Zachary R. Miles

Associate Vice President for Economic Development
Executive Director, UNLV Research Foundation
Director, UNLV Small Business Development Center
Expertise: Intellectual property, Economic development, Small business, Venture capital, Community engagement


Zach Miles serves as the associate vice president for economic development. Miles also serves as director of the Nevada Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UNLV and executive director for the UNLV Research Foundation.

In these capacities, Miles manages the assessment, protection, and commercialization of intellectual property owned or controlled by UNLV and assists start-up companies in building a strong business foundation and seeking capital.

Prior to joining UNLV, Miles served as the deputy executive director of Technology Venture and Commercialization at the University of Utah. Miles has also co-founded, advised, and served as general counsel for a number of Utah based start-up companies.

Miles holds a bachelor of science degree from Weber State University, where he majored in microbiology and holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.



  • B.S., Weber State University
  • J.D., University of New Hampshire School of Law

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Zachary R. Miles In The News

Yogonet Gaming News
June 11, 2019
Black Fire Innovation was announced last month as a partnership between the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), Caesars Entertainment Corp. and Gardner Company that will bring the university and local businesses together to test, develop and commercialize hospitality products and ideas.
Hotel Business
June 7, 2019
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and Caesars Entertainment have partnered to deliver a technology hub designed to assist innovators with testing and showcasing new gaming and hospitality concepts.
Las Vegas Newswire
June 5, 2019
The casino floor will have all the trappings — glowing slots and felt-covered game tables. The sportsbook will have a tote board for posting odds and windows good enough to receive wagers. An esports arena will have game paraphernalia and video screens.
May 13, 2019
After the recession, Nevada said it needed to be more than a company town that relies on jobs and taxes from gaming and tourists to pay for police, fire, roads, schools, and other public needs.

Articles Featuring Zachary R. Miles

UNLV students holding large check
Business and CommunityJanuary 11, 2019
Inaugural hackathon offered UNLV students unique opportunity to generate innovative commercial products; winner announced during CES 2019 in Las Vegas.
artist rendering of U.N.L.V. Research Park
Business and CommunityJuly 17, 2018
Construction of the first innovation building on the 122-acre UNLV Harry Reid Research & Technology Park marks a new era of research and innovation in Southern Nevada.
UNLV sign
ResearchFebruary 28, 2018
Collaboration will leverage talent from both institutions, spur joint research, and bolster regional economic development efforts.
researchers test drone
ResearchDecember 28, 2016
UNLV researchers and inventors made national headlines this year with their discoveries. Here's a round up of some of our top stories of 2016.