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Tim Wong (third from right), President and CEO of Arcata Associates, Inc., accepts the Engineering Distinguished Industry Partner Award. Also pictured (from left to right): UNLV Executive Vice President and Provost Diane Chase, Aurora and Buck Wong, President Len Jessup, and Dean Venkat.


Oct. 22, 2021

On Friday, February 23rd, 2018 the College of Engineering hosted its annual Academy of Engineering. The event celebrates alumni, faculty, industry and community partners for their dedication to higher learning, involvement, and academic achievement. This year, UNLV proudly inducted six awardees into the Academy.

The awards are split into three different categories, each uniquely representing the Colleges’ core values—educate, engage, inspire, innovate. We congratulate the following recipients for creating a bridge of opportunity to the College of Engineering, the faculty, and its students.

Engineering  Distinguished Alumni Award

The UNLV College of Engineering makes no secret of the talented and inquisitive young minds they have fostered throughout the years. Each of these former Rebels has been integral to the College’s academic development and have used their resources to mentor engineering students.

An advocate of student engagement, Doa Meade is a 1996 civil and environmental engineering graduate, who has since acquired a 20-year professional career in water distribution, infrastructure, environmental compliance, and land development design and construction. In conjunction, Meade has supported engineering internship placements with the Water District.

Chad Miller is a 1992 electrical engineering graduate and former vice president of Tau Beta Pi. Miller is currently the co-founder of Weide & Miller and works in all phases of patents, trademarks, intellectual property and related agreements, transactions, and litigation. Furthermore, he has encouraged students to pursue intellectual property for projects such as Senior Design.

Howard Kent Vandermeer received his bachelor of science degree from UNLV in 1970 and MBA in 1975. Vandermeer has acquired an impressive career in civil engineering and spends his time serving in numerous organizations, which include President of the Nevada Chapter, American Public Works Association, and Board member of Southern Nevada Coalition 2000.

Engineering Distinguished Educator Award

The Engineering Distinguished Educator award is given to individuals who have shown significant achievements in research and education.

Robert F. Boehm joined the UNLV family in 1990 as a professor of mechanical engineering. Among his many accomplishments is the establishment of the Center for Energy Research at UNLV, which focuses on solar and renewable energy, as well as energy sufficient technologies.

Boehm’s dedication and contributions to scholarly research have earned him national and international recognition in the field of engineering.

UNLV is proud to call him one of their own.

Engineering Distinguished Industry/Community Partner Award

The UNLV College of Engineering is grateful for its industry and community partners for providing our students with funding and opening the door to different career opportunities.

Tim Wong is the President and CEO of Arcata Associates Inc., a Las Vegas-based aerospace/defense engineering company. Wong and his company have generously served the Las Vegas community and UNLV by contributing to higher learning and fiercely advocating for education at all levels.

More notably, Wong's contributions have led UNLV to secure partnerships with companies including Lockheed Martin, Teledyne Brown Engineering, and NASA. The NASA mentor-protégé agreement allows students the chance to participate in training support to the International Space Station.

We thank Mr. Wong and Arcata Associates Inc. for launching UNLV into the intergalactic realm.

In 1958, Selma Bartlett became one of the first female banking officers in Nevada. Since then, Mrs. Bartlett has played an integral role in the development of real estate, community, and education development in Henderson.

Passionate about education, she has assisted the College of Engineering by investing in education and providing opportunities through her influence and charitable disposition.

On behalf of the UNLV College of Engineering, we would like to extend our sincerest thanks to Mrs. Bartlett and her lifetime commitment to students, higher education, and professional development.

Congratulations to the UNLV Academy of Engineering Class of 2018!


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