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engineering Accomplishments

May 10, 2017
Justin Zhan (Computer Science) and Paul Oh (Mechanical Engineering) received a $600,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Site in Big Data at UNLV. Zhan is the principal investigator on the project; Oh is the co-principal investigator. The RET in Big Data will help close the critical gap in workforce training in big data by providing middle and high school teachers with first-hand knowledge in conducting big data research, the opportunity to learn new teaching skills, and experience developing lesson plans for classroom implementation. The funding will help cover six-week stipends for teacher participants, in addition to travel costs to present their research at the National Science Teacher Association conference and the expenses for classroom materials and supplies.   

May 5, 2017
Rachel Farner, Muhammed Thabet, Drew Brunson, Wayman Wittman, Artur Maryamov, Daniel Vargas, Michael Philichi, (all Business), Brian Garrido (Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology), and Albert Antero (Computer Science) were honored at the recent 2017 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition. MBA students Farner, Thabet, and Brunson were named first-place winners in the graduate division. Their winning plan was based on their organization, RAD, which is a new technology to manage knee pain and replacements. Fellow MBA students Wittman, Maryamov, Vargas, and Philichi placed second for their idea called Window Magic, a new use for OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology that will alter the view from hotel guest room windows. In the undergraduate division, Brian Garrido (Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology) and Albert Antero (Computer Science), both of whom are pursuing minors in UNLV Global Entrepreneurship Experience (GEE), garnered second place. They envision their company, GameTrainer, as an esports website where users learn how to improve at video games, and get trained and coached by top-ranking players. Starting with a field of more than three dozen teams, UNLV had eight teams make the semi-finals before taking three of the seven awards at the finals — for a grand total of $55,000 in cash and prizes to be used to bring the ideas to market. The graduate teams were advised by Leith Martin, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, and the undergraduate team was advised by GEE coordinator Janet Runge. All three teams move on to the Donald W. Reynolds Tri-State Competition to compete against teams from Nevada, Arkansas, and Oklahoma on May 31.  

May 5, 2017
Pouya Shojaeishahmirzadi (Mechanical Engineering) recently was awarded the 2017-18 UNLV Graduate College STEM Fellowship. Shojaeishahmirzadi is pursuing a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering. Professor Woosoon Yim is his advisor. The UNLV Graduate College STEM Fellowship is granted over four semesters to support newly admitted doctoral students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and health sciences.    

May 4, 2017
Yoohwan Kim (Computer Science) has been selected for the 2017 Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program to conduct research at the Air Force Research Laboratory. The fellowship also will support graduate student Russell Harkanson (Computer Science). The program, sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, offers hands-on experience for university faculty members to conduct research at one of the Air Force research facilities during the summer. As part of this program, the UNLV duo will spend the summer at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico, working on secure and efficient satellite communication protocols in collaboration with researchers from the Space Vehicles Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory.    

May 1, 2017
Haroon Stephen (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction) was awarded UNLV Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award at the 2017 UNLV Academic Achievement Award Ceremony on April 19. Recipient of this award must be a full-time academic faculty member who has completed five years of teaching at UNLV and has been recommended by both their supervisor and by students. Stephen’s expertise lie in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).  

Apr 28, 2017
Kwang Kim (Mechanical Engineering) was presented the prestigious Harry Reid Silver State Research Award at the 2017 UNLV Academic Achievement Award Ceremony. The award was created in 2001 to honor longtime U.S. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada and to recognize faculty who have performed research that is both highly regarded and responsive to the needs of the community and state. The award carries a $10,000 stipend. The award is open to full-time faculty members who are engaged in significant research that meets one or more of the following criteria: Directly and positively affects the economic growth and development of Nevada Addresses a pressing social need in the community and/or region Demonstrably advances significant scholarship in an academic field of knowledge

Apr 27, 2017
Tyler Stalbaum (Mechanical Engineering) was awarded the 2017 Graduate Regents' Scholar Award for UNLV at the UNLV Academic Achievement Award Ceremony April 19. The award is based on distinguished academic accomplishments, leadership ability, and service contributions as a registered NSHE student, as well as on the recipient’s potential for continued success. The award is given to only one graduate student at each NSHE university and carries a $5,000 cash stipend.    

Apr 27, 2017
Daniel Gerrity (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction) was one of two UNLV faculty awarded the Barrick Scholar Award at the 2017 UNLV Academic Achievement Award Ceremony on April 19. The Barrick Scholar Award is presented to faculty members with less than 10 years of service in an academic environment after the terminal degree. It carries a stipend of $2,500. The award is based principally on the quality and quantity of research publication or creative activity, which is judged to be extraordinary and distinguished.  

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.