Accomplishments: Department of Mechanical Engineering

September 10, 2020
Robert Beohm (Mechanical Engineering) authored a chapter, "Large Scale Solar Power, Hydrogen Developments, and Building Applications of Solar," that appears in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) published Solar Energy Applications book, edited by K.R. Rao. Published earlier this year, it is the first volume in the new ASME Press Book Series on Renewable Energy.  Boehm is one of 15 experts from academia, NASA, and practicing professionals from the U.S., Europe, China, and India...
August 10, 2020
Charlotta Sanders (Mechanical Engineering) prepared a report for the United Kingdom's Committee on Radioactive Waste Management, which is now available in the public domain. The report explores feasible processes for accelerating implementation of a geological disposal facility  in the United Kingdom. The report includes recommendations for developing a three-phased siting program. The three phases are designed to provide relevant information to host communities in a timely manner and sustain...
May 12, 2020
Pouya Shojaei (Mechanical Engineering) will have a new study appear in the Journal of Composites Part B: Engineering — a highly ranked journal in the areas of materials science and composites. Collaborators included UNLV’s Mohamed Trabia, Brendan O’Toole and Richard Jennings (all Mechanical Engineering) with material preparation from Xing Zhang and Yilang Liao at UNR. The study, “Enhancing Hypervelocity Impact Resistance of Titanium Substrate Using Ti/SiC Metal Matrix Nanocomposite Coating”...
May 7, 2020
Shubhra Bansal (Mechanical Engineering) received the 2020 CSUN Faculty Achievement Award for the College of Engineering. The award recognizes faculty members for outstanding dedication to students through advising, classroom instruction, mentorship, or special events.
May 1, 2020
The Graduate College is pleased to announce the Spring 2020 Graduate College Medallion recipients. Graduate College Medallion recipients are exceptionally involved during their time as graduate students at UNLV. Medallions are given in the semester students graduate.  This semester's recipients are: Austin McKenna, Biological Sciences Ph.D.  Monia Kazemeini, Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. Johanna Andrews, Public Health Ph.D. Jessica Nave-Blodgett, Psychology Ph.D. John...
March 24, 2020
Alex Barzilov (Mechanical Engineering) is the recipient of this year's College of Engineering Outstanding Researcher Award. External reviewers are asked to assess the applicants based on the following criteria: Significance of the research in relation to the knowledge or advancement of the field. Publication of research findings in peer-reviewed national or international journals. Papers or related public presentations of research findings and their application and use by the discipline...
March 11, 2020
The CSUN Faculty Achievement Award recognizes faculty members for outstanding dedication to students through advising, classroom instruction, mentorship, or special events. Those receiving the award in 2020 are: William Ramsey, College of Liberal Arts, department of philosophy Caitlin Saladino, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West Brett Levner, College of Fine Arts, department of film Shubhra Bansal, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, department...
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...