Accomplishments: Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering

July 10, 2019
Fatma Nasoz (Lincy Institute and Computer Science) was a featured speaker at the Informatica World 2019 Conference in May. In her presentation, she spoke about her passion for increasing the number of women in the STEM field, and the importance of prioritizing computer science and STEM education at a young age in order to build and support the next generation of scientists and computer engineers. Informatica is a leading company in data quality tools, data management solutions, and enterprise...
June 21, 2019
Yang Jiao (Electrical and Computer Engineering) recently presented a paper at Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition 2019 about object tracking in 3D fluorescence volumes. The paper is based on work done by Jiao in collaboration with Mei Yang (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Mo Weng (Life Science). This work targets the challenge of 3D subcellular structures tracking because, unlike cells and macro objects, 3D subcellular structures perform rapidly expansion and shrinking as well as...
June 20, 2019
Fatma Nasoz (Computer Science and The Lincy Institute) was recently featured in a Las Vegas Now segment titled "Learning to Code," discussing the Informatica Next 25 initiative that prepares students for STEM-focused careers. It originally aired June 13.
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 11, 2019
Ju-Yeon Jo (Computer Science) received a $100,000 grant to host the GenCyber Summer Camp for a second year. GenCyber offers high school students the opportunity to learn encryption, mobile security, and safe-online behavior. The camp is free and jointly funded by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation. In 2018, UNLV was the only GenCyber Summer Camp in Nevada.
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...
June 5, 2019
Jee Woong Park and Sayan Sakhakarmi (both Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction) are the authors of "Investigation of Tactile Sensory System Configuration for Construction Hazard Perception," which has been published in the Jouarnal of MDPI Sensors. Sakhakarmi is a doctoral student.
April 11, 2019
Sajjad Ahmad (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction) and Jun Yong Kang (Chemistry) recently were selected for the Barrick Scholar Awards, which recognize UNLV faculty members who have produced a significant amount of high-quality, interdisciplinary research or creative output recognized by scholars and journals within and outside their primary disciplines. Funded through an endowment from the late Marjorie Barrick since 1981 and conferred by the executive vice president and...
April 4, 2019
Reimund Serafica (Nursing) is the lead author of the article “The Use of Social Media and mEMA Technology in Comparing Compliance Rate Among Users" in The Asian/Pacific Island Nursing Journal. Serafica co-published with Brendan Morris (Electrical and Computer Engineering). The article reports the results of two approaches to dietary monitoring using social media and mEMA technology and the lessons learned from the two studies for improving participant compliance. 
April 1, 2019
Robert Schill (Electrical and Computer Engineering) was awarded a patent for his “Auto-Triggered Methods and Systems for Protecting Against Direct and Indirect Electronic Attack.” Since plasma, at a high enough density, can be used to disrupt a high power electromagnetic pulse or continuous wave, by controlling the density, one could prevent electronic attacks on battlefield equipment, industrial equipment, or satellites protecting our cyber infrastructure.