UNLV has received an award of $115,000 per year grant from the National Science Foundation to create and staff Nevada's Office of Science, Engineering and Technology.
The director of this office will also serve as the science advisor to Gov. Bob Miller. According to Dr. David N. McNelis, research vice president at UNLV, who applied for the grant, NSF requires that the federal funds be matched with an equal amount from the state or private sector.
Approximately $75,000 of the match is already in hand. Due to the efforts of Dr. John Kleppe, a UNR engineering professor, and Nevada first lady Sandy Miller, Jerome Lemelson, a prominent U.S. inventor, agreed to donate $100,000 over two years toward the creation of the Office.
An announcement of this position and a solicitation for nominations and applications will be published in Science, the Journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and in the Las Vegas and Reno newspapers. The search committee, consisting of members of Nevada Industry, Science, Engineering, and Technology (NISET), Inc., the Commission on Economic Development, and the National Science Foundation, hopes to complete its work just after the first of the year.