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engineering Accomplishments

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.

Feb 7, 2018
Edward Friesema (Computer Science) is one of seven winners of the HEROx CubeSat Challenge  put on by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), which is charged with manning, training, and equipping the various Special Operations Component Commands of all the Armed Forces. The challenge sought global ideas on how to advance CubeSat capabilities. Friesema, a graduate student, was awarded $5,000 for TweetSat: Civilian communications in a crisis. He worked with computer science professor Evangelos Yfantis.

Feb 6, 2018
Innovation (Research & Economic Development), the university's research magazine, recently received a Bronze Award of Excellence from District VII of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). CASE Awards of Excellence showcase best practices in alumni relations, fundraising, public/government relations, advancement services, special events, and outstanding communications from districts across North America. The team members who produced the award-winning 2017 issue of Innovation are editor-in-chief Raegen Pietrucha; consulting editor Cate Weeks; art director S. A. Lien; photographers Josh Hawkins, R. Marsh Starks, and Aaron Mayes; editorial interns Alexandra Karosas and Rachel Glaze; contributing writers Tony Allen, Marian Alper, Afsha Bawany, Shane Bevell, Vaneh Darakjian, Kevin Dunegan, Caroline Funk, Sara Gorgon, Matt Keleman, Sean Kennedy, Kelly McDonough, Kristen Peterson, Angela Ramsey, Jason Scavone, Chelsea Sendgraff, Stan Smith, and Pashtana Usufzy; and proofreaders Liam Frink, David Hatchett, Zach Miles, Lori Olafson, Robin Toles, and Jill Zimbelman. CASE District VII annually recognizes award winners online and at the annual District VII conference, which will take place in San Francisco in March. UNLV award winners are listed online.

Feb 5, 2018
Reimund Serafica (Nursing) and Brendan Tran Morris (Electrical and Computer Engineering) co-authored “Concept Analysis of Dietary Biculturalism in Filipino Immigrants within the Context of Cardiovascular Risk,” which appeared in the “Nursing Forum” of the Wiley Online Library during October 2017. The findings indicate a need to develop culturally appropriate interventions for Filipino immigrants that target consumption of unhealthy food.

Oct 2, 2017
Lauren Galloway (Sociology), Jillian Socea (Life Sciences), Kimberly Stevens (Psychology), and Monia Kazemeini and Sogol Pirbastami (both Mechanical Engineering) have been chosen to receive the fall 2017 Southwest Travel Awards. Recipients of the awards receive a round-trip travel voucher from Southwest Airlines to allow them to travel to a conference or workshop related to their studies. Doctoral student Galloway will present at the Stardom, Fandom, and Celebrity Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Kazemeini, a doctoral student with a concentration in nuclear engineering, will present at the Waste Management Conference presented by WM Symposia in Phoenix. Doctoral student Pirbastami will present at the 2017 COMSOL Numerical Simulation Conference in Boston. Socea, a doctoral student in microbiology, will present at the Wind River Prokaryotic Conference in Estes Park, Colorado. Stevens, a doctoral student in clinical psychology, will present at the International Conference for Eating Disorders in Chicago.