Mechanical Engineering
Mail Stop 312
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557
Tel: (775) 784-6931
Fax: (775) 784-1701

Department Facts

University of Nevada, Reno

UNR College of Engineering


ME Dept. Ranking According to this year’s U.S. News & World Report UNR’s Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program moved up its national ranking to #109 spot, from last year’s #123.

ABET Accreditation
The Mechanical Engineering program at UNR is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, [Read more about ME ABET Accreditation ]

Click here for 2005 ABET Program Outcomes and Assessment (*.PDF)

Faculty Creativities
1. Journal Publications
2. Patents

ME Seminar Series
  List of invited speakers


RA and TA Funding RA and TA funding is available to qualified prospective graduate students.  Please see graduate admissions page for information.


Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design Projects


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

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.

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".

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.

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.

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".

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.

Dr. Kam K. Leang and his colleagues at UNLV [Kim (Sc-I), Yim, Lee], TMCC [Vollstedt] and DRI [Fritsen (PI)] receive NASA EPSCoR funding, project entitled, "Advanced Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Sensors for Aerospace Robotic Applications ($1.1M).

Mechanical Engineering Department welcomes new faculty, Dr. Matteo Aureli.  Dr. Aureli's research expertise includes smart materials and systems, vibration and dynamics, multiphysics modeling, and fluid structure interaction.  Dr. Aureli received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University in 2012.

Dr. Chanwoo Park receives multiple grants from U.S. DOD, EPA, NSF, Hyundai Motor Company and Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Nevada to develop various clean technologies for waste heat-driven membrane distillation, Electric Vehicles (EV) battery thermal management system and electric transit bus. Recognizing the ever increasing demand for clean energy and water, Dr. Park's research team in the Sustainable Energy Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno has put their focus on key research projects addressing these pressing matters.

Dr. Kam Leang receives the Faculty Excellence Award, recognizing his outstanding contributions that have had a transformative impact on the Mechanical Engineering Department and the College of Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno.


Congratulations to Dr. Henry Fu on winning the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, project entitled, "CAREER: Microorganisms swimming around microstructural heterogeneity".

Congratulations to Dr. Emil Geiger on his new National Science Foundation grant entitled, "Cell Sorting and Separation via High Frequency Dielectrophoresis".

The ME Department welcomes new faculty member, Dr. Angelina Padilla. She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Davis in 2006, her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University, and her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2012. She currently is a lecturer with primary interests in fluid dynamics, particle transport, heat transfer and engineering education.

Warm congratulations to Professor Henry Fu and his co-authors for their recent two publications in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, "Bacterial rheotaxis" by Marcos, H. C. Fu, T. R. Powers, R. Stocker, 109, 4780-4785 (2012) and "The heterogeneous motility of the Lyme disease spirochete in gelatin mimics dissemination through tissue" by M. W.Harman, S. M. Dunham-Ems, M. J. Caimano, A. A. Belperron, L. K. Bockenstedt, H. C. Fu, J. D. Radolf, and C. W. Wolgemuth, 109, 3059-3064 (2012).

Dr. Ron Gibson presented an invited keynote paper on "Experimental and numerical characterization of relaxation in bolted composite joints" at the International Congress on Experimental & Applied Mechanics organized by the Society for Experimental Mechanics, June 11-14, 2012 in Costa Mesa, CA. He also moderated an academic panel session on "New breakthroughs, future materials, preparing students to take the lead - a global perspective" at the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering Conference, May 21-24, 2012 in Baltimore, MD.

Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering!

Palmer Engineering building, home of the Mechanical Engineering Dept.

The University has nine degree-granting schools and colleges, including the School of Medicine. Students can choose from more than 75 majors for an undergraduate degree, as well as from more than 70 graduate-degree programs. Our program is directed towards preparing motivated students to become professionally competent in one of several sub-disciplines of mechanical engineering, including solid mechanics, materials, biomedical, dynamics/controls, and the fluid/thermal sciences.

Joe Crowley Student Union and Mathewson-IGT Knowledge center.


Professor Gordaninejad receives the Regents’ Researcher Award.  The Board of Regents established the Regents’ Researcher Award in 1992. This award is bestowed upon faculty members with a substantial record of accomplishments, including a significant amount of research and scholarly work with recognition, clear evidence of the national and/or international stature of the research, and in the case of grants and contracts, must have been competitive on a national or international level. The 2012 honoree is Dr. Faramarz Gordaninejad of the University of Nevada, Reno. [Read more..]

Congratulations to Drs. Kam K. Leang (PI), Eric Wang, Jeff LaCombe, Kwang J. Kim, and Michael Robinson for receiving the $1.21M National Science Foundation GK-12 grant entitled, "The NSF GK-12 E-Fellowship Program: Toward Energy-Aware STEM Leaders for the 21st Century".  [Read more]

Warm congratulations to Professor Henry Fu for receiving a new National Science Foundation award entitled, "EAGER: Theoretical exploration of chiral separation via microfluidic shear flows."  The work will use theoretical and computational methods to explore how geometry affects the efficiency of chiral separation in shear flows for pharmaceutical, biological, chemical, and agricultural applications.

Professor Gordaninejad delivered a keynote speech at the 2011 Advanced Vehicles and Integration Technology (VTI) International Conference in Changchun, China, on "Advanced Suspension System for Land Vehicles." He was interviewed during the Conference by China's Ifeng News Networks on the research and development of automotive industry and related issues. [Click here to view the interview (16MB)]

Mechanical Engineering proudly announces that Nobel Laureate Andrew Fire, Professor of Pathology and Genetics, Stanford University, will present an informal seminar on Biological Responses to Foreign Information Thursday, October 27, 2011, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm Davidson Math and Science Center, Room 110.  [more info...]

Student Success and Student-Related Activities

PhD student Dilesh Maharjan was awarded the 2013 departmental TA position. He has since joined the research group of Professor Miles Greiner. Applicants to the graduate program who apply by the yearly deadline are automatically considered for this financial support. Click here for application information.

Chris Glover, ME senior, wins the NSF EPSCoR Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Scholarship ($3900), where the research is directed and advised by Prof. Chanwoo Park. The main research objective is to develop high-temperature thermoelectric (TE) power generators that will harvest waste heat, such as exhaust gases of diesel engines. The TE semiconductor materials (e.g., SiGe) operate on the Seebeck/Peltier effects, a behavior in which a temperature gradient is established within a pair of the TE materials results in an electrical voltage causing electron flow (electrical current). The power generated by the TE power generator is directly proportional to the temperature difference between the heat source and sink.

Christopher (CJ) Dudley, ME senior, and Prof. Leang are featured in UNR Nevada Bound promotional video [see more..]

Mechanical engineering student Toby Marble writes updates from the field during his “alternative spring break” where he, six other Nevada students and other Friends of Nevada Wilderness volunteers are doing maintenance and restoration at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge in southern Nevada.

ME451 Systems Design Projects: one-of-a-kind products designed by mechanical engineering students. Projects include a solar-powered music in your motorcycle helmet, a radio frequency-controlled food dish for Fido or a high-performance ski built with nano-materials in the core and solar panels on the tops to power your electronic devices while skiing.

Visit UNR's Human Powered Vehicle Team website for up-to-date information on events and how to support the team.



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