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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

Rama Venkat In The News

Apr 6, 2017

Rama Venkat, dean of the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, is calling UNLV’s latest collaboration — a $5 million, five-year master service agreement with Lockheed Martin — “one of a kind.”

Mar 13, 2017

Diversification of the economy has been a goal of many Nevada local and state officials for the past several years. While the resort corridor drives a large portion of the local economy, some experts are starting to take notice of a changing economic landscape in Clark County.

Feb 7, 2017

Seventy-nine cents to the dollar. You’ve probably heard that statistic on the gender pay gap, a longtime wedge issue and soapbox topic for politicians, feminists and celebrities.

Dec 21, 2016

On most class projects, students are concerned with their grade. At the Fred and Harriet Cox Senior Design Competition, engineering students at UNLV also are concerned with winning cash and maybe even getting their project on the market.

Articles Featuring Rama Venkat

UNLV’s Team Las Vegas design of a full-size solar-powered house
Feb 3, 2017
Business & Community

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
Oct 11, 2016
Business & Community

Under a master agreement, UNLV will provide services to Lockheed Martin that support NASA’s Orion program and other space exploration projects.

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