University of Nevada Las Vegas

Partner Institution Strengths & Capabilities 

 

 

Contact Information

Name: Dr. Mohamed B. Trabia

Title: Associate Dean for Research, Graduate Studies, and Computing and Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Email: Mohamed.trabia@unlv.edu

 

Research

a. Structural materials

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b. Functional materials & applications

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Phone: (702) 774-1419 / email: Kwang.kim@unlv.edu

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c. Manufacturing technology

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d. Electro-optical sensing

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e. Control, power, & thermal management systems 

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2.  Are there any emerging areas of research your institution is actively seeking to develop?

Cybersecurity

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Big Data

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3. Does your institution have any internal research centers or participate in any research consortia? Center for Materials and Structures: Brendan O’Toole, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering Phone:  702-895-3885 / email: brendan.otoole@unlv.edu http://www.egr.unlv.edu/~bj/CMS/CMS_Home.htm

Center for Energy Research: Yi-Tung Chen, Chair and Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering Phone:  702-895-1202 / email: yitung.chen@unlv.edu https://www.unlv.edu/cer

The Center for Energy Research (CER) focuses on research, information exchange, and education in energy topics. Issues of particular interest to our geographical region include such general topics as:

4. Please provide a list of relevant facilities and equipment.

See Appendix A: Capabilities Statement below.

Center for Materials and Structures: Brendan O’Toole, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering Phone:  702-895-3885 / email: brendan.otoole@unlv.edu

Center for Energy Research (CER): Yi-Tung Chen, Chair and Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering Phone:  702-895-1202 / email: yitung.chen@unlv.edu

The Solar Site is a facility located on the northwestern portion of the UNLV campus. 

Active Materials and Smart Living Laboratory: Kwang Kim, Distinguished Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering Phone: (702) 774-1419 / email: Kwang.kim@unlv.edu

Energy and Environmental Materials Lab: Jaeyun Moon, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering Phone: (702) 895-5611 / email: jaeyun.moon@unlv.edu

Electronic Materials and Reliability Laboratory: Shubhra Bansal, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering Phone: (702) 895-2720 / email: Shubhra.bansal@unlv.edu

Laboratory for Security Science and Engineering: Ke-xun (Kevin) Sun, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Phone: (702) 774-1486 / email: ke-xun.sun@unlv.edu

Da Kine Lab: Han-Jae (Jeremy) Cho, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering Phone: (702) 895-4701 / email: Jeremy.cho@unlv.edu

 

5. Does your institution have a relationship with any other academic institution or research organization(s) that enables your access to their facilities and equipment?

a. NVEnergy: Tony F. Sanchez III, Executive Vice President Business Development & External Relations Phone: (702) 402-5680 / email: tsanchez@nvenergy.com

b. Southwest Gas: Jerry Schmitz, P.E., Vice President Engineering Staff Phone: (702) 876-7112 / email: jerry.schmitz@swgas.com

 

6. Has your institution collaborated with Department of Defense in the past? Yes

 

7. Is your institution involved in any federal STEM funding efforts?  Yes

 

8. This program requires documentation (i.e. theses, dissertation, presentations, etc.) to go through the AFRL public affairs review process. Would this present a challenge for your institution? No

 

Research Administration and Compliance

9. Is your institution registered with the US State Department Directorate of Defense Trade Controls?  No


10. Does your institution currently perform Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI/ NIST 800-171 compliant) research?  No


11. Does your institution currently perform research subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations?  No

12. Does your institution have a DoD Facility Security Clearance (FCL)? No

 

ML-RCP Program Expectations

13. The objective of the AFRL ML-RCP is to enable and enhance the research capabilities of the HBCU’s/MSIs through collaborative research efforts with AFRL. What would be necessary for you to receive to meet this objective? 

In 2015, UNLV became the first four-year institution in Nevada to reach a Latinx enrollment of 25 percent, meeting the U.S. Department of Education’s definition of a Hispanic Serving Institution. The university also meets Minority Serving Institution requirements as an Asian-American, Native-American Pacific-Islander-Serving Institution. More than a third of UNLV’s students are the first in their families to attend college. For several years, UNLV was selected as one of the top five universities in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual listing of the nation’s most diverse universities for undergraduates. UNLV’s high percentage of Latinx students currently sits at approximately 32 percent. More than 65 percent of UNLV’s undergraduates identify as part of a racial or ethnic minority. 

 

With the recent launch of the new Kerkorian School of Medicine and continued growth in the STEM disciplines, research activities are on the rise at UNLV. This commitment is reflected in the recognition of UNLV as one of the top research universities in the nation by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UNLV first reached the prestigious Carnegie “R1” or “Very High Research” classification in December 2018.

 

We believe this partnership will provide our undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities for collaboration with top scientists and engineers, as well as opportunities to serve in some of the most prestigious R&D facilities. This potential collaboration will meet the DoD goals of diversifying the workforce, especially in the STEM areas. 

If you are on NIPR, below is a direct link to the Research Capabilities document. 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fEBIiS5Or1bViWobYx4pUj-LtuH9Bb16HWGMedP1FX0/edit?usp=sharing

APPENDIX A University of Nevada, Las Vegas Capability Statement