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The Place of Firsts

College of Engineering Alumnus of the Year Suresh Vishnubhatla crosses continents to find his academic home.

People  |  Apr 25, 2017  |  By Brian Sodoma
Editor's Note: 

The UNLV Alumni Association will celebrate the accomplishments of graduates at its annual reception and awards ceremony April 26. For a full list of honorees and event details, visit the alumni awards website

Suresh Vishnubhatla, ’92 MSE Electrical Engineering, is executive vice president of long term care operations for PharMerica Corp. He oversees client, pharmacy, clinical and customer services, product development, information technology, and revenue cycle management. He began his career at Emerson Corp. and has served as senior vice president at BodyMedia and Millennium Pharmacy Systems. He owns several US and international patents.

Why I’m a proud graduate of UNLV …

Suresh VishnubhatlaWhen I arrived to a very warm welcome on UNLV campus (fall of 1990), it was the first time I left the country of my birth, India. I was the first in my family to pursue higher education in a foreign country, and it was the first time I ever got on an airplane. With a sense of excitement, I made three stops in three different countries, and flew for two days to reach Las Vegas.

Along with the warm welcome and friendly environment, I am forever grateful to the School of Engineering for easing my financial concerns with a graduate assistantship. I was given the chance to teach and research for the first time and the invaluable opportunity to interact and work with diverse ideas.

I left the campus with more than a Master’s degree. I left with a sense of achievement, pride and the confidence to find my own way. Twenty-five years after all those firsts at UNLV, whenever I reflect at my family, my career and my own growth, I feel an immense amount of gratitude and pride that I have made good use of the opportunities UNLV gave me. Thank you. I’m a Rebel forever!