Accomplishments: Department of Mechanical Engineering

September 14, 2022
Seungman Park (Mechanical Engineering) received the prestigious NIH Career Award (NIA K25 Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award). This five-year grant supports Park’s ongoing research to investigate the relation between tissue viscoelasticity and tumor progression in aging tissues. Park is currently an assistant professor in the…
August 19, 2022
Zachary Frank, a UNLV alumnus, and Kwang Kim (Mechanical Engineering) published "On the mechanism of performance improvement of electroactive polyvinyl chloride (PVC) gel actuators via conductive fillers" in Scientific Reports.
August 15, 2022
Alexandrea Washington (Mechanical Engineering), with Zakai Olsen, Ji Su, and Kwang Kim (Mechanical Engineering), published "A physics-based modeling of a hydraulically amplified electrostatic actuator," in the Journal of Physics Communications. 
April 30, 2022
Kwang Kim (Mechanical Engineering) and Dong-Chan Lee (Chemistry) are inventors of a patent, Fabricating Ionic/Polyimide Membranes with its issue number, US 11,312,851, recently granted by the , the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.   
March 8, 2022
Rubaiya Murshed and Shubhra Bansal (both Mechanical Engineering) have published a journal paper on Perovskite photovoltaic material, "Additive-Assisted Optimization in Morphology and Optoelectronic Properties of Inorganic Mixed Sn-Pb Halide Perovskites." This paper was published in Materials in  January. Murshed is a doctoral student.
January 10, 2022
Zakai J. Olsen, '16 BS, '18 MS, and '21 PhD Mechanical Engineering and Kwang J. Kim (Mechanical Engineering) are the authors of a new journal publication,  "Characterizing the Transduction Behavior of Ionic Polymer-metal Composite Actuators and Sensors via Dimensional Analysis," which was published in Smart Materials and Structures.
January 6, 2022
Justin Neubauer and Kwang J. Kim (both Mechanical Engineering), along with Zakai J. Olsen, '16 BS, '18 MS, and '21 PhD Mechanical Engineering; Zachary Frank, '21 PhD Mechanical Engineering; and former post-doc Taeseon Hwang are the authors of a new journal publication,  "A Study of Mechanoelectrical Transduction Behavior in Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC…
January 4, 2022
Charlotta E. Sanders (Mechanical Engineering) and co-author Mark Sanders have published their manuscript “A world's dilemma ‘upon which the sun never sets’:  The nuclear waste management strategy (part IV): Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, and United Arab Emirates” in the journal Progress in Nuclear Energy. The article is the fourth and final…
December 21, 2021
Charlotta E. Sanders (Mechanical Engineering) and co-author Mark Sanders have published their manuscript “A world's dilemma ‘upon which the sun never sets’:  The nuclear waste management strategy (part IV): Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, and United Arab Emirates” in the journal Progress in Nuclear Energy. The article is the fourth and final…
November 23, 2021
Alexander Barzilov (Mechanical Engineering) and Zaijing Sun (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) gave recruitment presentations and answered questions about corresponding nuclear-related programs at the ANS Virtual Graduate School Fair last week. UNLV is the only university that has two recruitment sessions (Nuclear Engineering and Health/…
November 15, 2021
Charlotta E. Sanders (Mechanical Engineering) and co-author Mark Sanders have published their manuscript "A world's dilemma ‘upon which the sun never sets’:  The nuclear waste management strategy (part III): Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands, and Romania in the journal Progress in Nuclear Energy." The article is the third part in a…
October 8, 2021
Hui Zhao (Mechanical Engineering) recently received an R21 grant from the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health, tittled "Durable Self-cleaning Fluorinated Graphene Oxide Coated N95 Respirators." The project will spray-coat highly fluorinated graphene oxide onto the outer surface of the N95 respirator to to make the N95…