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engineering Accomplishments

Sep 21, 2018
Erica Marti (Civil and Environmental Engineering) was awarded $189,945 by the National Science Foundation for her project “RII Track-4: Advanced Techniques for Assessing Toxicity and Chemical Uptake in Plants in Water Reuse Solutions.” The project aims to study the effects in food, water, and health that result from the chemical disinfection of alternative water supplies. In addition, research studies will be conducted over two summers at George Washington University developing comprehensive bioassays and using LAESI-MS to monitor the chemical transformations in plants.  

Sep 21, 2018
Ryan Sherman and Jee Woong Park (both Civil and Environmental Engineering) in collaboration with structural engineer Erol Kalkan received $299,782 from the Nevada NDOT Research Program for their project, Galena Creek Bridge Health Monitoring Instrumentation. Their project aims to design a permanent structural health monitoring system on the Galena Creek Bridge in Washoe County that is capable of measuring structural response to traffic, wind, seismic, and thermal loadings.  

Sep 13, 2018
On Sept. 5 the Academic Success Center (ASC) celebrated its 10-year anniversary and as part of its celebration recognized former students, faculty, departments, and community leaders that have made the ASC such an exemplary center. They are: Dean’s Award - Carl Reiber (formerly of the provost's office) Dean’s Award - Regent Kevin Page Founder’s Award - Neal Smatresk (former UNLV president) Outstanding Impact Award - philanthropist Christina Hixson  Classified Dedication Award -  Monica McNeely (ASC) Full-time Faculty Dedication Award - Salvador Mora (ASC) Graduate Student Ambassador Award - John Starkey (Lee Business School) Alumni Award of Excellence - Devante Davis, '15 BS Public Administration Alumni Award of Excellence - Crestcencia Ortiz-Barnett, '10 BA Theatre Arts, '15 MA Theatre Arts Alumni Award of Excellence - Ashley Rapuano, '16 BA Theatre Arts Outstanding Graduate Award - Lily Sender, '18 BS Engineering - Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Graduate Award - Angelica Bustos, '16 BS Biology Outstanding Graduate Award - Ariana Burton, '18 BA Anthropology Outstanding Graduate Award - Nha Trang "Vivian" Sam, '17 BS Biology Lifetime Partner in Student Success - College of Liberal Arts Lifetime Partner in Student Success - University Libraries Lifetime Partner in Student Success - College of Engineering

Sep 12, 2018
Charlotta E. Sanders (Mechanical Engineering) and her husband, Mark Callis Sanders, are co-authors of a paper, "A World's Dilemma ‘Upon Which the Sun Never Sets’:  The Nuclear Waste Management Strategy (part II): Russia, Asia and the Southern Hemisphere,” which has been accepted for publication in the journal Progress in Nuclear Energy. Part II is the continuation of a set of papers detailing nuclear waste management strategies from an international legal and technical perspective, and covers Argentina, Japan, and South Korea, as well as the BRICS family of nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). Part I, covering Western Europe and the United States was previously published in Progress in Nuclear Energy in 2016.  

Sep 7, 2018
Brian Hedlund, Kelly Ai-Sun Tseng (both Life Sciences), Dharini Bhammar, Arpita Basu (both Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), and Sarah Harris (Electrical and Computer Engineering) participated in the annual statewide Nevada-INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) meeting at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno last month. The faculty members, supported by NV-INBRE, presented lectures on their research. Additionally, nine UNLV undergraduates presented posters highlighting their research. Nevada-INBRE is funded by the National Institutes of Health through a $17 million grant intended to improve the biomedical research infrastructure in Nevada.

Jul 18, 2018
Fatemeh Azari (Mechanical Engineering) has been selected as the recipient of an American Society of Mechanical Engineers Engineering Scholarship. The competition for the scholarship is rigorous. Azari, a junior, previously has received 10 scholarships at the local, state, and national levels.

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.