Southwest Gas Contributes $250,000 to Advanced Engineering Studies Building

Top (from left): Kim Nyoni, Associate Vice President for Development, UNLV Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement; Justin Brown, Senior Vice-President/General Counsel, Southwest Gas

Bottom (from left): Jerry Schmitz, Vice President/Engineering, Southwest Gas; Tony Hills, Director/Gas Operations, Southwest Gas; Karen Haller, Executive Vice President/Chief Legal and Administrative Officer and Corporate Secretary, Southwest Gas; Rama Venkat, Dean, UNLV College of Engineering.

Jul. 1, 2019

Support will fund the 'Southwest Gas Emerging Technologies Laboratory'

Southwest Gas has generously donated $250,000 to fund the Advanced Engineering Studies Building. This contribution is an extension of the company's dedicated efforts to support the next generation of driven engineers. Funds will be used to build out the ‘Southwest Gas Emerging Technologies Laboratory.’

“Southwest Gas partners with the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering because it’s about helping the next generation of engineers in Southern Nevada,’” said Jerry Schmitz, Vice President of Engineering at Southwest Gas. “These students – and those who follow – want to improve the world through their application of math and science, as well as their research, imagination and innovation.”

Southwest Gas has been a long-time supporter of the College's academic endeavors, not just finanically, but also in terms of expertise and opportunities for students.

“Southwest Gas has played an integral role in the College, from volunteering on our Advisory Boards, to providing internships and jobs to our engineering students," said Dean Rama Venkat. "They are a valued partner and their commitment has been critical in propelling students into fulfilling and promising careers."

The Advanced Engineering Studies Building is set to accommodate 4,000 undergraduates, 400 graduates and more than 100 faculty by 2030.The three-story building will focus on flexible, adaptable, modular spaces that inspire innovation, collaboration, and creativity.

“With this new building, and the academic programs available at UNLV, the College of Engineering will succeed," said Schmitz. "We cherish this partnership, from the engineering interns at Southwest Gas that are getting paid, real-world experience in the natural gas industry, to the graduate engineers that design our pipelines and give back to the communities we serve.”

This article was written by UNLV alumni, Jocelyn Silva.