The University of Nevada Las Vegas will launch its Dr. Mark Yoseloff Gaming Innovation Program, offered through the UNLV Harrah Hotel College, this August.
The program, including a course on gaming commercialization, is named for university trustee Mark Yoseloff, who is a former designer, developer and manufacturer of electronic games.
Undergraduate and graduate students in the program will learn how to design technically advanced casino games for resorts and the internet. The program also will include classes on the patenting process as well as business development strategies, and will include mentoring from Yoseloff and other industry executives.
Yoseloff said the program, made possible through a $250,000 gift from the Yoseloff Family Charitable Foundation, was designed to give students “the tools they need to perfect their craft.”
“I’ve always been a supporter of UNLV,” Yoseloff said. “I’ve been at Penn and Princeton, neither of which needs my money or help. UNLV is a school in transition with greatness in certain areas.”
Each semester will conclude with a competition in which students will develop and present an invention or idea to be judged by UNLV faculty and industry executives. Winners will not only receive cash prizes but also get marketing and legal guidance to help sell it, with UNLV getting a royalty.