ANS Presents Dr. David Rodriguez: Electrolytic Reduction of Metal Oxides for Nuclear Applications Fri. 3/30 at 12 PM in AB 106

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American Nuclear Society Presents

Dr. David Rodriguez: Electrolytic Reduction of Metal Oxides for Nuclear Applications

Fri. 3/30 at 12 PM in AB 106

Molten salt technology for recycling used nuclear fuel, molten salt reactors, and defense

Dr. Rodriguez earned his M.S. and PhD. In Materials Science and Engineering at UNR. Since 2017, he has been a Postdoctoral Research Associate within the Inorganic, Isotope and Actinide Chemistry (C-IIAC) group at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). He is currently working on projects that focus on the electrolytic reduction of plutonium surrogates and material degradation in molten salts for power producing facilities. Dr. Rodriguez will discuss research being conducted at LANL on improved methods to electrolytically convert oxides to metals, focusing on cerium as a surrogate for plutonium. The electrolytic reduction of cerium oxide has resulted in mixed degrees of success due to side reactions within the molten salt. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) was performed to identify the products of these side reactions and resulted in greater understanding of the system; based on CV results, pre-electrolysis was added, resulting in an improved production of Ce0. When Ce0 is successfully produced by EOR, a large amount of passed charge is required due to various inefficiencies of the process, requiring further optimization of EOR parameters. Strategies to address these issues and target improved yield and efficiency will conclude this talk.

Optimizing and Accelerating MATLAB Seminar ~ 4/4 in the Earthquake Engineering Laboratory Auditorium Room 200 at 10 am

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Please join MathWorks for complimentary MATLAB seminars on Wednesday, April 4th.   Faculty, researchers, and students are all welcome to attend.

Optimizing and Accelerating MATLAB

Location:  University of Nevada, Reno – Earthquake Engineering Laboratory Auditorium Room 200

DateApril 4, 2018

Time:  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Registration and welcome begins at 9:45 a.m.)

To learn more or to register, please visit >>Register


In this session, we will discuss and demonstrate simple ways to improve and optimize your code that can boost execution speed by orders of magnitude. We will also address common pitfalls in writing MATLAB code, explore the use of the MATLAB Profiler to find bottlenecks, introduce our parallel computing tools to solve computationally and data-intensive problems on multicore computers and clusters, and finally talk about tools to automatically translate your MATLAB code into C.

Learning objectives: 

  • Optimizing MATLAB code to boost execution speed
  • Automatically generating portable C code from MATLAB
  • Employing multi-core processors and GPUs to speed up your computations
  • Scaling up to computer clusters, grid environments or clouds

If you have any questions or would like to register, please contact Tom McHugh at  or 508-647-7657


SWE Salary Negotiation Workshop – 3/27

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SWE Salary Negotiation Workshop

On Tuesday, March 27th, please join us in DMS 110 from 6:00pm-8:30pm for a Salary Negotiation Workshop! This is a workshop on salary negotiation and how to get what you’re worth! Seats are limited.

If you are interested in attending please email Rachel Backlund at or to reserve a seat.

Aeronautics-Related Student Team-Oriented Internship at Glenn-Summer 2018 Application Deadline – Mar. 16 – for undergrads, MSc and first year PhDs

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NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) will offer two paid team-oriented and aeronautics-related, on-site Internship opportunities to qualified STEM students of US citizenship, during 2018 summer. Among other key attributes, diversity in the applicant pool is desirable. We would much appreciate your help in sharing this time-sensitive announcement among your university and college affiliate members to reach a large pool of students, given the looming March 16/’18 application deadline. Both projects are currently posted in NASA’s “One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI)” application system è

We plan to competitively select a total of students to be split into 2 equal teams of 4 students per team to work on challenging and rewarding projects, on-site at GRC for 10 consecutive weeks, starting on Monday, June 4. The umbrella for the two projects noted below is GRC’s new Aeronautics Research and Engineering Student Team Project (ARETEP).


One team of 4 students will focus on the Opportunity-

  • “Community Noise Impact of Urban Air Mobility Operations”

** Seeks – Undergrad Snrs/Rising Snrs;  Master’s;  1st Yr. Ph.D. Students

Majors – Aerospace/Computer/Electrical/Mech./Integrated Engg.; Applied Maths; Physics


Another 4-member student team will execute –

  • “Weather Tolerant Operations for Urban Air Mobility”

** Seeks – Undergrad Snrs/Rising Snrs;  Master’s;  1st Yr. Ph.D. Students

Majors – Aerospace/Computer/Electrical/Mech./Integrated Engg.; Applied Maths; Physics

The two projects are currently posted in NASA’s One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) application system. We encourage all those interested in possibly working at GRC this coming summer to submit your application before 11:59PM on Friday, March 16 which is the new application deadline for summer’18 Internship enrolment. If you have interned at a NASA Center within the past one-to-two years or so, or presently interning at a NASA Center, you may be able to use your profile and other pieces of pertinent information already in OSSI to expedite your application to one or both of the above projects. Do your best to ensure timely submissions of your letters of reference and transcripts by the March 16 deadline.

SWE and WiCSE Presents – Baker Hughes, General Electric Tour ~ 4/6 from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm ~ Minden, NV

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SWE and WiCSE Presents

Baker Hughes, General Electric Tour
Friday, April 6th
Minden, NV
Tour the site, network, eat lunch, and
have a Q&A with the engineers!
Limited Spots! Carpool Available


Fall Call/ Engineer’s Day Volunteers Needed!

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The College of Engineering has two volunteer events coming up, and we need you to volunteer!

Fall Call (Monday, April 9rd through Thursday, April 12th 5 p.m.-8 p.m.):

During Fall Call, current engineering students make phone calls to high school seniors who have declared engineering majors at UNR. We provide a general script and callers will provide information and are encouraged to talk about their experience in engineering classes, clubs, and organizations.

We are flexible with volunteer shifts. Dinner will be provided each night!

Sign up here


Engineer’s Day (Tuesday, April 19th – First Session 9:30am-11:45am, Second Session 11:45 a.m.-1:20 p.m.):

Tour Leaders will lead a small group of k-12 students to lab demonstrations in Engineering and Mackay Science buildings. Tour Leaders will not present information at each lab stop, only walk groups from lab to lab. Volunteers will have the opportunity to talk to the students in their groups between lab demonstrations.

We also have volunteer opportunities to help set up the event (April 17th and 18th).

Snacks will be provided!

Sign up here:

You may sign up for multiple shifts. If you have any questions, or issues with the sign up process please email me

Stochastic Models in Robotics ~ 3/16 from 12 pm to 1 pm ~ SEM 234

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Dr. Gregory S. Chirikjian, Johns Hopkins University

Friday, March 16, 2018  at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location:  Scrugham Engineering and Mines (SEM), 234   If you would like to meet the speaker, please contact Dr. Jim La (

Stochastic Models in Robotics

Abstract:  Many stochastic problems of interest in engineering and science involve random, rigid-body motions. In this talk, a variety of stochastic phenomena that evolve on the group of rigid-body motions will be discussed together with tools from harmonic analysis and Lie theory to solve the associated equations. These phenomena include mobile robot path planning and camera calibration. Current work on multi-robot team diagnosis and repair, information fusion, and self-replicating robots will also be discussed. In order to quantify the robustness of such robots, measures of the degree of environmental uncertainty that they can handle need to be computed. The entropy of the set of all possible arrangements (or configurations) of spare parts in the environment is one example of such a measure and has led us to study problems at the foundations of statistical mechanics and information theory. These and other topics in robotics lend themselves to the same mathematical tools, which also will be discussed in this talk.

Bio:  Gregory S. Chirikjian received undergraduate degrees from Johns Hopkins University in 1988, and a Ph.D. degree from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, in 1992. Since 1992, he has served on the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, attaining the rank of full professor in 2001. Additionally, from 2004-2007, he served as department chair.

Chirikjian’s research interests include robotics, applications of group theory in a variety of engineering disciplines, and the mechanics of biological macromolecules. He is a 1993 National Science Foundation Young Investigator, a 1994 Presidential Faculty Fellow, and a 1996 recipient of the ASME Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal. In 2008, Chirikjian became a fellow of the ASME, and in 2010, he became a fellow of the IEEE. From 2014-15, he served as a program director for the National Robotics Initiative, which included responsibilities in the Robust Intelligence cluster in the Information and Intelligent Systems Division of CISE at NSF. Chirikjian is the author of more than 250 journal and conference papers and the primary author of three books, including Engineering Applications of Noncommutative Harmonic Analysis (2001) and Stochastic Models, Information Theory, and Lie Groups, Vols. 1+2. (2009, 2011). In 2016, an expanded edition of his 2001 book was published as a Dover book under a new title, Harmonic Analysis for Engineers and Applied Scientists.




Most Significant Bit Event Presented by WICSE ~ 4/13 at 5 pm in HREL Room 109

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Most Significant Bit Event Presented by Women into Computer Science & Engineering

An evening of workshops, free food & fun

Free swag and Starbucks gift cards

April 13, 2018 at 5 pm in the Harry Reid Engineering Laboratory Room 109

Register at

Questions: Email


OrCAD Workshop~ March 12th at 5:30pm in ECC Lab C

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IEEE is doing an OrCAD Workshop next week, so if you’re looking to learn how to design PCBs, Monday, March 12 at 5:30pm in ECC Lab C.

To thrive as an engineer in a competitive market you need to deliver innovative designs and products. OrCad PCB provides a complete design environment, allowing for analysis in signal integrity, analog and mixed signal, and electromagnetic interference. Stop by the workshop to learn the basics of OrCad and to get a jumpstart into PCB design.

For more info contact Brian:



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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 and how those technologies might be commercialized in new products at startup ventures.

There are no academic pre-requisites for the course.  Juniors and seniors in the UNR College of Engineering are welcome to enroll in ENGR 461 for the fall, 2018 semester.

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 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. He continues as a part time researcher and faculty advisor at Princeton.  He has also offered a similar course at the California Institute of Technology. He has been a Lecturer in Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno since 2015.  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.

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