Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering Faculty and Staff Research Bios Sunday, September 18, 2011 Dean Rama Venkat 702-895-1094 email@example.com Biography Dr. Rama Venkat is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Associate Director of the Mendenhall Innovation Center. His research interests are in solid state sensors, devices, physics, and modeling of devices and photonics. As PI of a DoE funded Photonics in Entertainment: Display Engineering, in collaboration with ECE faculty an staff, he is seeking engineering solutions to display problems involving cost and energy efficiency. He has been instrumental in developing and conducting the College of Engineering Senior Design Competition in the past six years, which has truly become a culminating experience for the graduating undergraduate students of the college. Now, as associate director of the Mendenhall Innovation Center, he has been working with the college faculty to develop entrepreneurship and technology commercialization curriculum for engineering students. Dr. Venkat received his B.Tech. in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in 1983 and M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Purdue University, in 1985. Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1988. He joined UNLV in 1989. He became a full professor in 1998. He was the Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 2000-2006. He has served in a variety of other administrative positions within UNLV. He has won a variety of teaching awards He is the author or co-author of 40 journal publications. He has supervised and graduated over 25 M.S.E.E. students and one Ph.D. student. He is currently the Associate Director of Mendenhall Innovation Program and also the Interim Director of the Science and Engineering Technology Building. Active Research Projects 1. Photonics in Entertainment: Display Engineering 2. Investigation and Modeling of SONOS- Flash Memories 3. Novel Optics-based nuclear Detectors 4. Frequency Tunable Antenna for wide bandwidth applications Dr. Robert Abella 702-895-5897 Robertab@egr.unlv.edu Biography Dr. Robert J. Abella is the Dean for Undergraduate Programs for the College of Engineering and is responsible for the College of Engineering Center for Academic Advising and the Multicultural Engineering Program. He serves as the program director of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Research(UAV) grant program. He also serves as the program manager for the college’s University Transportation Center (UTC). Dr. Abella coordinates the colleges direct from high school recruiting efforts. He has given engineering career presentations to 3000 high school students at 18 area high schools. Dr. Abella received his Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Toledo. He worked for 17 years in private industry as an engineer at Western Electric Company on the Safeguard Antiballistic Missile System and as an engineering manager for Cooper Tire Company prior to joining the academia. Dr. Abella was a faculty member in the College of Engineering at The University of Toledo for 18 years before coming to UNLV in May 2006. Active Research Dr. Abella worked with other researchers at the UNLV College of Engineering on two Department of Energy funded Projects during the 2006 -2007 academic year. The Hazardous Material Truck Tracking Program involved the use of technology to monitor shipments of hazardous material on our country’s highways. Working with QUALCOMM, a leading supplier of satellite based monitoring and communication equipment, a system was developed to monitor driver and vehicle performance and to provide critical information to first responders should an incident occur. The Safety and Risk Analysis for Hazardous and Radioactive Materials Transportation Project focused on the development of future technology and analysis techniques to transport hazardous materials. The concept of a “Digital Highway” was developed where real-time information will be used to increase highway safety by assist drivers and providing advanced tools for transportation companies and highway planners. His most recent research grant is from the National Park Service. It involves summarization and analyzing research efforts to preserve the endangered Devil’s Hole Pup Fish. AFROTC Det. 004 Lieutenant Colonel William Gieser 702-895-5314 BIOGRAPHY LIEUTENANT COLONEL WILLIAM GIESER Lieutenant Colonel William Gieser is the Commander of AFROTC Detachment 004 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Colonel Gieser graduated from Colorado State University in 1988 with a degree in Social Sciences and a minor in Criminal Justice. After commissioning, he attended Undergraduate Missile Training for the Command Data Buffer System of Minuteman III at Vandenberg AFB, CA. He was then assigned to the 741st Strategic Missile Squadron at Minot AFB, ND where he was a missile combat crew commander and flight commander. He finished his duties at Minot as a classroom weapon system instructor within the 91st Operations Group. Colonel Gieser next assumed the duties as System Safety Engineer for the Titan II/IV program assigned to 30th Space Wing Safety Office. Afterward, he transitioned to become a Mission Flight Control Officer (MFCO) within the wing. While functioning as a MFCO, Colonel Gieser had the opportunity to compete in Air Force Space Command’s premier operational competition Guardian Challenge and work over 40 launch missions with the Titan, Delta, Atlas, Taurus, Pegasus, Minuteman III and Peacekeeper weapon systems. At the completion of his second operational tour, Colonel Gieser was reassigned to HQ/AFSC where he served in a number of positions culminating as the Executive Officer for HQ NORAD/ USSPACE Directorate of Programs and Resources (J8). After 9/11, Colonel Gieser was reassigned to the Joint Task Force for Computer Network Operations in Arlington, VA where he was a Computer Network Attack and Defense planner. Upon completion of that tour, he was reassigned back into the Space and Missile career field with a position at HQ USSOCOM J3 as the Space Section Branch Chief and eventually the Deputy Chief of Space, Computer Network Attack and Electronic Warfare. In that role, he supported Global War on Terror special operations world-wide, both in the field and at headquarters. Colonel Gieser is married to the former Constance Ann Maragos of Minot, ND and they have a son, Connor. EDUCATION 1988 Bachelor of Social Science degree w/ minor in Criminal Justice, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO 1992 USMC Small Unit Tactics and Amphibious Warfare, Non-resident program 1993 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL 1995 Master’s in public administration, Central Michigan University 2002 Air Command and Staff College, Non-resident program 2003 Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA ASSIGNMENTS 1. August 1989 - February 1994, Crew Commander and Flight Commander 741 Strategic Missile Squadron and Classroom Instructor 91St Operations Group, 91st Strategic Missile Wing, Minot AFB, ND 2. March 1994 - May 1995, System Safety Engineer, Titan IV Program, office of Wing Safety, 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg AFB, CA 3. May 1995 – April 1999, Mission Flight Control Officer, Senior Mission Flight Control Officer and Chief of Current Operations, 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg AFB, CA 4. April 1999 – October 2000, Chief, Information Operations and SATCOM Long-Range Planning, Headquarter Air Force Space Command, Plans and Programs (XP), Peterson AFB, CO 5. October 2000 – October 2001, Executive Officer to the Director of Programs and Resources, HQ NORAD/USSPACE (J-8), Peterson AFB, CO 6. October 2001 – September 2004, Computer Network Attack and Defense Planner (J-35), Joint Task Force Computer Network Operations, Arlington, VA 7. September 2004 – July 2008, Chief, Space Branch and Deputy Chief Computer Network Attack, Electronic Warfare and Space Section, Directorate of Operations (J-3), Center for Special Operations, HQ USSOCOM, MacDill AFB, FL 8. July 2008 – present, Commander, AFROTC Detachment 004, University of Nevada- Las Vegas, NV MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS Bronze Star Medal Defense Meritorious Service Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster Air Force Meritorious Service Medal Joint Service Commendation with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster Air Force Achievement Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster Joint Meritorious Unit Award AF Outstanding Unit Award 2 Oak Leaf Cluster’s AF Organizational Excellence Award Combat Readiness Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster National Defense Service Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster Afghanistan Campaign Medal Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border AF Longevity Service 3 Oak Leaf Cluster’s Small Arms Expert Marksmanship with Star AF Training Ribbon 20th Air Force Crew Member Excellence Award Spacelift Professional Level 2 Awarded Master Missile Operations Badge Awarded Master Space/Missile Operations Badge EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION Second Lieutenant April 14, 1989 First Lieutenant April 14, 1991 Captain April 14, 1993 Major July 1, 2000 Lieutenant Colonel August 1, 2005 (Current as of July 2008 ) Civil and Environmental Engineering Dr. Sajjad Ahmad 702-895-3701 Sajjad.firstname.lastname@example.org Biography Dr. Sajjad Ahmad is Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Ahmad’s teaching and research emphasis is in the areas of sustainable planning and management of water resources. He is particularly interested in climate variability/change and its impacts on water and agriculture. Core of his work is done using mathematical modeling/simulation techniques including optimization, systems analysis, and system dynamics approaches. Dr. Ahmad has developed expert/decision support systems for water management and he is particularly interested in application of artificial intelligence techniques in water management. Dr. Ahmad has strong interest in interdisciplinary research and has participated in research projects involving public health issues arising from a variety of sources such as water quality, vector borne diseases and smoking. Dr. Ahmad received his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He has worked with University of California, Irvine and University of Miami, Coral Gables before coming to UNLV He is the author or co-author of 18 Journal publications, and he serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Spatial Hydrology. He also serves on the American Society of Civil Engineers committee on Emerging Technologies (EWRI-ASCE). Dr. Ahmad is a member of American Geophysical Union (AGU). He holds professional engineering licenses both in USA (PE) and Canada (P. Eng) Active Research Using Climate Information for Sustainable Management of Water Resources Funded by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA-SARP), the primary objective of the project is to explore how increased or better use of climate information can lead to better, more cost-effective decisions for sustainable management of water resources. Through this project Dr Ahmad and his collaborators are developing simulation models to answer important questions such as: What are some major changes in terms of population growth, land use, water demand, and water availability that can be expected in the short and long term?; What would be the major hydrologic effects of climate variability and change?; How could water system adapt to anticipated population growth, urban sprawl, and climate change? and what are the most promising (cost effective) policies for water management in response to growth and climate change? Vector-Borne Disease Control in Urban Environments Funded by National Institute of Health (NIH), the primary objective of this project is to develop a cutting-edge hierarchical suite of ecological and epidemiological models for vector–borne diseases in urban environments. The work involves collaboration with field sites in Kenya, Egypt, Israel, Costa Rica, and Trinidad where specific vector-borne diseases are being investigated with the ultimate goal of identifying and testing strategies for prevention and control. Dr. Jaci Batista 702-895-1585 Jaci@ce.unlv.edu Biography Dr. Jacimaria Ramos Batista is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; where she has been on the faculty since 1997. Dr. Batista holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, a M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from Montana Tech, and a B.S. degree in Mining Engineering from the Federal University of Ouro Preto, Brazil. She teaches and researches environmental engineering at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Her area of expertise is biological nutrient removal of nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewaters and inorganic contaminants removal from waters. She has performed significant research on perchlorate and selenium removal and has published over 60 papers and conference proceedings, in the last 9 years, on technologies to remove perchlorate and nutrients from waters. She serves as a consultant to companies in Arizona, California, and Nevada wishing to implement full-scale biological and physic-chemical treatment of perchlorate, arsenic, and chromium. Professor Batista also has research and practical experience with adsorption onto metal oxides. She has worked with concentrated waste solutions from mining heap leaching operations containing significant concentrations of arsenic, selenium, and cyanide. She has researched and published on the influence of silica and calcium on the removal of selenium from waters by activated alumina adsorption. In the area of wastewater treatment, Dr. Batista has significant practical and academic experience with nutrient removal from wastewaters. She teaches advanced water and wastewater treatment. She has investigated the influence of denitrification and sludge holding times on Phosphorus secondary release in a large wastewater treatment plant. In addition she has investigated the potential for struvite formation in anaerobic digesters and the generation of volatile fatty acids from the fermentation of primary sludge. She is member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the Water Environmental Federation (WEF), the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Society of Microbiology (ASM), the Association of Environmental Science and Engineering Professors (AEESP), and the Nevada Water Environment Association (NWEA). She collaborates widely with other academic institutions and the industry. Her research has been funded by the US EPA, the American Water Works Association Research Foundation, the National Science Foundation, Clark County Sanitation District, the City of Las Vegas, the Nevada Department of Health Services, the Clark County Flood District, The City of Las Vegas, and the private water industry. Active Research In the last two years, Dr. Batista has focused on developing sustainable technologies for the removal of perchlorate, arsenic, and chromium from waters and from brine solutions. She has filed a patent on bioregeneration technology for spent ion-exchange resins. A pilot plant to test this technology is under design in collaboration with the water industry. The research is funded by the private water industry and a major environmental technology firm. The technology under consideration presents a major advancement in the treatment of perchlorate contaminated waters. It is environmentally sustainable because it eliminates the one-way use of resins, thereby minimizing the use of raw materials and energy needed to manufacture new resins. Jon Becker 702-895-5362 Jon.email@example.com Biography Jon Becker is the Manager for the Teaching Laboratories for the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department He is responsible for ensuring quality and continuity in the undergraduate laboratory classes in partnership with the faculty and the graduate teaching assistants. He provides training and oversight to ensure safe behavior of all persons in the laboratories and designs and implements new teaching equipment as well as maintaining and upgrading laboratory equipment. Jon Becker received his M.S. in Civil Engineering from UNLV in 2000 with the curriculum emphasis on environmental engineering and water remediation. He worked at the Clark County Water Reclamation District collecting research data for his thesis topic on the “Biological Removal of Phosphorus” from Clark County waste water treatment plant. Prior to coming to Nevada, he worked as an electro-optics engineer on commercial and government projects, one of them being the “Wave front Control Experiment” at Kaman Aerospace in Colorado Springs, a low light level adaptive optics experiment designed to fly on the Space Shuttle. Other projects include battery & solar powered security systems, IR security system, design of lens systems for diffraction limited imaging systems, design of early models of the CD-ROM drive, acousto-optic spectrum analyzers, a gigabyte satellite to ground optical communications experiment, and a sun-pumped laser. After graduation, he worked for five years at the Nevada Test Site on various projects including the Atlas Pulsed Power project. Active research Interests Active interests include developing ethanol derived from biomass with very low Evapotranspiration, water treatment and conservation techniques in biofuel agriculture, atmospheric warming gases and their origins, fuel cell power, small photovoltaic powered control systems and solar energy systems. Dr. Nader Ghafoori 702-895-3701 Nader.firstname.lastname@example.org Biography Nader Ghafoori a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Structures) from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. He has over 26 years of academic experience in various institutions in Florida, Washington, Illinois, Tennessee, and Nevada. Prior to joining UNLV, he served as Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Tennessee Technological University. His teaching responsibility has concentrated on structural engineering and to a lesser extent in structural materials and pavement engineering. His research interests include durability, strength, and behavior of concrete and reinforced concrete structures. He obtained research grants from the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Department of Commerce, Department of Transportation, National Concrete Masonry Association, National Concrete Interlocking Institute, various state agencies, local and regional concrete industry and associations, and various university internal sources. He has published in the journals of American Society of Civil Engineers, American Concrete Institute International, The Masonry Society, Transportation Research Board, Cement and Concrete Research, and in the proceedings of numerous national and international conferences. Thus far, he has nearly 200 publications in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings, abstracts, and research reports. He is a member of various technical committees of American Concrete Institute International, American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Masonry Society. He also serves as a member of National ASCE Department Heads Executive Council. Active research 1. Prescriptive Mixture Design of Self-Consolidating Concrete 2. Sulfate resistance of Nevada’s concrete 3. Alkali-Aggregate Reactivity of Nevada’s Aggregate 4. Air-Void System of Self-Consolidating Concrete Dr. David E. James 702-895-5804 Dave.email@example.com Biography Dr. David E. James is Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Associate Vice Provost for Academic Programs. He is PI or Co-PI on a variety of projects in dust control and solar water distillation, including measurement of fine particulate matter emitted from vacant lands and paved roadways. Dr. James has been active in evaluating the effectiveness of water and chemical dust palliatives on reducing dust emissions from vacant lands in Las Vegas. He has been PI on over $1,500,000 in grants and contracts, and graduated 17 M.S. students as advisor, and 4 as co-advisor since arriving at UNLV in 1990. Dr. James received his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering Science from the California Institute of Technology. Prior to receiving his Ph.D., he was employed for 7 years at Raychem Corporation (now part of Tyco International). He was on the faculty of Southern Methodist University for 1 ½ years before coming to UNLV in 1990. Dr. James served as Chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering department from 1999 to 2002, and was appointed Associate Vice Provost for Academic Programs in January 2007. Dr. James was recognized as an outstanding faculty member at UNLV in 1996, and was inducted into Tau Beta Pi as an Eminent Engineer in 2003. He has also been recognized as Engineer of the Year in 2003 by both the southern Nevada Chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the southern Nevada Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. In 2008, he was recognized by the Nevada State Board of Engineers for his services to the Board in support of the engineering profession. He is the author or co-author of 10 technical publications. He is a licensed professional Civil Engineer in the State of Nevada Active Research “Dust Emissions Factors” With the support of the Clark County Department of Air Quality and Environmental Management, Dr. James is developing refined fine particulate emissions factors for wind blown dust from vacant lands and providing baseline data for alternative technologies for measurement of fine particulate emissions factors from paved roads. “Solar Distillation” With the support of the Harold R. Hay fund, Dr. James is working on both long term monitoring of existing solar still designs and development of new low cost, high yield solar stills. Dr. Moses Karakouzian 702-895-0959 firstname.lastname@example.org Biography Dr. Karakouzian is a Professor of Civil Engineering and a licensed Professional Engineer in Ohio and Nevada. During the past 28 years Dr. Karakouzian has conducted research covering a wide range of multidisciplinary areas including: (1) Utilizing non-contact ultrasound technology in characterizing the mechanical properties of construction materials; (2) Characterization of problematic soils for building foundations in the Las Vegas Valley; (3) Repository rock and underground opening behavior at the Yucca Mountain; (4) Characterization of roadway and highway construction materials; (5) Development of a system framework for optimizing investment strategies related to casino development and construction; (6) Development of a new and unique apparatus for studying clay smears to forecast petroleum reserves. Funding for his research activities exceed $12 Million during the past 28 years. At UNLV he has graduated 6 Ph.D.s and 20 Masters students under his advisement. Dr. Karakouzian received his MBA and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Ohio State University. He was with Battelle Columbus Laboratories for ten years as Senior Research Scientist before coming to UNLV to join the Department of Civil Engineering. He is the recipient of numerous awards: Two- time recipient of the UNLV College of Engineering Distinguished Research Award (1998 and 2004); Two-time recipient of the UNLV College of Engineering Distinguished Teaching Award (1991 and 1999); Four-time recipient of the UNLV Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Outstanding Teacher Award, (1991, 1994, 2004 and 2005); UNLV Foundation Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award (1996); and CSUN Student Government Faculty Excellence Award, Engineering (1993). He was also awarded American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) Award for Outstanding Journal Article on the Practice of Geotechnical Testing, (awarded in 1998) for the paper by Karakouzian et. al., “Measurements of Soluble Salt Content of Soils from Arid and Semi-Arid Regions”, Geotechnical Testing Journal, American Society for Testing Materials, ASTM, GTJODJ, Vol. 19, No. 4, December 1996, pp. 364-372. Active Research Currently, Dr. Karakouzian is involved in three major research projects: (1) A project to characterize the tensile strength of the Yucca Mountain repository for the purpose of evaluation the long-term stability of the underground openings; (2) A project to develop a model to optimize large development projects such as megacasinos; and (3) A project to study the long-term performance of asphalt bridge deck joint systems. Dr. Mohamed Kaseko 702-895-1360 email@example.com Biography Dr. Mohamed S. Kaseko is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Interim Director of the Transportation Research Center (TRC). His teaching and research area is Transportation Engineering. Over the years, Dr Kaseko has been PI and Co-PI in several transportation projects in the areas of Transportation Operations, traffic safety and Intelligent Transportation Systems. In his role as the interim Director of the TRC, Dr Kaseko oversees operation of the center including coordinating several research projects funded by local, state, and national transportation agencies and performed by PIs from several departments of UNLV. The center handles external research funding of over $1.5Million per year. Dr. Kaseko received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Irvine, MS from Cornell University, and BSc (Engineering) from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzani. Dr. Barbara Luke 702-895-1568 firstname.lastname@example.org http://faculty.unlv.edu/bluke/ Biography Barbara Luke, Ph.D., P.E. is Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Applied Geophysics Center and Engineering Geophysics Laboratory at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from University of Texas at Austin (1985), University of California, Berkeley (1987), and University of Texas at Austin (1994), respectively. She teaches in geotechnical engineering and geophysical engineering. Her research program emphasizes seismic site characterization and geotechnical earthquake engineering. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Nevada. She was previously a technical staff member at Sandia National Laboratories, working in rock mechanics. Dr. Luke is a past recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award. She is active in professional service, having recently served as President of the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society and Chair of the Technical Coordination Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Geo-Institute. Active research Earthquakes in Southern Nevada Dr. Luke leads a multi-year, multi-investigator project sponsored by the U. S. Department of Energy to address hazards and risks associated with earthquakes in Southern Nevada. Nevada is ranked third in the nation for risk of strong earthquakes. The research team extends across colleges from Engineering to Sciences. Geologist Wanda Taylor (UNLV Geoscience) and seismologist Catherine Snelson (New Mexico Tech) are characterizing the makeup of the Las Vegas basin, emphasizing local and regional earthquake-producing faults. Structural engineer Aly Said is investigating earthquake response of hospitals and other critical structures in the Valley. The project currently employs fifteen students and two professional staff members. Dr. Luke and her geotechnical engineering cadre are investigating anomalous ground shaking in and around Las Vegas caused by earthquakes. Seismic response in Las Vegas is complex because the developed area is situated in a very deep, sediment-filled basin that can amplify distant motions and because earthquake-producing faults traverse the Valley itself. The research encompasses field data collection campaigns, detailed computational modeling and analyses. The Project has secured major field-testing equipment for UNLV’s newly created cross-disciplinary Applied Geophysics Center, including a 7,000-lb seismic vibrator, which allows users to image the subsurface to great depths. Results of the research will feed design and decision-making processes for future development, retrofitting and emergency planning. The Project also includes an outreach component. The researchers place strong emphasis on informing the community about earthquake hazards and what people can do to be better prepared in the event that a major earthquake strikes nearby. In situ characterization of anomalous soils Related to the geotechnical earthquake engineering, Dr. Luke collaborates with students and professional seismologist Dr. Carlos Calderón Macías of Ion-GX Technology in Houston to investigate and develop methods for non-intrusive characterization of complex soil structures using seismic surface waves. They emphasize profiles containing buried carbonate cemented lenses, known locally as “caliche,” which are commonly encountered in Las Vegas and elsewhere, and buried cavities and inclusions, both natural and man-made. Dr. Edward S. Neumann 702-895-1072 Neumann@ce.unlv.edu Biography Dr. Edward S. Neumann is Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Adjunct Professor of Kinesiology, and Director of the Center for Disability and Applied Biomechanics. His research activities in the area of biomechanics involve studies concerned with the improvement of clinometric methods and data, and the development of evidence-based clinical practice in the area of prosthetics. Included are research projects related to gait and the measurement of component performance and intra-socket pressures on the residual limb. His research activities in the area of transportation systems concern traffic safety, and include studies of the factors that influence crash occurrence. Dr. Neumann received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University and a certificate in prosthetics from the Medical School at Northwestern University. He is a certified prosthetist and has clinical experience. He was on the faculty at West Virginia University for twenty years, where he served as Director of the Harley O. Staggers National Transportation Center. Prior to this he was a military officer and researcher with the US Army Corps of Engineers at the US Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station. At the University of Nevada, Las Vegas he served as Director of the Transportation Research Center and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He has held numerous leadership positions in the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Transportation Research Board, and the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists. Active Research Projects on the biomechanics of amputee gait and the effectiveness of component designs are being pursued. Previous work examined the measurement of intra-socket pressures and the perception of their magnitude using the Theory of Signal Detection. Newer projects involve the prediction of intra- socket pressures using measurements of the forces and moments distal to the socket and evaluating the utility of such measurements for clinical diagnosis and outcomes assessment. Work also is underway to implement evidence-based practice in the prosthetics profession through the development of continuing education materials. Dr. Alexander Paz 702-895-0871 email@example.com Biography Dr. Alexander Paz is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Before joining UNVL Dr. Paz worked as a Senior Professional for Cambridge Systematics, an international leading transportation consulting company. Dr. Paz received his Ph.D. in Transportation and Infrastructure Systems from Purdue University He serves as a reviewer for several technical journals including: (i) IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems; (ii) Transportation Research Record; (iii) IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology; (iv) Journal of Infrastructure Systems; (v) Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing. Dr. Paz is a contributor to the development and maintenance of a state-of-the-art dynamic traffic assignment model, DynusT (Dynamic Urban Systems for Transportation). He is an active friend of several Transportation Research Board comities including the Transportation Network Modeling Committee and the Highway Capacity and Quality of Service Committee. In addition to reviewing papers for these committees, Dr. Paz is currently working on a dynamic traffic assignment primer for the Transportation Network Modeling Committee. Active Research Dr. Paz has worked for projects sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). He has worked on the analysis of prospective on-demand air service systems and the deployment of intelligent transportation system technologies. Dr. Paz research is characterized by a multidisciplinary and systems perspective. His areas of interest include: Some areas of interest include: (i) modeling of large-scale transportation systems, (ii) computational and agent-based modeling of complex self-organizing and dynamic systems, (iii) modeling interdependencies across multiple infrastructure systems, (iv) modeling of systems-based disaster management and associated strategic planning, (v) estimation of human behavior/learning to develop control strategies aiming to enhance transportation/systems performance, (vi) use of information, sensor, and processing technologies for the real-time operational control of large-scale dynamic traffic networks, (vii) application of operations research, mathematical programming, and control theory to large-scale dynamic traffic networks, and (viii) modeling of transportation supply and demand integration. Dr. Ken Peck 702-895-5543 firstname.lastname@example.org Biography Dr. Ken E Peck is a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Transportation planning, operational analysis of logistical systems, and enterprise modeling are his areas of focus. Of particular interest, is developing solution approaches that can accommodate the vagaries in real world transportation operations where unplanned events intrude and where information is often incomplete or incorrect. Systems analysis based on the use of agent based modeling and simulation coupled with optimization techniques using artificial intelligence are the current practices being pursued. These analytics are modified by the concurrent pursuit of better operational safety, security, accident prevention, and incident management. Dr. Peck received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering – Industrial Systems at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He taught courses in industrial control systems and engineering economics before joining Yellow Freight System, Inc. in their Operations Planning group at their Overland Park, Kansas corporate headquarters. At Yellow he helped implement and use system network freight flow models, worked on teams to improve breakbulk and local freight terminal operations, and helped introduce GIS into the analysis and planning processes. The final activity at Yellow, before joining a private consulting group, was helping to develop a corporate restructuring plan for their North American operations to integrate new and disrupting freight handling technologies and to change management/labor practices in the freight terminals. His consulting work has specialized in improving less-than-truckload freight operations and developing decision support systems for manufacturing operations. Active Research Hazardous Material Truck Tracking Program This research is funded by the Department of Energy Environmental Management group. The research team is composed of members from Qualcomm’s Wireless Business Systems, Operations Respond, Visual Risk Technologies, UNLV Research Foundation, UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, and two commercial carriers of hazardous materials. The goal is to reduce transportation accidents involving trucks carrying hazardous materials and improve the incident response management should such an accident occur. Ideally, this will be accomplished through the voluntary adoption of these or similar technologies by the commercial carriers. This involves selecting a set of leading edge but commercially available products, integrating these products into the daily workflow of the carriers, and determining their effectiveness in reducing truck related accidents and incident response. The accident prevention technologies include satellite based equipment tracking for performance monitoring, and communications; un-tethered trailer tracking and location based geo-fencing; critical event reporting; collision avoidance systems; digital driver logs; and data mining and reporting. On the incident management side, the technologies build on top of the satellite and cell phone based technologies and add: panic button hardware in the tractors and wireless activation units for the drivers; special data bases, GIS analysis and presentation capabilities; and establishes communication protocols into the first responder community, government agencies, shippers, and consignees. Safety and Risk Analysis for Hazardous and Radioactive Materials Transportation Funded by the Department of Energy, the primary objective of the project is to reduce transportation risks associated with highway movement of hazardous materials. Areas being focused on are shipment routing and scheduling, driver selection, and real-time monitoring of vehicle location and vehicle performance. This work is helping to define and refine the “Digital Highway” concept, which is a multi-dimensional worldview of the transportation environment in time, space, and usage to increase the safety, security, and economics of highway transport activities. To help carry out part of this research and in preparation to placing instrumentation packages on commercial 18-wheelers, a pickup truck with a mounted fifth-wheel assembly and a thirty-five foot trailer have been acquired and instrumented. The current instrumentation array includes a high resolution(+-6”) GPS unit, six-axis accelerometers, temperature sensors for ambient air conditions and the road pavement temperature, Geiger counter, front and rear facing collision detection radars, four cameras, two cell modems, three laptop computers, and a couple other devices. This is complemented by a truck data website for capturing, displaying, analyzing, and disseminating the ongoing results of the truck’s instrumentation package when operating in the field. Dr. Thomas C. Piechota 702-895-4412 email@example.com Biography Dr. Thomas Piechota is currently the Director of Sustainability and Multidisciplinary Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Division of Research and Graduate Studies. Dr. Piechota is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UNLV where he started in 1999. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1997. Dr. Piechota has received external grants from federal, state, and local agencies that fund research in water resources, climate, and sustainability in urban environments. Significant awards that Dr. Piechota has received include: a National Science Foundation CAREER grant in 2003 to study drought in the southwest United States; the American Society of Civil Engineers New Faculty Excellence in Teach Award 2003; the Best Paper of the Year in the ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 1999. Currently, Dr. Piechota is part of a state-wide team that has received $15,000,000 in funding from National Science Foundation to study climate change in the State of Nevada. Dr. Piechota is a registered Professional Civil Engineering in Nevada and California and has been the major advisor for 3 PhD students and 11 M.S. students in Civil and Environmental Engineering. In this position, Dr. Piechota is helping move forward the Urban Sustainability Initiative which is a campus-wide effort related to sustainability related research, education, and outreach. Dr. Piechota is working with faculty and students across campus to promote interdisciplinary research proposals to external funding agencies. It is the goal of the Urban Sustainability Initiative to reach out and collaborate with faculty, students, community groups, and national/international leaders in finding solutions for the quality of life challenges confronting the Las Vegas metropolitan area, Nevada, the Southwest, the nation, and world. Dr. Piechota has worked closely with community partners who are interested in sustainability. This includes serving on the City of Las Vegas Green Council, working with the Las Vegas Spring Preserve on educational outreach, and organizing workshops/conferences on water sustainability and environmental issues. Dr. Piechota’s efforts are critical if higher education is going to embrace interdisciplinary studies where students can address future challenges such as climate change, energy security, public health, economic diversification, aging infrastructure, and sustaining natural resources. Active Research Improving Ensemble Stream flow Prediction Using Interdecadal/Interannual Climate Variability and Model Uncertainties National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, August 2007 – July 2010. Flood Warning System for the Clark County Wetlands Park U.S. Geological Survey, April 2006 – March 2008. Nevada Infrastructure for Climate Change Science, Education, and Outreach National Science Foundation, September 2008 – August 2013. Dr. Aly Said 702-895-2722 firstname.lastname@example.org Biography Dr Said received his bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from Ain Shams University (Cairo, Egypt) in 1994, in the area of Structural Engineering. He received his PhD from The University of Western Ontario in 2004 (London, Ontario) in the area of Earthquake Engineering. His PhD research focused on the use of new materials to enhance the performance of structures during earthquakes. Dr Said worked in the industry for two years after receiving his PhD. He was a leading member of the Analysis Group at YAS Consulting P.C. He was working on the analysis and design of several projects including high rises in Miami and New York City, before becoming a faculty member at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr Said is a member of several professional associations such as the American Concrete Institute and the American Institute of Steel Construction. He is a reviewer for several technical journals including the ACI Structural Journal, Materials in Civil Engineering ASCE Journal and the ISET Journal of Earthquake Technology. Dr. Said’s research and consulting activities are in the area of structural analysis, design, seismic rehabilitation, repair of concrete infrastructure, structural behavior of special concretes, new materials, modeling RC structures and the use of knowledge based systems in structural engineering. Active Research “Earthquake in Southern Nevada” Dr Said is the structural engineering Co-PI on the project of Earthquakes in Southern Nevada funded by The Department of Transportation. The project aims to improve understanding of the earthquake hazard in the Las Vegas Valley and to assess and improve the state of preparedness of the area’s population and structures for the next big earthquake. Dr Said’s involvement focuses on the assessment of current building standards in the Las Vegas basin in light of improved understanding of hazards. His work also will evaluate the structural performance of critical infrastructure in a post-earthquake event. Critical infrastructure includes Schools, fire and police stations, hospitals and bridges. Dr Said has also an active line of research in the area of knowledge based systems in structural engineering funded by the NSF-EPSCoR Undergraduate Research Scholarship. Dr. Hualiang (Harry) Teng 702-895-4940 email@example.com Biography Dr. Hualiang (Harry) Teng is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Transportation Research Center at UNLV. He has conducted many research studies on Intelligent Transportation Systems, air quality analysis, and freight transportation systems. He developed incident detection and response algorithms for freeway systems using advanced statistics and wavelet methods which are great contributions to the incident management system. He also evaluated parking information systems for New York City and truck parking information systems for Virginia Department of Transportation. Using traffic simulation model, he studied adaptive traffic signal control, emergency preemption, and bus priority system. With ITS data available, he developed deterioration models for ITS systems and used these models in assessing the strategies for maintaining ITS systems. In addition, he compared the accuracy of the ITS and planning data which provides a basis to use ITS data for transportation planning. In the area of air quality, he conducted a study for NJDOT in which he developed regression models for pollutions CO, HC, and NOx. In addition to highway system, he has vast experience in railroad operations and management, which brought him into several projects on freight transportation. Dr. Teng received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. He Joined faculty at Polytechnic University of New York for four years, and was on the faculty of the University of Virginia (UVA) for two years before coming to UNLV. He was an Associate Director for Administration for the Center of Transportation Studies at UVA. He is a member for two TRB committees and one ASCE committee. His work on developing a web course on ITS won him an award from ITS America. So far, he has authored or co-authored more than twenty peer-review technical papers. Active Research Currently, he is conducting a study on evaluating advanced technologies for improving safety and mobility in work zones in Nevada. Another project is about testing a queue detection system for preventing accidents in special events in Nevada. With other faculty, he is evaluating the performance of emergency preemption from the perspective of travel time and signal transition. In addition, he is working on a project on evaluating the graffiti countermeasures. In the area of air quality, he has been involved in analyzing the dust data collected by Clark County. Also, he is teaming up with other researchers to develop an accident database for Regional Transportation Commission. Dr. Ying Tian 702-895-4917 firstname.lastname@example.org Biography Dr. Ying Tian is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he has been on the faculty since 2007. Dr. Tian received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007, his M.S. from the Ohio State University in 2002, his M.S.E. from Tsinghua University (China) in 2000, and his B.S.E. from Hebei Polytechnic University (China) in 1991, all in civil engineering. Dr. Tian is teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the field of structural engineering. His primary research interests include the behavior, design, analysis, and rehabilitation of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures subject to natural or man-made extreme loading events. His interests also include the durability, health monitoring of reinforced concrete structures, and rotational seismology. His research has resulted in publications in the top journals in the field of earthquake engineering and structural concrete. Dr. Tian is a member of Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and a member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI). He is serving the ACI Committee 369, Seismic Repair and Rehabilitation; Joint ACI-ASCE Committee 421, Design of Reinforced Concrete Slabs; and Joint ACI- ASCE Committee 445, Shear and Torsion. Active Research Dr. Tian is currently conducting research in the area of design and rehabilitation of reinforced concrete moment frames to mitigate the risk of progressive collapse. One research project (as Co-PI) has been funded by the Institute for Security Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The research investigates the internal force redistribution characteristics and the vulnerability to progressive collapse of reinforced concrete frames designed with seismic resistance. Dr. Tian is also collaborating Chinese colleagues to carry out experimental study related to progressive collapse prevention. The experimental program contains two phases: (1) static loading to study the gravity load capacity of frame beams restrained at the boundaries and (2) dynamic loading to identify the demand on a frame beam due to the instantaneous removal of a bearing column and the enhanced flexural capacity of a beam due to the compressive arch action. School of Computer Science Dr. Wolfgang Bein 702-895-1477 email@example.com Biography Dr. Wolfgang Bein is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and the Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Algorithms (CASA). His interests are in the area of computer algorithms, specifically on-line algorithms, combinatorial optimization, adaptive algorithms, and heuristics as well as in networks, parallel architectures, and VLSI layouts. Dr. Bein also promotes open source projects. Dr. Bein has published about 50 journal and conference articles - his Erdos number is 2 - and his work has been cited widely, especially in the area of greedy algorithms and Monge properties. Dr. Bein is a sought-after speaker and has lectured worldwide. He has worked on a number of funded projects, including a recent $300,000 National Science Project (NSF) on Information Technology and Online Competitive Algorithms. Dr. Bein has been the organizer and program committee member of numerous prestigious conferences, and has advised the National Science Foundation while on a number of panels. He is the Publicity Chair for the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory (SIGACT) since 2002, is in charge of SIGACT’s server and the moderator for THEORYNT. Dr. Bein is strong supporter of scholarship in academia and has received the 2002/2003 Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Bein holds a Ph.D. (Dr. rer. Nat.) from the University of Osnabrueck, Germany. He has been a faculty member at Duke University, the University of New Mexico, and at the University of Texas at Dallas. Prior to UNLV he was a Consultant with American Airlines. Professor Bein also a Visiting Professor at Kyoto University. Active Research “Online Algorithms in Information Technology” In Information Technology decisions must typically be made before all inputs are available. Whether it is setting up virtual circuits in order to carry IP traffic over ATM networks, deciding whether to leave a disk spinning in between accesses to data, or keeping cache coherent in a multiprocessor architecture – online algorithms play a crucial role in such diverse areas as machine learning, robotics, operating systems, network routing, distributed systems, databases. The focus is on problems, some of which represent long-standing challenges in computer science. This project has strong student participation. Dr. Ajoy Datta 702-895-0870 firstname.lastname@example.org Biography Ajoy K. Datta is a professor of Computer Science. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India. He was on the faculty at Ohio State University and Arizona State University before coming to UNLV. Active Research His research interests are in the areas of Distributed Computing, Networks, and Fault- Tolerant Computing. Dr. Laxmi P Gewali 702-895-4028 email@example.com Biography Dr. Laxmi P Gewali is Professor of Computer Science at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He received his Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees, both in Computer Science, from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1982 and 1989, respectively. His research interests include design and analysis of algorithms, computational geometry, algorithmic path planning, and pattern recognition. His papers have been published in the Journals: (a) IEEE Journal on Robotics and Automation,(b) Computational Geometry: Theory and Applications, (c) ORSA Journal on Computing, (d) Information Sciences, (e) Pattern Recognition, (f) Parallel Processing Letters, and (g) The Visual Computer. His research projects have been funded by Cray Research, Inc., US Department of Energy, and the Applied Research Initiative. He served on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Computers. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on data structures, network optimization, algorithm analysis, and programming in C++/JAVA. Active Research: “Algorithm Analysis” The research focuses on applying tools from computational geometry to develop efficient algorithms for path planning, image recognition, and robotics. “Sensor Network” Develop distributed and/or localized algorithm for routing, node relocation and interference reduced network design. Dr. Yoohwan Kim (702) 895-5348 firstname.lastname@example.org Biography Dr. Yoohwan Kim received his MS and Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1994 and 2004 respectively, and Bachelor degree in Economics from Seoul National University in Korea in 1989. His research interests include network security, Internet traffic analysis, high-speed switch design, software architecture, and real-time embedded software design. He joined School of Computer Science at UNLV in 2004 as an Assistant Professor. Before joining UNLV, he has had a broad experience in IT industry. In 1991, he was a management information system consultant at Andersen Consulting. Between 1992 and 1994, he developed database programs to process hospital financial information at Cleveland Clinic Foundation, which is one of the 10 largest hospitals in the US. Between 1994 and 1997, as part of his Ph.D. program, he developed the control system of an agile manufacturing work cell composed of robots, conveyor belts, pallets, and vision systems, to automate the assembly of mechanical products. This multi-million dollar project was supported by Energizer Battery Company and involved over 20 students and faculty members. Between 1997 and 1999, he was a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories of Lucent Technologies, a telecommunication equipment manufacturer in New Jersey, developing the software for 3rd generation wireless system equipments. While at Lucent, he was awarded with the Recognition of Excellence Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution. In 2000, he co-founded a New Jersey-based software company that developed a technology for delivering video advertising material over the Internet. He raised the seed funding and led the software development team for two years. He has published more than 40 research papers in journals and conferences. He was awarded with an Outstanding Researcher in 2006 award by School of Computer Science and an Outstanding Teacher in 2008 award. Active Research In early 2005, he received the Trustworthy Computing Curriculum grant from Microsoft Research. He has been organizing tracks on computer security in a number of conferences, including ITCC, ITNG and EUC, and served as a guest editor for International Journal of Information Technology. His research on Distributed Denial-of-Service attacks has established a foundation for a new branch of intrusion prevention systems called Rate-Based IPS. His most recent research is in wireless network security such as roaming security in wireless LAN, wireless mesh network security, wireless sensor network security, and application of light-weight cryptography to wireless networks. He has consulted several companies including 3DSP Corp, En Pointe Technologies, Melior Inc., KoamTac Inc., etc. for projects in computer security, network security, and software development. Dr. Larry Larmore 702-895-1096 email@example.com Biography Dr. Lawrence L. Larmore is a Professor of Computer Science. He has been on the faculty of UNLV since 1994, and was Chair of the Department of Computer Science for five years. Before coming to UNLV, he was Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Riverside, where he was the founding Chair of the Department of Computer Science. Dr. Larmore received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Northwestern University in 1965, and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California,Irvine, in 1986. Dr. Larmore was the recipient of an NSF Graduate Fellowship for the years 1962-1964, and has received funding from five different peer-reviewed awards from the NSF. For three of these, he was the PI; for the others he was a co-PI. Dr. Larmore has 60 papers in peer-reviewed archival journals (not counting conference papers). He developed the Package-Merge Algorithm for length-limited prefix coding, the Work Function Algorithm for a number of online applications, and the LARSCH Algorithm for speeding up the analysis of RNA secondary structure. His work has been cited several hundred times, not only in mathematics and computer science papers, but also by papers in the fields of theoretical physics, computational biology, and acoustical fingerprinting. Active Research Dr. Larmore is currently active in research in the areas of online algorithms and distributed algorithms, in co-authorship with Dr. Wolfgang Bein and Dr. Ajoy Datta, as well as with colleagues in the United States, France, and Germany. Dr. John T. Minor (702) 895-3715 firstname.lastname@example.org Biography Dr. John T. Minor is the Director of the School of Computer Science at UNLV. In this role he leads a department of 14 full-time faculty members, 4 degree programs, and 3 research centers with over $1.7 million in annual expenditures from external sources. The School currently has approximately 300 undergraduate majors and 60 graduate students. It also offers a number of service courses which are taken by non-majors to learn about computer use and programming. Dr. Minor received his bachelor’s degree from Rice University and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. He has been a faculty member at UNLV for 23 years, serving 6 of those years as Chairman or Director for the Computer Science program. A principle investigator on three grants, he is the author of many publications in the areas of artificial intelligence, expert systems, programming language design, and Computer Science education. Dr. Minor has been named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers three times (2000-2005) and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Upsilon Pi Epsilon honor societies. Active Research "Artificial Intelligence" Research has been undertaken which makes it possible for computers to form logical deductions, including deductions in fuzzy logic and high-order logic, and to prove mathematical theorems. Other applications include the development of new logical tools for the construction of expert systems, which are programs that model the abilities of experts in limited domain areas. "Programming Language Design" Projects in this area have included new techniques for improving the design of programming languages, especially in regard to methods which make them easier to learn and more secure to use. Pedagogical issues in teaching programming to beginning students have also been studied. Ms. Lee Misch 702-895-3794 email@example.com Biography Ms. Lee Misch has been a lecturer in Computer Science since 1986. She received her B.S. in Business Administration in 1979 and M.S. in Computer Science in 1986 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. As a lecturer, Ms. Misch's primary objective is to develop and teach challenging courses for undergraduate Computer Science majors. Throughout her career at UNLV, she has also served as an academic advisor for undergraduates and overseen course development for non-majors. In 1993, she received the Distinguished Teaching Award for the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering and in 2001 was given a UNLV Alumni Association award for Academic Achievement and Commitment to student learning and development. Dr. Tom Nartker 702-895-0848 Tom@cs.unlv.edu Biography Dr. Nartker is a Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Emerging Technology Center (ETC). ETC is a proposed new interdisciplinary research center at UNLV that undertakes projects to develop needed new technologies. Dr. Nartker received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1966. He was the founding Chair of the Department of Computer Science at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, establishing the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. programs in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. He also served for several years as Tech’s Computer Center Director. While at New Mexico Tech, he served as a Visiting Staff Member at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. His work for Los Alamos was to design control software for the Meson Physics accelerator facility. He also was employed for 6 years at the Shell Development Company to design software for Shell’s own refinery control system. At UNLV, he served for two years as Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. He is the co-author of a research monograph, the author of two book chapters, and the author or co-author of over 100 technical publications. He also serves as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, Phi Lambda Upsilon, Upsilon Pi Epsilon, and Sigma Xi. Active Research “Micro-Algae Based Technologies To Achieve Substantial Reduction Of CO2 Emissions From Coal Fired Power Plants.” “Design of Software to Control Swarms of Cooperating UAV’s.” Dr. Roy Ogawa 702-895-3259 firstname.lastname@example.org Biography Dr. Roy H. Ogawa is an Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science. He has been of the faculty since 1983, for 25 years in 2008. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley. His dissertation was in the field of Complex Analytic Geometry. Not long after starting his first job as Assistant Professor in Mathematics at UCSD, he started to turn his interest to programming and to Computer Science. After a mixed appointment in Mathematics and Computer Science at Loyola University of Chicago he arrived at UNLV as an Associate Professor in Computer Science while the Computer Science group was quartered as a subgroup of the Mathematics Department. He has studied Cognitive Linguistics, notably that of R. Langacker and G. Lakoff as well as the indigenous language spoken by the Coeur d’Alene tribe of Idaho. Dr. Ogawa has recently been studying Bioinformatics, looking at transcription factor identification for the WRKY gene in the Rice Genome. He is also interested in the study of gene regulatory networks. Active Research “Bioinformatics” He is currently studying Bioinformatics as applied to the Rice Genome with a colleague in the School of Biological Sciences and a colleague in Statistics in the Mathematics Department. Jan “Matt” B. Pedersen Phone: (702) 895 2557 email@example.com Biography Dr. Jan “Matt” B. Pedersen received his M.Sc. in computer science with an equivalent of a B.Sc, in mathematics from the University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark in 1997, and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 2003. After graduation in 2003 he accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in the School of Computer Science. His area of expertise and responsibility include parallel programming, programming languages, compilers, networks and distributed systems. During his time at UNLV, Dr. Pedersen has graduated 3 M.Sc. students, 2 of which also worked on development and debugging environments and techniques for parallel programming and debugging. Current students are also working on parallel debugging as well as new language extensions to the popular Java programming language. Dr. Pedersen has developed course material for 6 new courses since taking up his position at UNLV; this included a compiler project for 80% of the state-of-the-art programming language, which is being used as the term project in the compiler course (CS-460/660). In 2003 Dr. Pedersen won best paper in the algorithms category at the PDC conference, and in 2002 an achievement award from the PDPTA conference; and in addition, Dr. Pedersen was a CO-PI on the College of Engineering Cluster Computing grant worth approximately $500,000. Active Research Dr. Pedersen’s area of expertise is parallel programming; in particular parallel debugging, which is the task of developing, implementing and debugging programs that execute on large multi-processor clusters (The College of Engineering currently own a 225+ node cluster). Further more active areas of research involve the area of theoretical message passing/ parallel computing, process oriented design languages for parallel computing (A new paradigm for more efficient implementation of parallel algorithms), as well as debugging of distributed and parallel message passing programs. Dr. David Pinelle 702-895-5886 firstname.lastname@example.org Biography Dr. David Pinelle is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan in 2004, and a B.Sc. in Occupational Therapy from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 1994. After completing his Ph.D. he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Clinical and Health Informatics Research Group at McGill University in Montreal and at the Interaction Lab at the University of Saskatchewan. His research has focused on several areas, including human-computer interaction, health informatics, and computer- supported cooperative work. In his thesis research, he designed, implemented, and deployed one of the first mobile information systems to support collaboration in home care treatment teams, and he developed a framework to help designers develop new systems for similar domains. He also developed Groupware Walkthrough, Group Task Analysis, and Collaborative Usability Analysis, three of the first formal methods for evaluating the usability of collaborative computing systems. His work has been published in prestigious journals and conference proceedings, including ACM’s Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI), Proceedings of the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), and Proceedings of the European Conference of Computer- Supported Cooperative Work (ECSCW). Active research Dr. Pinelle has spent the past two years developing interaction techniques and usability evaluation methods for computer systems that use large displays. One of the main focuses of his research is to develop new techniques to improve the way groups of users interact with large tabletop display systems. His work uses novel input technologies, including electromagnetic tracking systems, tangible input devices, and touch-based input. Recently, he developed several new techniques for helping users to manage shared tabletop workspaces, and to overcome common problems such as occlusion and interference by other users, and orientation differences between users. He worked with colleagues to develop a technique called TNT that allows users to seamlessly move and rotate digital content on tables, and he developed Cutouts, a software infrastructure that allows users to create digital portals that they can use to access content that is out of their reach. Dr. Pinelle’s work also extends to improving the overall usability of applications designed to use large displays. He recently developed T-CUA, a usability evaluation technique for tabletop display systems, and he is currently adapting this work for systems that use large vertical displays. Dr. Kazem Taghva 702-895-0873 email@example.com Biography Dr. Taghva received his Ph.D. in Mathematical Model Theory from the University of Iowa in 1980. Prior to joining UNLV, he was the chair of Computer Science Department at New Mexico Tech. He is 1990 Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering Distinguished Teacher of the year, winner of 1996 DuPont Educational Award, and 2007 winner of the School of Computer Science Research Award. Dr. Kazem Taghva is professor of computer science and technical director of the Information Science Research Institute (ISRI). As a Principal Investigator, he has received numerous awards for building text and data mining applications for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In 2002, he received an award in the amount of $2.4 million dollars to implement a homeland security classifier for DOE. Subsequently, he was awarded a $5.8 million dollar sole source contract to design and implement data mining applications. Dr. Taghva supports a group of eight full time programmers and developers in addition to several student employees. Dr. Taghva is nationally known for his work in Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and Information Retrieval (IR) with over 100 quality publications in this area and over 10,000 Google search results. He is the editor of the International Journal of Document Analysis and Recognition and is on the program committee for SPIE and ICDAR, two prominent conferences in recognition technology. Dr. Taghva is also one of the developers of the MANICURE document processing software that is commercially licensed by UNLV for large scale electronic conversion of paper documents into electronic form. MANICURE has generated $75,000 in licensing fee to date. Part of MANICURE’s technology is patent pending. Active Research Data mining, search engine technology, topic spotting, database design and implementation, and large scale conversion of paper documents to electronic form. Dr. Evangelos Yfantis 702-895-3536 Yfantis@cs.unlv.edu Biography Evangelos A. Yfantis is a professor of Computer Science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His education includes a Bachelors in Mathematics from the University of Athens, Greece (1969), a Masters in Mathematics from Fairleigh Dickinson University (1972), a Masters in Statistics from Rutgers University (1973), a Masters in Computer Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology (1975), a Ph.D. in Statistical Signal Processing from the University of Wyoming (1978), and Postdoctoral in Ocean Engineering from the University of Delaware (1979). His research interests include digital image processing, underwater acoustics, statistical signal processing, computer graphics, geostatistics, computer simulation, and pattern recognition. He has published over 100 research papers in refereed journals and referred conferences, such as IEEE, ACM, computer aided design, mathematical statistics, digital image processing, ASA, AMS and others. He has served on the editorial board of several computer science journals, on the program committee of numerous computer science conferences, and chaired numerous computer science conferences. His research projects have been funded by NASA, DOD, DOE, USEPA, Lawrence Livermore National Lab., Bechtel, Sandia National Lab., Nevada Gaming Control Board, U.S. Army Corps. Of Engineers. He has been a consultant for the Naval Ocean System Center in Santiego, Ca., Lockheed, Shell Oil Co., Exxon Corp. Los Alamos Scientific Lab., and Northrop Co. He teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in digital image processing, computer graphics, statistical pattern recognition, and cryptography. He is the director of the digital image processing and computer graphics laboratory. Active Research Digital Image Processing The current research focuses on image recognition, image analysis, image segmentation, feature extraction, pattern recognition, secure, fast, accurate communication, computer vision, and robot vision. Our projects include computerized form recognition. This includes form de-skewing, noise detection and noise elimination, segmentation, typed character recognition, handwritten character recognition, classifier training, pattern recognition, classification, server-client secure software, for fast, secure, and accurate storage and retrieval. Construction Management Dr. Neil Opfer 702-895-4047 firstname.lastname@example.org Biography Neil Opfer has extensive experience in the construction industry in various construction positions and as a construction faculty member and construction consultant. He has been employed in the construction divisions of such firms as Inland Steel, Morrison-Knudsen, CE Lummus, and Standard Oil. He has been on the faculty of the Construction Management Program – College of Engineering at University of Nevada, Las Vegas since 1989. In his academic career at UNLV and Western Michigan University, he has conducted over 150 semester courses. He is also a licensed general contractor in the State of Nevada. He has had extensive experience in construction consulting for a number of ENR Top 400 Contractors. Mr. Opfer has written over 60 articles, papers and book chapters on various aspects of the construction industry. He is a frequent speaker at construction industry seminars, trade, and professional association meetings having conducted over 75 seminars and made over 90 paper presentations. He is a member of CFMA, AIC, AACE, PMI, and CMAA. He is a founding officer and member of the national association-affiliated Nevada chapters for the Project Management Institute (PMI) and Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE). He holds a P.D. Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MBA from Purdue University along with a B.S. Building Theory, B.A. Economics, and B.A. Business, all from Washington State University. In addition, with continuing education, in his career, he has attended over 300 seminars and conferences related to the construction industry. Dr. David R. Shields 702-895-5881 David.email@example.com Biography Dr. David R. Shields, P.E. began his academic career in 2003 an Associate Professor in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as Director of the Construction Engineering and Management Program in the College of Engineering. In 2006 the Construction Management Program became an independent program within the College of Engineering. He has successfully lead the Construction Management Program to accreditation for two cycles and won the outstanding faculty member award for 2006-2007 and 2007-2008. Dr. Shields received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with emphasis in Construction Engineering and Project Management at the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in Ocean Engineering with emphasis in structures and coastal engineering at Texas A&M University. He was the Director of the Ocean Engineering Division at the Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center , Director of the Ocean Structures Division and research civil engineer at the Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory, hydraulic engineer at the U.S.A.C.E. Waterways Experiment Station, marine engineer at Mobil Research and Development Corp., commissioned officer in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and in construction engineering at Chevron. Dr. Shields has conducted extensive research and construction related to offshore structures and wave forces in government laboratories and private industry. He has also conducted research at Center for Construction Industry Studies and the Construction Industry Institute regarding workforce restructuring, productivity, project success and safety. He has won awards for project management and engineering management. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and serves on the Committee on Temporary Construction Structures. He is the Western Region Vice Chair, Professional Engineers in Construction Practice Division, for the National Society of Civil Engineers. He is a registered professional engineer. Active Research “Solar Energy Studies” Projects on several solar-related topics are being pursued. Previous work has been carried out related to system studies of solar power generation in Southern Nevada. The research team has also developed a design for a portable PV system for remote power generation, particularly related to environmental monitoring. A facility for evaluation of flat plate solar collectors is located on the roof of the engineering building at UNLV. Newer projects involve the research, development, and training related solar dishes with Stirling engines for power generation. Two units are on campus at the Center for Energy Research that is located on Flamingo Road near Swenson. One of these units has been changed more recently to a dish-PV system. Additional solar energy work involves the use of solar thermal energy to drive air conditioning, and application of analysis tools for Zero Energy Building design. In this role he is PI or Co-PI on a variety of interdisciplinary projects in renewable energy, particularly focused on solar energy applications and hydrogen topics, and energy conservation. Included are projects involving solar power generation from both thermal and photovoltaic approaches, and building applications of solar energy and zero energy building design. He is also PI on a far reaching project for establishing a hydrogen filling station at the Las Vegas Valley Water District where both standard and cutting edge methods for hydrogen production are being applied, and vehicle conversions to hydrogen fuel are taking place. The Center for Energy Research handles external funding of over $2M/year and employs nearly 50 students and others in accomplishing its mission. Charles M. Thomas Biography Charles Thomas is a part time instructor for the Construction Management Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He graduated from Utah State University with a B.S Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1964. He has been a member of National Society of Professional Engineers since 1969 and a member of the International Conference of Building Officials since 1978. Before coming to UNLV, Charles worked as a senior project engineer, manger of project engineering & plant maintenance, plant engineer, construction project manager, mechanical contractor, and a plant engineer at various companies in Nevada and California. He served on the Nevada State Contractors’ Licensing Board from 1972 through 1984. In 2003 he served as Chairman of the Clark County Justice Center Construction Dispute Review Board. Charles currently holds a Professional Mechanical Engineering License in Nevada and California. In 1984 a proclamation by Richard H. Bryan, Governor, State of Nevada, proclaimed August 7, 1984 as Charles Thomas Day in recognition of his contributions to high standards, achievements and betterment of the construction business and life in Nevada. In 1992 the Department of Architecture and Construction recognized Charles for the Outstanding Teaching Award. He was recognized as the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member in 2007 by the Construction Management Program. Following in 2008, he was recognized as the Outstanding Construction Management Instructor. Professional Development Activities within the Last Five Years include: Construction Law, Can This Job Be Saved, 2003 Construction Management and Design Build, 2003 Mechanics Lien Statute and other Payment Remedies, 2003 Pitfalls of Project Scheduling and Construction Relationships, 2004 Plan Reading and Scheduling, 2004 World of Concrete Basics of Concrete Floors on Grade 2005 World of Concrete Basics of Concrete Repairs, 2005 Fundamentals of Tilt Up Design and Construction, 2005 Construction Management and Design Build, 2005 Construction Lien Law, 2006 Change Orders, 2007 Structural Welding Inspection, 2007 Construction Compliance Certificate, 2007 LEED’s Green Building Rating System 2008 NSPE Contract Risk Management 2008 Yingtao Jiang 702-895-2533 firstname.lastname@example.org Biography Dr. Yingtao Jiang is Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In this role he is PI or Co-PI on a variety of interdisciplinary projects in System on Chip designs, reconfigurable computing, biomedical signal processing and medical informatics, and nano technology. Dr. Jiang received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Dallas. He is the author or co-author of over 70 technical publications. He is a member of IEEE. Active Research “Energy-Efficient and Reconfigurable NoCs for IP Integration in Complex Systems” This NSF funded project attempts to study reconfigurable NoC architecture that will promote the development of standardized platforms and help to understand some fundamental issues related to NoC paradigm. This study on the multi-path routing algorithms is the first attempt in addressing signal integrity problem at the network level. This work will promote the research in developing cross-layer optimized communication protocols for NoCs. Challenging implementation issues related to NoCs are studied by the designs of the prototyping systems. The generated prototype will provide the base and a test bed for future research and development efforts. “Microbial fuel cell - Convert Wastes into Electricity” Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are a potential green energy technology, which use bacteria as the catalysts to oxidize organic and inorganic matter and convert chemical energy to electrical energy or generate hydrogen. Electrons produced by the bacteria from these substrates are transferred to the anode and flow to the cathode linked by a conductive material a resistor, or operated under a load. If adding in a small voltage to the circuit, the hydrogen proton and electrons that are produced at the anode can combined at the cathode to produce H2. As a marginal scientific issue for years, the MFCs have been catching up with other bioconversion concepts in recent years. The great challenge of the science of MFC is that it transcends several academic disciplines including microbiology, electrochemistry, material science, and engineering. Based on the prior research, this ongoing project intends to carry out further research to get better understanding of the physical, chemical and biological parameters to achieve high power output and long term stability of MFCs. Dr. Pushkin Kachroo, P.E. http://www.ece.vt.edu/pushkin email@example.com Biography Dr. Pushkin Kachroo is a visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UNLV. He is also an Associate Professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of California at Berkeley in 1993, his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University in 1990, and his B.Tech. in Civil Engineering from I.I.T Bombay in 1998. He obtained the P.E. license from the State of Ohio in Electrical Engineering 1995. He obtained M.S. in Mathematics from Virginia Tech. in 2004 and Ph.D. in Mathematics from Virginia Tech in 2007. He was a research engineer in the Robotics R&D Laboratory of the Lincoln Electric Co. from 1992 to 1994, after which he was a research scientist at the Center for Transportation Research at Virginia Tech for about three years. He has written six books (Feedback Control Theory for Dynamic Traffic Assignment, Springer-Verlag, 1999, Incident Management in Intelligent Transportation Systems, Artech House, 1999, Feedback Control Theory for Ramp Metering in Intelligent Transportation Systems, Kluwer, 2003, Mobile Robotics Car Design, McGraw Hill, 2004, Practical & Experimental Robotics, CRC, 2007, and Pedestrian Dynamics: Feedback Control of Crowd Evacuation, Springer, in print, 2008), three edited volumes and overall more than eighty publications including journal papers. He has been the chairman of ITS and Mobile Robotics sessions of SPIE conference multiple times. He received the award of ``The Most Outstanding New Professor'' from the College of Engineering at Virginia tech. in 2001, and Dean’s Teaching Award from Virginia Tech. in 2005. Active Research Dr. Kachroo is involved in the mathematical theory and applications of feedback control to many different applications, such as vehicle and traffic control, evacuation, robotics, apoptosis modeling, human computer interface, and web-marketing. Pedestrian Dynamics and Evacuation Control This is an NSF funded project that involves modeling of pedestrian dynamics in terms of systems of hyperbolic partial differential equations. Feedback and optimal controllers are designed for evacuation of people from areas during emergencies using sensors to monitor the traffic densities in real-time and giving real time movement commands to people. Uncertainty Propagation in Dynamic Systems This is a NASA funded project that involves studying how stochastic uncertainties are propagated through dynamic systems. The research involves using Liouville’s equation to view the uncertainty propagation as a conservation problem in hyperbolic setting. The applications are in vehicle dynamics and road tire traction. Apoptosis Modeling This project is funded by the ICTAS center at Virginia Tech and involves hybrid dynamical modeling for dynamic biological pathways that are involved in apoptosis onset. Dr. Shahram Latifi 702-895-4016 firstname.lastname@example.org Biography Shahram Latifi, an IEEE Fellow, is a professor of electrical engineering and Director of the Center for Information and Communication Technology (CICT) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He received the Master of Science and the Ph.D. degrees both in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, in 1986 and 1989, respectively. Dr. Latifi has designed and taught undergraduate and graduate courses on Biometrics, Image Processing, Computer Networks, Fault Tolerant Computing, Parallel Processing and Data Compression in the past sixteen years. He has given seminars on the aforementioned topics all over the world. He has authored over 200 technical articles in the areas of image processing, document analysis, computer networks, fault tolerant computing, parallel processing, and data compression. His research has been funded by NSF, NASA, DOE, Boeing, Lockheed, Cray Inc. , and National Security Technology, Inc. Dr. Latifi is the recipient of several academic awards including the Barrick Research Award. Dr. Latifi was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Computers (2000-2006) and Co- founder and General Chair of the IEEE Int'l Conf. on Information Technology, and the steering committee chair for the same conference. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Nevada. He is an IEEE distinguished speaker and a member of C&T board in the IEEE Computer society. Active Research interests (did not supply projects) Image Processing Data & Image Compression Gaming & Statistics Information Coding Sensor Networks Reliability Applied Graph Theory Biometrics Computer Networks Fault Tolerant Computing Parallel Processing Interconnection Networks Dr. Gene McGaugh 702-895-1341 email@example.com Biography Dr. Eugene McGaugh is currently the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Minority Engineering Program (MEP) Director in the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He received B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas and an M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri, Columbia. The mission of the MEP is to increase the enrollment, retention and graduation rates of underrepresented students and females majoring in engineering, computer science, and construction management. MEP provides students with scholarships, tutoring, advising, mentoring and assistance in finding employment. About 170 students are enrolled in the MEP. Dr. McGaugh also initiated a pre-college program, Exploring Careers in Engineering, to stimulate interest in engineering and computer science among 8th “At-Risk” grade students. Prior to his employment at UNLV, Dr. McGaugh was a Senior Staff Engineer at Hughes Aircraft Company – Missile Systems Group in Canoga Park, California where he was involved in the development and testing of tactical guided missile systems. His industry experience also includes the Western Electric Company in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. He has received outstanding faculty awards from the University and Community College System of Nevada and from the student chapters of Tau Beta Pi and IEEE. Dr. McGaugh is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education and the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates. His research interests include automatic speaker and speech recognition. Dr. Venkatesan (Venki) Muthkumar 702-895-3566 firstname.lastname@example.org Biography Dr. Venkatesan (Venki) Muthukumar, is an Assoc. Professor in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). He has developed and taught many undergraduate courses that have benefited the undergraduate students in their capstone senior design course. He has also developed and taught two graduate courses that have helped our graduating students to find challenging digital design jobs and placements in other major universities for further studies. Educational grants, totaling $97,000 were procured from leading digital design CAD tool vendors to provide the state-of-art course content and hands-on experience to our students. Dr. Muthukumar has currently 7 journal papers that are published or in press. He also authored and co-authored 33 conference papers and has edited three conference proceedings. His expertise includes low-power embedded system design, software/hardware co design, physical VLSI design, reconfigurable logic and logic synthesis. He has also been successful in procuring competitive grants from local and federal funding agencies. His total funding contribution till date totals to $250,000. He is actively involved in inter disciplinary research and collaboration with many departments and centers like CICT, TRC, CS, and HRC. He has been involved in numerous program and organizing committees of leading international conferences (ITCC, ISEng, ICCIMA) for the past 5 years. He was the Program Chair of 9th Euromicro Symposium of Digital System Design which is the third leading conference in Europe and is currently the editor of the Spl. Issue on Journal of System Architecture. He has also served in various committees like Entertainment Engineering Macro-theme and search Committee, Campus Technology Standards Committee, College Computing Committee, Graduate Committee (2003-2006) and Faculty Affairs Committee (2005) and is currently the Undergraduate Coordinator of the ECE department. Active Research Dr. Muthukumar’s research focus is in the field of efficient design of Low Power embedded and digital design. With the advent of more mobile devices, designing devices that meet today’s stringent power constraint has received much attention. Low Power design of systems can be performed at various levels of abstraction and synthesis levels. His work focuses on developing methodologies and algorithms at various synthesis levels that minimize power, optimize resources and maximize utilization and throughput. The methodologies and algorithms are verified by high-level language simulations and rigorous testing on traditional benchmarks. Current results obtained are encouraging and have resulted in paving way for more exciting research. Some of his works in Low Power embedded and digital design includes: 1. Scheduling for Variable Voltage Processors in Embedded Systems / Real-Time Systems 2. Low energy Embedded Processor Architecture 3. Network on Chips (NOC) and Multi-Processor System on Chips (MPSOC) 4. Image processing on Reconfigurable Systems Dr. Emma Regentova 702-895-3187 email@example.com Biography Dr. Emma Regentova received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA) in 1979 and 1989, respectively. Her research work towards the M.S and Ph.D. degree in the area of image processing and recognition was conducted in Technical University of Moscow and the Institute of Information Transmission Problems, Academy of Science of Russia, respectively, and was evaluated by the Computing Research Center of Siberian Branch of Academy of Sciences, Space Research Institute and Institute of Physics Engineering Institute, of Russia. She worked as an Assistant Professor, and then as an Associate Professor at SEUA till 1999. She is a recipient of NATO research grant for conducting research on medical image compression for EUROMED project, National Technical University, Athens. In 1989-1990 she worked as a visiting researcher in the International Lab for Artificial Intelligence in Slovakian Academy of Sciences, Czech-Slovak Republic. In 1999, Dr. Regentova was invited to UNLV to conduct research on NSF and NASA projects related to compressed domain image analysis and astronomical image processing. In 2000, she was affiliated with Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) as a Visiting Assistant Professor, and in 2001 she joined the department as an Assistant Professor. Her research interests span image analysis and recognition, design of decision making systems, computer networking, including mobility and resource management for 4G mobile, cellular networks and broadband communication systems. While at UNLV, Dr. Regentova has published over 45 conference and journal papers and a book chapter. These publications include novel methods on compressed domain image analysis and pattern recognition, statistical classification, real-time computer vision systems, computer aided diagnostic and prompting systems, mobility and resource management for quality of service (QOS) provisioning for next generation wireless networks. She has received individual research awards and grants for the research on remote sensing (NSF EPSCOR, 2001); design of computer aided diagnostic prompting system for mammography (American Cancer Society, 2006). She has leaded a project with International gaming Technology (IGT) on a design of a virtual input for gaming machines in 2005. She has also received an education grant from NASA (Nevada Space Grant, 2005) for introducing NASA information technologies to Computer Engineering Program. During her tenure-track service at UNLV Dr. Regentova has taught 10 undergraduate and graduate courses and designed two new courses. She was named an Outstanding Professor of the Year (2005- 2006) by IEEE student chapter. In 2007 Dr. Regentova is promoted to an Associate Professor position at ECE, UNLV. Active Research Currently, she participates in the Megavoltage Cargo Imaging project with Varian Medical Systems for developing dual energy X-ray imaging system for detection of radioactive materials. She is a co- investigator in a project concerned with developing components of a control system for formations of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). She is specifically involved in the backup provisioning be means of optical sensors. Dr. Ebrahim Saberinia 702-895-3169 firstname.lastname@example.org Biography Dr. Ebrahim Saberinia received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees both in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 1996 and 1998 respectively, and PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in 2004. From 1998 until 2001, he was a senior research engineer in Kovoshcom Company working on DSL systems. During his PhD studies, he co-authored and presented a proposal for the IEEE 802.15.3a standard on high speed wireless personal area networks. Then he was part of the multi-band OFDM alliance in authoring multi- band OFDM system using ultra wideband communications. He joined University of Nevada, Las Vegas on August 2004 and since then is an assistant professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests include wireless communications, statistical signal processing and wireless networks. Dr. Saberinia is the recipient of the 2007-2008 Outstanding Professor Award by the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and IEEE Nevada student chapter. He has published more than 30 journal and conference papers, several proposals for the IEEE 802 standards and a book chapter in different areas of signal processing for wireless communications including ultra wideband communications, ranging and localization and cognitive software defined radio systems. Active Research - Cognitive software defined radio - Ultra wideband Communications - OFDM techniques - Localization and ranging in wireless networks - Genomic signal processing Dr. Bob Schill 702-895-1526 email@example.com Biography Dr. Robert A. Schill, Jr. received a BSEE degree (’79) at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and both MSEE (’81) and PhD (’86) degrees at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He taught and performed research at the University of Illinois Chicago between 1986 and 1993. From 1993 to present, he has been teaching and actively performing research at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). In 1997, he was promoted to Associate Professor and in 2006 to Full Professor. Dr. Schill is the founder and director of the Electromagnetics and Optics Research Laboratory at UNLV (established September 1994). He is also the director and co- founder of the Pulsed Power Research Laboratory at the UNLV (established May of 2001) which houses the Nevada Shocker. The Electromagnetics Laboratory and the Pulsed Power Laboratory (EM&PP Labs) have been developed for research studies on electromagnetic phenomena interacting with materials. In December 2005, the Electromagnetics and Pulsed Power Laboratories were combined to form the Board of Regents approved Energy Materials Interaction Technology Initiative of Nevada (EMITION) Center. At this early age, EMITION Center supports three to five students annually and one full time staff member. The EMITION center enables multidisciplinary teams to interact on pulsed power related initiatives using and enhancing current capabilities of the existing laboratories. The overarching objective is to enable Nevada to compete for future research in novel areas that are pertinent and beneficial to the State and the nation. Pulsed power finds applications in fusion, defense, material science, homeland security, space science, safe nuclear source development, biological sciences, environmental science, medicine, and health science. Focal areas of particular importance to Nevada are pulsed power device technology and applications of pulsed power in the materials, biological/medical, and environmental fields. The EMITION Center is dedicated to the study of pulsed power (both the electromagnetic type and the particle beam type) and its interaction on materials with these focal interests in mind. Active Research Material Studies Surface properties of plastics and metals change the voltage breakdown characteristics materials. Understanding the physical mechanisms behind the breakdown properties offers novel techniques to support pulses of high energy and/or high power. This is critical in power transport studies. Biological Studies Coupling pulsed electromagnetic energy (e.g. electrical and laser) into cells is under investigation. Such studies offer means in controlling cell death and or cell activity. Diagnostic Study Based on pulsed power techniques, a diagnostic study is underway to pinpoint leaks in water pipes and possibly monitor pipe corrosion. Some of these efforts have been disseminated to the Las Valley Water District. Dr. Henry Selvaraj 702-895-4184 Selvaraj@egr.unlv.edu Biography Dr. Henry Selvaraj received his Ph.D. from Warsaw University of Technology in 1994. He is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Currently, he is the Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Director of the Digital Design Laboratory and Associate Director of the Center for Information and Communication Technology. He has worked in many universities in Poland, India, Australia and the US. His research interest is in Logic Synthesis, Digital Design, Programmable Devices, Artificial Intelligence, Multiple Valued Functions, Digital Signal Processing, Bio-medical Image Processing, Networks and Path Planning. He has published more than 90 refereed papers and book chapters and edited 16 books. He has participated in various research projects that have received approximately $2,000,000 in research funding. He was instrumental in developing the computer engineering program in UNLV assisting with ABET accreditation. He has developed 4 new courses and taught more than 10 different courses in computer engineering. He has been General/Program Chair in many international conferences. Active Research Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV): An extensive team of demonstrated experts in multidisciplinary fields have joined to research, design, and build controlled unmanned multiple vehicles, denoted as the fleet in transit. Goals extend to establishing collective real time decision making processes with path planning based on identifying and locating target threats and obstacle avoidance with and without dependence on global positioning satellites (GPS) by using measurements of angular rates and accelerations. Independence of GPS may minimize loss of mission resulting from compromised satellite signals. Real-time Reconfigurable System-on-chip: There is an explosive growth in hand held and other small multimedia devices that support multiple standards. Mobile computing systems, cell phones, ipods and set-top boxes are a few examples. The need to support multiple protocols requires the development of multiple algorithms that differ in circuit complexity and performance parameters. Several real-time tasks or sub-tasks need to be performed simultaneously. The system is implemented using one single chip (System-on-chip: SoC) containing multiple architectures. Dr. Peter Stubberud 702-895-0869 firstname.lastname@example.org Biography Dr. Peter Stubberud received the B.S.E.E., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1985, 1987 and 1990, respectively. While attending UCLA, he worked for Rockwell International, Ford Aerospace, Western Digital and Hughes Aircraft. He was the recipient of a Howard Hughes Doctoral Fellowship. After receiving his Ph.D. in Engineering from UCLA, he continued working for the Radar Systems Group at Hughes Aircraft until 1991. In 1991, he became an assistant professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), and was promoted to associate professor in 1997.During a sabbatical in 2001, he joined Ditrans, a startup company, as a circuits and systems engineering. While at Ditrans, he designed direct conversion transceivers for wireless phone applications. His role included the system design of the system’s digital demodulator and the circuit and system design of the system’s delta sigma modulator. From 2004 - 2005, he was affiliated with Situnes Corporation, a startup company, as a senior scientist to develop Situne’s direct conversion receiver for terrestrial, cable, satellite and mobile television applications. Active Research While at UNLV, Dr. Stubberud has published over 40 conference and journal papers and several book chapters. These publications include his novel research on digital filter design and analysis, image restoration, optical character recognition, computer vision system design, neural network design, mixed signal circuit design, data converter analysis and design, dynamic element matching design and analysis and delta sigma modulator design and analysis. He also currently holds one patent on a complex intermediate frequency digital receiver design. Currently, he is collaborating with the Army Research Laboratory on the Soldier’s Objective Force Electronics Reliability and Survivability Technology (SOldier FERST) Program. He is specifically involved in research to improve the telemetry systems on smart munitions. Dr. Mei Yang 702-895-2364 email@example.com Biography Dr. Mei Yang is an assistant professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Her research interests include computer architectures, networking, and embedded systems. She has published over 60 journal and conference papers in these areas. She has served as PI and Co-PI for a variety of interdisciplinary projects on network-on-chips, multi-core programming, reconfigurable computing, wireless networks, sensor networks, and network security from NSF, UNLV RDA, US Air Force, NASA, UNLV NIA, and Microsoft Research. Dr. Yang is the recipient of the 2007-2008 Outstanding College Researcher. She has served as the guest editors for three international journals. She has organized the track on High Performance Computing Architectures for the International Conference on Information Technology: New Generations (ITNG) since 2006. She has served on the technical program committee for numerous international conferences. She is a member of IEEE and has served as the secretary of the IEEE Las Vegas Section since Mar. 2006. Dr. Yang received her Ph. D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Dallas in Aug. 2003. She was with Columbus State University (CSU), GA for one year before she joined UNLV in Aug. 2004. At CSU, she received the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) grant on emerging issues in computer networking. In 2001, she worked in Alcatel Inc. as summer internship, where she joined the project on the design of Terabit Router. Together with other researchers there, she filed three US patents related to router design. She received the TEXTEC fellowship in 2000. Active Research “Energy-Efficient and Reconfigurable Network-on-Chips for IP Integration in Complex SoC Systems” This research focuses on investigating energy-efficient and reconfigurable network-on-chips (NoCs) to address the major challenges faced by Intellectual Property (IP) integration in complex System-on- Chip (SoC) systems, including energy efficiency, reconfigurability, scalability, and signal integrity. The objectives of the proposed work include: 1) investigate reconfigurable Recursive Diagonal Torus (RDT)-based NoC architectures; 2) investigate multi-path routing scheme; 3) investigate the prioritized wormhole switching technique; 4) develop prototype systems to test all the proposed solutions and tackle the system integration issues in building the prototypes. At current stage, two conference papers on routing and layout problems for PRDT(2, 1) structures have been published. One conference paper on multiple-path routing scheme is submitted. Three journal papers are currently under preparation. School of Informatics Chuck Berg 702-895-5905 Chuck.firstname.lastname@example.org Biography Chuck Berg joined UNLV in February of 2007 as the first Gaming Standards Association (GSA) Affiliate Professor of Gaming Technology, with the charter to develop a program through which gaming industry professionals may become certified in GSA standards, and undergraduate students can obtain the gaming technology experience required to support Nevada's largest industry. Chuck's multi-faceted career includes experience with large public companies, small startup companies, and non-profit organizations. He's led the development of numerous high-performance software systems, utilizing a wide range of cutting-edge technologies, for a variety of industries, employing many different systems, languages, and tools. But a common theme has always been obtaining optimum performance and functionality out of state-of-the-art technology. Most recently, Chuck was the Lead Software Engineer at MetaLINCS Corporation - a Silicon Valley startup company focused on analysis driven search for electronic legal discovery – where he spearheaded the use of Web Services to connect special purpose document capture, analysis, indexing, and search services on both Windows and Linux platforms. He came to MetaLINCS from Rockliffe Systems, a leading provider of email application software on the Windows platform, where he was the VP of Engineering and Information Systems. Under his leadership, the company released three major new versions of the MailSite product, brought virus and spam filtering, dictionary harvest prevention, web-based calendaring, and many other new features to the market, and launched MailSite NS – the industry’s first complete standards-based, continuously available email solution for the Hewlett-Packard NonStop platform Prior to Rockliffe, Chuck was the VP of Engineering at Silicon Gaming, Inc - a company that combined Silicon Valley technology with Hollywood production skills to develop revolutionary one- of-a-kind world-class wagering attractions that set a new standard for the casino industry. While there, he led an engineering team of 10 software, math, hardware, and packaging developers, and coordinated with producers, art directors, and artists, to create 8 new games, 3 major platform releases, and “Family Feud Slots” which was named one of the 10 most innovative products in 2000 by the American Gaming Summit, and was described by Slot Player Magazine as “the most innovative slot machine of all time.” While at Silicon Gaming, Chuck also served as the original chairman of the Gaming Manufacturer’s Association committee that eventually became the GSA Game to System committee of today. In 14 months, his team helped drive over $100M of value into the company, and it was sold to the industry's leading manufacturer. Before Silicon Gaming, Chuck was the founder and CTO of The Software Studio - a contract development company that built more than 70 Windows products for 35 different companies. The company developed device drivers and associated time-critical applications for desktop peripherals, office and industrial equipment, instrumentation, and other proprietary devices, as well as enabling technologies for Windows-based internet applications in the form of COM servers, scripting technology, and other systems level software. Chuck holds a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri - Rolla, and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware. He has been a member of the IEEE for 25 years, and was a founder of the Delaware Bay chapter of the IEEE Computer Society. He has also been active in Silicon Valley’s Software Development Forum (www.SDForum.org) – having served for 3 years as President of the Executive Council, for 2 years as a member of the Board of Directors, and for over 8 years as the chairman of the Windows Special Interest Group. In recognition of his support for Silicon Valley developers and entrepreneurs, Microsoft granted him with "Most Valued Professional" status in 1999. Dr. Hal Berghel 702-895-3681 email@example.com Biography Dr. Hal Berghel is Professor of Computer Science and Professor of Informatics, Founding Director of the UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering’s School of Informatics, and Associate Dean for New Programs within the college. He is also the Director of the Center for Cyber Security Research and co-Director of the Identity Theft and Financial Fraud Research and Operations Center. He has been the PI of dozens of externally-funded research grants from business, government and industry and has contributed significantly to scholarly and technical publications in his areas. He is also a popular keynote speaker and author of four popular columns the best known of which, the Digital Village, has been a featured column in Communications of the ACM for 13 years. His personal website, www.berghel.net, remains one of the more popular academic websites on the Internet for a single individual. Dr. Berghel is a Fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association for Computer Machinery. He is an IEEE Distinguished Visitor and an ACM Distinguished Lecturer. His many national and international awards include the ACM Distinguished Service Award, the ACM Outstanding Contribution Award, the ACM Distinguished Lectureship Program Lifetime Achievement Award, and he is a five-time recipient of the Outstanding ACM Lecturer of the Year Award. He was a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury, and a Research Professor at the Instituto Politecnico Nacional. He has served on a variety of publications boards and boards of directors as well as editorships on several magazines, journals and books series. Biographies of Dr. Berghel appear in most of the relevant biography reference books. His consultancy, Berghel.Net, provides specialized security support for government and industry. Active Research Berghel’s research covers a wide spectrum of digital networking and security areas, including digital forensics, digital watermarking, information customization and personalization, and cyber publishing. During the past decade, much of his work has been in the computing and network forensics area – including counter-cyber terrorism, the analysis and defense against network attack vectors (aka, hacking), the identification and prevention of cyber-crime, the development of protocols and systems to establish the provenance of digital documents, and the development of reliable credentials. Much of this work has been conducted with specific law enforcement and security applications in mind. His research centers have been located in several off-campus facilities over the years. The Identity Theft and Financial Fraud Research and Operations Center are joint projects with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Dr. Ju-Yeon Jo (702) 895-5873 firstname.lastname@example.org Biography Dr. Ju-Yeon Jo has been an Assistant Professor since Fall 2006 at the School of Informatics. Her research areas include network security, computer security, computer networks, advanced network simulation, Internet traffic management, real-time embedded software, and telecommunication software development. She has been conducting research in those areas including, wireless LAN security protocols, digital forensics, algorithms for defeating Denial-of-Service attacks, SPAM-free email system, and Internet packet reordering and TCP performance analysis. Dr. Jo was a tenure-track Assistant Professor at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) from 2003 - 2006, teaching and conducting research in Computer Networks and Software System Engineering. Prior to joining CSUS, she worked in communication networking and software engineering areas for over 10 years all in research and development capacity. Between 1998 and 2000, she worked at Lucent Technologies Bell laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey as a member of technical staff and developed the control software/firmware for an advanced optical cross-connect switch system handling SONET/SDH traffic and DWDM. She was a software architecture at Coree Networks in New Jersey, a start-up company developing an ultra-fast packet switch operating at 40 Tera-bps. While in her Ph.D. program, she built the real-time embedded system software for controlling a manufacturing work cell. She developed the virtual software testing framework using 3- D graphical simulator built on Silicon Graphics machines. Prof. Jo received her doctorate degree in Computer Science from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. She has been serving IEEE IRI (Int'l Conf. on Information Reuse and Integration) conference as the Finance and Registration Chair since 2006, and served several other conference including ITNG 2006, EUC 2006, ITCC 2005, ACIS SNPD 2004, and IEEE ICTAI 2004. Active Research At UNLV, she is leading the effort of CAE/IAE (Center for Academic Excellence for Information Assurance Education) certification awarded by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, which is the highest honor in information assurance research and education. Dr. Fatma Nasoz 702-895-5150 email@example.com Biography Dr. Fatma Nasoz is an Assistant Professor at the School of Informatics. Her major research interests are Affectively Intelligent Systems and Human Computer Interaction (HCI) with a particular focus on assessing and responding to affect and emotions in multimodal environments and virtual reality environments. She is specifically interested in designing and building intelligent agents that can create models of their users for an enhanced natural communication during HCI. Dr Nasoz earned her Ph.D. and MSc degrees in Computer Science from University of Central Florida and her BSc degree in Computer Engineering from Bogazici University, in 2004, 2003, and 2000 respectively. Her interest in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, which started during her undergraduate years, led her to focus on a relatively new research area, Affective Social Computing, when she started pursuing her Ph.D. at UCF. The main motivation behind Affective Social Computing research is that humans are social beings that emote and are affected by their emotions. Emotions influence various cognitive processes in humans and in turn cognitive processes affect the way people interact with computer systems. This strong relationship between emotions and cognition and their effect on HCI make it necessary to create intelligent computer systems that understand users' emotional states, learn their preferences and personality, and respond accordingly in order to enhance our everyday digital tools. Dr. Nasoz’s research has been significant to various fields, including driving safety, tele-healthcare, and e- learning. Active Research Dr Nasoz works on building innovative computer systems that are being utilized in these crucial application fields. Those computer systems are designed to compensate the negative affective states experienced by the users. For example, aggressive driving in the United States results in 425,000 deaths and 35 million injuries per decade and approximately costs $250 billion per year. The inability to manage one’s emotions while driving is often identified as one of the major causes for automobile accidents. Once drivers are aware of their emotional states, including anger, frustration, or sleepiness, it becomes easier for them to respond to the situation in a safe manner. Unfortunately, most drivers lack this awareness. The intelligent system that will be integrated within cars collects the physiological data signals of the drivers while they are driving. This data is analyzed with machine learning and artificial neural network algorithms in order to recognize the driver’s current affective state with highest accuracy. Once the driver’s emotional state is recognized, the system adapts to the current situation by also taking the driver-dependent specifications into account, such as the driver’s personality and preferences. For instance, when the system recognizes the anger or rage of a driver, it makes a joke or suggests that the driver perform a breathing exercise. Similarly, when the system recognizes a driver’s sleepiness, it can change the radio station to a different tune or roll down the window for fresh air. Similar adaptations are made by the computer systems developed for e-learning and tele-medicine applications. Dr. Stephen Rice 702-895-4240 firstname.lastname@example.org Biography Dr. Stephen Rice is Professor of Healthcare Informatics and Director of Advanced Technology. In this role, he is developing academic programs for the School of Informatics in fields where information technology helps to improve the healthcare professions, including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, veterinary science, physical and occupational therapy, gerontology and public health. Dr. Rice is a Certified Professional in Health Information Technology (CPHIT), and serves as Principal Investigator for a major program sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE) on knowledge discovery from employment records in areas such as occupational medicine, industrial hygiene and radiation exposure. This program has been funded in excess of $25 million, and supports UNLV research teams working in areas such as digital watermarking, pattern recognition, cyber- security, and the development of an electronic records system. Private sector entities and the National Supercomputing Center for Energy and the Environment (NSCEE) play active roles in system development as well as information storage, processing, and retrieval. Dr. Rice was educated at the University of California, Berkeley, studying engineering design, with minors in mathematics and psychology. He worked as a design engineer at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for five years before returning for full time studies toward the Ph.D. His first faculty appointment was with the University of Connecticut, where he established an internationally recognized research program in tri-biology, with a major focus on study of the wear of materials under conditions of repetitive impulsive load cycling. He also created the first Minority Engineering Program in the New England states, and with colleagues, established the Automation, Robotics and Manufacturing Laboratory (ARMLAB). He was full professor at UConn in both the mechanical and electrical/computer engineering departments. In 1983, Dr. Rice took his first administrative appointment in the college of engineering at the University of Central Florida. He served first as Chair of the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Materials Engineering, later he was named Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, and finally as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. In 1996, Dr. Rice joined UNLV as Chief Research Officer. In this capacity, he initiated planning and land-acquisition for research parks, led the charge to establish the UNLV Research Foundation, and created the UNLV Research Council, and a host of internal award programs for faculty and students. Dr. Rice has twice been recognized as a Fulbright Scholar, and is a Tau Beta Pi Eminent Engineer. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a registered Professional Engineer. Active Research Healthcare Informatics Projects are being pursued in the development of electronic record systems. Previous work has been carried out related to conversion of documents in various physical media (paper, microfiche, etc.) to digital formats. Newer projects involve knowledge acquisition (data mining), personal health records, continuity of care records, application of healthcare information technology (HIT), regional healthcare information organizations (RHIOs), and evaluation of technology to optimize workflow for providers and improve outcomes for patients. Future work is planned on comparative analysis of healthcare information systems, development of quality indicators, and for applications of healthcare information technology in home monitoring and long-term care settings. Mechanical Engineering Dr. Denis E. Beller Research Professor of Nuclear Engineer Coordinator Master of Science in Materials and Nuclear Engineering 702-895-1452 email@example.com Biography Dr. Denis E. Beller is a Research Professor of Nuclear Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), and a Space Radiation Systems Engineer at Bigelow Aerospace in N. Las Vegas. At UNLV he teaches nuclear engineering; supervises undergraduate and graduate students who conduct research related to nuclear criticality, nuclear fuel cycles, and nuclear safeguards; and coordinates the M.S. in Materials and Nuclear Engineering degree program. At Bigelow Aerospace he is responsible for all space radiation issues for commercial use of space, including radiation hardness testing of avionics components and systems, space radiation measurements on-board two currently orbiting spacecraft, and development of the radiation protection program, including equipment and monitoring protocols, for future crews and customers. In addition, he is the Radiation Safety Officer for Bigelow’s gamma-ray lab for hardness testing. Dr. Beller received his Ph.D. from Purdue Univ. in 1986 following education and research in thermonuclear fusion engineering and technology. After graduation from Purdue in 1986, he was a professor at the Air Force Institute of Technology, where he taught graduate nuclear engineering (weapons effects) to military officers for more than seven years. As a result of teaching, research, and professional activities, the faculty selected him as the first tenured military professor in AFIT's 70- year history. His research activities have included design and analysis of conceptual systems for nuclear effects testing with inertial confinement fusion, conceptual design of nuclear-pumped lasers, systems studies of accelerator-driven transmutation and long-term national and global deployment of nuclear energy, and formulation and testing of solid rocket propellants (including propellant formulations that were used in Operation Desert Storm). His management experience includes a rocket test facility, a nuclear detection laboratory that monitored radioactive emissions to support Safeguard D of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, and an Air Force intelligence division that collected and disseminated foreign science and technology information. After leaving the Air Force in 1994 he consulted and worked for Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he contributed to the Accelerator Transmutation of Waste project and coordinated university participation for its research programs. Dr. Beller is also known amongst the nuclear science and technology community as an outspoken advocate of nuclear science, technology, and energy, and as the co-author with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Richard Rhodes of an essay that the U.S. Congress credited in July of 2000 for “spark[ing] renewed debate of nuclear energy’s role” as a non-emitting domestic energy source (see the Congressional Record, July 27, 2000). His works have been cited in columns and op-eds in newspapers (e.g. the Washington Post), on websites worldwide, and in Sen. Pete Domenici’s book A Brighter Tomorrow: Fulfilling the Promise of Nuclear Energy. Dr. Beller has spoken in many fora, including a presentation to Congressional staffers in the U.S. Capitol in May 2000 and in public presentations. He has also appeared on National Public Radio, Public Broadcasting System TV, and other debates on nuclear power and waste disposal. He is a member of several professional, advocacy, and conservation organizations. Active Research Nuclear Fuel Recycling: Dr. Beller supervises undergraduate, M.S., and Ph.D. students who conduct research and technology development for the development of recycling of used nuclear fuel. Currently students are conducting studies in four DOE-funded research projects: • Criticality safety of fuel cycle separations, processing, and fuel fabrication facilities using mixtures of fissile materials that have not been verified experimentally. • Development of radiation detection techniques for material accounting and control in these same separation facilities to eliminate proliferation risk in advanced fuel cycles. • Development of the TRITON/KENO nuclear engineering code system with Oak Ridge National Laboratory for propagation of spatially dependent computational uncertainty. • Development of the MONACO/MAVRIC nuclear engineering code system with Oak Ridge National Laboratory depletion studies. Radiation Detection and Measurement: Dr. Beller operates a radiation detection laboratory with a 64- detector neutron multiplicity detection system, a 5-detector aerial-certified gamma-ray detection system, and a large lead shield for characterizing novel detector systems. Radiation Transport, Criticality, Depletion, and Shielding: Dr. Beller and his students use the most recent version of Monte Carlo radiation transport code systems created at Los Alamos National Laboratory: MCNPX and MCNP5 (Monte Carlo Neutral Particle, eXtended to high-energies, heavy particles, etc.). They also use many other nuclear codes, including ATILLA, SCALE, KENO, NJOY, etc. Placement of Students and Graduates: Dr. Beller’s research assistants have recently done summer internships at LANL, the Remote Sensing Laboratory (NSTec--Nuclear Emergency Response Team organization on Nellis AFB), Holtech International, and the Yucca Mountain Project (for Bechtel- SAIC Corp.). Graduated former research assistants work for AECom, Canberra Instruments (an Areva company), Jacobs Engineering with NASA, NSTec/RSL, GE Nuclear, and UNLV (post-doc). Dr. Robert F. Boehm 702-895-4160 firstname.lastname@example.org Biography Dr. Robert F. Boehm is Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Director of the Energy Research Center(CER). In this role he is PI or Co-PI on a variety of interdisciplinary projects in renewable energy, particularly focused on solar energy applications and hydrogen topics, and energy conservation. Included are projects involving solar power generation from both thermal and photovoltaic approaches, and building applications of solar energy and zero energy building design. He is also PI on a far reaching project for establishing a hydrogen filling station at the Las Vegas Valley Water District where both standard and cutting edge methods for hydrogen production are being applied, and vehicle conversions to hydrogen fuel are taking place. The Center for Energy Research handles external funding of over $2M/year and employs nearly 50 students and others in accomplishing its mission. Dr. Boehm received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He was with the General Electric Atomic Power Equipment Division (later NED) for two years and was on the faculty of the University of Utah for 22 years before coming to UNLV to be the founding Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering here. He has served in a variety of other administrative positions. He has won a variety of academic and research awards, including the Barrick Senior Scholar Award, the Harry Reid Silver Research Award, the UNLV Distinguished Teacher Award, UNLV Distinguished Professor Rank, as well as the Rudolf Gunnerman Silver State Award for Excellence in Science and Technology from the Desert Research Institute. He is the author or co-author of over 350 technical publications, and he serves as Associate Editor of the ENERGY-THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Active Research “Solar Energy Studies” Projects on several solar-related topics are being pursued. Previous work has been carried out related to system studies of solar power generation in Southern Nevada. The research team has also developed a design for a portable PV system for remote power generation, particularly related to environmental monitoring. A facility for evaluation of flat plate solar collectors is located on the roof of the engineering building at UNLV. Newer projects involve the research, development, and training related solar dishes with Stirling engines for power generation. Two units are on campus at the Center for Energy Research that is located on Flamingo Road near Swenson. One of these units has been changed more recently to a dish-PV system. Additional solar energy work involves the use of solar thermal energy to drive air conditioning, and application of analysis tools for Zero Energy Building design. Dr. Yitung Chen 702-895-1202 email@example.com Biography Dr. Yitung Chen is Associate Professor of Department of Mechanical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah in 1991. He also has a minor in Nuclear Engineering. He was a consultant for several engineering companies from 1991 to 1993. Dr. Chen is an expert in experimental and computational aspects of momentum, heat, and mass transfer. His research interests include hydrogen energy, high temperature heat exchanger design, proton exchange membrane, phase change materials, chemical kinetics modeling, high level radioactive waste repository design, atmospheric sciences, magnetohydrodynamics modeling, ground water transport, energy conservation, fuel cell design, electrochemical cell design, process analysis and modeling, and biomedical engineering. He also has a strong background in organic chemistry, biochemistry, polymer chemistry, and physical chemistry. He has been appointed as Associate Technical Director of Nuclear Hydrogen Initiative (NHI) Program at UNLV in 2006. His research experience includes being PI and co-PI on projects involving the study of flow and heat transfer and species transport in unsaturated porous media funded by DOE, the mathematical and numerical treatment of fluid flow and transport in porous media fund by NSF, the Transmutation Research Program-University Participation Program funded by DOE, the high temperature heat exchanger design (NHI Program) funded by DOE, the Solar Hydrogen Generation Research (SHGR) project funded by DOE, the Photo-Electrochemical Process of Hydrogen Production from Water Electrolysis project funded by DOE, the Soldier’s Objective Force Electronics Reliability and Survivability Technology Program (SOldier FERST) funded by DOD, the Burning of Rocket Motors under the Joint Demilitarization Technology (JDT) Program funded by DOD, Radiography Stockpile Stewardship Program funded by DOE, the ATLAS project funded by DOE, the JASPER project funded by DOE, high-level radioactive waste material repository design funded by DOE, the high performance computing project funded by NSF, the Optimal Design of High Energy Efficiency with Human Comfort of UFAD Systems with Application of Computational Fluid Dynamics project funded by DOE, and the atmospheric modeling project funded by the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Atmospheric Sciences and Terrestrial Applications (CIASTA). He is also co-PI on an EPA project dealing with environmental monitoring for public access funded by EPA and a groundwater modeling project funded by DOE. He receives external funding over $2M/year and employs nearly 25 research faculty, professional staffs, graduate and undergraduate students to work on the different funded projects. He is the author or co-author of over 250 technical publications. Major Active Research “Corrosion Modeling Studies” His main goal of the corrosion modeling is to provide basic understanding of the protective oxide layer behaviors and to develop oxide layer growth models of steels in non-isothermal lead-alloys (lead or lead-bismuth eutectic) coolant systems. It is widely recognized that the corrosiveness of the lead-alloys is a critical obstacle and challenge for which it can be safely used or applied in the nuclear coolant systems. Active oxygen control technique can promote the formation of the “self-healing” oxide films on the structural material surface, drastically reducing steel corrosion and coolant contamination. It is important and necessary to develop theoretical and numerical models to predict the protective oxide layer behaviors at the design stage of a practical lead-alloys coolant system, to properly interpret and apply experimental results from test loops, and to provide guidance for optimization in lead-alloys nuclear coolant systems. In his research project, therefore, is aimed at filling the gaps of protective oxide layer growth and the oxygen concentration level before lead-alloys nuclear coolant is ready for programmatic implementations and industrial applications. One of his goals is to develop the stochastic model of the oxide layer growth to study the morphology of oxide under different corrosion and oxidation mechanism. Another goal will focus on the erosion corrosion modeling and study the erosion-oxidation interaction behavior of structure material. “Hydrogen Production through Nuclear and Solar Technologies” The DOE-NHI (Department of Energy - Nuclear Hydrogen Initiative) Research & Development Plan identified the sulfur cycles as the most promising of these cycles for use with nuclear heating. One of the most complicated parts of the cycles is sulfuric acid decomposition due to high temperature and corrosive environment. Although the functional requirements for the sulfuric acid decomposer are straightforward, engineering an efficient, long-lived and cost effective acid decomposition apparatus for this environment is challenging. The several design types of the decomposer have been proposed. His work is to develop and demonstrate high temperature heat exchangers and chemical decomposers of different designs in order to assess the operating performance, reliability, technical risks and the “end-game” economics. The oxygen chiller will be used for cooling of oxygen as produced by high temperature electrolysis. This process includes two unit processes: a) water boiler and b) oxygen pre- cooler. Sulfuric acid boiler can be integrated into the intermediate labs scale (ILS) demonstration unit for the hydrogen production. Although the existent designs of the boiler may be effective, improvements to the design can eliminate near term (expensive) solutions for seals etc, such that the system would become more efficient and economic for commercial practice. Solar energy can be collected and used in at least two approaches to hydrogen production: thermal energy applied to thermo chemical water splitting and photo electrolysis of water in a photo electrochemical process. These two processes are completely different in their approach to hydrogen generation, but they are similar in that they both split water into oxygen and hydrogen with no other products, and they both use only solar energy and water as feedstocks. Dr. Daniel P. Cook 702-895-4133 firstname.lastname@example.org Biography Dr. Daniel P. Cook is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Coordinator for the Entertainment Engineering and Design program at UNLV. He is involved in a variety of multidisciplinary research and teaching projects in areas as diverse as the design of mechanical systems, renewable and sustainable energy sources, thermal management of microelectronics systems, materials processing, nuclear energy, hemodynamics and magnetohydrodynamics. Dr. Cook received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of California at Berkeley (1993). After graduating from UC Berkeley, he spent a year at the University of Grenoble, France (93-94) and a year at the University of Greenwich, UK (94-95), performing research in the field of Magnetohydrodynamics. Upon returning to the United States, he worked in the Corporate Research and Development Division of Reynolds Metals Company in Richmond, Virginia for 5 years (95-00). His research focused on the design and optimization of metals processing operations such as the continuous and shape casting of liquid aluminum, thermal management of aluminum rolling ingots and billets, and production of aluminum powders by gas atomization. He left Reynolds metals to take a position in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. During the four years that he was there (00-03), he taught interdisciplinary courses in design with faculty from VCU’s top-ranked Sculpture Department, as well as courses in the area of thermo-fluids. He performed research in the areas of tobacco pyrolysis and combustion, hemodynamics, and metals processing. After leaving VCU, Dr. Cook worked as an independent consultant to ALCOA and Apple Computer prior to joining the faculty at UNLV in 2005. Major Research Areas Thermal Management of Microelectronic Systems Removal of waste heat from microelectronic-based systems such as personal computers and MP3 players, is critical to their operation, and will remain the limiting factor in the development of more powerful and portable systems with even higher thermal energy densities. Several projects are underway that investigate design methodologies that will aid in rapid optimization and production of microelectronic systems. This work is being carried out in conjunction with Applied Thermal LLC, and Apple Computer. Nuclear Energy Studies With the recent rise in petroleum prices and concern with global warming, energy produced via nuclear means is increasingly viewed in a favorable light. Projects underway in this area include: 1) design of electromagnetic induction pumps for use in Gen IV, liquid metal cooled, nuclear reactors, 2) optimization of electron targets for neutron production used in the transmutation of nuclear reactor waste products, and 3) the specification of system-level operational parameters for the use of molten salts as a working fluid in the production of hydrogen gas from nuclear process heat (NHI). All these projects are being carried out in through funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. Other Research Areas Design of Solar Powered, Electromechanical Flowers; Physical and Mathematical Modeling of Metal Casting; Blood Flow in Artificial Arterial Systems; Structural Analysis of Large Theatrical Stage Systems Dr. Georg F. Mauer 702-895-3830 email@example.com Biography Dr. Georg F. Mauer is Professor of Mechanical Engineering; he focuses on the areas of dynamic systems analysis, automatic control, and robotics. Dr. Mauer received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin, West Germany in June 1977. From 1977 to 1981, he worked at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania as a member of the faculty that developed the new engineering program there. His first position in the U.S. was as assistant professor at Oklahoma State University in 1981, followed by moves to the University of Washington in 1982, and to UNLV in 1986. Dr. Mauer has been active in multiple funded research projects, mostly focusing on automation, instrumentation, and robotics. Total funding for the projects awarded to Dr. Mauer since 1986 has been in excess of $1.5Million. Active Research Dr. Mauer is currently working on projects in robotics, dynamics and control, and web-based support for health condition monitoring for seniors. The robotics project concerns the design of automated plants for the manufacture of nuclear fuels for transmutation. Transmutation technology, if implemented, would constitute an alternative to the currently planned Yucca Mountain repository. This project has been under way since 2002 with funding by the US Department of energy. The need to prevent component failures in the field gave rise to the 6-axis shaker project. The objective is the dynamic testing of specimens weighing up to 25 pounds at frequencies up to 2 kiloHertz. This project has been ongoing since 2003 and is being funded by the US Army research lab. In-Home Health Condition Monitoring for Seniors: As the US population ages, the need for technologies to support seniors living independently in their homes are becoming more significant. Elder support technologies would improve both individuals’ quality of life as well as lower the cost of support to society. This project has been ongoing since 2003, and was initially funded by the Las Vegas Jewish Federation. More recently funding has come from the Intel Corporation in Portland, OR. We cooperate with neurology professor Dr. Charles Bernick of the U of Nevada Medical School. Dr. Bernick is the director of the Lou Ruvo Alzheimer's Institute in Las Vegas. Dr. Samir F. Moujaes 702-895-3265 firstname.lastname@example.org Biography Dr. Samir F. Moujaes is a professor of Mechanical Engineering at UNLV and is the PI on three current research projects with a total funding value for this year (2007) of approximately $800K. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh in the area of two-phase flow hydrodynamics and his masters’ thesis is in the area of computer simulation regarding the application of solar water heaters for domestic applications. Prior to UNLV, he was a senior research engineer with Air Products and Chemical (Allentown, Pa) working on DOE funded research projects related to one of the processes involving coal liquefaction technologies. The overall project had an earmark funding of $400M and was dedicated to the R&D and design and construction of a 20,000 tons of coal demonstration plant in Neumann, Kentucky. Previously he also had around four years of practical experience in various areas of HVAC and currently has developed and teaches two design courses in that area. Dr. Moujaes teaches courses in the general area of Thermal Sciences and has interests in the area of energy conservation which he has been working in since joining UNLV. He has published about 23 refereed publications in that area. Along with that area he has been involved in other areas of research such as the Transmutation Research Project (TRP) working on the thermal hydraulics of lead-bismuth eutectics in the transmuter design. Early on he worked for five years on research (through the cooperative agreement between DOE and UNLV) which involves simulation work on the thermal hydraulics regarding the canister heat dissipation in the high level nuclear repository. He has also developed a code jointly with a colleague to simulate in detail the heat transfer through a typical residential structure dynamically and through which several passive energy conserving technologies can be studied. Through his tenure @UNLV he has started three engineering student chapters i.e. ASME, ASHRAE and ANS. He was a voting member on the TC4.4 ASHRAE committee and is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Energy Engineering. Dr. Moujaes supervises four post doctoral researchers currently. Active Research Solar Hydrogen Generation Research (SHGR) Dr. Moujaes is one of the PI’s working on this project which involved investigation the generation of hydrogen at high temperature from thermo chemical means. His actual involvement is to investigate the thermal performance of a particle receiver used for the heat transfer from the sun to the thermo chemical cycle. (DOE funding) Nuclear Hydrogen Production Dr. Moujaes is the PI to investigate the possibility of transferring heat from a nuclear reactor to a high temperature thermo chemical cycle to generate hydrogen. His direct involvement is in testing experimentally a compact heat exchanger that can transfer the heat to some of the fluids involved in the thermo chemical cycle.(DOE funding) Air Duct Leakage in Residential Buildings Dr. Moujaes is the PI involved in performing experimental studies at the Air Duct leakage Laboratory (ADLL) on new methods to determine local air leakage rates and introduce some cost effective ways of mitigating these air leaks. (DOE funding) Dr. Brendan O’Toole 702-895-3885 email@example.com Biography Dr. Brendan J. O’Toole is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Center for Materials and Structures (CMS). The CMS is an interdisciplinary center providing funding to nearly 60 faculty, staff and students. Most of the center activity is focused in two areas of research. The first area is the experimental characterization of new materials and structures including high temperature alloys, advanced polymer composites, nano-materials, and energy absorbing structures for shock mitigation. The other major area of research is in the development of efficient and accurate methods for computational analysis and optimization of highly dynamic structures. Examples of problems studied include vehicle impact, smart projectile reliability, explosive loading, and explosive containment. Dr. O’Toole has been a PI or co-PI on over $10 million in research contracts with funding coming from more than 20 different government agencies and companies. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware and has held visiting positions with the U.S. Army Research Laboratories funded by the National Academies. He has received over 20 academic awards including the State of Nevada Professor of the Year and the Spanos Distinguished Teaching Award. In addition, Dr. O’Toole has advised student groups that have also won over 20 prestigious national awards including the SAE Super mileage, ASME Human Powered Vehicle, and FIRST Robotics national competitions. Active Research “Electronics Reliability” The U.S. Army is developing “smart” projectiles that can be launched from mobile units. The limiting factor on new designs is the ability of the onboard electronic controls to survive launch. We are developing new mounting structures to improve the reliability of these advanced electronics. “Vehicle Survivability” The U.S. Army also has a pressing need to improve the survivability of crew members and electronic equipment inside vehicles subject to blast loading and projectile impact. We have improved dynamic structural analysis tools for use in the optimizing the vehicle structure to absorb or redirect impact energy away from the soldiers and their critical equipment. “Functionally Graded Material Development” We have been developing a new class of functionally graded composite materials for impact and other energy absorption applications. Unique combinations of honeycomb cores, polymer foams, gelastic dampers, and nano-fiber reinforcement are fabricated together to create a new material optimized for a specific energy absorbing application. “Reconfigurable Tooling for Advanced Composites” We have been working with a Nevada company for over three years in the development of an inexpensive tooling system that can be used for rapid and inexpensive repair or prototype development of high temperature polymer composite materials. Dr. Darrell Pepper 702-859-1056 Pepperu@nye.nscee.edu Biography Dr. Pepper is presently a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Director of the Nevada Center for Advanced Computational Methods at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He previously served as Interim Dean of the College of Engineering and was Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering from 1996-2002. In 2004, he was appointed an ASME Congressional Fellow and worked as a senior legislative staff member for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein in Washington, DC. He obtained his B.S.M.E. (1968), M.S.A.E. (1970), and Ph.D. (1973) degrees from the University of Missouri-Rolla. Following graduation, he worked for Du Pont at the Savannah River Laboratory in Aiken, SC, where he held various technical and managerial positions including Director of University and Professional Relations. He subsequently became Chief Scientist of The Marquardt Company, an aerospace propulsion company located in Van Nuys, CA, where he worked on the National Aerospace Plane Program. Dr. Pepper co-founded and was CEO of Advanced Projects Research, Inc., an R&D company involved with development and application of computational methods in fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and environmental transport. He is also founder of Nevada Energy and Environmental Systems, an R&D company located in Las Vegas, and co-founder of Alexander Energy Resources, Int., a renewable energy company with offices in Las Vegas and Chicago. He taught undergraduate and graduate courses in fluid mechanics and computational methods at California State University-Northridge from 1988-1992. In 1992, Dr. Pepper joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Pepper has given briefings to Congress and to the President’s Science Advisor on modeling issues, and performed the first assessment calculations of the Three Mile Island accident for the NRC and DOE. Dr. Pepper has published over 275 technical papers on fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and environmental transport topics. He co-authored three textbooks on the finite element method, a textbook on indoor air pollution modeling, co-edited a book on boundary elements, and co-edited a book on environmental modeling. He is a consultant to industry and governmental laboratories on computational fluid dynamics and environmental modeling. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Dr. Pepper served as Associate Editor of the AIAA Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer from 1990- 1997, and is a member of the editorial board of Numerical Heat Transfer and Computer Modeling in Engineering and Sciences. He is an Editor of the Journal of Thermodynamics, an Editor of Thermopedia, Associate Editor Computational Thermal Sciences, and recently appointed Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer. He founded and served as Chairman of the K-20 Committee on Computational Heat Transfer for ASME, and was Chairman of the K-12 Aerospace Heat Transfer Committee. He is a member of the AIAA Thermophysics Technical Committee and the AIAA Terrestrial Energy Technical Committee. He received the 1996 Barrick Distinguished Scholar Award from UNLV for his research activities, and the 1996 Distinguished Research Award from the College of Engineering. In 2003, he was appointed to the Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners. In 2007, he was elected a member of the Cosmos Club, located in Washington, DC. Dr. Pepper was appointed a member of the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission in 2008. He received the Eric Reissner medal in 2008 for his work in computational heat transfer and numerical modeling. Dr. Doug Reynolds 702-895-3807 Reynolds@nye.nscee.edu Biography Dr. Douglas D. Reynolds is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Center for Mechanical & Environmental Systems Technology. He has received both national and international recognition for his work in the area of human exposure to shock and vibration and is recognized as an international expert in this area. He is currently the chair of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Working Group S2.39, Human Exposure to Shock and Vibration. He is also the chair of the US Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for and the Head of Delegation to the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 108/Subcommittee (SC) 4 – Human Exposure to Shock and Vibration. Dr. Reynolds has also completed research in the area of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) noise and vibration control that has received national recognition. Dr. Reynolds received his Ph.D. from Purdue University. He was a member of the Architectural Engineering faculty at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, for six years and of the Mechanical Engineering faculty at the University of Pittsburgh for three years. He joined the Engineering faculty at UNLV in the fall 1983 and was responsible for coordinating the development of the Mechanical Engineering program at UNLV. Dr. Reynolds was the lead editor for the 1995 revision of the Sound and Vibration Chapter for the American Society for Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) HVAC Applications Handbook. He was also the editor for and coordinated the development of ANSI Standard S2.70, Guide for the Measurement and Evaluation of Human Exposure to Vibration Transmitted to the Hand, which was approved and published by ANSI in 2006. Dr. Reynolds has written three text books in the areas of vibration and acoustics and design manuals for the National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractor’s National Organization (SMACNA) in the area of HVAC noise and vibration control. He has five US and International patents. Active Research “Seat Shock Isolation System” This project is associated with the development of a seat system that will use air bladder technology and that will protect the occupants of military vehicles from the injurious effects of mine blast and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). “International Study Program for Indoor Environmental Research – I-SPIDER™” This research program is being coordinated between UNLV and two universities in Sweden. It will also be a coordinated effort between the Colleges of Engineering and Education and the School of Architecture that will involve the Clark County School District. The program will explore the effects of indoor K-12 classroom physical environments related to thermal comfort, ventilation, acoustics and lighting on student cognitive acuity and learning performance. Dr. Eric Sandgren 702-895-3699 Eric.firstname.lastname@example.org Biography Dr. Sandgren received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 1977. He worked for 4 years as a staff engineer for IBM. He then worked at the University of Missouri, Columbia for 6 years as an assistant professor and the Associate Director of the Design Productivity Center. Then, for 3 years he was an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University. For 7 more years he was the Director of Advances Engineering at TRW Steering and Suspension Systems. From there he served as a professor and chairman of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University for 4 years. On July 1, 2003 he was appointed the Dean of the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Sandgren has received many prestigious awards. Some of them include the Robert H. Kohr Award in 1975, the Senior Convocations MAE Outstanding Teacher Award in 1982 and 1983, and the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1984. Dr. Mohamed Trabia 702-895-0957 email@example.com Biography Dr. Mohamed B. Trabia is a Professor and of Mechanical Engineering. His research activities are mainly focused on mechanical design and control. He developed several optimization algorithms that incorporate fuzzy logic and genetic algorithms. He is also active in fuzzy logic control applications in mobile robots, flexible manipulators, traffic control, overhead cranes, and smart fins. Dr. Trabia has collaborated with other UNLV researchers in the area of finite element analysis applications, especially in impact and shock loading modeling. Dr. Trabia is the author of 27 refereed technical journal papers, 2 book chapters, and 86 refereed technical conference papers. Dr. Trabia received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University. He currently serves as the Academic Affairs Fellow, UNLV. He has received several awards and also is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Active Research Design of Space Frame for a Military Vehicle This project, which is funded by ARL, attempts to design an internal space frame for a military vehicle to mitigate shock transmission form projectile shock or mine blast to critical locations within the vehicle. Design and Control of Smart Fin This project is funded by ARL. Its objective is to design and control a fin for projectiles that is rotated using a piezo-electric actuator. The proposed design is simple and self-contained. In addition to creating a prototype, testing of several control algorithms is currently under way. Dr. Zhiyong (John) Wang 702-895-3442 firstname.lastname@example.org Biography Dr. John Wang received his B.Sc.1984, MSc. 1987, and his Ph.D. 1991 in Mechanical Engineering from the Harbin Institute of Technology in China. After graduating from Harbin Institute of Technology in China, Dr. Wang worked as a post-doctoral scientist at the Institute of Production Technology at Aachen University of Technology in Germany, sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. After joining the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at State University of New York at Binghamton as a Research Scientist, he became a Research Assistant Professor at the Non-traditional Manufacturing Research Center (NMRC), University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), working on agile manufacturing project. NMRC/UNL was part of the NSF/ARPA Machine Tool Agile Manufacturing Research Institute. Afterwards, he joined the faculty of University of Nevada, Las Vegas as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Wang has ten (10) years teaching experience on lean production and agile manufacturing at undergraduate and graduate student levels. He is a senior member of North American Manufacturing Research Institute (NAMRI/SME), and a member of ASME. Dr. Wang published one book on manufacturing, one book on visual basic programming, received one patent on a machining process for heat-resistant materials, and published nearly 60 technical papers on Lean and Agile manufacturing and other manufacturing related issues in journals such as ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, International Journal of Wear, Transactions of North American Manufacturing Research Conference of SME (NAMRI/SME), International Journal of Machine Tools & Manufacture, Journal of Precision Engineering, International Journal of Agile Manufacturing, the International Journal of Machining Science and Technology, European Journal of Operational research, and International Journal of Computers and Industrial Engineering. Dr. Woosoon Yim 702-895-0958 email@example.com Biography Woosoon Yim is a Professor and the Chairperson of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, as well as Director of Intelligent Structures and Control Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Hanyang University in Korea in 1981, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984 and 1987, respectively. Since 1987, he has been with the Mechanical Engineering Department in the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and currently he is a department chairman. Active Research His research interests are in Intelligent Material and Control Systems Development, that is currently sponsored by National Science Foundation and Army Research Laboratory. In his NSF funded research, Dr. Yim has been working on developing small scale underwater biomimetic robotic vehicle actuated by ionic EAP actuators. Dr. Yim’s expertise in new soft actuation schemes and biologically- inspired design of the future robotic device leads to his active involvement in robotics research communities. Dr. Yim also has current research in developing piezoelectric actuator based projectile fin design and the development of bi-directional magnetorheological elastomer (B-MRE) devise for shock and vibration isolation applications. He has authored/co-authored more than 100 technical papers in the area of automation, dynamics, and control. Mendenhall Innovation Program Dr. Nicholas F. Fiore 702-379-8654 firstname.lastname@example.org Biography Dr. Nicholas F. Fiore is director of the Mendenhall Innovation Program and Graduate Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering from Carnegie Institute of Technology (Carnegie Mellon University). For 17 years he served as Professor and Chair of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Notre Dame. He then served as Vice President of Cabot Corporation, where he was responsible for research and development and new business creation. Finally he served as Senior Vice President of Carpenter Technology where he was responsible for technology-based new business development There he served as operating executive for the Engineered Products Group, a collection of business start-ups. Research While at Notre Dame Dr. Fiore conducted research in microstructure-property relationships, with a focus on hydrogen embrittlement and environmental degradation of alloys. He authored or co- authored 85 papers in this area.