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University of Nevada, Reno
UNR College of Engineering
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.
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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.
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".
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
Mechanical Engineering Department welcomes
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.
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
Congratulations to Dr. Henry Fu
winning the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, project entitled, "CAREER:
Microorganisms swimming around microstructural heterogeneity".
to Dr. Emil Geiger on his new National
Science Foundation grant entitled, "Cell Sorting and Separation via High
ME Department welcomes new faculty
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.
Dr. Emil Geiger for winning one of 30
Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated
Universities in 2012. His proposal was entitled: Separation of
Microalgae on the Basis of Lipid Content via High Frequency Dielectrophoresis.
May 8, 2012, Mechanical Engineering Professor
Miles Greiner was awarded $745,000 from the US Department of Energy,
Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP) for the project entitled "Development
and Experimental Benchmark of Simulations to Predict Used Nuclear Fuel Cladding
Temperatures during Drying and Transfer Operations." All moisture must be
removed form used nuclear fuel assemblies before they are sealed in canisters
for on-site dry storage or off-site transport. If certain assembly components
become too hot during drying, they may become brittle, which inhibits their
ability to be transported or stored for long periods of time. This project will
develop computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models of the drying process that
will accurately predict the assembly temperature. The new models will be used by
engineers to design drying processes that maintain the fuel assemblies at
acceptably low temperatures.
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.
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
Congratulations to Drs. Kam K. Leang (PI),
LaCombe, Kwang J. Kim, and Michael Robinson
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
Warm congratulations to Professor Henry Fu
for receiving a new National Science Foundation award
"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.
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
Student Success and Student-Related
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
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
ME451 Systems Design
Projects: one-of-a-kind products designed by mechanical engineering
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