Accomplishments: Department of Mechanical Engineering

January 14, 2024
Professor Kwang Kim (Mechanical Engineering) co-authored a paper titled, "Functionally antagonistic polyelectrolyte for electro-ionic soft actuator," in a recent issue of Nature Communications (2024)15:435.
November 15, 2023
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced the Phase I winners of 19 teams for Innovating Distributed Embedded Energy Prize (InDEEP). The UNLV team from the Active Materials and Smart Living (AMSL) laboratory, led by Ph.D. mechanical engineering student Nazanin Minaian, was selected as one of the 19 winners. Professors Alexandrea…
October 16, 2023
Prosun Roy (Mechanical Engineering), Lung-Wen Antony Chen (Environmental and Occupational Health), Yi-Tung Chen (Mechanical Engineering), Sajjad Ahmad, Eakalak Khan (both Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction), and Mark Buttner (Environmental and Occupational Health) published an article on "Pollen Dispersion and Deposition in Real‑…
August 11, 2023
Liya Napollion (Mechanical Engineering), a Ph.D. student, published a paper titled, "Electrochemical performance of ionic polymer metal composite under tensile loading," in Smart Materials and Structures. 
June 5, 2023
Kwang Kim (Mechanical Engineering) received a research grant of $800,000 from the Department of Defense, titled "Bioinspired Multi-Functional Soft Materials for Naval Applications."
May 9, 2023
UNLV College of Engineering graduate student Emma Letourneau is among 32 scholars nationwide awarded a prestigious Tau Beta Pi Fellowship for the 2023-24 academic year. The fellowship, awarded to only about 10% of applicants each year, comes with a $10,000 stipend for advanced study. The oldest engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi has awarded…
May 2, 2023
Lung-Wen Antony Chen (Environmental and Occupational Health), Prosun Roy, Yi-Tung Chen (both Mechanical Engineering), and their colleagues published an article on "High time-resolution fenceline air quality sensing and dispersion modeling for environmental justice-centered source attribution " in the journal Atmospheric Environment. This study…
April 24, 2023
Cameron Jensen (Mechanical Engineering) presented his research titled, “Linear No-threshold Model: A Collection of Studies on The Highly Debated Radiation Protection Standard,” during the International Nuclear Law Association’s (INLA) Radiological Protection Working Group’s Technical Meeting on April 21, 2023. Jensen shared a collection of studies…
April 17, 2023
Melissa Morris (Mechanical Engineering) received the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Pacific Southwest (PSW) Outstanding Teaching Award. The award recognizes an engineering educator for their outstanding classroom performance and contributions to the scholarship of teaching.  She was honored with this award at the annual ASEE PSW…
April 5, 2023
Kwang Kim (Mechanical Engineer), distinguished professor and Southwest Gas professor of energy and matter, co-authored a paper titled "Multiphysics Modeling Framework for Soft PVC Gel Sensors with Experimental Comparisons," in Polymers. The leading author is Justin Neubauer, who graduated with a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering.
April 4, 2023
Recently, has ranked professor Kwang Kim (Mechanical Engineering) #180 in the Best Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Scientists in the United States for 2023. The ranking is based on Discipline H-index metric.
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…