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New Face: Imad Mehanna

At UNLV, this planning and construction staffer found the fast-paced work environment he had been seeking.

People  |  Jun 25, 2018  |  By Diane Russell
Portrait Imad Mehanna

Imad Mehanna, project manager in UNLV planning and construction (Amanda Keating/UNLV Creative Services)

For someone who likes to have lots of work to do, UNLV planning and construction is the place to be, according to Imad Mehanna.


UNLV is a well-known establishment in Nevada. I love its diversity and broad spectrum, offering the opportunity to grow professionally and personally.

What about UNLV strikes you as different from other places you have worked or where you went to school?

In comparison to others, UNLV has given me a team that not only loves to work as hard as I do, but also works in a fast-paced and organized manner.

Where did you grow up and what was that like? What do you miss about it?

I grew up in Beirut, Lebanon. It was a simple, yet hard life. We were raised on principles and manners, until the war broke out and changed everything, which forced me to leave the country. I miss my family the most.

What is your current job title and what are a few of your duties?

I am a project manager in planning & construction. I oversee construction projects, meet with department heads and contractors, and ensure the completion of the project intact.

What are some of the projects on which you currently are working?

  • Emergency phone upgrades and add-ons throughout the Maryland and Shadow Lane campuses.
  • The upgrades and add-ons of security cameras throughout the Maryland and Shadow Lane campuses.
  • The upgrade of classroom technology.
  • The remodeling of the former EPA building.

What inspired you to get into your field?

I have been in this field for 30-plus years. My inspiration to excel in this field began with my father and continued with my education and training.

What is the biggest challenge in your field?

The biggest challenge is making sure projects are completed in due time, and within the budget.

What can people do to make your job easier?

Just being friendly and courteous and letting you express your point of view and expertise is appreciated.

Tell us about an object in your office that has significance for you and why.

My family's picture, because they mean the world to me.

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?

I am trilingual: very fluent in English, French, and Arabic.

What books do you have on your bedside table?

The Holy Bible

Tell us about a time in your life when you have been daring.

I used to engage in many extreme sports, such as skiing, dirt bike riding, and skydiving.

Current pastimes or hobbies?

Hunting and off-roading.

Finish this sentence, "If I couldn't work in my current field, I would…

If I couldn't work in my current field, I would like to be a police officer. I served 16 years in the military and interacted with multiple agencies. I like to make people feel safe and secure.