Job Openings at the DeLaMare Makerspace

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The DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library is revamping its makerspace service model and is currently hiring up to 5 new Maker Wrangler positions! These are part-time student positions available to start either during the summer or two weeks before school starts in Fall of 2019. These positions are an incredible opportunity to further develop fabrication (both digital and physical), problem-solving, customer service, and project-management skills. Our previous Wranglers have credited to this job to helping them land incredible positions right out of undergrad!

We have various 3D printers, 3D scanners, a laser cutter, vinyl cutter, a wide variety of hand tools, and much more. Absolutely no previous knowledge of these machines are required. We want curious people who love to learn and make and want to help others on campus do the same. We will provide all necessary training to succeed in this job as long as you bring your passion and commitment to serve our users in this exciting and fun environment!

Please consider applying here and don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions!

Tara Radniecki –


DeLaMare Library: Maker Wranglers

The Maker Wrangler is a full-fledged member of the DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library team. The selected candidate will demonstrate a creative approach to solving difficult and novel problems; develop the technical skills and interpersonal connections needed to support our academic library community; work collaboratively with supervisor and colleagues to ensure the highest levels of customer service, efficiency and safety are provided.

The position will work in the library makerspace and will perform the following duties:

  • Assist patrons utilizing all pieces of equipment in the makerspace including, but not limited to, 3D printers, 3D scanners, laser cutters, soldering and sewing machines, vinyl cutter, virtual reality hardware, and more.
  • Provide initial training to all new users of makerspace resources.
  • Conduct one-on-one or small group teaching consultations with users on topics such as 3D modeling, 3D scanning, advanced laser cutter techniques, and project design and implementation for students, faculty, staff, and community members.
  • Help in troubleshooting and maintaining makerspace equipment, communicating all issues and work completed daily with supervisor and colleagues.
  • Develop and provide workshops on a variety of makerspace-related topics.
  • Record daily statistics for consultations, workshops, equipment and space use, and other variables.
  • Open and close the makerspace, giving close attention to cleaning, inventory, and security of resources.
  • Uphold established safety guidelines within the makerspace and proactively address safety concerns as they arise and communicate issues to supervisor and colleagues.
  • Work on special projects as requested.

Required Qualifications

  • Applicants must be students of the University of Nevada, Reno.
  • A deep-seated sense of curiosity about the world and the way things work.
  • Empathy for others: caring about others, their project outcomes, and the quality of service they receive.
  • Ability to learn new processes, software, and equipment quickly and accurately.
  • Proficient in working with computers and software programs, such as Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to follow detailed instructions and procedures.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Any or all of the following skills:
    • Knowledge of the following or similar software packages: SolidWorks, AutoCAD, OnShape, Adobe Creative software (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc), EAGLE, and/or audio editing software.
    • Experience working with 3D printers, laser cutters, hand tools, and other types of equipment commonly found in workshops, studios, and makerspaces.
    • Previous customer service experience.

Required Attachment(s)

  • Resume/CV – List a detailed description of the major duties that you performed as part of each job. You must demonstrate that you qualify for the position and your education and experience must be clearly documented.
  • Class schedule
  • Unofficial transcript

This posting is open until filled:

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately.

Summer renewable energy undergrad courses

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The College of Engineering, through the Nevada Institute for Sustainability, is offering several online undergraduate renewable energy courses. We are offering four online undergraduate renewable energy courses in the Summer 2019 semester for junior and senior students and three online courses in the Fall 2019 semester. Each of these courses has a graduate level section that has been offered for several years. Typically, students are able to take these courses as electives for their degree program.

So, why might you be interested in taking an online renewable energy courses?

The online Graduate Renewable Energy Certificate (GREC) program was initiated 7 years ago in Spring 2012 and includes nine 600-level online courses. Upon significant interest shown by undergraduate students, these courses have now been modified to include 400-level sections. These courses investigate the topic of renewable energy from several multidisciplinary and related perspectives, including science, policy, engineering, community, and business. The benefits our students typically identify include:

  • Discussions, interactions and building connections with working professionals from all over the world and with graduate students across campus
  • Highly rated online instructors and academic content
  • Flexible online format

The start date for the following SUMMER 2019 renewable energy courses is May 20, 2019 and the courses being offered are:

  • ENGR 400 Alternative Energy Fundamentals introduces the student to alternative energy and public policy, including policy formulation, implementation, and socioeconomic factors of energy production and consumption. It also includes an overview of engineering principles, including fundamentals of thermodynamics and an introduction to alternative energy power systems. This course is the recommended pre-requisite for the other renewable energy courses.
  • ENGR 420 Renewable Energy in the Home and Communityintroduces students to small-scale, bottom-up strategies of renewable energy use in the home and local community, including home and business energy auditing, off-grid utilities, and carbon-neutral workplaces.
  • ENGR 430 Wind Energy begins with an introduction to the history and development of the wind power industry. Students will learn where wind energy is used today and the technology employed and will use case studies to illustrate the principles of wind energy. Important issues that will be discussed are the impacts as well as the benefits of this form of environmentally sustainable energy.
  • ENGR 460 Fundamentals of Biofuels is a study of various technologies and their impact on society and the environment, to enable students to gain a better understanding of how biofuels could replace fossil fuels. Biofuels is an interdisciplinary topic, so students taking this course will investigate the science, engineering, economics, societal impacts and the political aspects of biofuels including both ethanol and biodiesel.

The start date for FALL 2019 renewable energy courses is August 26, 2019 and the courses being offered are:

  • ENGR 400 Alternative Energy Fundamentals
  • ENGR 410 Renewable Energy Policy focuses on the key policy instruments utilized to foster use and development of renewable energy. It covers a basic introduction to public policy, reviews the scope of policy instruments, examines various levels of policy-making, and assesses different policy tools as they relate to renewable energy. The goal of the course is to introduce students to the range and scope of renewable energy policy, develop the analytic framework to understand the variety of policy impacts, and theoretical and practical foundation for understanding renewable energy policy as a professional working in the field.
  • ENGR 450 Solar Energy: Fundamentals, Processes, and Applications provides a comprehensive overview of all the ways in which solar energy can be used. Students will obtain knowledge of the fundamental physical properties of solar energy, the chemical aspects of solar energy conversion, and its engineering potential. They will also be able to compare solar energy with other forms of alternate energy.


Please contact Jill Wallace (, 775-682-7774) if you have any questions about these renewable energy courses.


Upcoming ACM Events

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ACM Workshop – recommended skill level CS 202 and up – TODAY, 4/24 from 6-7 pm in SEM 231-ECC

ACM Programming Competition – 4/27 from 1-6 pm in SEM 231-ECC


SWE Pub n’ Sub Social – 4/26 at 6 pm at Pub n’ Sub

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UNR Society of Women Engineers

Pub n’ Sub Social

1000 Ralston St.

April 26th at 6 pm

Pizza will be provided!!

ANS Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program Talk – 4/25 at 6 pm in SEM 344

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American Nuclear Society

US Navy Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Program Information Session

Tomorrow, 4/25 at 6 pm in SEM 344

Learn about naval nuclear propulsion and how nuclear power keeps the U.S. safe

Since 1954, the United States Navy has operated hundreds of nuclear powered vessels in seas and ports throughout the world with an unimpeachable safety record. The U.S. Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program is a unique and extremely rigorous training ground for young people to gain education and experience operating and maintaining these exceptional reactor systems while serving their country. Join the UNR Student Chapter of the American Nuclear Society to learn about the history and future of naval nuclear propulsion as well as career opportunities and the nuclear power training pipeline. Free pizza and drinks provided!

For questions about this event or the American Nuclear Society please contact:

ASCE Great Community Cleanup – 4/27 from 8 am -12 pm at Hunter Creek Trail

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Join the ASCE Student Chapter in the Great Community Cleanup with Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful!

Where: Hunter Creek Trail
When: Saturday, April 27th from 8am-12pm

Feel free to invite friends and family! Meet at Hunter Creek Trail head, located off of Woodchuck Circle. There is a parking lot at the trail head, as well an overflow parking located just before the turn-off to the trail head. Free lunch is provided after the cleanup!

ASCE Pub n’ Sub Social ~ 4/24 at 7 pm at Pub n’ Sub

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Pub n’ Sub Social

Where: 1000 Ralston St, Reno, NV 89503

When: Wednesday, April 24th at 7 pm

There will be a pool tournament consisting of 8 doubles! If you want to be apart of it, email


Undergraduate Electrical Engineering Scholarship Opportunity

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Undergraduate Electrical Engineering Scholarship Opportunity

The IEEE Power & Energy Society is offering up to US$7,000 and assistance with career experience opportunities to qualifying electrical engineering students.
Eligible students are:

  • Full-time, undergraduates electrical engineering majors
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., Puerto Rico, or Canada
  • Willing to take power classes

The application closes on 30 June 2019

See Eligibility Requirements

IEEE Seminar Speaker – 4/17 at 12 pm in SEM Room 234

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The Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering, and the IEEE Section of Northern Nevada, are pleased to jointly sponsor a presentation by:

Dr. Anurag K. Srivastava

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Washington State University

Data-Driven Resiliency Analysis for the Cyber-Physical Electric Grid

HOST: Dr. Hanif Livani, Assistant Professor, E;ectrical and Biomedical Engineering

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 12:00 pm. Scrugham Engineering and Mines (SEM), Room 234, University of Nevada, Reno

UNR parking information and campus map via

Abstract: Keeping the power on especially to the critical facilities such as hospitals and fire department during extreme adverse operating scenarios is essential. Recent events such as Ukraine attack and Hurricane Maria has exposed the vulnerabilities of the cyber-physical electric grid against extreme events. There is a need for a flexible and resilient grid to minimize the impact of component failures given adverse events. Data from massive sensors deployment and availability of distributed resources enables new monitoring and control strategies such as early alarm and diagnosis, event classifications, predicative analysis, distributed and decentralized control, flexible and adaptive control for restoration. Phasor measurement units (PMUs) provide enhanced situational awareness and decision support in transmission systems. Distribution automation, microPMU and smart meters enables advanced visibility of distribution network. Big data is generated and monitored ubiquitously in the cyber-physical electric grids, but largely unexploited in discovering knowledge and new solutions for critical power grid applications. Robust data analytics solutions including data science and machine learning are critical towards the optimized operation to enhance the resiliency of the electric grid. Availability of additional sensor data brings its own challenges including data anomalies, real time processing and cyber-security management. This talk will focus on real time data analytics to enhance situational awareness and decision support for enabling resiliency of the cyber-physical electric power grid and associated challenges and opportunities.
Dr. Anurag K. Srivastava is an associate professor of electric power engineering at Washington State University and the director of the Smart Grid Demonstration and Research Investigation Lab (SGDRIL) within the Energy System Innovation Center (ESIC). He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2005. In past years, he has worked in different capacity at the Réseau de transport d´électricité in France; RWTH Aachen University in Germany; PEAK RC, Idaho
University of Nevada, Reno
National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Lab, PJM Interconnection, Schweitzer Engineering Lab (SEL), GE Grid Solutions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Mississippi State University in USA; Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in India; as well as at Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand. His research interest includes data-driven algorithms for power system operation and control including resiliency analysis. Dr. Srivastava high impact research projects resulted in tools installed at the utility control center supported for more than $50M by US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, Siemens Corporate Research, Electric Power Research Institute, Schweitzer Engineering Lab, Power System Engineering Research Center, Office of Naval Research and several National Labs. He is a senior member of the IEEE, vice-chair of the IEEE Power & Energy Society’s (PES) PEEC committee, co-chair of the microgrid working group, secretary of power system operation SC, chair of PES voltage stability working group, and chair of PES synchrophasors applications working group. He organized NSF sponsored “Data analytics workshop for the power grid resiliency” in 2018, Siemens sponsored “data analytics for the smart grid” workshop in 2017, North American Power Symposium in 2014, and IEEE sponsored workshop on Testing and validation of synchrophasor devices and applications in 2012. Dr. Srivastava is an editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean energy and Elsevier Sustainable Computing. He is an IEEE distinguished lecturer and has delivered 30+ keynotes/ tutorials around the world. He is author of more than 300 technical publications including a book on power system security and 3 patents.

Host: Dr. Hanif Livani
Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical & Biomedical Engineering

Senior Capstone Innovation Day – 5/3 – 9 am to 12 pm – Lawlor Events Center

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Spring 2019 • College of Engineering


May 3, 2019 • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lawlor Events Center

THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING is pleased to announce our 6th annual Senior Capstone Innovation Day, featuring student projects from across the College.

Senior capstone projects are innovative engineering products designed by undergraduate students during their senior year. Innovation Day features posters and demonstrations of more than 100 projects.


Event details and parking information at

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