Design Process Class

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Design Process Class

Course Numbers: ENT 493, ENT 693, COLA 401, CS 491,  CEE 495, CHE 495, ME 493

Section: 2001

The Design Process course is a 3-credit, 3-week, inter-departmental, mini-session taught during the Summer 2019 mini-mester. The course will run May 20th through June 7th and will be held Monday-Thursday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Innevation Center (there will be a working lunch break during class). The class is taught by James Sacherman, director of the Innevation Center and successful entrepreneur. The curriculum includes lectures, guest speakers, workshops, and projects in esthetic design, design thinking, design economics, innovation techniques, and the invention process. This course will help students tackle real world innovation challenges, becoming more effective employees and entrepreneurs.


NRC Scholarship for Nuclear Materials

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission Undergraduate Scholarship

Nuclear Power Research at Nevada

Since 1992, the University of Nevada, Reno has conducted externally-funded research on the performance and reliability of materials in advanced nuclear power applications.

Nuclear Power Fellowship Objective

The objective of this program is to help develop a workforce with who are able to support the design, construction, operation, and regulation of nuclear facilities and the safe handling of nuclear materials. This program is funded by the US Nuclear Regulatory commission. The Scholarships are available ONLY to students pursuing a degree in Materials Science and Engineering with Nuclear Materials emphasis.

Materials Science and Engineering: The program has research strengths in studying materials for nuclear power with special focus on high temperature materials performance and corrosion. Notable infrastructure includes a supercritical water loop facility and molten salt facility outfitted with a suite of materials characterization techniques. Nuclear Materials emphasis option offers 5 courses in nuclear energy that are taught by world renowned professors. Prof. Tsoulfanidis, primary instructor has authored two of the books used in these courses.

Deadline:  April 1, 2019

Contact:  Dr. Dev Chidambaram (

Award:  $7,500 each/year


  • Minimum 3.00 GPA.(min overall, including grades for courses taken in other institutions)
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA for courses taken at UNR and Minimum 3.00 GPA towards MSE Major
  • Enrolled fulltime in both Fall and Spring (at least 12 hours, each semester)
  • Must be a US Citizen (not permanent resident or international)
  • Serious interest in a career in the nuclear industry or a nuclear related materials area – such as Nuclear Materials, Engineering, Health Physics or Radiochemistry.
  • Must be willing to commit to serve 6 months per each year of scholarship award in nuclear-related employment in exchange for the scholarship support. This can be waived only under certain cases only.
  • Scholarship is open to only students pursuing (declared) a Materials Science and Engineering degree with Nuclear Materials Emphasis.

How to apply

To apply, please submit the following materials (as one stapled document):

  1. University transcript (unofficial downloaded transcript is acceptable)
  2. Resume
  3. Two-page (maximum) essay describing your interest in the nuclear/nuclear related materials industry and a description of your future goals and career objectives
  4. On separate sheet, list any scholarships you currently have (in this academic year) from UNR. Mention if you have had NRC scholarship previously and if so how many times.

Please include your name and UNR ID on the top of each page.

Applications should be delivered to the Chemical and Materials Engineering office in Laxalt Mineral Research (LMR) 474 by 5:00PM on April 1st, 2019.



ASCE’s 1st Ping Pong Tournament

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ASCE’s 1st Ping Pong Tournament

Where: Wiegand Fitness Center Room A

When: Thursday, March 28 at 6:30pm-8pm

Bring: Wolf IDs

There will be a singles and doubles bracket! Email or sign

up at under the schedule tab! Please sign up by 3/25/19

Afterwards, we will head over to Pub n’ Sub where the winners will get FREE dinner

ENGR 461 Course Description

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                                          Fridays 1:00-3:45PM

This practical, “hands on” course is designed for University of Nevada, Reno juniors and seniors in the College of Engineering who are interested in starting up high tech companies early in their careers or who want to be key contributors in young emerging technology companies after graduation.

Course Description

The course introduces students to the conceptual frameworks, the analytical approaches, the personal understanding and skills, and the actions required to launch a successful technology-based company. Specifically, it addresses the challenges of evaluating new technologies and original business ideas for commercialization, determining how best to implement those ideas in a startup venture, attracting the resources needed for a new venture (e.g., key people, corporate partners, and funding), organizing and operating a new enterprise, structuring and negotiating important business relationships, and leading early stage companies toward “launch velocity”.

Several teaching and learning techniques are used in the course. The primary technique is the classroom discussion by students of real case situations of technology ventures facing a variety of challenges at various stages of their development. Also, students will have the opportunity to practice applying what they are learning during the course to real technologies, planning how those technologies might be commercialized in new products at startup ventures, and presenting those startup company plans to prospective investors.

There are no academic pre-requisites for the course, and juniors and seniors in the College of Engineering are welcome to enroll in ENGR 461 for the fall, 2019 semester. This will be the fifth fall semester in which ENGR 461 has been offered at the University of Nevada, Reno.


Course Instructor

Ed Zschau (pronounced like the first syllable of “shower”) has started and led several technology companies in Silicon Valley and in other regions of the United States during the past 50 years as well as heading the $6.5 billion IBM Storage Systems Division in the 1990s.  He is currently an investor in four tech-based companies.  He was a professor for several years at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in the 1960s and at the Harvard Business School in the 1990s.  Ed created a similar High Tech Entrepreneurship course in the Engineering School at Princeton University and offered that course for thirty-one semesters for a total of more than 1,600 undergraduate students, and he continues as a part time researcher and faculty member at Princeton.  He offered a similar course for three academic quarters at Caltech, and he is offering in the 2019 fall semester a High Tech Entrepreneurship course in the College of Engineering at Purdue University.   Ed served in the US House of Representatives representing the Silicon Valley area of California in the US Congress for two terms in the 1980s.  He received his AB with honors in Philosophy from Princeton in 1961 and his MBA, MS (statistics), and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University in the 1960s.

Graduating Seniors~ Upward Bound Summer Teaching Opportunity

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University of Nevada, Reno

Upward Bound

Classic Math and Science

2019 Academic Instructor Position
The Upward Bound Programs at the University of Nevada, Reno, a college preparatory program for
income-qualified, first-generation, college bound high school students, seeks instructors to
develop and deliver an innovative and interactive curriculum for approximately 110 high school
students attending the 5-week Residential Summer Academy Program. This program is funded by the
U.S. Department of Education, and its mission is to instill in students the skills and motivation
necessary for success in a post-secondary institution. Upward Bound serves students at high schools
in the Washoe and Lyon County School Districts. This year’s summer program will operate from June
24, 2019 through July 26, 2019.

Major Duties:
• Design and teach a five-week project based course in a specific core discipline, including :
Genetics/Biology/Biochemistry, Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry,
Statistics/Probability, Humanities, Foreign Languages (TBD/Japanese preferred), Computer Science
(Coding/Game Design), and online/distance education for mathematics and/or reading.
• Apply teaching techniques effectively in classroom and lab settings utilizing state-of-the-art
delivery systems, current tools and equipment, including, diverse learning styles and multiple
• Incorporate the co-curricular theme in lesson planning and delivery of instruction.
• Maintain clear and timely communication with the Upward Bound staff regarding student academic
progress and behavior.
• Participate in instructor orientation/training and weekly faculty one-hour meetings.

• BA/BS or advanced degree in the appropriate subject areas of teaching. Applicants are
required to be either teacher certified, or working towards their teaching credential or enrolled
in a Master’s program, or have experience teaching 7th – 12th grade and/or in higher education.
• Secondary school teaching certification and experience using online teaching modules,

Typical Work Schedule:
• One hour Mondays and two 2-Hour blocks Tues/Thurs or Wed/Fri between 8am through 3pm.

Compensation Grade:
• Pay is approximately $26.35 per hour, but will be paid via salary

*Opportunity to teach multiple courses based on program need and instructor specialty*
Interested individuals may obtain more information at,
select either External or Internal candidate option, search for “LOA-Upward Bound Summer Academy
Academic Instructor” and apply online. For further inquiries, please contact M. Sandra Jimenez,
Assistant Director at (775) 682-6717 or at

Nuclear Energy Open Panel – 3/28 at 6 pm – Frandsen Humanities 207

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Nuclear Energy Open Panel

Thursday, March 28th at 6:00pm
Frandsen Humanities 207

Curious about the myths and stigmas behind nuclear energy?
What does “split don’t emit” mean?

Join us for free pizza , a short presentation and an open
panel on nuclear energy
Contact with questions


Spring CEE FE Review Sessions

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Spring CEE FE Review Sessions
Nervous about the FE Exam? Come join your professors and review before you take the test!

3/25- Environmental with Dr. Marchand 5:30-7:30pm 3/26- Water Resources with Dr. Bennett
3/27- Structural with Dr. Ryan 7-9pm
3/28- Geotechnical with Dr. Motamed 5:30-7:30p 3/29- Transportation with Dr. Xu 5:30-7:30pm
*All sessions held in SEM 261*
To sign up use this link or go to and find the link under the schedule tab
Free for ASCE members
$5 per session for nonmembers (pay at door)
Email or stop by SEM 119 with any questions


Data Wranglers Service

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The University Libraries are excited to announce a new Data Wrangler service! Data Wranglers offer assistance and guidance to any UNR community member on a wide variety of statistical analysis software, including SPSS, STATA, R, and Python.

Data Wranglers are available for consultations in the DataWorks North computer lab located on the first floor for the Knowledge Center.

To sign up for an appointment, students, faculty, or staff can go to:

SWE Fundraiser – 4/1 from 5-9 pm at Great Basin Brewery

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SWE is hosting a fundraiser on April 1st from 5-9pm at Great Basin Brewery.

Great Basin has promised that 10% of food proceeds will go to SWE if people mention UNR SWE Fundraiser or present the flyer at the event. There will also be a silent auction and individuals can bid on various items.

Last year some of the items included: speakers, spa packages, gift cards, etc. This event is open to all individuals interested, including non-engineering majors and even non-students.

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