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engineering Accomplishments

Jun 18, 2018
Patrick Moore and Matthew Shepard (both Film) received an Emmy Award from the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for their short documentary, Splashing the Streets. Moore and Shepard, who are undergraduates, won for writing in the student craft category. The documentary was produced in collaboration with Brett Levner (Film) and Daniel Gerrity (Civil & Environmental Engineering and Construction) as part of a research project funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

Jun 8, 2018
Reimund Serafica (Nursing), Kelly Webber (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), and Brendan Morris (Electrical and Computer Engineering) received a Faculty Opportunity Award in the collaborative interdisciplinary research category for their project “Food App for Tracking and Identifying Dietary Biculturalism in Southern Nevada,” which will examine the feasibility of using a food app to determine the phenomena of dietary biculturalism.

May 17, 2018
Charlotta Sanders (Mechanical Engineering) and her husband, Mark Callis Sanders, recently received the American Chemical Society’s Energy and Fuels Division Distinguished Service Medal (Peter Derrick Memorial Medal) in recognition of their contribution to the division. The award was presented to the Sanders to acknowledge their efforts in organizing a one-day energy symposium on “Reducing America’s Carbon Emissions through Nuclear Power — Policy Perspectives” as part of the 255th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans in March. Speakers included Robert Coward, president of the American Nuclear Society; Matt Crozat of the Nuclear Energy Institute; Frederick Smith of the Electric Power Research Institute; Ian Salter of Burges Salmon; Magda Hanebach of Gowling WLG; and Mark Sanders. Wrapping up the day’s events was a panel discussion focusing on the environmental benefits of nuclear power and its ability to provide a stable and secure supply of energy. Charlotta Sanders is a part-time associate research professor of nuclear engineering, while Mark Sanders, is a director at the consulting firm Sanders Engineering.  

May 14, 2018
Charlotta Sanders (Mechanical Engineering) was recently appointed as a member of the editorial board for the Open Access Journal of Nuclear Physics at MedCrave. Sanders is a part-time associate research professor of nuclear engineering. Additionally, she is a consulting nuclear engineer doing business as Sanders Engineering. In 2012, she received a Nuclear Regulatory Commission grant for the development of a nuclear criticality safety graduate certificate program at UNLV, which serves both nuclear/mechanical engineering graduate students, as well as professionals in the industry and government.

Apr 13, 2018
Qi Shen (Mechanical Engineering) received this year's Best Dissertation Award from the College of Engineering. Shen, who was advised by professor Kwang Kim (Mechanical Engineering) presented his work, “Theoretical and Experimental Investigation on the Multiple Shape Memory Ionic Polymer-Metal Composite,” in November. Shen will receive $1,500 as part of the award. At 4:15 p.m. April 23, he will present a 20-minute seminar on his research. The presentation will take place in the SEB auditorium following the college's graduation celebration.

Mar 23, 2018
The Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering is proud to announce that four of its engineering graduate programs have been ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News is a global authority in university rankings whose criteria include graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, alumni giving, and graduate rate performance. The programs recognized are: Civil Engineering- #89 Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engineering- #144 Environmental Engineering- #76 Mechanical Engineering- #126 Our mission at UNLV and the College of Engineering is to foster excellence, promote discovery, and enable research and education. Thanks to combined efforts, our engineering programs have been able to achieve academic influence and distinction. The college would like to congratulate students, faculty, sponsors, alumni, and staff who have made this recognition possible.  

Mar 14, 2018
Jennifer Grim (Music) and Michael Genova (Entertainment Engineering & Design) recently received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from the College of Fine Arts.

Mar 13, 2018
Sajjad Ahmad (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction), is this year's recipient of the College of Engineering's Distinguished Researcher Award. Among his many accomplishments, there are 38 peer-reviewed journal papers, 53 conference proceeding, and numerous scholarly publications in national and international journals. Furthermore, his work has provided the opportunity to participate as keynote speaker in China, Canada, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Australia. In the last five years alone, he has graduated six MS students, two PhD students, and was the principal investigator on $2.1 million research grants including National Science Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development. Ahmad is a prime example of the College of Engineering's core values — educate, engage, inspire, and innovate. UNLV is proud to have him as part of its community.

Mar 12, 2018
Jeremy Smallwood (Astronomy), Sara Black (History), Tyler Stalbaum (Mechanical Engineering), and Cheryl Anderson (Anthropology) are the recipients of this year's Graduate College Outstanding Thesis & Dissertation Awards. Each year the college gives four awards — within each category, one for STEM and one for non-STEM. This year’s winners are: Outstanding Thesis (STEM): Jeremy Smallwood, master of science, astronomy, for  “Secular Resonances during Main-Sequence and Post-Main-Sequence Planetary System Dynamics” Outstanding Thesis (Non-STEM): Sara Black, master of arts, history, for “Homeland, Homestead, and Haven: The Changing Perspectives of Zion National Park, 1700-1930” Outstanding Dissertation (STEM): Tyler Stalbaum, doctor of philosophy, mechanical engineering, for “Ionic Electroactive Polymer Devices: Physics-Based Modeling with Experimental Investigation and Verification” Outstanding Dissertation (Non-STEM): Cheryl Anderson, doctor of philosophy, anthropology, for “The Bioarchaeology of Inequality during the Middle Bronze Age in Central Anatolia.

Mar 9, 2018
Kwang Kim (Mechanical Engineering), Debra Martin (Anthropology), and Gabriele Wulf (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) have been selected as UNLV's 2018 Distinguished Professor Award recipients. The awards recognize professors for their teaching and scholarship as well as their service to the community, the university, and their profession. Winners are selected by a committee of their peers. As part of the honor, each recipient receives a $5,000 addition to his or her base salary. The winners will be honored during the Academic Achievement Awards ceremony, which is set for 3 p.m. April 18 in the Student Union. Kim, the NV Energy Professor of Energy and Matter, was selected for this award on the basis of his scholarly record, and numerous grants and projects totaling millions of dollars. The award recognizes his contributions to UNLV through mentorship of diverse graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and visiting scholars. Selection committee members also lauded Kim’s ability to conduct research, while maintaining substantial administrative roles, such as chair of the mechanical engineering department. Martin, professor of anthropology, was selected for the award for her record of scholarly achievement, grants and awards, and service to her profession. The selection committee praised Martin for her scholarly and field work in bioarchaeology, which examines the effects of violence on human populations. Her work in creating an internship program with the Clark County coroner/medical examiner’s office is helping the community better understand patterns of violent death in Southern Nevada. Wulf, professor of kinesiology and nutrition sciences, was selected for the award based on her scholarly work and innovative teaching in kinesiology. The selection committee noted her published works, honors and awards, and the variety of courses that she teaches. Wulf’s work focuses on identifying key factors to learning motor skills and optimal performance, which can be applied to a number of fields such as sports, physical rehabilitation, performing arts, military training, and medical education.