Long-time supporter of the College of Engineering, Fred B. Cox, received the prestigious Silver State Award at a UNLV Alumni Association homecoming reception on November 2. Designed to recognize a nonalumnus/a for their significant contributions and support to the university and community at large, the Silver State Award was established by the UNLV Alumni Association 35 years ago. Fred joins past recipients, including Governor Bob Miller, Coach Jerry Tarkanian, Selma F. Bartlett, and Bill Boyd, among many others, who have brought positive notoriety to the university through their actions and lifetime contributions.
"Fred is a great friend, benefactor, and agent of change for our college," remarks Dean Rama Venkat. "His enormous success in technology entrepreneurship is inspiring to us as we strive to give our students solid foundations, not only in engineering, but also in business. Fred is a great example of how the collaboration between the two fields can diversify and create impact for local economies."
As a donor, industrial partner, and advocate of the College of Engineering, and UNLV in general, Fred and his wife Harriet have donated more than $1 million to the university, and have been instrumental in recruiting many more donors. In 1999, he established the Fred Cox Engineering Scholarship and the Harriet Cox Scholarship. Fred has also donated significant funds and countless hours to the college's semesterly Fred and Harriet Cox Senior Design Competition and Dinner. He currently sits on the Engineering Advisory Board and the Mendenhall Innovation Program Advisory Board.
The College of Engineering congratulates Fred on this celebrated achievement. We can't think of anyone more deserving!