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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

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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.

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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. 

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Campus News | October 27, 2022

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

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Campus News | May 3, 2022

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

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Campus News | February 10, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.

Student Kristen Tagaytayan works with perovskites
Research | January 12, 2022

UNLV graduate student Kristen Tagaytayan’s research into energy efficiency lands her a NASA fellowship working on space probe technology.

Mechanical Engineering In The News

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.

Las Vegas Review Journal
November 23, 2022

UNLV engineering student Truc Tran stood next to a robot Monday just before turning on its power.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
November 4, 2022

A team from UNLV’s engineering lab is set to compete for $10 million. The ANA Avatar XPRIZE competition will take place in Long Beach, California from Nov. 4 to 5. The competition sees teams from around the globe showcase the latest in technological developments intended to benefit humanity.

Las Vegas Review Journal
June 23, 2022

UNLV researchers are part of a team that will receive almost three million dollars of federal funding for a project focused on the workforce for nuclear energy.

AZoM
January 18, 2022

Kristen Tagaytayan carefully unearthed her research sample from a nitrogen glovebox. She gingerly placed the sample onto her workspace and added a nickel chemical solution to it. Using a razor blade, she evened out the mixture across a glass slide and placed it in the lab's oven, where she watched it cook from behind the glass window.

Panay News
December 16, 2021

On June 3, the SpaceX CRS-22 rocket took off for the International Space Station-bound from Cape Canaveral, Florida. On board was unusual cargo: oral bacteria and saliva.

Mechanical Engineering Experts

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Recent Mechanical Engineering Accomplishments

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…
October 10, 2022
Jeremy Cho (Mechanical Engineering), along with doctoral student Yiwei Gao, authored a paper published in Soft Matter. The paper is titled, "Quantifying the trade-off between stiffness and permeability in hydrogels." The paper is also featured in the Soft Matter Emerging Investigators Series. Hydrogels—polymeric gel materials used in contact…