Mechanical Engineering

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About Us

Our rapidly growing department features a nationally ranked graduate program, growing expertise in interdisciplinary fields such as autonomous systems and advanced manufacturing. Award-winning faculty have been recognized for both teaching and research accomplishments, and our students benefit from hands-on experience gained in research labs, capstone design courses and competition teams.

Undergraduate Programs

Students at the mechanical engineering expo

Undergraduates study math and science along with plenty of hands-on experience with engineering design and problem solving.

Graduate Programs

Graduate students in a lab

Our nationally ranked graduate program features research-active faculty with expertise in a broad range of disciplines.


Unmanned aerial system

Our faculty are funded by agencies including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the Federal Highway Administration and more.

Department News

Cahit EvrenselCongratulations to Dr. Cahit Evrensel for receiving Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship, under the Brain Circulation Scheme, jointly funded by European Council and The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK, Turkish counterpart of NSF).

The approximately $180K fellowship involves research titled "Enhancing efficiency of mucus clearance in patients with low cough velocity" in collaboration with Ankara University Medical School in Turkey. Additionally, Dr. Evrensel recently received support ($322K) from EBARA International Corporation to conduct research titled "Design and development of a jet exducer for cryogenic two phase expander."

Ron GibsonDr. Ronald Gibson has received notice of his election to the grade of Fellow in the Society for Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE). He will be officially inducted as a Fellow at SAMPE's Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) in Orlando, Florida on October 13, 2014.

Yanyao JiangCongratulations to Dr. Yanyao Jiang for receiving sabbatical leave for 2015.

Kam Leang Congratulations to Dr. Kam K. Leang on receiving the 2014 Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents' Rising Researcher of the Year Award. The award is granted to researchers across the state's eight institutions who demonstrate excellence in research.

Chanwoo Park Congratulations to Dr. Chanwoo Park on winning the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, project entitled, "CAREER: Multi-Scale Thin-Film Evaporation Enhancement Using Hierarchical Tri-Porous Media".

Eric Wang Graduate student Andrew Smith, advised by Profs. Eric Wang and Jeff LaCombe, wins the best student paper at an AIAA conference: Smith, Andrew J. "Aerial Deployed Unfolding Autonomous Glider System," 2014 AIAA Region VI Student Conference, Sacramento, California, March 1-2, 2014.

Henry Fu Congratulations to Dr. Henry Fu on receiving National Science Foundation grant, project entitled, "Collaborative Research: Bacterial Flagellar Forests: Designing a Biomaterial for Bio-Enabled Sensing and Actuation". The three-year project is in collaboration with Prof. MinJun Kim of Drexel University.

Haris Doumanidis The Mechanical Engineering Department proudly announces Marie Curie Professor Haris Doumanidis as new Department Chair. Prof. Doumanidis holds his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the Aristotelian Univ. of Thessaloniki (1983), his M.S. from Northwestern University (1985), and his Ph.D. from MIT (1988).

His research and teaching interests include nanomanufacturing (nanocomposite foils by ultrasonic welding, reactive bimetallic/AAO nanoheaters, tissue scaffolds by electrospinning of nanofibers, ultrasonic and laser consolidation of nanopowders), thermal manufacturing, material deposition and joining processes, rapid prototyping, rapid thermal processing and laser annealing of semiconductors, distributed parameter system modeling and control, robotics and mechatronics, and biomedical instrumentation.

Faramarz Gordaninejad Congratulations to Professor Gordaninejad and his team (co-PIs: A. Itani, G. Pekcan, and N. Publicover) on their new contract ($815K) from the Federal Highway Administration. Their project is entitled, "A Self-Sensing Adaptive Material for New Generation of Multifunctional Highway Bridge Bearing System".

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