Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Darrell W. Pepper

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Director, Nevada Center for Advanced Computational Methods
University of Nevada Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV

BSME 1968, UMR
MSAE, 1970, UMR
PhD, 1973, UMR

 Following graduation from UMR in 1973 and a postdoctoral in 1974, Darrell joined E. I. Du Pont, Savannah River Laboratory, where he served in various technical and management positions. In 1987, he was appointed Chief Scientist of The Marquardt Company, Van Nuys, Calif., and worked on the National Aerospace Plane program. In 1988, he co-founded Advanced Projects Research, Inc, and in 1990 was appointed Professor of Mechanical Engineering at California State University Northridge. He joined the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 1992, and was appointed Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department and also founded the Nevada Center for Advanced Computational Methods in 1996. In 2002, he was appointed  Interim Dean of the College of Engineering. In 2001 he founded Nevada Energy and Environmental Systems, a small engineering consulting company. In 2004, he served as an ASME Congressional Fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein in Washington, DC where he handled science and technology issues. He received the international Eric Reissner Medal from the ICCES for his work in computational heat transfer in 2008 and the Harry Reid Silver State Research Award from UNLV in 2010.  In 2011, Darrell recieved the AIAA Sustained Service Award, and in 2012, he was awarded the AIAA Energy Systems Medal. Darrell was appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO where he is currently located until May, 2013.