Dale E. Karas has held a variety of mentorship positions at UNLV, predominantly for undergraduate students in the Energy & Environmental Materials Laboratory (EEML) in the Center for Energy Research (CER), including recipients of the UNLV UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program). He is president of Étendue: The UNLV Student Optics Chapter, supporting student members of SPIE & OSA’s involvement in optical science and engineering research. He also currently assists with program development and event coordination for the NEXUS EPSCoR 2017 Summer Research Experience (REX) Program, assisting pre-college students with an introduction to the science/engineering culture in academia. He was recently awarded a graduate mentor position to the UNLV Rebel RAMP (Research & Mentor Program), for the start of Fall 2017. Prior to his work with UNLV, he has taught privately for a number of years as a music instructor to various age ranges, and in an assistance directorship position to K-12 musical theater students.
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.