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

  1. Please select the research areas in which your institution currently engages.

a. Structural materials

Contact:

  • Mohamed B. Trabia, Associate Dean for Research, Graduate Studies, and Computing and Professor of Mechanical Engineering Phone: (702) 895-0957 / email: Mohamed.Trabia@unlv.edu

  • Brendan O’Toole, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering Phone: (702) 895-3885 / email: Brendan.otoole@unlv.edu

Research areas:

  • Structural analysis

  • Failure analysis

  • Experimental mechanics

  • Structural dynamics

  • Modeling of components response to explosive

  • Impact analysis

  • Material characterization

  • Component testing

b. Functional materials & applications

Contact:

  • Kwang Kim, Distinguished Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

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

Research areas:

  • Li-ion battery materials for high power and energy density

  • Comprehensive evaluation of battery cells – performance, lifetime, and safety

  • Materials synthesis and coin cell assembly

  • Battery cell assessment

c. Manufacturing technology

Contact:

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

Research areas:

  • Thermoelectric nanomaterials and device fabrication

  • Nanostructured light-absorbing coatings for advanced Concentrating Solar Power (CSP)

  • Photocatalysts for solar energy conversion

  • Electrical and thermal properties of inorganic and hybrid (inorganic-organic) materials

  • Materials synthesis and coin cell assembly

  • Battery cell assessment

Contact:

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

Research areas:

  • Performance and reliability of thin film photovoltaic devices

  • PV module and device reliability

  • Physics-based life prediction models for design and materials control

  • Energy conversion and storage

Contact:

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

Research areas:

  • Liquid-vapor phase-change heat transfer for enhanced thermal management

  • Soft polymeric materials for efficient heat and mass transfer

  • Solar-powered atmospheric water harvesting

d. Electro-optical sensing

Contact:

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

Research areas:

  • GaN semiconductors and devices

  • Radiation-hard electronics, optoelectronics, and imaging systems

  • Optics and diffractive optics

  • Ultrafast lasers and electronics

  • High Energy Density Physics (HEDP) diagnostics

  • Science payload instruments

e. Control, power, & thermal management systems

Contact:

  • Yi-Tung Chen, Chair and Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering Phone: 702-895-1202 / email: yitung.chen@unlv.edu

Research areas:

  • Coupled mass, electron, and charge transport in lithium-ion flow batteries

  • Development of efficient and durable rechargeable batteries with bilayer oxygen ion conducting electrolyte and nano-structured electrodes

  • Multi-physics model coupled transport and reaction processes in battery

  • Lattice Boltzmann Method (LBM) simulation of gas transport in Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) electrode

  • SOFC interconnect design

  • Numerical heat and mass transfer related to thermal system design

  • Renewable energy

  • High temperature heat exchanger and decomposer design

  • Corrosion modeling

  • Fuel cells (PEMFC and SOFC)

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

Cybersecurity

Contact:

  • Yoohwan Kim, Professor, Department of Computer Science Phone: (702) 895-5348 / email: yoohwan.kim@unlv.edu

Research areas:

  • Secure protocol development for software and network applications

  • Critical infrastructure / smart grid / SCADA security and privacy

  • Wireless mesh network routing and security

  • Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack prevention

  • Secure and reliable communication scheme for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)

  • Cybersecurity data analytics

  • Security for cryptocurrency and blockchain

Contact:

  • Ju-yeon Jo, Professor, Department of Computer Science Phone: (702) 895-5873 / email: juyeon.jo@unlv.edu

Research areas:

  • Secure and reliable communication protocol for UAVs

  • Critical infrastructure / smart grid security

  • Man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack with a tempered SSL certificate detection

  • Thwarting distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks

  • Digital search warrant

  • Transportation security imaging and secure communication software development

Big Data

Contact:

  • Kazem Taghva, Professor and Chair, Department of Computer Science Phone: (702) 895-0873 / email: Kazem.taghva@unlv.edu

Research areas:

  • Databases

  • Machine learning

  • Information retrieval

Contact:

  • Mingon Kang, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science Phone: (702) 895-4884 / email: mingon.kang@unlv.edu

Research areas:

  • Data science, machine learning, big data analytics

  • Deep learning: interpretable & integrative

  • Integrative analysis of multiple types of data such as image and text data

  • Medical image analysis

  • Document layout analysis

Contact:

  • Beiyu Lin, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science Phone: (702) 895-4707 / email: beiyu.lin@unlv.edu

Research areas:

  • Data science

  • Big data analytics

  • Machine learning

  • Integrative analysis of multiple types of data

  • Adaptive systems

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

  • Standard material characterization and component testing

  • Materials tested include steel alloys, titanium, ceramics, foams, polymer composites, additive manufactured materials, plastics, reinforced polymer concrete, dental materials, biological tissue, etc.

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:

  • Solar energy and green buildings, including lighting, heating, cooling, and various means of power generation including solar thermal and solar PV.

  • Solar hydrogen including fuel cell issues, and vehicle applications.

  • Nuclear energy for a broad range of applications including advanced reactor designs and hydrogen production.

  • Wind energy with emphases on wind machines (design and applications), site selection, and power assessments.

  • Solar materials for a variety of applications including metamaterials.

  • Thermoelectrics: thermoelectric materials and device fabrication technologies. Performance evaluation of thermoelectric modules.

  • Spectrally-selective coating materials: development of coating materials and structure modification technology for desired optical properties.

  • Development of wide bandgap thin-film materials for high efficiency (> 30%) tandem solar cells at < $0.4/W. Defect engineering, degradation analysis and lifetime prediction for photovoltaic devices.

  • Battery energy storage systems

  • Operation and control of microgrids

  • Electric power quality

  • Voltage regulation issues in power distribution system

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

  • Instron 8830 Electromechanical Single Screw Test, 100 kN (22,500 lb) axial capacity, 1500°C inert gas furnace

  • 100 kN (22,500 lb) axial capacity, 1500°C inert gas furnace

  • MTS Hydraulic Axial/Torsion Fatigue Test System, 250 kN (55,000 lb) capacity, 1000°C inert gas furnace, 2-zone heating capability

  • ATS Series 2330 Lever Arm Creep Test Systems (quantity 4)

  • Instron Dynatup Instrumented Drop Weight Impact System

  • Charpy Pendulum Impact Tester (equipped with furnace)

  • 2-stage gas gun for ballistic impact (20-caliber projectiles up to 7.5 km/s)

  • United Test Systems Electromechanical Test System

  • TGA/DSC; Lindberg Furnace (1200°C); Lindberg Thermal Aging Oven

  • Composite and Polymer Fabrication Facilities

  • Autoclave (200°C, 100psi); vacuum assisted resin transfer molding; wet lay-up; tooling fabrication;

  • Polyurethane foam mixing and injection system

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.

  • Two Amonix high concentration PV systems (approximately 50 kW and 70 kW)

  • A dish concentrator system (approximately 90-kW thermal energy)

  • Full meteorological instrumentation (including solar characterization devices such as normal incidence pyrheliometers, UV radiometers, pyranometers, 300 to 1,700 nm spectrometers) UNLV CER is part of the NREL MIDC network

  • Several solar lighting devices, including one hybrid device

  • Façade evaluation facility for In Situ characterization of fenestration devices

  • Cameras (including visible cameras with neutral density filters and infrared cameras)

  • Several IV tracers (including a 1,000V IV tracer that can measure up to 100 kW)

  • Several data loggers, peripherals, and sensors (including temperature, humidity, water/air flow, heat flux, power meters, etc.)

  • Other items, including trackers, spectrometers, calorimeters

  • Several solar thermal elements, including several types of solar water heating devices and solar stills

  • Variety of PV panels including monocrystalline, polycrystalline, amorphous crystalline, 3X concentration PV systems, bifacial array, and a 10-kW polycrystalline grid-connected system

  • Arid regions building test facility (two identical buildings, one for construction modifications, and one for control)

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

  • Mini-SEM

  • Digital optical microscope

  • Diamond DMA

  • TGA machine

  • Diff. scanning calorimeter

  • FT-IR spectrometer

  • UV-Vis spectrophotometer

  • Instron mechanical tester

  • Contact angle meter

  • Injection molders

  • Protomat PCB machine

  • Vibration test system (TIRA)

  • CCD laser sensor

  • Electrospinning system

  • Spin coater

  • HR laser displacement sensor

  • High temperature furnace

  • Vacuum capabilities

  • Flow control: MKS mass flow meters with computer controls

  • Thermal control: immersion heaters, a 5 kW cooler/heater

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

  • Glove box with gas purification that enables control <1ppm oxygen and moisture and planetary ball mill with a capacity of 2 or 4 jars (up to 100mL each).

  • Inert gas environment for polymer synthesis

  • Centrifuge capable of maximum 15,000 rpm Ultrasonic cell (500W) and vacuum oven for inorganic materials fabrication

  • Thermoelectric properties characterization: micro-controllable probe station, high precision power supply and data acquisition units

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

  • UV-Vis spectrophotometer, QEXL, optical microscope

  • Thermal co-evaporation, solution processing, ovens, solar simulator, ATLAS XXL+ weathering chamber, Solartron 1260A impedance analyzer, Janis ST-100 cryostat

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

  • TOPAS traveling wave optical parametric amplifier (white light generation and traveling wave amplification, widely tunable 190 nm – 20,000 nm, femtosecond pulse width determined by pump pulse, and computer controlled automated tuning)

  • Quantronix femtosecond higher power laser (795 nm fiber laser seeded chirped pulse amplifier, pulse width: 150-200 fs, energy per pulse: 2.5 mJ, and repetition rate: 1 kHz)

  • Thales Q-switched Nd: YAG lasers (2 units), base band wavelength: 1064 nm (built-in doubler 532 nm, pulse energy: 3J /pulse max at 1064 nm, and repetition rate: 50 Hz max)

  • Sacher semiconductor lasers

  • AIGaN laser diodes with external cavity resonator (single mode, single frequency operation, external cavity frequency locker, laser head #1; 30 mW at 405 nm, and laser head #2: 5 mW 372 nm)

  • Apollo pulsed ruby laser with customized optics layout

  • a pulsed Nd

  • YAG laser

  • THz generation and detection; semiconductor parameter analyzer

  • 40 GHz spectrum analyzer

  • 40 GHz sweeping signal generators

  • 30-port vacuum chamber

  • Bournlea 10-kV pulser; nanosecond/sub-nanosecond electrical, optical, and X-ray detection

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

  • Elveflow piezo flow regulator with millisecond pressure control capabilities

  • Plasma cleaner

  • Optical isolation table

  • Mini-SEM

  • Digital optical microscope

  • Diamond DMA

  • TGA machine

  • Diff. scanning calorimeter

  • FT-IR spectrometer

  • UV-Vis spectrophoto-meter

  • Instron mechanical tester

  • Contact angle meter

  • 3D printers

  • Injection molders

  • Protomat PCB machine

  • Vibration test system (TIRA)

  • Milli-Q water purification

  • CCD laser sensor

  • Electrospinning system

  • Spin coater

  • HR laser displacement sensor

  • High temperature furnace, tube furnace, etc.

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