Nevada Engineering Fall 2021
Nevada Engineering | Fall 2021
The stories of the students and faculty in the College of Engineering who are making a world of difference through their research, outreach and service.
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Greetings from Dean Manos Maragakis
In the face of many challenges in the past year, the students, faculty and staff in the College of Engineering have continued to collaborate in pursuit of solutions to the challenges we all face.
One year after opening, the William N. Pennington Engineering Building has already proven vital for our mission. In this edition of the magazine, we share scenes from the new building, including a look inside the University of Nevada, Reno College of Engineering Davidson Foundation Cleanroom. The ISO-5 (Class 100) Cleanroom opens up new avenues for research that will improve computing capacity, advanced manufacturing and medical treatments. Student success is at the heart of the College of Engineering. From our K-12 outreach and mentorship to opportunities for meaningful involvement with cutting-edge research projects, we provide our students with the experiences and guidance necessary to excel. Jerren Bailey was recently named an ACS Scholar after gaining hands-on research experience in the laboratory of Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering Assistant Professor Rashed Khan, and alumna Sierra Gonzales played a key role on the team that made history by landing a spacecraft on the asteroid Bennu.
Meanwhile, our faculty continue to pursue high-impact research. In this issue, we celebrate the NSF CAREER Awards of three of our faculty members (page 20): Dr. David Cantu, Dr. Yan Wang and Dr. Feng Yan. With these awards, our faculty have received seven CAREER Awards since 2019. Additionally, three of our faculty members received distinguished awards for their research (page 22): Dr. Krishna Pagilla was named a Foundation Professor; Dr. Mano Misra was recognized as the University of Nevada, Reno Established Innovator; and Dr. Ian Buckle was named the Nevada System of Higher Education Regents’ Distinguished Researcher. And these are only a few of the headlines and highlights you’ll see in these pages.
I am proud of the members of the College of Engineering. Together, they epitomize the enterprising and innovative spirit of engineering, and their efforts have once again resulted in all of our ranking-eligible graduate programs receiving rankings in the U.S. News & World Report.
Dean, College of Engineering
University of Nevada, Reno
College of Engineering welcomes 8 National Merit Scholars, 55 Presidential Scholars
This fall, the College of Engineering welcomed another 8 National Merit Scholars and 55 Presidential Scholars. Presidential Scholars demonstrate outstanding academic performance and receive $8,000 per year for four years. The National Merit Scholarship is the University's most prestigious scholarship for entering freshman who are National Merit Finalists and who select our University as their first choice with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation before May 1. The value of this award is $16,000 per year, renewable for four years. In total, the College has 18 National Merit Scholars and 224 Presidential Scholars.
PBS President Paula Kerger to speak at the 2021 Distinguished Lecture Series
This year, the speaker for the College of Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series is Paula Kerger, the president of PBS. Kerger's lecture will be called "Science & Technology: The Role of Public Media in Sparking Change." The virtual event will be held November 3 at 5 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
IEA Women & Minority in Construction Scholarship established
An April 30, 2021 check presentation established the IEA Women & Minority in Construction Scholarship.
Five years, nearly $4 million in scholarships
Students in the College of Engineering receive a range of scholarships to fulfill their academic and professional goals.
Fall Internship & Career Fair
On Wednesday September 22, 61 employers connected with 599 students. Hosted by the College of Engineering's Career Services, the semiannual event is designed to help students transition from the University to fulfilling careers.
Dean Manos Maragakis
"The College of Engineering is committed to providing students a globally competitive engineering education, conducting innovative, cutting-edge research and engaging with the community,” Dean Maragakis said. “This building propels these goals forward and contributes to the vitality of our region, our nation and our world.”
NOTES FROM AN R1 RESEARCH INSTITUTION
Engineering Research Office
It was another great year for research in the University of Nevada, Reno's College of Engineering. With support from the Engineering Research Office, the faculty in the College of Engineering received grant funding for projects designed to improve the world. We are proud to share some of the many highlights from the year in review. While we look back on a successful year, we also look forward to another successful year of advancing knowledge, solving problems and solidifying our reputation as an R1 Research Institution.
DARPA international robotics challenge won by University of Nevada, Reno team
Walking and flying robots met challenge of navigating underground environments.
Foundation Professor Ian Buckle named 2021 Regents’ Distinguished Researcher
The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents’ award honors the exemplary contributions to bridge and earthquake engineering of College of Engineering Professor Ian Buckle.
Chemical Engineering student earns prestigious scholarship
The American Chemical Society selected senior Jerren Bailey as one of its 138 ACS Scholars.
Mano Misra named 2021 University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Established Innovator
The award honors a career that includes 19 patents, 240 papers, and research funding totaling $35 million, in addition to mentorship of more than 50 M.S. and Ph.D. students.
William Roser named fellow in the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program
The civil engineering doctoral student is also a GAANN Fellow focused on improving the earthquake-resiliency of structures to reduce their carbon footprint.
National Science Foundation CAREER Awards
In 2021, three faculty in the College won prestigious NSF CAREER awards, continuing a growing tradition in the college.
David Cantu: Improving the efficiency and sustainability of rare earth elements extraction
Because of the important role rare earth elements play in modern applications, the research is critical for the continued advancement of cutting-edge technology.
Feng Yan: Reducing the carbon footprint of machine learning
Computer Science and Engineering Assistant Professor Feng Yan recently received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award that aims to improve the efficiency of machine learning.
A growing tradition
In the past three years, the College of Engineering has seen seven faculty members earn National Science Foundation CAREER Awards, highly-competitive grants designed to support early-career faculty who have outstanding potential in research and education.
2020: Feifei Fan
"The role of heterogeneities in electro-chemo-mechanics of electrodes and interfaces"
2019: Matteo Aureli
"Fluid-Structure-Control Interactions in Bioinspired Robots with Actively Morphing Fins"
Dean Manos Maragakis
"In the face of many challenges in the past year, the students, faculty and staff in the College of Engineering have continued to collaborate in pursuit of solutions to the challenges we all face.... Together, they epitomize the enterprising and innovative spirit of engineering, and their efforts have once again resulted in all of our ranking-eligible graduate programs receiving rankings in the U.S. News & World Report."
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The College of Engineering gratefully acknowledges the support of Nevada Today and Nevada Silver & Blue in making these stories possible. Special thanks to Mike Wolterbeek, Karl Fendelander, Jane Tors, Moses Achoka, Sarah Strang, Isaac Hoops and Nikki Moylan.
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