are looking to make a positive impact in areas of research and education

In Fall 2019, the College of Engineering welcomed a new class of engineering professors to further its mission to educate, engage, inspire, and innovate. With over 3,000 enrolled students at the College, Professor Melissa Morris and Professor Jeremy Cho are amongst the latest faculty members to join the UNLV Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Melissa Morris

Professor Melissa Morris joins UNLV ME faculty as faculty-in-residence with over eight years of research and teaching experience at West Virginia University (WVU).


A West Virginia native, Professor Morris graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from WVU in 2006. She subsequently completed her master’s in 2008 and doctorate degree in 2011 from her alma mater. Following the footsteps of her father, a fellow ME professor, Professor Morris chose to dedicate her efforts to teaching college students and has received several awards including: 2012 and 2018 Statler College Teacher of the Year, WVU Foundation Outstanding Teacher in 2015, and the 2018 North Central Section Outstanding Teaching Award from the American Society of Engineering Education.


In addition, Professor Morris served as Undergraduate and Outreach Advisor for the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department, Assistant Director of the Center for Building Energy Efficiency, and Tau Beta Pi Chief Advisor for WVU as well as District 4 Director.


Professor Morris joins UNLV ranks teaching several engineering courses including ME Senior Design and Thermodynamics. She will also serve as an advisor for UNLV’s Tau Beta Pi chapter, and District 16 Director.


Jeremy Cho

From tropical beaches and snow-capped buildings, to the dry-heat of fabulous Las Vegas, ME Assistant Professor Jeremy Cho joins UNLV with a general curiosity for the universe and interest for designing, building, analyzing, and coding.


A Hawaii native, Professor Cho completed his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 2009 and continued his education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he received his master’s in 2011 and doctoral degree in 2017.


During his time at MIT, Professor Cho worked at the Device Research Laboratory conducting research in the area of phase-change heat transfer and continued his work experience as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University.


Now at UNLV, Professor Cho will develop his own research program focused on issues that are key to Southern Nevada, including problems at the energy-water nexus and developing a new water harvesting device that utilizes unconventional materials.


For the fall semester, Professor Cho introduced a new course to UNLV engineering students – Imaging and Image Processing for Engineers. The course addresses the need for modern engineers to be able to utilize new imaging devices and data analysis tools to generate, process and interpret images to uncover meaningful science.