Principal Investigator

Dr. Yifei Jin, Assistant Professor


  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, 2019.07-present
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida, 2018.05-2019.05
  • Quality Assurance Engineer, Quality Assurance Department, FAW-Volkswagen, 2011.01-2013.12


  • Ph. D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida, 2014.01-2018.04

  • M. S., Mechanical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, China, 2008.09-2010.12

  • B. S., Mechanical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, China, 2003.09-2008.07


  • ME 350 Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing

Dr. Ronald Gibson, Adjunct Professor


  • Prior to UNR, Dr. Gibson was a Mechanical Engineering Professor and director of the Advanced Composites Research Laboratory at Wayne State University. He has also held faculty positions at Iowa State University and The University of Idaho, as well as visiting faculty positions at Stanford University, the University of Florida and Michigan State University.

  • Industrial/government experience as development engineer for Union Carbide Corporation, Nuclear Division and as a summer faculty fellow at the NASA Langley Research Center. 

  • Published a textbook titled Principles of Composite Material Mechanics Fourth Edition – CRC Press, 2016
    • Also published numerous refereed journal and conference papers.


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1975
  • M.S., University of Tennessee, 1971
  • B.S., University of Florida, 1965

Research Interests

  • Applied mechanics
  • Mechanics of composite materials and structures
  • Design and manufacturing of composite structures
  • Characterization of energy-absorbing materials
  • Mechanics of multifunctional materials and nanocomposite

Ph.D. Students

Weijian Hua

Weijian Hua is a Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Nevada, Reno. He received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Engineering from South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, China. He received his Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville. His interests include 3D printing, bioprinting, tissue engineering, and biomaterials.





Masters Students

Kellen Mitchell

Kellen Mitchell is a Masters’s Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Nevada, Reno. After graduating from UNR in 2016 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering, Kellen worked in the composite manufacturing industry for 4 years. Kellen plans on pursuing a career in additive manufacturing with a focus on sustainability. In Kellen’s free time he enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, and drumming in his rock band. 




Adrian Ortiz

Adrian Ortiz is a recent mechanical engineering graduate from the Class of 2021. He will be continuing his mechanical engineering education into his master’s as well as be on board next spring (2022) to assist in different projects and conduct research with our team!

In the meantime, Adrian will be employed at Hamilton Company as an Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technician, where he will assemble and program research-grade robots! Adrian’s interests vary from 3D modeling and printing to cooking to tinkering.

Image: One of many 3D scanning consultations while Adrian was a Makerspace Technician at DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library [Yes, that is a steak he is scanning].

Lily Raymond

Lily is currently a Mechanical Engineering graduate student at the University of Nevada, Reno. She graduated with her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in the Spring of 2021. Lily has interests in the applications of 3D printing in the biomedical engineering field. She also is a TA for ENGR 100, an introduction to engineering for freshmen. Lily enjoys running, drawing, and being outside. 




Naima Valentin

Naima Valentin is a Master’s Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Nevada Reno. She completed her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at UNR in 2018 and recently spent two years working in the commercial vehicle industry before returning to UNR to pursue a master’s degree. In her free time, Naima enjoys skiing, rock climbing, and riding horses.





Undergraduate Students

Erick Bandala

Erick is a third-year Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Nevada, Reno. Erick plans on pursuing a Master’s degree and then a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. Erick likes to play basketball, soccer, football, swimming, chess, and ultimate frisbee. He also likes to hike, watch movies and tv shows.




Beatriz Godina

Beatriz is a third-year Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Nevada, Reno. I will be graduating in the Spring of 2022 and will eventually pursue a Master’s degree. I am part of the Nevada Student Ambassadors and I tutor students in the Upward Bound program here at UNR. I enjoy walking my dogs, reading, and doing yoga. 





Chandler Stanfill 

Chandler is a third-year Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Nevada, Reno. He plans to graduate in the spring of 2022 and then enter the military in a mechanical engineering role and later plans to return to school for a Masters’s degree in Electrical Engineering. His interests include exercising, reading, and traveling. 






Matthew Warner

Matthew is a fourth-year Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has experience with using Solidworks for drafting and designing. Matthew has helped create the UNR 3D Printing club, which currently has about 18 active members. In his free time, Matthew enjoys playing and watching sci-fi video games and movies. He uses his engineering skills to create detailed replicas from his favorite games. After he graduates, Matthew intends on working as a lead engineer in the 3D printing field.