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Department of Mechanical Engineering News

The department of mechanical engineering prepares students for the lifelong practice of mechanical engineering and related engineering disciplines. Our students to become problem solvers through applying science in order to deal with the relations among forces, work or energy, and power in designing systems, which ultimately contributes to the betterment of the human environment.

Current Mechanical Engineering News

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People | November 8, 2023

Gustavo Moreno explores new methods for power generation at the Center for Energy Research.

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Campus News | October 11, 2023

Student team to participate in upcoming solar eclipses for nationwide NASA project; Oct. 14 celestial event visible in Las Vegas.

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Campus News | August 10, 2023

Summer sees significant progress on what will soon become UNLV Engineering’s signature new facility; AEB set to open January 2024.

environmental portrait of UNLV Goldwater scholarship recipients
People | April 13, 2023

Undergraduates Vesper Evereux and Faria Tavacoli selected for the Goldwater Scholarship, one of the most coveted STEM awards in the country. 

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Campus News | February 10, 2023

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Research | February 9, 2023

New UNLV research is using a resource hidden in plain sight, pulling water out of thin air through atmospheric water harvesting.

Mechanical Engineering In The News

November 16, 2023

A local race fan has a special connection to a Formula 1 driver. They both were born with a rare disorder.

KSNV-TV: News 3
November 16, 2023

A local girl with Poland Syndrome is getting into the F1 spirit, thanks to UNLV. The engineering team at UNLV once again connected with Hailey Dawson to print her a Formula One hand ahead of this weekend's race, sharing a photo of the moment online.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
November 15, 2023

Las Vegas resident Hailey Dawson previously made history by throwing out the first pitch at all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums. Dawson has Poland Syndrome, which means she was born without a pectoral muscle. UNLV Engineering alumni Maria Gerardi has worked with Dawson for years and designed the latest prosthetic, which honors F1 driver Fernando Alonso, who also has Poland Syndrome.

Manufacturing Dive
October 4, 2023

Home to one of the country’s largest active lithium deposits, the state is becoming a hot spot for EV and battery manufacturing

Environmental Protection Agency
August 1, 2023

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $24,994 in funding for a student team at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) as part of the Agency’s People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) Program seeking solutions to environmental and public health challenges. The UNLV team, one of 21 award winners nationwide, is researching a cost-effective, simple process using agricultural waste biomass products to clean the drinking water supply.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
April 20, 2023

Three University of Nevada, Las Vegas students received prestigious scholarships to help pay for school.

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Recent Mechanical Engineering Accomplishments

November 15, 2023
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced the Phase I winners of 19 teams for Innovating Distributed Embedded Energy Prize (InDEEP). The UNLV team from the Active Materials and Smart Living (AMSL) laboratory, led by Ph.D. mechanical engineering student Nazanin Minaian, was selected as one of the 19 winners. Professors Alexandrea…
October 16, 2023
Prosun Roy (Mechanical Engineering), Lung-Wen Antony Chen (Environmental and Occupational Health), Yi-Tung Chen (Mechanical Engineering), Sajjad Ahmad, Eakalak Khan (both Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction), and Mark Buttner (Environmental and Occupational Health) published an article on "Pollen Dispersion and Deposition in Real‑…
August 11, 2023
Liya Napollion (Mechanical Engineering), a Ph.D. student, published a paper titled, "Electrochemical performance of ionic polymer metal composite under tensile loading," in Smart Materials and Structures. 
June 5, 2023
Kwang Kim (Mechanical Engineering) received a research grant of $800,000 from the Department of Defense, titled "Bioinspired Multi-Functional Soft Materials for Naval Applications."
May 9, 2023
UNLV College of Engineering graduate student Emma Letourneau is among 32 scholars nationwide awarded a prestigious Tau Beta Pi Fellowship for the 2023-24 academic year. The fellowship, awarded to only about 10% of applicants each year, comes with a $10,000 stipend for advanced study. The oldest engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi has awarded…
May 2, 2023
Lung-Wen Antony Chen (Environmental and Occupational Health), Prosun Roy, Yi-Tung Chen (both Mechanical Engineering), and their colleagues published an article on "High time-resolution fenceline air quality sensing and dispersion modeling for environmental justice-centered source attribution " in the journal Atmospheric Environment. This study…