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Mechanical Engineering

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About Us

Our rapidly growing department features growing research 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

Hassan MasoudCongratulations to Dr. Hassan Masoud, whose recent work on fluid dynamics of fish schools and bird flocks, was published in Nature Communications. Developed with collaborators at New York University, the paper explores a simulated mechanized or robotic school that offers the first look at the flows inside such groups, showing how flapping swimmers "surf" through the wavy stream left by their upstream neighbors. The principles discovered through the simulation  could be put to practical use harvesting energy from ocean waves or atmospheric turbulence.

Team Safe-T-Lift

Congratulations to Team SAFE-T-LIFT, composed of Tom Purcell, Janet Butler, Justin Yates, Jessica Lupena and Joel Shedd, who were awarded the 2015 Owen Stedham Capstone Project Award for their work creating a better, safer hydraulic car lift.

This award is given in memory of Owen Stedham (1984-2012, class of 2007) to the Senior Capstone Team that best exemplifies the values and expectations of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Nevada, Reno. These projects demonstrate high levels of engineering acumen, ingenuity, and professionalism.

Eric WangProfessor Eric Wang was the recipient of a 2015 College of Engineering Outstanding Achievement Award. He was cited for the transformative effects he has had on the College through his development of state-of-the-art freshman educational experiences, and his attention to teaching excellence.

The Department recently hired the following five new assistant professors, who will join the Department in July: Dr. Feifei Fan, Dr. Hassan Masoud, Dr. Pradeep Lancy Menezes, Dr. Ryan Tung, and Dr. Logan Yliniemi. They will enhance the Department’s research and educational expertise in Computational Materials, Fluid/Solid Interaction, Advanced Manufacture, Atomic Force Microscopy, and Multi-Objective Optimization

Henry Fu Professor Henry Fu received the Ralph E. Hoeper Endowed Professorship. This is the first endowed professorship within the College of Engineering.

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

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