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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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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.

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Campus News | July 9, 2021

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

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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.

Mechanical Engineering In The News

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.
September 29, 2021

A UConn Health researcher and Biomedical Engineering faculty member, Dr. Changchun Liu, in collaboration with a researcher at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has received a National Institute of Health (NIH) R21 award for their project, “Durable Self-cleaning Fluorinated Graphene Oxide Coated N95 Respirators.”

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Recent Mechanical Engineering Accomplishments

November 23, 2021
Alexander Barzilov (Mechanical Engineering) and Zaijing Sun (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) gave recruitment presentations and answered questions about corresponding nuclear-related programs at the ANS Virtual Graduate School Fair last week. UNLV is the only university that has two recruitment sessions (Nuclear Engineering and Health/…
November 15, 2021
Charlotta E. Sanders (Mechanical Engineering) and co-author Mark Sanders have published their manuscript "A world's dilemma ‘upon which the sun never sets’:  The nuclear waste management strategy (part III): Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands, and Romania in the journal Progress in Nuclear Energy." The article is the third part in a…
October 8, 2021
Hui Zhao (Mechanical Engineering) recently received an R21 grant from the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health, tittled "Durable Self-cleaning Fluorinated Graphene Oxide Coated N95 Respirators." The project will spray-coat highly fluorinated graphene oxide onto the outer surface of the N95 respirator to to make the N95…
October 7, 2021
Jeremy Cho (Mechanical Engineering), along with doctoral students Yiwei Gao and Negin Garakani, and undergraduate Nicholas K. K. Chai, authored a paper published in Soft Matter with Sujit S. Datta of Princeton University. The paper is titled "Scaling laws to predict humidity-induced swelling and stiffness in hydrogels." Many soft, polymeric gel-…
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…