"Bob is the ultimate innovator," remarks Dean Rama Venkat. "He is a man of few words, but of very many great ideas."
A master of ingenuity, Mendenhall is owner, founder, and Chief Executive Officer of Las Vegas Paving Corporation, now celebrating its 55th year. He developed America’s first recycled freeway, using 100% recycled asphalt, more than 10 years ago, subsequently earning him the Bicentennial Patent Award. A tireless advocate for conservation through recycling, Mendenhall is known as “The Grandfather of Asphalt Recycling,” and has seen 47 different U.S. patents issued in his name.
On campus, Mendenhall and his wife, Paula, were instrumental in the development of the UNLV Mendenhall Basketball Practice Facility and the Mendenhall Innovation Design Lab, located in the College of Engineering. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the university seven years ago, and is currently a member of the UNLV Palladium Society and the Mendenhall Advisory Board at the College of Engineering.
Congratulations, Mr. Mendenhall, on this well-deserved honor!