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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. The department teaches students to become problem solvers through the application of science in order to deal with the relations among forces, work or energy, and power in designing systems, which will ultimately contribute to the betterment of the human environment.

Current Mechanical Engineering News

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Campus News | May 3, 2022

More than 50 student teams are competing for cash prizes in this battle of innovation.

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Campus News | February 10, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.

Student Kristen Tagaytayan works with perovskites
Research | January 12, 2022

UNLV graduate student Kristen Tagaytayan’s research into energy efficiency lands her a NASA fellowship working on space probe technology.

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Research | December 27, 2021

UNLV researchers made international headlines this year with their discoveries. Here's a roundup of some of our top stories of 2021.

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People | November 22, 2021

Assistant professor-in-residence makes engineering students understand physics just as smoothly as he makes the six-string wail.

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Campus News | November 10, 2021

Lied Library’s Makerspace has let students dive into DIY projects. With more facilities on the way, UNLV is creating a pipeline for students to take their ideas from dorm-room dream to mass-produced products.

Mechanical Engineering In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
June 23, 2022

UNLV researchers are part of a team that will receive almost three million dollars of federal funding for a project focused on the workforce for nuclear energy.

January 18, 2022

Kristen Tagaytayan carefully unearthed her research sample from a nitrogen glovebox. She gingerly placed the sample onto her workspace and added a nickel chemical solution to it. Using a razor blade, she evened out the mixture across a glass slide and placed it in the lab's oven, where she watched it cook from behind the glass window.

Panay News
December 16, 2021

On June 3, the SpaceX CRS-22 rocket took off for the International Space Station-bound from Cape Canaveral, Florida. On board was unusual cargo: oral bacteria and saliva.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
December 13, 2021

The future is being assembled piece by piece at UNLV. A human-like robot developed by engineering students is attracting worldwide attention.

KSNV-TV: News 3
November 24, 2021

UNLV students are paving the way for robots to save human lives.

Nuclear Newswire
November 12, 2021

ANS is hosting a virtual Graduate School Fair on Friday, November 19, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (EST). The goal of the event is to help prepare the next generation of nuclear professionals and to keep early career and seasoned experts at the top of their game.

Mechanical Engineering Experts

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Recent Mechanical Engineering Accomplishments

September 14, 2022
Seungman Park (Mechanical Engineering) received the prestigious NIH Career Award (NIA K25 Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award). This five-year grant supports Park’s ongoing research to investigate the relation between tissue viscoelasticity and tumor progression in aging tissues. Park is currently an assistant professor in the…
August 19, 2022
Zachary Frank, a UNLV alumnus, and Kwang Kim (Mechanical Engineering) published "On the mechanism of performance improvement of electroactive polyvinyl chloride (PVC) gel actuators via conductive fillers" in Scientific Reports.
August 15, 2022
Alexandrea Washington (Mechanical Engineering), with Zakai Olsen, Ji Su, and Kwang Kim (Mechanical Engineering), published "A physics-based modeling of a hydraulically amplified electrostatic actuator," in the Journal of Physics Communications. 
April 30, 2022
Kwang Kim (Mechanical Engineering) and Dong-Chan Lee (Chemistry) are inventors of a patent, Fabricating Ionic/Polyimide Membranes with its issue number, US 11,312,851, recently granted by the , the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.   
March 8, 2022
Rubaiya Murshed and Shubhra Bansal (both Mechanical Engineering) have published a journal paper on Perovskite photovoltaic material, "Additive-Assisted Optimization in Morphology and Optoelectronic Properties of Inorganic Mixed Sn-Pb Halide Perovskites." This paper was published in Materials in  January. Murshed is a doctoral student.
January 10, 2022
Zakai J. Olsen, '16 BS, '18 MS, and '21 PhD Mechanical Engineering and Kwang J. Kim (Mechanical Engineering) are the authors of a new journal publication,  "Characterizing the Transduction Behavior of Ionic Polymer-metal Composite Actuators and Sensors via Dimensional Analysis," which was published in Smart Materials and Structures.