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Message from the Vice President for Research and Economic Development

Welcome to the website of UNLV's Division of Research and Economic Development. I'm delighted to have the opportunity to discuss our efforts to advance the UNLV research enterprise and share news of our progress in many areas.

UNLV has made great strides in recent years in building its reputation as a first-choice, nationally recognized research university, expanding collaborative initiatives, and increasing economic development activities. Our classification in the category of "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching speaks to our success in and commitment to research. Additionally, research productivity at UNLV continues to rise, as indicated by various measures including scholarly publications, creative activities, external grants and contracts, and patents.

We have built research infrastructure to support faculty and student scholarship. Most notable is the Science and Engineering Building – our first facility specifically designed to enhance multidisciplinary research. UNLV's research mission is also being integrated with the economic well-being of the state. The Office of Economic Development is working with our faculty, students, and industry partners to promote intellectual property developed at UNLV that has potential for commercialization and creation of new businesses. We also continually seek to offer students at all levels excellent opportunities to become involved in these endeavors.

Research on such topics as clean energy, environment, health, tourism, aerospace, defense, materials, IT, and logistics support economic development of the state and the region. However, UNLV faculty conduct research in virtually all disciplines, offering students the chance to explore wide-ranging subjects, to develop complex skills, and to consider novel approaches and perspectives.

We encourage you to explore research at UNLV further, both on our website and with our faculty and students. Thank you for your interest, and please contact us if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Thomas C. Piechota
Vice President for Research and Economic Development