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

NWEA Meeting – 4/24 at 5 pm in DMS 102 – FREE FOOD

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NWEA Meeting


Networking Opportunities

April 24th at 5 pm in DMS 102

Elections will be held

CSE Colloquia – Friday, April 19th ~ 12- 1 pm in SEM 234

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Title: The Impact of Functional Genomics in Medicine and Clinical Research

Friday, April 19, 2019

SEM 234

12pm – 1pm

Dr. George Vasmatzis

Co-Director, Biomarker Discovery Program Center of Individualized Medicine Associate professor, Department of Molecular Medicine Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Radical improvement in cancer care will be accomplished by individualizing patient management via the integration of genomics and functional model systems. Recent breakthroughs in immunotherapy and targeted therapies has shown that cancer therapy will be become  agnostic to the cancer origine (i.e. NTRK inhibitors) arguing for a more individualized approach to patient care.

An introduction to genomics technologies, data integration and visualization platforms will first be presented followed by demonstrative translational examples of tests that are clinically being used. An description of the whole process that uses that a combination of comprehensive genomics with 3D organoid-type functional model systems to guide treatment decisions will be presented followed by representative examples.

Please, contact Dr. Bebis ( if you have an interest in meeting with the speaker.

Forming the USA Delegation in KL, Malaysia (10th USLS

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Humanitarian Affairs Asia and the Government of Malaysia would like to invite The University of Nevada, Reno to nominate up to 10 outstanding students to represent the United States at the 10th edition of the University Scholars Leadership Symposium 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from August 1 to 7.

The University Scholars Leadership Symposium is a week-long leadership development training program in social change. The Symposium will bring together 1,500 of the world’s most promising leaders to one stimulating platform in the heart of Asia. The Program has been designed for young persons who are committed to making this world a much better place for the human race.


For more information about the program, speakers and registration fee, please visit our website at or write in to our Global Partnership Associate at

Thank you.

Note : If nomination is not possible, please assist us to disseminate the information about this unique global learning opportunity to your students. Our committee will do the Selection Process.

Many thanks and kindest regards,
Global Partnership Associate

Humanitarian Affairs Asia

Bangkok, Thailand.

Tel : +66-92-9293-345

Web :

Inspiring Individuals. Transforming Communities.

ME Undergraduate Student Career Development Seminar – 4/17 – 2:30-3:30 pm in SEM Room 326

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ME Undergraduate Student Career

Development Seminar

▪ Presenter: Joel Blumenthal

▪ Topic: What Employers are

Looking for in Engineers

▪ Date: Wednesday, April 17

▪ Time: 2:30 pm ~ 3:30 pm

▪ Location: SEM Room 326

*seating is limited and first-come-first-serve

*hosted by Pi Tau Sigma – Nevada Reno Beta Nu

EBME Seminar 4/16~ 1-2 pm in LME 316

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Seminar: Repeated Low Doses of Radiation Exposure During Puberty Result in a Greater Degree of Mammary
Tissue Defects Than a Single Acute Low Dose Exposure
Janice Pluth
Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences
School of Allied Health Sciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
LME 316, April 16, 2019, 1-2 pm
Host: Bahram Parvin

Medical diagnostic imaging has been increasing exponentially in recent years. However, there is uncertainty regarding how these accumulative low dose exposures to radiation might affect our bodies and especially the growth of radiation sensitive organs such as the mammary gland. In this work we were interested in investigating how a low acute dose of radiation, as compared to smaller sub-fractions of this total dose over a week’s time, may differentially impact organ development when given during puberty, an especially sensitive window of exposure. As immune cells have been shown to be critically important in aiding in proper growth and development of the ducts and the terminal end buds (TEB) within the mammary gland, we also focused on how immune cells were impacted. We hypothesized that fractionated low dose radiation exposures, roughly mimicking multiple low dose diagnostic exposures, would affect the mammary gland less than an acute exposure. Given that in humans there is a large genetic diversity that may play a role in how people respond
to irradiation exposures, a second aim of our work was to define how genetics may positively or negatively influence radiation effects on the mammary gland development. Towards this second aim two genetically diverse strains of mice differing in radiation sensitivity (BALB/c-sensitive; C57BL/6-resistant) were exposed to either an acute dose (50 cGy) or a fractionated dose (5 x 10cGy/day) of radiation to address how genetic variation modifies the effect of radiation on organ development. Our data reveal that in contrast to our hypothesis, fractionated radiation exposure revealed greater immune cell changes, and abbreviated and more abnormal ductal growth as compared to controls. In addition, BALB/c mice were more susceptible to these effects and showed additionally a consistent pattern of lower weight gain as compared to C57BL/6 mice following radiation exposure. Abnormal, enlarged, and more numerous TEBs were also observed in both strains exposed to fractionated radiation. Together these studies suggest that fractionated low dose exposures, which may imitate the low doses received in repeated diagnostic exposures, are potentially more damaging to organ development as compared to a single acute exposure.

Biography: Janice Pluth is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Nevada where she heads a research group focused on understanding how radiation perturbs the cell and its microenvironment. Her long-term interests are to understand the effects of radiation on mammalian cells and in particular mechanisms that contribute to the etiology of radiation- induced carcinogenesis. A current project involves understanding how different dose rates of exposure uniquely impact mammary organ development. She has a career-long interest in understanding the factors influencing repair of DNA double-strand breaks, the most toxic lesion induced by radiation. Her previous work has been aimed at elucidating the proteins, pathways, and networks critical for the DNA damage response. Her undergraduate training was in microbiology at the University of Minnesota. She earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Vermont and completed postdoctoral training at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, Stanford and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory before starting her own laboratory.

Meet Ridgeline – 4/17 from 5:30-6:30 pm in DMS Room 102

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Innovation at Elevation
Spend your days developing a modern financial tech platform on Amazon’s cloud, and your weekends
hiking Mt. Rose. Join our team for a unique opportunity to work as a full-stack engineer on a
serverless architecture, surrounded by brilliant people and the great outdoors.

Ridgeline has a simple mission: partner with investment management firms to modernize their
software. Founded by software industry entrepreneur Dave Duffield, Ridgeline is headquartered in
Incline Village, Nevada.

Ridgeline was founded on the conviction that a modern financial platform, with unified core
applications, will help advisors and investors succeed. Our goal is to incorporate client
management, portfolio accounting, and portfolio management across an enterprise cloud.

Meet Ridgeline
Weds. April 17
Davidson Math and Science Center | Rm. 102
5:30pm – 6:30pm

Hiring Software Engineers
and Product Designers

Invitation – Become LEED Accredited~ Reno ~ May 7th

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LEED Green Associate (GA) Training

When: May 7th 2019 – 6:00PM to 9:30 PM

Where: UN Reno – Davidson Math & Science – Room TBA


Interested in a career of sustainability? LEED is at its forefront and can help you open the door to multiple growing disciplines.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a sustainability scorecard for green buildings. Buildings can become LEED Certified as can people! Boost your resume up with the LEED Green Associate, the only professional designation to show employers and clients you have certified knowledge in the field.

To date, this course and its materials have proven to be instrumental in helping over 8000 students pass their respective exam at a 100% pass rate. This course is offered at a quarter of the price and time as the competition and is geared at allowing students to graduate with letters after their name!

This course is instructed by a USGBC Faculty member and meets the exam’s eligibility requirements and the USGBC charges a $100 (reduced for students) fee for the actual exam which can be taken at any time at your nearest Prometric center. Save money by reserving your spot today and make a positive difference in your career!

If you are worried about your busy schedule or distance from the course location, fear not, as the workshop is entirely recorded and you can watch the part that you cannot attend or take the whole course online.

This professional designation never expires and you will never have to retest if you pass now!

Early-Bird Cost: $300 ($200 for full time students)

To register for the class please visit:

Please contact the instructor Lorne directly with any questions at


Pizza with the Dean – 4/16 4:30-5:30 pm ~ HREL 109/110

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Pizza with the Dean

Tuesday, April 16   4:30 – 5:30pm

HREL 109/110

Join Manos Maragakis, Dean of the College of Engineering, for pizza in a casual forum to discuss the College of Engineering differential fee program, College updates, and answers to your student questions.


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