UNLV Outstanding Faculty Members, NCSA Digital Symposium, & Young Alumnus Award (Oct. 2018)

The Alumni Association of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) has named three 2018 Outstanding Faculty Members of the Year. All three are Tau Bates. Read the news article for more information and see short bios below.

Bernard Malamud, Ph.D. (NY Z ’63) – Professor Emeritus of Business/Economics.

Brendan J. O’Toole, Ph.D. (NV B ’86) – is a Professor and Chair of mechanical engineering department.

Mohamed B. Trabia, Ph.D. (NV B ’80) – Associate Dean for Research, Graduate Studies & Computing.

UNLV Outstanding Faculty


On Friday, October 26, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and the University of Illinois Press will host a symposium and book signing entitled “Her Story: Digital Innovation.” The event will take place in Urbana, Illinois, at the NCSA Building located on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

According to the event page, 13 “midwestern women who shaped digital media history” will be present, including Tau Bate Carolina Cruz-Neira, Ph.D. (IA A ’87). Dr. Cruz-Neira is “known as the co-inventor of the CAVE and the original developer of the CAVELibs. She is also known for conceiving, developing, and operating large-scale virtual reality research centers, such as the Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC) at Iowa State University and the Emerging Analytics Center at the University of Arkansas–Little Rock.”


Sam M. Nicaise, Ph.D. (KY A ’10), has been named the Holmes High School (KY) Outstanding Young Alumnus awardee for 2018. He was recognized during the Hall of Honors on October 10.

Dr. Nicaise graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in electrical engineering, was a KY Chapter officer, and 2009 TBP Scholar. He recently earned his Ph.D. from MIT and is now a postdoctoral trainee at the University of Pennsylvania in mechanical engineering. Click here to read more about Dr. Nicaise and the other Holmes Hall recipients.


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