Dale Karas

Dale E. Karas is a UNLV Mechanical Engineering PhD student, specializing in energy-efficient materials science fabrication and testing. His research efforts include optical analyses methods for energy-efficient nanomaterials characterization, computer-aided engineering, and advanced materials manufacturing. Prior to joining the Energy & Environmental Materials Laboratory (EEML) in Fall 2015, he obtained his B.S. in Optical Sciences & Engineering and a B.M. in Music Composition from The University of Arizona, where his work experiences involved remote sensing, machine vision, nanophotonic materials fabrication, and illumination engineering/design. He is president of Étendue: The UNLV Student Optics Chapter, representing student members of SPIE and OSA.

Kwang Kim

Kwang Kim’s Laboratory, namely Active Materials and Smart Living (AMSL) Laboratory, provides an academic environment to UNLV students and researchers to learn and develop necessary engineering skills and attitudes that are needed to become great innovators throughout the course of their career. The laboratory is adequately setup to study engineering science in connection with Energy and Matter that has the broader economic-and-sociological impact on “sustainability and health engineering”.  Kwang J. (Jin) Kim is NV Energy Professor of Energy and Matter at the Mechanical Engineering Department of University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

Yi-Tung Chen

Dr. Yi-Tung Chen is the Co-Director, Center for Energy Research at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Unmanned Aerial Systems Expertise: Computational fluid dynamics; Fluid-structure interaction; Smart wing design; Aircraft Maneuver; Aerodynamics; Biomimic Simulation

Robert Boehm

Dr. Boehm is the Director, Center for Energy Research; Distinguished Professor, Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Research Areas: Heat Transfer; Thermal Systems Design; Renewable Energies (solar, hydrogen, geothermal, building applications); Developments for low-water-regions’ opportunities.

Trabia Mohamed

Overview of current research projects:

Optimization Algorithms and their Applications to Mechanical Engineering Design
Finite Element Analysis of Mechanical Components and Systems
Dynamic Analysis and Control of Mechanical Systems with Emphasis on Flexible Robots
Analysis and Design of Robots and Mechanisms
Biomedical applications of mechanical design
Characterization of biomaterials
Shock Transmission
Characterization of Material Properties under Impact Loading.
Fuzzy Logic Control Applications.

Chanwoo Park

Dr. Park’s research includes: Two-phase heat transfer/systems (e.g., boiling, condensation, micro/nano-scale heat transfer, pump-assisted hybrid two-phase loop, loop heat pipe, capillary pumped loop, and heat pipe) for cooling of high performance electronics (e.g., spacecraft electronics, computer chip and power electronics (e.g., IGBT)) and Directed Energy Weapon systems (e.g., high energy laser and high power microwave), and vehicle thermal management (e.g., fuel cell and hybrid electric vehicles).

Energy conversion/storage/transportation technologies including renewable energy (e.g., solar and geothermal energy), fuel cell, thermoelectricity (cooling and power generation), solid hydrogen storage/compression, heat storage (metal hydrides and phase change materials), rechargeable battery (Li-Ion and Ni-MH), thermoelectrics (cooling and power generation) and Diesel ICE simulation.

Nanotechnologies using nano-fluids, nano-fibers and nano-composites to improve traditional thermal and mechanical properties and designs. Both theoretical and experimental approaches are used for the research