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engineering Accomplishments

Dec 7, 2018
Jee Woong Park and Sayan Sakhakarmi (both Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction) recently received the best paper award for their paper, "Machine Learning for Real-time Safety Condition Assessment of Scaffolds," at one of the most reputable conferences in construction research, the 35rd International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction. Sakhakarmi is a Ph.D. student.

Dec 6, 2018
Andreas Stefik (Computer Science) and his Quorum Programming Team of graduate and undergraduate students received the Computer Science Teachers Association and Code.org’s distinguished Expanding CS Opportunities Award during Computer Science Education Week. The award was given by Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and recognizes Stefik’s work on creating the Quorum programming language. Quorum is an evidence-oriented language for blind and visually impaired learners, built with accessibility as a primary design goal. He and his team are now on version six of the software. Students on the team include graduate students Timothy Rafalski, William Allee, Patrick Daleiden, and Phillip Merlin Uesbeck as well as undergraduate students Xinke Cao, Cristina Panks, Matthew Gordin, and Jack MacKey.

Nov 1, 2018
Charlotta Sanders (Mechanical Engineering) and her husband, Mark Callis Sanders, are co-authors of a conference paper, “Low Doese Radiation: The Million Worker Study — Findings, Implications, Challenges and You," which will be presented during the International Nuclear Law Association XXIII Nuclear Inter Jura Congress in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from Nov. 4-8, 2018. Their paper seeks to sift through the Million Worker Study (MWS) findings, determine the implications to radiation protection standards, explore the challenges toward public acceptance of changes to radiation standards because of the MWS, and finally the effect on the various stakeholders.

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.