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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

Campus News | July 9, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance and improvement at UNLV.

A device created by UNLV Engineering researchers for a space experiment
Research | May 29, 2021

First-of-its-kind device developed by UNLV for International Space Station experiment will test microgravity and Earth differences in growth and treatment of oral bacteria.

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Campus News | March 29, 2021

U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of top graduate and professional schools ranks 26 UNLV programs within nation’s top 100.

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People | December 6, 2020

Alumna credits her involvement in a student organization with her current career in aeronautical engineering.

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People | December 6, 2020

Alumna Valentina Alayon says exploring her options at UNLV prepared her for a career in mechanical engineering.

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Campus News | October 23, 2020

While navigating the challenges of a global pandemic, UNLV’s Engineers Without Borders student chapter is building a better world through philanthropy.

Mechanical Engineering In The News

El Dentista Moderno
September 2, 2021

Last June, NASA's SpaceX Dragon space rocket took off from Florida with, among other scientific experiments, 30 saliva samples that will be part of a dental experiment.

The Daily Guardian
August 30, 2021

It is the first dental study to be performed in zero gravity, and sponsored by the National Laboratory of the International Space Station in the United States, in collaboration with NASA and Colgate Palmolive.

Gaceta Dental
August 25, 2021

Dentistry has penetrated the atmosphere and has taken its first steps in outer space.

Dental Tribune
July 3, 2021

As the saying goes, the sky is the limit. This is true for scientists conducting the first oral health experiment in space to investigate the growth and response of oral bacteria to treatment agents in zero gravity.

Nevada Business
July 1, 2021

Researchers from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ (UNLV) Colleges of Engineering and Dental Medicine have partnered with NASA and toothpaste brand Colgate to determine the effectiveness of oral health products in space.

June 25, 2021

Earlier this month a rocket supplying the International Space Station carried oral bacteria and saliva gleaned from the mouths of 30 UNLV dental clinic patients.

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Recent Mechanical Engineering Accomplishments

September 24, 2021
Christian Ison, Janet Dufek (both Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), and Mohamed Trabia (Mechanical Engineering) published a paper, "Use of Pressure-Measuring Insoles to Characterize Gait Parameters in Simulated Reduced Gravity Conditions" in the journal Sensors. Ison is a doctoral student in the interdisciplinary health sciences doctoral...
August 31, 2021
Zakai Olsen (Mechanical Engineering) just had the paper titled "A hyperelastic porous media framework for ionic polymer-metal composite actuators and sensors: thermodynamically consistent formulation and nondimensionalization of the field equations" published in Smart Material and Structures journal.  Olsen just completed his PhD and authored the...
August 16, 2021
Robert Hunt, Zakai Olsen and Kwang Kim (Mechanical Engineering) published "Thermo-mechanical response of the twisted and coiled polymer actuator (TCPA): a finite element analysis (FEA)," in the journal Smart Materials and Structures. Hunt and Olsen are doctoral graduates of UNLV.
April 21, 2021
Nazanin Minaian (Mechanical Engineering) received the Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication Best Student Paper Award: second place for her paper, “Continuing the Investigation of the Sensing Response of Ionic Polymer-metal Composites: Effects of Geometry and Orientation” (11586-5) from SPIE Smart Structures + NDE 2021. Minaian is a PhD...
April 12, 2021
Alexander Barzilov (Mechanical Engineering), Artem Gelis (Chemistry), and Zaijing Sun (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) gave recruitment presentations and answered questions about corresponding nuclear-related programs at the 2021 ANS Virtual Student Conference last week. UNLV is among the 11 top-tier universities invited to have university...
April 1, 2021
Kwang Kim (Mechanical Engineering) was presented the 2021 SSM Lifetime Achievement award last month. The SPIE Lifetime Achievement Awards recognize senior researchers who have made significant contributions to the field of Smart Structures and Materials (SSM) or Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) and who have been instrumental in their growth. The...