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Current Mechanical Engineering News

Melissa Morris standing in front of Tau Beta Pi marker at TBE.
People | October 28, 2019

After growing up and working on the East Coast, this West Virginia native is bringing her passion for engineering and teaching to UNLV

A UNLV student wearing goggles, and one wearing a hat and glasses, stare at materials in a vice.
Research | September 25, 2019

On-campus lab testing materials for NASA Artemis Program’s Orion spacecraft.

UNLV instructor at computer talking to two students
Business and Community | May 23, 2019

UNLV teaming with DRI, UNR to offer K-12 teacher trainings this summer; training at UNLV scheduled for May 28-June 1.

Decorated UNLV mortarboard with students in background
People | May 15, 2019

UNLV president will highlight exceptional students at commencement who embody the academic, research, and community impact of the graduating class.

Red event program for Senior Design Competition with electrical device in background
Business and Community | May 8, 2019

Nearly 40 student-created engineering projects provide technological solutions to real-world problems; prototypes on display May 9 at Thomas & Mack Center.

Patrick Messimertesting a the strength of a 3d printed piece of material.
Research | May 1, 2019

This Research & Creative Honors Program participant is as curious as he was in the third grade — only now he's an undergraduate researcher.

Mechanical Engineering In The News

Science & Technology Research News
October 31, 2019

Cracks in the desert floor appear random to the untrained eye, even beautifully so, but those patterns of dried clay turn out to be predictable — and useful in designing advanced materials.

Las Vegas Sun
June 19, 2019

The construction of a solar plant that would send power to Nevada, Arizona and California is receiving pushback from some environmental groups.

CBS Baltimore
June 11, 2019

After years of throwing baseballs, eight-year-old Hailey Dawson made history as the first person to throw out the first pitch at every MLB stadium, the National Baseball Hall of Fame said.

Occupational Health & Safety
May 21, 2019

Workers at the Yucca Mountain Project in Nevada could be exposed to potentially serious respiratory and radiation hazards if the long-planned High Level Nuclear Waste repository is revived and advanced by Congress, two presenters explained in an education

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
May 7, 2019

Inventor and businessman Elon Musk is one of several space entrepreneurs who is pushing for a permanent human presence on Mars. But a venture across millions of miles of hostile space is not only expensive but would be incredibly dangerous.

Nevada Today
April 16, 2019

The Robotics Academy of Nevada - a new statewide professional development program funded by Tesla's K-12 Education Investment Fund - is being developed by the Desert Research Institute, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Nevada, Reno. Facilitated by DRI's Pre-K-12 STEM education and outreach program, Science Alive, the new academy will launch this summer in partnership with the Colleges of Engineering at Nevada's research universities in Reno and Las Vegas.

Recent Mechanical Engineering Accomplishments

October 16, 2019
Charlotta Sanders (Mechanical Engineering) and co-author Mark Sanders published a book on nuclear waste management. The book, Nuclear Waste Management Strategies: An International Perspective, presents insights into nuclear waste management from a technical engineering perspective, with consideration for important legal aspects. It provides...
September 9, 2019
Kwang Kim and Hui Zhao (both Mechanical Engineering) are the principal investigator and co-principal investigator, respectively, for a $292,932 grant recently awarded to UNLV by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to establish an advanced volumetric particle image velocimetry (PIV) system and flow channel for fluid mechanics research and...
June 20, 2019
Janet Dufek (Integrated Health Sciences), along with Mohamed Trabia (Engineering) and Jessica DeBerardinis (Mechanical Engineering) co-authored “A Viscoelastic Ellipsoidal Model of the Mechanics of Plantar Tissues,” which appeared May 30 in the online version of the Journal of Biomechanics. The study evaluated geometric and material variables of a...
June 13, 2019
Darrell W. Pepper (Mechanical Engineering) was selected to be a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2022. Founded in 1886 at Cornell University, Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Honor Society) rewards excellence in scientific research and encourages interdisciplinary cooperation among scientists.
June 12, 2019
Blake Hament (Mechanical Engineering), a doctoral student and research assistant at UNLV’s Drones and Autonomous Systems Lab (DASL), was named the 2018 University Transportation Center Outstanding Student of the Year by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Hament works with Lincy Professor for Unmanned Aerial Systems Paul Oh (Mechanical...
June 7, 2019
Janet Dufek (Integrated Health Sciences) along with Mohamed Trabia (Engineering) and Jessica DeBerardinis (Mechanical Engineering) co-authored “A Viscoelastic Ellipsoidal Model of the Mechanics of Plantar Tissues,” which appeared May 30 in the online version of the Journal of Biomechanics. The study evaluated geometric and material variables of a...