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engineering Accomplishments

Apr 24, 2017
Justin Zhan (Computer Science) is the winner of this year's College Distinguished Researcher Award. The selection is based on the review of the applicants by faculty in other institutions. The focus of Zhan's research is the general area of big data analytics, precision medicine, health care informatics, biomedical computing, information privacy and security, network science, and social computing. Most of his research is funded by agencies such as the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, and the state of Nevada. This research is likely to have significant impact both on research and education in the area of big data analytics, health care informatics, etc. His research has resulted in $6 million dollars of funding as principal investigator and co-principal investigator in last five years.  

Apr 13, 2017
Albert Antero (Computer Science) has reached the undergraduate finals in the Governor's Cup Business Plan Competition with his plan for Game Trainer, an esports website where users learn how to improve at video games, and get trained and coached by top-ranking competitive players.  The Governor’s Cup is designed to encourage students of Nevada universities and colleges to act upon their ideas and talents in order to produce tomorrow’s businesses. Student teams and their faculty advisors compete in undergraduate and graduate divisions for cash prizes of nearly $400,000. Students involved in the competition gain access to networks of successful entrepreneurs, lenders and investors, team-building opportunities, business planning skills, and media exposure.

Apr 7, 2017
David F. Damore, Robert E. Lang, Fatma Nasoz, William E. Brown, Jr., and Caitlin J. Saladino (The Lincy Institute) are the authors of a new policy brief, "Rethinking Cooperative Extension in Southern Nevada."  Abstract: This brief examines the definition and allocation of land-grant status to higher education institutions in Nevada. Drawing on best practices from similar states, the brief offers a structural and programmatic framework for a UNLV-administered cooperative extension in Southern Nevada. This report comes from a larger body of research by The Lincy Institute on the topic of cooperative extension in Nevada. An earlier report explores the administration of university cooperative extensions in the United States through case-study analysis. The Lincy Institute reports on cooperative extension stem from presentations made at a colloquium sponsored by The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West titled, “Making Cooperative Extension Work for Southern Nevada: Fulfilling UNLV’s Urban Land Grant Mission,” held in September at UNLV. Materials from the colloquium can be found online.    

Dec 23, 2016
Darrell Pepper (Mechanical Engineering) just returned from a visit to King Abdulaziz University - Rabigh, located near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he served as a member of the ABET engineering accreditation team for evaluating their engineering programs. The main campus in Jeddah has more than 82,000 students.

Dec 20, 2016
Lily Sender (Mechanical Engineering) became the first Rebel women's soccer player in program history to earn NSCAA All-America honors after her breakout senior season. UNLV women's soccer's record-setting season continues to be rewarded as Sender was named to the NSCAA All-America Second Team, announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) on Dec. 2.  Sender is the first Mountain West player to be named an All-American since 2012. Overall, it's the 15th time the league has placed a player on NSCAA's All-America teams, but Sender is just the second player from a current Mountain West team to earn the honor in the league's history. The full NSCAA All-America teams can be found online.  

Dec 19, 2016
Daniel Gerrity (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction) and Duane Moser of the Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) submitted a winning proposal for the first year of the UNLV-DRI Joint Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. This award will allow the pair to recruit a postdoctoral fellow to work on their proposed project for two years.  

Jul 13, 2016
Daniel Emaasit (Civil & Environmental Engineering) was invited by the United Nations Global Pulse to present his research at the 2016 Data Science Africa Workshop. This unique conference brought together experts from academia, industry, government, and development partners to discuss how big data and data science can be used to monitor and track progress in achieving the United Nations' sustainable development goals in Africa. He presented work that he is doing as part of his Ph.D. research at UNLV, which involves using big data from mobile phones for sustainable urban planning. He presented his research under the session, “Data Science for Sustainable Cities." His research involves leveraging readily available ubiquitous data from mobile phones as an alternative and cheaper source of data for transport planning. He has developed a model-based machine learning framework to infer travel patterns from these data. The potential benefits of this research to developing countries are the ability to use low-cost effective techniques for transport planning and also getting an accurate measure of travel patterns in cities so that planners can optimally estimate the right amount of travel demand and reduce traffic congestion that has plagued most developing cities in Africa. There were several urban planners at the conference from the United Nations and government who found his research to be instrumental for city planning.

May 20, 2016
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has been selected as a recipient of the Cadence Design Systems University Software program. The package supports teaching and research applications. Several engineering professors are utilizing the software in their research and classes, including: professor R. Jacob Baker for design of SiGe chip in 130 nm BiCMOS and for teaching EE 421/ECG 621, and EE 421L; professor Mei Yang and her Ph.D. students for simulating novel Network-on-Chip interconnections and circuit designs; and professor Yingtao Jiang and his Ph.D. students to design, simulate, and verify variation-insensitive circuits and architectures. The Cadence University Software program gift-in-kind is valued at $16.9 million.  

Apr 14, 2016
Szu-Ping Lee (Physical Therapy) received a $13,505 grant from the Mountain West CTR-IN and National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health for his “Prosthetic Assessments of Gait and Mobility in Individuals with Lower Limb Loss” research study, which will explore functional mobility and limb loading during locomotor activities among people with lower extremity amputations. Janet Dufek (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) and Edward Neumann (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction) are co-investigators, while Guogen Shan (Environmental and Occupational Health) and Joon Lee (Mechanical Engineering) are collaborative contributors.  

Apr 1, 2016
Anjala Krishen (Marketing and International Business) and Pushkin Kachroo (Electrical and Computer Engineering), along with two past doctoral students, Orie Berezan, who earned a doctoral degree from the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration and is now a faculty member at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and Shaurya Agarwal, who earned a doctoral degree in electrical and computer engineering at UNLV and now is a post-doctoral student at New York University, received the Best Paper Award for U.S. authors from the Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy (GIKA)  during the GIKA Conference in Valencia, Spain, in March.The paper is titled "The Generation of Virtual Needs: Recipes for Satisfaction in Social Media Networks."