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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

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

Graduate Programs

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


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

Department News

Our rapidly growing department is excited to announce the opening of six new tenure-track positions to start in July 2015.

Get full position listings and application information.

Yiliang LiaoThe department welcomes Dr. Yiliang Liao as an assistant professor. Dr. Liao's research interests include laser-based advanced manufacturing and laser materials processing, manufacturing process innovation, mechanical/physical property enhancement, integrated computational materials engineering, manufacturing process simulation and materials modeling. He received his Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Purdue University in 2012.

Wanliang ShanThe department welcomes Dr. Wanliang Shan as an assistant professor. Dr. Shan's research falls within the general area of mechanics and materials, with emphasis on small, soft, smart and multifunctional materials, their mechanical/thermal properties and applications in soft robotics, wearable devices and biomedical devices. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University in 2012.

Congratulations to alum August Brautigam for winning the 2014 San Francisco Marathon. Brautigam, who graduated in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, has been dubbed the fastest man in Reno by the Reno Gazette Journal.

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.

Contact Us

Mechanical Engineering (312)

1664 N. Virginia Street

Reno, NV 89557

Phone (775) 784-6931

Fax (775) 784-1701

Palmer Engineering, 200

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