Accomplishments: Department of Computer Science

January 18, 2019
Numerous UNLV Students won awards at the Media Innovation Hackathon sponsored by the Beasley Media Group in collaboration with UNLV at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month. Student teams aimed to generate potential commercial products. Winners include: First Place: Converting Radio Waves to Energy. Matias Allieti (Mechanical Engineering), Yuria Mann (Computer Science), Kristine Monsada (Computer Science), Ricardo Rodriguez (Computer Science), and Erick Serrano (Computer Science)...
December 6, 2018
Andreas Stefik (Computer Science) and his Quorum Programming Team of graduate and undergraduate students received the Computer Science Teachers Association and Code.org’s distinguished Expanding CS Opportunities Award during Computer Science Education Week. The award was given by Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and recognizes Stefik’s work on creating the Quorum programming language. Quorum is an evidence-oriented language for blind and visually impaired...
February 7, 2018
Edward Friesema (Computer Science) is one of seven winners of the HEROx CubeSat Challenge  put on by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), which is charged with manning, training, and equipping the various Special Operations Component Commands of all the Armed Forces. The challenge sought global ideas on how to advance CubeSat capabilities. Friesema, a graduate student, was awarded $5,000 for TweetSat: Civilian communications in a crisis. He worked with computer science...
August 11, 2017
Caleb Green (Law) recently received the Cultural Diversity Foundation Scholarship award. Currently a Boyd School of Law student, Green, '15 BA Computer Science, is a former McNair Scholar. He continues to excel academically while giving back to the university and the community. He has participated in the law school's community service program and has helped create a pro bono service project that conducts legal research for the public defender’s office on proposed legislation. He serves as...
July 17, 2017
Hal Berghel (Computer Science) once again has been featured in ACM Computing Reviews as having had a notable article published in 2016. His article, "The Bogus Science Theorem" originally appeared in IEEE Computer.  
June 20, 2017
Forty undergraduates recently were awarded scholarships through the office of undergraduate research's summer undergraduate research funding (OUR SURF) program. These scholarships support undergraduate research, scholarship, entrepreneurial, performance, or visual art projects in the summer months. A total of $39,000 in funding was contributed by the following 11 colleges/programs: Allied Health Sciences Community Health Sciences CSUN Engineering Fine Arts Honors Liberal Arts Nursing OUR-UNLV...
May 10, 2017
Justin Zhan (Computer Science) and Paul Oh (Mechanical Engineering) received a $600,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Site in Big Data at UNLV. Zhan is the principal investigator on the project; Oh is the co-principal investigator. The RET in Big Data will help close the critical gap in workforce training in big data by providing middle and high school teachers with first-hand knowledge in conducting big data research, the...
May 5, 2017
Rachel Farner, Muhammed Thabet, Drew Brunson, Wayman Wittman, Artur Maryamov, Daniel Vargas, Michael Philichi, (all Business), Brian Garrido (Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology), and Albert Antero (Computer Science) were honored at the recent 2017 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition. MBA students Farner, Thabet, and Brunson were named first-place winners in the graduate division. Their winning plan was based on their organization, RAD, which is a new...
May 4, 2017
Yoohwan Kim (Computer Science) has been selected for the 2017 Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program to conduct research at the Air Force Research Laboratory. The fellowship also will support graduate student Russell Harkanson (Computer Science). The program, sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, offers hands-on experience for university faculty members to conduct research at one of the Air Force research facilities during the summer. As part of this program, the UNLV...
April 24, 2017
Justin Zhan (Computer Science) is the winner of this year's College Distinguished Researcher Award. The selection is based on the review of the applicants by faculty in other institutions. The focus of Zhan's research is the general area of big data analytics, precision medicine, health care informatics, biomedical computing, information privacy and security, network science, and social computing. Most of his research is funded by agencies such as the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S....
April 13, 2017
Albert Antero (Computer Science) has reached the undergraduate finals in the Governor's Cup Business Plan Competition with his plan for Game Trainer, an esports website where users learn how to improve at video games, and get trained and coached by top-ranking competitive players.  The Governor’s Cup is designed to encourage students of Nevada universities and colleges to act upon their ideas and talents in order to produce tomorrow’s businesses. Student teams and their faculty advisors compete...
April 7, 2017
David F. Damore, Robert E. Lang, Fatma Nasoz, William E. Brown, Jr., and Caitlin J. Saladino (The Lincy Institute) are the authors of a new policy brief, "Rethinking Cooperative Extension in Southern Nevada."  Abstract: This brief examines the definition and allocation of land-grant status to higher education institutions in Nevada. Drawing on best practices from similar states, the brief offers a structural and programmatic framework for a UNLV-administered cooperative extension in Southern...