Accomplishments: Department of Mechanical Engineering

October 16, 2019
Charlotta Sanders (Mechanical Engineering) and co-author Mark Sanders published a book on nuclear waste management. The book, Nuclear Waste Management Strategies: An International Perspective, presents insights into nuclear waste management from a technical engineering perspective, with consideration for important legal aspects. It provides comprehensive analysis of both historical and up-to-date nuclear waste management strategies, while consulting important legal aspects to decision-making...
September 9, 2019
Kwang Kim and Hui Zhao (both Mechanical Engineering) are the principal investigator and co-principal investigator, respectively, for a $292,932 grant recently awarded to UNLV by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to establish an advanced volumetric particle image velocimetry (PIV) system and flow channel for fluid mechanics research and education in STEM. The PIV system is ideal for in-lab experimental understanding and accurate calibration in ongoing and future development of underwater...
June 20, 2019
Janet Dufek (Integrated Health Sciences), along with Mohamed Trabia (Engineering) and Jessica DeBerardinis (Mechanical Engineering) co-authored “A Viscoelastic Ellipsoidal Model of the Mechanics of Plantar Tissues,” which appeared May 30 in the online version of the Journal of Biomechanics. The study evaluated geometric and material variables of a proposed ellipsoidal model of plantar tissue stiffness and damping, and produced results that showed reasonably accurate reproductions of ground...
June 13, 2019
Darrell W. Pepper (Mechanical Engineering) was selected to be a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2022. Founded in 1886 at Cornell University, Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Honor Society) rewards excellence in scientific research and encourages interdisciplinary cooperation among scientists.
June 12, 2019
Blake Hament (Mechanical Engineering), a doctoral student and research assistant at UNLV’s Drones and Autonomous Systems Lab (DASL), was named the 2018 University Transportation Center Outstanding Student of the Year by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Hament works with Lincy Professor for Unmanned Aerial Systems Paul Oh (Mechanical Engineering) on research for the INSPIRE University Transportation Center (INSPIRE UTC) that examines the inspection and preservation of infrastructure...
June 7, 2019
Janet Dufek (Integrated Health Sciences) along with Mohamed Trabia (Engineering) and Jessica DeBerardinis (Mechanical Engineering) co-authored “A Viscoelastic Ellipsoidal Model of the Mechanics of Plantar Tissues,” which appeared May 30 in the online version of the Journal of Biomechanics. The study evaluated geometric and material variables of a proposed ellipsoidal model of plantar tissue stiffness and damping, and produced results that showed reasonably accurate reproductions of ground...
March 8, 2019
Charlotta Sanders (Mechanical Engineering) along with co-authors Mark Callis Sanders and Marshall Tuten (Slippery Rock University) have published an opinion commentary in the journal Trends in Technical and Scientific Research titled “Over Fossil Fueled: The Fundamentals for a Low-Carbon Diet." Their commentary highlights a few of the challenges, benefits, and risks of the global transition from a fossil fuel-based economy to green energy alternatives, as policy-makers seek to create an...
February 12, 2019
Charlotta Sanders (Mechanical Engineering) and Mark Callis Sanders are co-authors of a paper, “Two Roads in a Yellow Wood: Consent or Science Based Siting,” which has been accepted for publication and will be presented at the American Nuclear Society-sponsored International High-Level Radioactive Waste Management 2019 Conference, which will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee in April. Their paper considers the dynamics of consent-based and scientific-based siting approaches and their impact on...
January 28, 2019
Janet Dufek and Daniel Lidstone (both Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) along with Mohamed Trabia and Jessica DeBerardinis (both Mechanical Engineering) authored “Electronic Measurement of Plantar Contact Area During Walking Using an Adaptive Thresholding Method for Medilogic Pressure-measuring Insoles.” The study sought to develop an adaptive-threshold method using pressure-measuring insoles that can improve the accuracy of the measurement of plantar tissue contact area during walking, and...
January 18, 2019
Numerous UNLV Students won awards at the Media Innovation Hackathon sponsored by the Beasley Media Group in collaboration with UNLV at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month. Student teams aimed to generate potential commercial products. Winners include: First Place: Converting Radio Waves to Energy. Matias Allieti (Mechanical Engineering), Yuria Mann (Computer Science), Kristine Monsada (Computer Science), Ricardo Rodriguez (Computer Science), and Erick Serrano (Computer Science)...
November 1, 2018
Charlotta Sanders (Mechanical Engineering) and her husband, Mark Callis Sanders, are co-authors of a conference paper, “Low Doese Radiation: The Million Worker Study — Findings, Implications, Challenges and You," which will be presented during the International Nuclear Law Association XXIII Nuclear Inter Jura Congress in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from Nov. 4-8, 2018. Their paper seeks to sift through the Million Worker Study (MWS) findings, determine the implications to radiation ...
September 13, 2018
On Sept. 5 the Academic Success Center (ASC) celebrated its 10-year anniversary and as part of its celebration recognized former students, faculty, departments, and community leaders that have made the ASC such an exemplary center. They are: Dean’s Award - Carl Reiber (formerly of the provost's office) Dean’s Award - Regent Kevin Page Founder’s Award - Neal Smatresk (former UNLV president) Outstanding Impact Award - philanthropist Christina Hixson  Classified Dedication Award -  Monica McNeely...