New Engineering Scholarship Endowment Fund Established

Suresh and Subansiri Vishnubhatla

MSE 92’ electrical engineering graduate and 2017 Engineering Alumnus of the Year, Suresh Vishnubhatla, and his wife Subansiri.

Apr. 6, 2021

The Suresh and Subansiri Vishnubhatla Engineering Scholarship Endowment Fund will aid historically underserved students in STEM

At UNLV, students from all walks of life are given the opportunity to learn, research, and grow in the pursuit of truth, knowledge, and a better world. For alumnus, Suresh Vishnubhatla, this could not be any more true. Now a recognized leader and entrepreneur, Suresh and his wife, Subansiri, are giving back in the form of a scholarship endowment at the place where it all started - the UNLV College of Engineering.

 

An Unexpected Journey 

Over thirty years ago, Suresh accepted a teaching assistantship from UNLV and boarded a plane from India for what was supposed to be a study abroad experience. Being the first in his family to pursue higher education in a foreign country, he never imagined his trip would be the first step on his road to excellence. 

Since then, Suresh has garnered a reputation for his innovative approach to business and entrepreneurship. After graduating from UNLV in 1992 with a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, he worked at the Emerson Electric Corporation, Power and Water Solutions in Pittsburgh where he cultivated skills in business and management. In the years ahead, Suresh was an executive at BodyMedia, a pioneer in the wearable technology space and Millennium Pharmacy Systems which brought safe pharmaceutical care to the patient bedside. Most recently he was President of PharMerica, the second largest post-acute care pharmacy, technology and clinical services provider. 

Currently living in Las Vegas, Suresh has taken an active role at the College as a member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Advisory Board. He works at X (formerly Google X), creating radical new technologies to solve some of the world's most difficult problems. Suresh and Subansiri have committed themselves to paying it forward to the next generation of engineers by establishing the Suresh and Subansiri Vishnubhatla Engineering Scholarship Endowment Fund.

 

The Endowment

While preference will be given to students majoring in electrical or computer engineering, Suresh’s major, the scholarship will be open to undergraduate and graduate students from all engineering disciplines. In particular, the Vishnubhatlas hope to increase opportunities for female and historically underrepresented students in STEM. “Education has always been very important to our family and UNLV holds special importance to us. As fellow engineers, we are happy to be able to help future generations of students achieve their engineering dreams” said the Vishnubhatlas.

“We’re incredibly indebted to our amazing alumni who choose to support our future engineers,” said Rama Venkat, dean of the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering. “The Vishnubhatla’s endowment will have a lasting impact at the College in the years to come.” 

Other individuals interested in supporting engineering and computer science students by setting up their own endowment can contact Jack Aylor at jack.aylor@unlv.edu