Upcoming Workshop Aimed at Creating an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems Degree Program Unique to Nevada


June 20, 2013


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Education and Government Officials to Host Titans of Industry Workshop, Aimed at Creating an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems Degree Program Unique to Nevada

(Las Vegas, Nev.)— TheNevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Nevada System of Higher Education and Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance will host Titans of Industry, a two day workshop that will bring together the best brands in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) systems to discuss future higher education programs in Nevada, June 26-27 at the JW Marriot Las Vegas Resort & Spa.

This one-of-a-kind workshop will allow higher learning institutions, such as the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and University of Nevada-Reno, to create Unmanned Aerial Vehicle degree programs with active involvement from corporate industry leaders looking to hire these graduates in the next five years. For nearly two days, educators and government officials will meet with representatives from companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin and The Matrix Group in an effort to craft degree and certificate programs designed to generate skilled industry graduates, beginning at the high school level.

“This is mainly an educational event with an economic development twist,” said Tom Wilczek, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development’s Aerospace and Defense Industry Specialist. “Bringing the corporate leaders from the major Aerospace and Defense companies together to talk about education and how to create the labor force of this industry’s future has never been done before in Nevada. The information that our state will glean from these conversations is invaluable, and will help Nevada to further solidify its global leadership in the UAV industry.”

According to Wilczek, Nevada is well positioned to provide such a program because of the UAV expertise that resides in Nevada, mainly due to existing military assets, such as Creech and Nellis Air Force Bases and Naval Air Station Fallon.

“Any program we offer will be a hands-on learning experience,” Wilczek said. “Because Nevada supports both military and civilian UAV development throughout the state, these academic courses would be based in a real world setting with access to the industry experts. I don’t know of any other programs that can do that.”

About Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance

The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance,
previously known as the Nevada Development Authority, is Southern Nevada’s premier economic development agency.  For 57 years, it has continued to diversify and improve the economy of Southern Nevada.  For more information, call 702.791.0000 or visit
The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance is located in The inNEVation Center powered by Switch.

About Switch

Switch is the world’s most reliable technology ecosystem, in the country’s safest desert. Switch is a Nevada-based technology ecosystem that includes the Switch SuperNAP, a 407,000-square-foot facility that houses the servers of Google, VMWare, HP, Intuit, eBay, Zappos, and many more. The SuperNAP has gained global attention through its use of patented technology to house servers at a density that far surpasses industry standards, with additional safeguards provided by armed security and Las Vegas’ unique geography as a city free from natural disasters. The company provides colocation, connectivity and cloud services, all on an expansive technology campus in Las Vegas. Switch also powers the inNEVation Center – the first public/private economic diversification effort of its kind. For more on Switch, visit or contact Kristi Overgaard at

About the InNEVation Center

The inNEVation Center is the first public/private economic diversification effort of its kind. It was developed by Rob Roy, the Founder and CEO of Switch, Nevada’s most successful tech start-up to date. The more than 40,000-square-foot center is a COWORKING environment where start-ups and entrepreneurs (inNEVators) converge with business luminaries, political leaders, and investors (COLLABORATORS) to launch and nurture new ventures. It’s also a thriving business community complete with networking opportunities and educational and promotional events held at a state-of-the-art venue. The inNEVation Center is powered by Switch, the Las Vegas-based technology superpower whose globally dominant SuperNAP provides 100% secure uptime for the servers of Google, VMWare, HP, Intuit, eBay, Zappos, and 462 others. For more on the inNEVation Center, visit or contact Richard Ethington at

About the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development:

Created during the 2011 session of the Nevada Legislature, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development is the result of a collaborative effort between the Nevada Legislature and Governor Brian Sandoval to restructure economic development in the state. GOED’s role is to promote a robust, diversified and prosperous economy in Nevada, to stimulate business expansion and retention, encourage entrepreneurial enterprise, attract new businesses and facilitate community development. More information on the Governor’s Office of Economic Development can be viewed at