Rama Venkat’s Persistence Pays Off as UNLV Advanced Engineering Building Sees the Light of Day
It was 2014 and then-interim dean of the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, Rama Venkat was interviewing for his role permanently.
“I remember Fred Cox, a college advisory board member, asking me what my vision for the College of Engineering was and what I thought the college needed most,” said Venkat. “I had been interim dean for a few years already and stated that the college needed a new building to support the anticipated increased growth in engineering student enrollment and research labs for our faculty.”
Since that time the college’s enrollment has more than doubled to over 3,000 students, grant activity is higher than ever, and UNLV has reached Carnegie R1 “Very High Research” status.
To students and campus visitors crisscrossing their way past the fencing and walkway detours on the north side of campus, it may look like just another construction project. But for Venkat and others involved in the Advanced Engineering Building, the groundbreaking came after nearly a decade of planning, fundraising, and overcoming challenges – again and again – to help build the future of UNLV and of Nevada.
Rama Venkat is the dean of the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering and a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering. Venkat an alumni of Indian Institute Technology, Madras, earned his Master’s and a Ph.D. from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.
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