Wong's Gift $1M to Fund Advanced Engineering Studies Building


UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees Chairman Greg Lee (far left), Aurora and Buck Wong, along with UNLV President Len Jessup (far right).


Jan. 24, 2018


On October 9, 2017, the UNLV Foundation inducted Aurora and Buck Wong into the Palladium Society for their outstanding contributions to UNLV at the 2017 Annual Foundation Dinner. The couple’s support of engineering includes a $1 million donation towards the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering’s Advanced Engineering Studies Building. They were also recognized for their commitment to industry and higher education in bringing key relationships to UNLV through their company Arcata Associates, Inc., including programs with NASA and Lockheed Martin.

The new building their donation is supporting will focus on flexible, modular spaces that inspire innovation, collaboration and creativity. The Wong’s gift will make possible an adaptable auditorium/classroom/event space – “Flexitorium” – in the building, and will be named in their honor. A college-wide “MakerSpace” will also be included, inspiring collaboration among engineering students and those from other disciplines.

Currently, the College’s 172,000 square feet of space is insufficient to meet the needs of current and future undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and research efforts. The new Advanced Engineering Studies Building will provide the infrastructure required to support the College's growth, facilitate critical research, foster innovation, and pave the way for the future of Nevada as a robust, tech-based, diversified economy.

“Personally and professionally, I am so grateful to Buck and Aurora Wong for their foresight, generosity, and goodness,” said UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees Chairman Greg Lee. “They are transforming lives through education in many ways.”