Advanced manufacturing


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The College of Engineering has set as one of its strategic research priorities the development of an interdisciplinary research cluster in advanced manufacturing. 

The College has research programs in advanced manufacturing across a variety of disciplines. These programs have been built over the past several years as part of an institutional commitment to establish the University of Nevada, Reno as an international leader in advanced manufacturing research.

The College plans to continue to build expertise in advanced manufacturing with additional faculty positions over the next several years.

Contributions by department

The College of Engineering is continuously pursuing new advanced manufacturing opportunities. As a result, more faculty, courses, and grants will be added to this evolving page soon. 

Chemical & Materials Engineering

M. Rashed Khan  | Dr. Khan is currently harnessing soft materials and deformable interfaces essential to manufacture stimuli-responsive materials, and address critical challenges for biochemical, biomedical, and physicochemical applications. Implantable microfluidics, 4D printing, and hybrid sensing are a few other key focus areas from the group.

Bin Li  | Dr. Li is performing computation-directed design and processing of lightweight materials for automotive and aerospace applications.

Mano Misra | Dr. Misra has been involved the advanced manufacturing of nanocrystalline high-strength light metal alloy using cold-spray 3-D printing funded by Advanced Manufacturing Office of DOE. In addition, he is working on manufacturing materials for extreme environments which include nuclear reactors, super-critical power plants and space applications. He is associated with manufacturing of high capacity solid state batteries supported by industries. His research also involves manufacturing of point-of-care sensors for diagnostics and detection funded by NIH.

Yufeng Zheng | Dr. Zheng’s research focuses on the inter-discipline of materials science, electron microscopy and advanced manufacturing. Dr. Zheng has particular interests in the understanding of fundamental processing-microstructure-property relationships in lightweight structural and functional metallic materials produced by additive manufacturing, using in-situ and ex-situ advanced characterization techniques. Specific research activities include: High-throughput materials design using combinatorial approach; Non-equilibrium phase transformations in additive manufactured metals and alloys; 3D printing of low-modulus titanium alloys for biomedical implants.

Computer Science & Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Patrick Laplace | Dr. Laplace’s research interests are in the area of advanced sensor hardware and sensor design for mechanical and electro-optical systems. He has developed deployable sensor systems, including data acquisition and communication systems, for both large-scale experiments and major infrastructure deployment.  His current focus is in the development of effective sensor / communication networks for civil infrastructure and the production / manufacture of systems.

David McCallen |  Dr. McCallen’s research work includes the development of advanced electro-optical sensors for transformational displacement/deformation-based monitoring of intelligent civil infrastructure. Associated work is developing new systems for the earthquake monitoring of critical infrastructure with a focus on reliable and rapid detection and localization of damage from destructive natural hazard events. The developed systems will require high-technology fabrication and manufacture.

Mohamed Moustafa |  Dr. Moustafa’s research activities include the development of advanced construction materials and innovative construction methods. His work in ultra-high-performance concrete can contribute to new fabrication and manufacturing technologies for civil infrastructure.

Krishna Pagilla | Dr. Pagilla’s research includes producing fit-for-use water for industrial, commercial, and domestic applications. The need for water, both high quality and quantity, in advanced manufacturing facilities for process, thermal management, environmental control, and auxiliary operations in arid and semi-arid regions is high. Dr. Pagilla’s work involves recycled water production from domestic wastewater and non-traditional water resources for advanced manufacturing. The nexus between energy and water in technology industry is also a focus of his research.

Floriana Petrone | Dr. Petrone's research activities include the development of a computational simulation framework for the design and performance assessment of advanced optical-based sensors applied to infrastructure systems of different complexity. This work enables the design and optimization of transformational monitoring systems that can advance high-tech fabrication and manufacturing of intelligent civil infrastructure.

Electrical & Biomedical Engineering

Sesh Commuri | Dr. Commuri has over 25 years of industry/academic/research experience in automation, systems engineering, and embedded applications. His research interests include application of robotics and automation in advanced manufacturing and design of cyber-physical systems in the age of industry 4.0.

Jeongwon Park | Dr. Park is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. His expertise is in the areas of IoT sensors and sensor networks for Advanced Manufacturing (AM), nanotechnology-enabled flexible hybrid electronics, nanoelectronics, semiconductor and nanomaterials.

Yantao Shen | Dr. Shen is currently an associate professor whose expertise is in robotics, sensors and actuators, automation, and their applications in advanced manufacturing, space exploration, environmental monitoring and medicine.

Mechanical Engineering

Ronald Gibson | Dr.  Gibson is an adjunct professor of mechanical engineering. His research expertise is in the analysis, design, manufacturing and testing of advanced composite materials.

James Hanna | Dr. Hanna is a mechanician with interests in shape-programmable materials (4D printing), web handling and converting (roll-to-roll processing), sheet forming, and other applications of mechanics and geometry to processing of structures and materials.

Yifei Jin | Dr. Jin's primary research interests involve 3D bioprinting of living tissue constructs, 3D printing of hydrophobic functional materials, yield-stress fluids for 3D printing applications, stimuli-responsive materials for 4D printing applications, and fabrication of multi-layered capsules.

Pradeep Menezes | Dr. Menezes is working in the areas of advanced green- and bio- manufacturing, such as composites and additive manufacturing, cold-spay coatings, surface engineering and tribology, bio based lubricants, characterization at micro and nanoscale, self-cleaning and self-lubricating materials, metal forming and metal cutting technology, friction stir processing and welding, and rock drilling.

Yan Wang | Dr. Wang strives to understand thermal/mechanical processes and energy transport and conversion processes over a wide spectrum of time and length scales; design micro/nanomaterials and structures for various thermal and mechanical applications; develop theoretical and computational approaches to model and simulate complex thermal and mechanical processes for energy applications and advanced manufacturing. He has a particular interest in advanced manufacturing, for his expertise in developing computational approaches to model and understand the complex thermal transport and thermally-induced microstructure evolution processes in laser additive manufacturing using high-energy and/or ultrafast lasers.