Accomplishments: Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering

April 21, 2021
Nazanin Minaian (Mechanical Engineering) received the Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication Best Student Paper Award: second place for her paper, “Continuing the Investigation of the Sensing Response of Ionic Polymer-metal Composites: Effects of Geometry and Orientation” (11586-5) from SPIE Smart Structures + NDE 2021. Minaian is a PhD student. Her supervisor is Kwang Kim  (Mechanical Engineering).      
April 21, 2021
Erin Breen (Transportation Research Center) and Laura Gryder (Medicine) were interviewed by NextCity.org about their involvement in the creation, implementation, and assessment of Ped SAFE, a Southern Nevada pedestrian safety educational class offered by the Vulnerable Road Users Project to individuals cited for pedestrian law violations in lieu of payment.
April 21, 2021
Jin Ouk Choi and Binit K. Shrestha (both Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction) along with colleagues at the George Washington University and the Iowa State University published a paper, "Recipes for Standardized Capital Projects’ Performance Success" in the Journal of Management in Engineering published by American Society of Civil Engineers. Shrestha is a doctoral student studying under Choi.
April 19, 2021
Shashi Nambisan (Civil Engineering and Transportation Research Center) was interviewed by Joe Schoenmann of KNPR about a mass transit initiative proposed along Charleston Boulevard in the city of Las Vegas. The segment aired earlier this month as part of KNPR's State of Nevada.  
April 12, 2021
Alexander Barzilov (Mechanical Engineering), Artem Gelis (Chemistry), and Zaijing Sun (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) gave recruitment presentations and answered questions about corresponding nuclear-related programs at the 2021 ANS Virtual Student Conference last week. UNLV is among the 11 top-tier universities invited to have university recruitment sessions at the conference and is the only university with three virtual booths in the full scope of nuclear-related fields, including...
April 9, 2021
Jin Ouk Choi and Binit K. Shrestha (both Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction) along with colleagues at the George Washington University and the Iowa State University published a paper, "Exploring the Benefits and Tradeoffs of Design Standardization in Capital Projects," in the Engineering, Construction, and Architecture Management journal published by Emerald Insight. Shrestha is a doctoral student studying under Choi.
April 1, 2021
Kwang Kim (Mechanical Engineering) was presented the 2021 SSM Lifetime Achievement award last month. The SPIE Lifetime Achievement Awards recognize senior researchers who have made significant contributions to the field of Smart Structures and Materials (SSM) or Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) and who have been instrumental in their growth. The prize consists of an SPIE (formerly the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers, later the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers...
March 2, 2021
Alexandrea Washington, Justin Neubauer, and Kwang J. Kim (all Mechanical Engineering) provided a book chapter, "Soft Actuators and their Potential Applications in Rehabilitative Devices," that was published as part of an edited book, Soft Robotics in Rehabilitation, by Amir Fafari and Nafiseh Ebrahimi of University of Texas at San Antonio. Washington and Neubauer are doctoral students.
March 1, 2021
Nazanin Minaian, Zakai J. Olsen, and Kwang J. Kim (all Mechanical Engineering) provided a book chapter, "Ionic Polymer-Metal Composite (IPMC) Artificial Muscle in Underwater Environments: Review of Actuatioin, Sensing, Controls, and Applications to Softrobotic," that was published as part of a new edited book, Bioinspired Sensing, Actuation, and Control in Underwater Soft Robotic Systems by Derek A. Paley and Norman M. Werely of University of Maryland-College Park. Minaian and Olsen are...
February 24, 2021
George William Kajjumba (Engineering) was among the 19 participants selected to participate in the 2021 Black Trailblazers in Engineering program. The program prepares the best and brightest Black scholars nearing completion of their doctoral degrees or postdoctoral appointments at American universities for a career in engineering academia.
February 17, 2021
Shubhra Bansal (Mechanical Engineering) has received the prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop novel Pb-free and stable mixed halide-chalcogenide perovskite materials for high-efficiency solar cells. Pb-based organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells (HPSCs) have shown tremendous promise with a big leap in efficiency, however, toxicity of Pb and instability of these materials is a challenge. Bansal will develop high-efficiency Pb-free perovskite...
February 16, 2021
Jeremy Cho (Mechanical Engineering) co-authored a paper published in Science Advances with Jean-François Louf, Nancy B. Lu, Margaret G. O’Connell, and Sujit S. Datta of Princeton University. The paper is "Under Pressure: Hydrogel Swelling in a Granular Medium." Hydrogels, which are polymeric materials that absorb water, are often used in agriculture to provide moisture in soil. However, hydrogels can become compressed and deformed when confined under stresses in granular media (such as in soils...