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

Vegas Inc
October 30, 2019
A frequent traveler to Las Vegas for business, Joe Jensen has often wondered if the hotel check-in process could be shortened.
Las Vegas Review Journal
October 29, 2019
UNLV and Caesars Entertainment Corp.’s soon-to-open Black Fire Innovation research and technology hub has caught the eye of technology giant Intel.
Hospitality Technology
October 29, 2019
Black Fire Innovation is a new research and technology hub created to drive innovation in the hospitality, gaming and entertainment industry. The hub is now announcing its collaboration Intel, which will provide technology and computing resources in order to help develop next-generation data-rich consumer experiences while also offering research and internship opportunities for students and partners at the Black Fire Innovation facility. The 43,000 square-foot-space was designed to change the landscape of hospitality with its replica integrated resort labs, where new concepts can be created and tested.
SBC Americas
October 29, 2019
Research and technology hub Black Fire Innovation has announced a collaboration with Intel in an attempt to boost hospitality customer experience.

Articles Featuring Zachary R. Miles

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Business and CommunityOctober 29, 2019
Working with UNLV and Caesars Entertainment, Intel will provide state-of-the-art computing equipment and hands-on internships for UNLV students.
Campus NewsJune 26, 2019
A collection of news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.
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Business and CommunityApril 29, 2019
The 43,000 square-foot “Black Fire Innovation” space will include replicated elements of a Caesars casino and resort to provide real-life conditions for product testing and a place for students to train to enter the workforce of the future.
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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.