Rama Venkat

Dean, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Expertise: Electrical Engineering, STEM education, Display Technology, Entrepreneurship


Rama Venkat is the dean of the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering and a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering. While serving in this capacity, he has been instrumental in developing and conducting the College of Engineering Senior Design Competition and, together with the Lee Business School faculty, spearheading enhanced collaboration between the two schools. His research areas of interest include solid state sensors, devices, physics, and modeling of devices and photonics. 

Venkat first came to UNLV in 1989, becoming a full professor in 1998, and serving as chair of the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 2000-06. While with the College of Engineering, he has authored or co-authored 43 referred journal publications, supervised and graduated nearly 30 graduate students, won a variety of teaching awards, and brought in more than $2,000,000 in research funds.


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • M.S., Metallurgical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Bachelor of Technology, Metallurgical Engineering, Indian Institute Technology, Madras, India

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Rama Venkat In The News

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
April 23, 2020
UNLV is stepping in to help produce much needed equipment for local healthcare workers. Faculty, students, and staff from the engineering program are leading this effort.
KSNV-TV: News 3
May 10, 2019
The meeting rooms at the Thomas & Mack Center were filled Thursday with technological ideas and prototypes worth of the Consumer Electronics Show.
Las Vegas Sun
September 5, 2017
Building a house with no prior experience is tough enough, but imagine constructing one knowing that you would soon have to split it into multiple parts and transport it out of state. That is just part of the challenge that 30 UNLV students face as they prepare for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2017 competition next month. The winning school takes home $300,000.
Las Vegas Sun
August 14, 2017
A gender gap persists in science, technology, engineering and math, a problem that researchers say could begin to be understood and then solved through research. U.S. Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., has introduced two pieces of legislation to address the issue. The Building Blocks of STEM and Code Like a Girl acts both seek to fund research into early childhood STEM education.

Articles Featuring Rama Venkat

Red event program for Senior Design Competition with electrical device in background
Business and CommunityMay 8, 2019
Nearly 40 student-created engineering projects provide technological solutions to real-world problems; prototypes on display May 9 at Thomas & Mack Center.
UNLV’s Team Las Vegas design of a full-size solar-powered house
Business and CommunityFebruary 3, 2017
Fundraising for universitywide collaboration surpasses $750,000 with support from Switch and NV Energy Foundation.
Diane Chase shakes hands after signing agreement with Scott Jones
Business and CommunityOctober 11, 2016
Under a master agreement, UNLV will provide services to Lockheed Martin that support NASA’s Orion program and other space exploration projects.
Vamsee Pamula
PeopleSeptember 29, 2016
When Vamsee Pamula, ’92 MS Electrical Engineering, sees chances to apply his big brain to business opportunities, he takes the leap. His latest venture is a daring moneymaker — and a potential life saver.