Letter from the chair

Dear Mechanical Engineering Community,

Thank you for your interest in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Nevada, Reno. The Department is experiencing unprecedented growth and university/community support. 

UNR attained Carnegie R1 Classification for the first time in 2019. The new 100,000 ft2 Pennington Engineering Building , which includes a ISO-5 (CLASS 100) cleanroom, opened in August 2020. 

The ME Department recently initiated an Aerospace Engineering Program with a Minor now available and an intended Major in 2022.  The department recently secured a 5700 ft2 Aerospace Engineering Experimental Station and acquired a number of additional equipment to enhance its research and educational capabilities including a subsonic wind tunnel.

The ME Department hired four new faculty members since 2019 and is expecting to grow by at least five more by 2023.  Three of our faculty--Profs Menezes, Fan and Tung--were promoted to Associate Professors with tenure in 2021 contributing to a strong and balanced faculty body.

The ME Department offers an ABET-accredited BS program, MS and PhD programs, a unique Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Packaging, and a recently initiated Graduate Certificate in Transportation Security and Safeguards.  We awarded a record number of BS degrees in 2019. All our graduates took part in our signature hands-on laboratory and capstone design experiences, and many participated in our varied student club activities, and took advantage of internships or our industry-oriented minors in close connection with Nevada’s engineering employers. In the past two years, our graduate program enrollment has grown in excess of 30%, and our alumni find placement in leadership positions in industry, national labs, and academia.

Our department is home to exciting research at the forefront of many areas of mechanical and aerospace engineering. In the last three years our faculty have received numerous impressive distinctions including the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship and the AFOSR YIP that were awarded to Prof. van Breugel, the streak of NSF CAREER awards to Profs. Aureli, Fan and Wang, and the NASA CAN awarded to Prof. Menezes.

A number of our students have received prestigious Fellowships such as NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) awards. The ME Department external funding increased by 70% in 2019 and continued strong in the following years. This includes funding from NSF, NASA, DoE, DoD, ACS PRF, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and industry.

I invite you to take a deeper look at our programs, research, and faculty.

Go Wolf Pack!

Petros Voulgaris

Founding Aerospace Program Director
Victor LaMar Lockhart Professor
Mechanical Engineering
University of Nevada, Reno
(775) 682-5725
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