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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Las Vegas Weekly
Tina Quigley, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, had her reservations about LOCATE Las Vegas. The initiative, which entrusted the developmental authority with courting 17 global company leaders in hopes of attracting them to Southern Nevada, already felt like an expensive, time-intensive task. Add on the pressure of doing it during Super Bowl LVIII weekend and they certainly had their work cut out for them.
Las Vegas Weekly
Mugundan Prakash moved to the United States from India last July to complete his degree, and he couldn’t imagine doing it at a better place than UNLV, he said. The 21-year-old graduate student, who majors in electrical engineering, has spent the past couple of months working on a drone that can test the soil of places affected by wildfires.
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Engineering is one of the fastest-growing disciplines on the UNLV campus, and now the school has a brand new, state-of-the-art building to hold all the students it’s attracting.
Las Vegas Review Journal
UNLV celebrated the opening of its Advanced Engineering Building on Friday as the university works to help accommodate one of its fastest growing programs.

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Campus News | February 3, 2021

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