7th Annual Return of the Engineer’s Brawl~ 2/16 ~5-7pm in HREL 109-110~ FREE

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7th Annual Return of the Engineer’s Brawl

Friday 2/16

5-7 pm HREL 109/110

Fly a drone through an obstacle course to get to the CARNIVAL!!



Engineering Career Fair, THIS THURSDAY (2/15)

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Come meet our 63 Engineering and/or Computer Science & Engineering employers looking to hire interns and/or entry level engineers.

For a complete list of employers visit www.unr.edu/engineering/careerfair.  All freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors and grad students are encouraged to attend.

—DATE: Thursday, February 15

—TIME:  10am – 3pm



NAVAIR is hosting two information sessions.  Come here they are all about!  They are particularly interested in students majoring in Computer Science & Engineering, Engineering Physics, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.  Opportunities only available to U.S. Citizens.

—DATE:  Wednesday, FEB. 14

—TIME:  5:30pm



—DATE:  Thursday, FEB. 15

—TIME:  5:30pm


Guest Seminar Speaker Series – Thursday February 15th at 3 pm in DMS Room 103

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Guest Seminar Speaker Series

Seminar Speaker: Walter Nederbragt
Lawrence Livermore National Lab
3:00 pm, Thursday, February 15th
DMS, Room 103
From Lasers to Explosively-Driven Experiments–
an Overview of One Engineer’s Career at LLNL
Synopsis: In this seminar, the presenter will provide an overview of engineering projects he has supported from 2008 to 2018 at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. This includes the design, testing, and installation of a complex hardware system used on the massive National Ignition Facility (NIF); design and fabrication of the experiments shot on the NIF; engineering support of an explosively-driven pulse-power experiment; and a summary of more recent work.
Bio: Dr. Nederbragt, received his BS and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis. He has been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in Livermore, California, for the past 18 years. LLNL is one of the three national security laboratories in the Federal Government’s Department of Energy. It employees approximately 7000 people

Now Accepting Applications – Assistant Civil Engineer

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The City of Yuba City is now accepting applications for Assistant Civil Engineer.

For the purposes of establishing an employment list for this job classification, the City of Yuba City  is now accepting applications for Assistant Civil Engineer.  This position performs responsible field and office civil engineering work in the planning, professional design, and construction of public works facilities and infrastructure including: sewer, water, storm drains, street improvements, and traffic signals. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with a positive attitude, excellent communication  and time management skills, and be able to effectively manage multiple assignments concurrently.  The individual must be accountable, approachable, and have a good understanding of engineering functions, while working in a team environment.

 This recruitment will close Friday, February 16, 2018 at 5:00 PM. For all the details and to apply please click below:


Do you know any qualified candidates that would be a good addition to the Yuba City family? Please encourage them to apply!

CoEN GSA open Seat

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Hello UNR Engineering Graduate Students!

We have a College of Engineering seat open on the 2017-2018 GSA Council and we would like to invite you to run for this seat!  As a Council Member representative for your college, you have the ability to voice your fellow classmates’ concerns and address them, as well as work on committee assignments to further long-standing GSA projects.  The time commitment for a council member is approximately 3-4 hours per week split between bi-weekly council meetings, committee meetings, and exciting GSA events. If elected to council you will be compensated at a rate of $40 per council meeting.

To learn more about GSA, find upcoming events, learn who your current representatives are, and more: check out our website at www.unr.edu/gsa

Of course, we welcome everyone to our next meeting of the semester at 7:00 pm in the Senate Chambers of the JCSU on February 20th, 2018. This is when the open seat elections will take place.

Note: this is an open seat valid only for the current on-going term, it will end in May when elections will take place to select new members.

Feel free to contact one of your representatives if you have any questions:

Paulo Regis: pregis@nevada.unr.edu

Raj Mani Shukla: rajshukla@nevada.unr.edu


EFIT is looking for Pack Leaders

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The College of Engineering is looking for up to 50  Engineering Pack Leaders for the summer program described below:

Short for “Engineering-Freshman Intensive Transition,” E-FIT is a week- long academic program (August 18-23) designed to increase success for incoming college students. The program offers a glimpse into the University’s rigorous academic expectations and college life prior to the start of the semester.

Pack Leaders will be responsible for:

  • Mentoring the incoming students -help with homework, advise students on being good students, answer questions about student life and what the college has to offer
  • Helping students navigate campus -take students to/and attend some study and discipline specific sessions with students, have meals with students
  • Running the lab sessions -helping with projects and ensuring safety
  • Grading exams and homework assignments
  • Interacting with the students and being a good role model

You will be compensated $500 for the 5.5 day period plus 1 day of training with meals included. If you are living in the residence halls, you will be allowed to move into your room early.

You must be enrolled for the Fall 2018 semester to be considered for this position.

Please go to the following site for more information and to apply to be a leader:


If you have been a mentor in past years, please fill out the 2018 application.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Ann-Marie Vollstedt at annmarie@unr.edu.


Engineering Week~ FREE FOOD and FUN!

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11th Annual UNR Engineers Week February 2018 Schedule


Tuesday 2/13 from 11 am to 1 pm NOW IN HREL 109/110 – FREE FOOD and T-SHIRTS

Tuesday 2/13~ SWE’s Evening with Industry at JCSU Ballrooms ~ 5:30 pm Networking Hour and 6:30 Dinner – TICKETS AVAILABLE in SEM 132

Wednesday 2/14~ UNR STEM Career and Internship Fair in JCSU Ballrooms ~ 10 am-3 pm

Thursday 2/15~ Engineering Career Fair in JCSU Ballrooms ~ 10 am to 3 pm

Friday 2/16~ Engineer’s Brawl Carnival in HREL 109/110 ~ 5-7 pm – FREE FOOD & FUN

Website Redesign Time!

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The College of Engineering is redesigning its websites, and we’d like your input. Below are links to two short online activities that will help us organize our content. If you’ve got 10 minutes, you can help us improve our websites!

College of Engineering Website

Department Websites

Questions? Email kswagman@unr.edu.

NDOT Public Service Intern Program: Summer 2018

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NDOT Public Service Intern Program: Summer 2018

Receive on-the-job training in Civil Engineering & Transportation areas. Las Vegas internship opportunities include positions in the following areas:

  • Construction
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Project Management
  • District Contracts
  • Environmental
  • External Civil Rights

Starting May 21, 2018 & ending August 17, 2018. These are full-time summer positions. Other potential openings local in Carson City, Elko, Ely, Reno, Tonopah, and Winnemucca

Public Service Intern I – $16.61/hr (undergrad)

Public Service Intern II – $18.03/hr (grad)



For more information contact:

Heather Hardcastle

Workforce Development Officer

775-888-7809 hhardcastle@dot.nv.gov

CEE 750 Graduate Seminar: Structures/Geotechnical~ 2/2~ 12 to 1 pm ~ SEM 344

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CEE 750 Graduate Seminar: Structures/Geotechnical

February 2, 2018

Friday 12 to 1 pm, SEM 344

Open to all students


Experimental Investigation of Special Concentric Braced Frames Under Long & Short Duration Ground Motions

Ali Hammad

PhD Candidate, University of Nevada, Reno

Over the past decade, several long duration subduction earthquakes took place in different locations such as Chile (2015, 2014, and 2010), Japan (2011), China (2008), and Indonesia (2004). These earthquakes are reminders of the possible occurrence of a long-duration, large-magnitude earthquake in the Cascadia subduction zone along the Pacific Northwest Coast of the United States. Although the duration of an earthquake is expected to affect the response of structures, current seismic design specifications use response spectra to identify the hazard and do not consider duration effects. These events highlighted the importance of comprehensive investigation of the effect of the ground motion duration on structural performance. Experimental program and analytical investigations are conducted in this study to investigate the influence of earthquake duration on structural response of Special Concentric Braced Frames (SCBF). The overall objective is to study and quantify the effect of duration on collapse capacity of SCBFs to possibly incorporate these effects in improved seismic design provisions.


Why Do Coastal Bridges Tend to Fail during Tsunami Inundation?

Denis Istrati, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Nevada, Reno

Recent major earthquake events that occurred in the ocean generated tsunami waves of significant heights, which inundated nearby coastal cities causing extreme destruction and loss of human lives. Although many bridges were able to withstand the earthquake, they were damaged by the subsequent waves. This presentation will discuss the performance of selected coastal bridges from Japan and will attempt to provide an explanation for this performance using simplified analytical equations. Moreover, results from advanced dynamic fluid-structure-interaction (FSI) analyses with a focus on the demand on individual bearing connections, will be presented in order to decipher the tsunami inundation mechanism and associated effects. These effects will be further investigated using results from recent large-scale hydrodynamic experiments of tsunami wave impact on a 1:5 scale composite bridge model, giving an insight into the reasons behind the washout of coastal bridges in recent tsunamis.


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