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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 | 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.

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Campus News | September 16, 2020

Team climbs to new heights in standings at Baja SAE competition in a year where the rubber never met the road.

UNLV mechanical engineering student Alexandrea Washington poses for a portrait in the Engineering Building courtyard
Campus News | August 12, 2020

Alexandrea Washington to create soft robotic platform capable of traversing extraterrestrial terrains.

Mechanical Engineering In The News

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
February 25, 2021

A proposed solar project in Southern Nevada’s Moapa Valley would be the state’s largest if built, but opponents are saying, “not in my backyard.”

Princeton University
February 18, 2021

In research that may eventually help crops survive drought, scientists at Princeton University have uncovered a key reason that mixing material called hydrogels with soil has sometimes proven disappointing for farmers.

Las Vegas Review Journal
January 11, 2021

Two UNLV engineering students won the university’s senior design competition last month with a timely project — a microwave for COVID-19 disinfection.

Voice of America
December 16, 2020

In this episode we will explore the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Due to its location in the city nicknamed “The Entertainment Capital of the World,” students at UNLV have the unique opportunity to study the hospitality and entertainment industries in their own backyard - Las Vegas. In addition to having a Digital Experience Lab focused on entertainment design, and a robotics lab using virtual reality to guide robots to new heights, UNLV is recognized by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as a “very high research activity” R1 public research university. Get ready to experience the University of Nevada, Las Vegas!

Business Insider
August 5, 2020

Geisel Software, a Massachusetts-based custom software development firm, and University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) are pleased to announce they have been awarded a Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The award will support the development of a solution that will allow for collaborative mobility and manipulation in a heterogeneous robotic environment.

KUNR
May 21, 2020

Nevada is a big player in renewable energy. But while it ranks among the top five states for both solar and geothermal energy production, it lags well behind in wind energy production, where it falls 33rd.

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Recent Mechanical Engineering Accomplishments

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...
March 2, 2021
Alexandrea Washington, Justin Neubauer, and Kwang J. Kim (all Mechanical Engineering) provided a book chapter, "Soft Actuators and their Potential Applications in Rehabilitative Devices," that was published as part of an edited book, Soft Robotics in Rehabilitation, by Amir Fafari and Nafiseh Ebrahimi of University of Texas at San Antonio....
March 1, 2021
Nazanin Minaian, Zakai J. Olsen, and Kwang J. Kim (all Mechanical Engineering) provided a book chapter, "Ionic Polymer-Metal Composite (IPMC) Artificial Muscle in Underwater Environments: Review of Actuatioin, Sensing, Controls, and Applications to Softrobotic," that was published as part of a new edited book, Bioinspired Sensing, Actuation, and...
February 17, 2021
Shubhra Bansal (Mechanical Engineering) has received the prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop novel Pb-free and stable mixed halide-chalcogenide perovskite materials for high-efficiency solar cells. Pb-based organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells (HPSCs) have shown tremendous promise with a big...