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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

Ph.D. engineering graduate George William Kajjumba is hooded during the Spring 2022 commencement ceremony
Campus News | December 28, 2022

Student achievements including competition wins, a science fellowship first, and new innovations splashed local and national news headlines in 2022.

UNLV Engineering team's robot shaking hands with student
Campus News | December 5, 2022

A roundup of students and faculty whose innovation and expertise made news headlines.

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UNLV History | November 4, 2022

The 25-year-old triumph of two UNLV engineering professors and their quest to build the world’s largest flying disc.

Avatar-Hubo gets ready to stand as two students work on computers.
Campus News | November 1, 2022

Robotics come to life for a team of faculty and student engineers as they prepare for the finals of the $10 million ANA Avatar XPRIZE competition. 

student interacting with humanoid robot
Campus News | October 27, 2022

UNLV’s Team-Hubo heads to the $10 million ANA Avatar XPRIZE Competition in Long Beach, CA.

man viewing a display at student competition
Campus News | May 3, 2022

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

Mechanical Engineering In The News

KNPR News
January 19, 2023

NASA’s long in-development ARTEMIS lunar space missions completed its first phase last month. The idea is to land someone on the moon in two years. Then from there, head to Mars. And the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is helping out.

KNPR News
January 19, 2023

NASA’s long in-development ARTEMIS lunar space missions completed its first phase last month. The idea is to land someone on the moon in two years. Then from there, head to Mars. And the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is helping out.

KSNV-TV: News 3
December 20, 2022

Graduate students celebrated as they received their diplomas at UNLV's winter commencement on Monday.

Las Vegas Sun
December 20, 2022

Higher education takes time, and people along the way can doubt you. Stick it out. That’s the message Maria Ramos Gonzalez has for her fellow graduates this week at UNLV.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
December 8, 2022

Graduate students at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) are working with major resorts and casinos in the battle against cyber security attacks.

Las Vegas Review-Journal En Español
November 23, 2022

Truc Tran, a UNLV engineering student, was standing next to a robot Monday just before it was turned on.

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Recent Mechanical Engineering Accomplishments

December 14, 2022
Assistant professor H. Jeremy Cho (Mechanical Engineering) has received the NSF CAREER award for his project, "Continuous atmospheric water harvesting through gels." This award for $596,487 will support research on atmospheric water harvesting for five years through a UNLV-developed hydrogel membrane design. Atmospheric water harvesting is a way…
November 7, 2022
Justin Neubauer (Mechanical Engineering), published a paper titled, "Tunable polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)-based soft polymer gel sensors," in Smart Materials and Structures.
October 31, 2022
Jeremy Cho (Mechanical Engineering), along with doctoral student Mario Mata, master's student Brandon Ortiz, and undergraduate students Dhruv Luhar and Vesper Evereux, published a paper titled, "How dynamic adsorption controls surfactant-enhanced boiling," in Scientific Reports. The work breaks conventional wisdom on how surfactants can be used…
October 31, 2022
Charlotta E. Sanders (Mechanical Engineering) and Mark Callis Sanders’ paper titled, "Three Blind Mice — Low-dose Radiation, Epidemiology and the Law,” was presented at the International Nuclear Law Association’s (INLA) 2022 Nuclear Inter Jura by Mark Sanders. The meeting was held at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C., on October 24-28, 2022,…
October 28, 2022
Jeremy Cho (Mechanical Engineering) was awarded the American Chemical Society (ACS) Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator grant. The two-year, $110,000 grant will support fundamental research in understanding how surfactants can be used to mobilize oil trapped in water. The research is applicable to the petroleum field and groundwater…
October 24, 2022
Alexander Barzilov (Mechanical Engineering) and Zaijing Sun (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) gave recruitment presentations and answered questions about the nuclear engineering and health physics programs at the 2022 American Nuclear Society Virtual Graduate School Fair last week. UNLV was among 25 universities invited to have recruitment…