It is most appropriate that UNLV's College of Engineering is named for one of the most innovative aviators and engineers of the 20th century: Howard R. Hughes.
Man of Many Talents
Hughes was a man of many talents. He was a filmmaker; the only stockholder in the Hughes Tool Company; the creator of Hughes Aircraft Company, which became part of Hughes Medical Institute; and the man who built the globe-spanning TWA airline.
Man of Las Vegas
Hughes was also a central figure in the growth of Las Vegas into an international resort destination. He spent most of the last years of his life in Las Vegas, where he owned an airport, a television station, a ranch, several hotel-casinos, and a great deal of valuable land.
In 1984, eight years after his death, Hughes' Summa Corporation made a generous donation to UNLV's engineering program, which resulted in the college taking Hughes' name.