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Dr. Gautam is an internationally recognized researcher and expert in the area of heavy-duty mobile source exhaust emissions, aerosol sampling, and particulate matter measurement, characterization, and control.  As vice president for research and innovation and professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno, Dr. Mridul Gautam leads the articulation and implementation of a shared vision for research and guides the administrative division focused on developing world-class research and discovery, the careers and competitiveness of faculty, and the institution’s capacity as a high-impact research university and economic cornerstone of Nevada.

Dr. Gautam serves as the founding President of the Nevada Research and Innovation Corporation that was established to support the University of Nevada, Reno’s research, innovation and commercialization of its intellectual property. Prior to joining the University in 2013, he was the Robert C. Byrd Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the associate vice president for research at West Virginia University (WVU). He served as the vice president for the WVU Research Corporation. 


Mridul Gautam V.P. of Research & Innovation UNR
Apr 23, 2018
Reno Rotary Foundation Meeting
Apr 24, 2018 8:00 AM
Apr 28, 2018
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Apr 28, 2018
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Reno native Wendy Simons serves in the position of Deputy Director of Health and Wellness for the Nevada Department of Veterans Services. Her lifelong career in the health care industry includes time as an owner/administrator of assisted living facilities, and spans several decades of service to seniors, state agencies, academia and volunteer organizations.  She is the former Chief of the state regulatory agency of the Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance under the Department of Public and Behavioral Health.  She is a recipient of the Nevada Business Weekly Health Care Heroes recognition for 2017.

After a short semi-retirement, Simons joined the Nevada Department of Veterans Services as the Deputy Director of Wellness, a position created in 2015. She oversees development of the upcoming Northern Nevada Veterans Home, as well as the Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City and several other health related programs. Simons holds a Bachelor's degree in Health Education. She has served as adjunct faculty for the UNR School of Medicine's Geriatric Education Center, in addition to being a member of numerous boards and commissions and is a former member of the Rotary Club of Reno and a Paul Harris Fellow.

Wendy Simons
Apr 30, 2018

A Uganda native, Robert Kamugisha has a bachelor’s degree in nursing science, is a Registered Nurse, and is currently completing his academic work for a master’s in nursing science (MSN) through Uganda Christian University in Kampala, Uganda and Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Originally qualified in 2007 as a registered nurse, Robert was Head of Nursing and Midwifery at Bwindi Community Hospital and has had experience working in a variety of positions including pediatrics, general nursing, midwifery, supervising satellite health centers as well as administrative functions. Robert has served as a part time tutor at the Uganda Nursing School Bwindi and assumed full time responsibility as Registrar and tutor effective January 1, 2018. 

The Rotary Club of Reno and Rotary Club of Kihihi, Uganda have been partners with The Rotary Foundation in sponsoring work at the Uganda Nursing School Bwindi (UNSB). Robert was selected as a MSN scholar and has completed his academic studies at Uganda Christian University and will complete a final capstone six-week module at Bethel University in April.

Upon return to Uganda in May he will commence a three-year commitment to teach at UNSB. This is Robert’s first trip out of Uganda. 

Robert Kamugisha
May 07, 2018

Ed Friedrichs completed his undergraduate degree in pre-architecture at Stanford University in 1965 and received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968.  He joined Gensler in San Francisco in 1969 (at that time with 20 people; now the largest and most respected architecture, design and planning firm in the world), opening the firm’s Los Angeles office in 1976. In 1995 he was appointed President and, in 2000, Chief Executive Officer of the firm, leading its development as one of the most successful and influential design firms in the world, growing the firm from 7 offices in 8 cities, primarily in the US, to 25 offices and 2,400 people around the world when he retired from Gensler in 2003.  Two of his protégés, Andy Cohen and Diane Hoskins, lead the firm today, growing it to 44 offices and over 3,500 people in all parts of the world.

Ed completed a book on leading a Creative enterprise titled Long-Cycle Strategies for a Short-cycle World in 2004 and formed Friedrichs Group to work with architectural and engineering firms to guide them based on his experiences in leading Gensler.

Since moving to Reno in late 2014, he is working as a development partner on the West 2nd District, led by the Don J Clark Group (

He is a co-chair of the Reno Streetcar Coalition, which is providing leadership to construct a streetcar line connecting the University of Nevada Reno with downtown, mid-town and the convention center along Virginia Street. 

Ed is also a member of the Northern Nevada Network.

Ed Friedrichs
May 14, 2018
May 16, 2018
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
No Meeting
May 21, 2018
Reno Rotary Foundation Meeting
May 22, 2018 8:00 AM
No Meeting
May 28, 2018
May 31, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Joe Toft
Jun 11, 2018
DRI President Kristen Averyt
Jun 18, 2018

Hi, my name is Mike Higdon and I'm a Nevadan through and through. Born in Las Vegas and raised there for 18 years, I moved to Reno 14 years ago to study journalism and political science at the University of Nevada, Reno. For two years after graduation, I lived in Carson City and spent weekends around Lake Tahoe. Then, I moved to Midtown and now I live on Dickerson Road WAY before it’ll be cool  (before it was the cool thing to do #ThingsHipstersSay). A few years ago I created the blog Drinkable Reno, covering the business and politics of beer and spirits.

In my new role as the city life reporter, I cover urban life, gentrification, change and culture and continue my reporting on local booze news for the Reno Gazette Journal. It's my job to discover and share lifestyle and economic trends while translating city government and business news from wonk to normal people speak. And while I don't expect to give up navel gazing entirely, I investigate and report on the not-so-great parts of Reno that need real change and attention.

When I’m not working, I like to photograph people and places, light and objects that catch my eye. I prefer not to pose people because humans are more interesting without instruction. I’ve started collecting vintage cameras and developing my own film, which is a hobby that may or may not last.

Mike Higdon
Jun 25, 2018
Reno Rotary Foundation Meeting
Jun 26, 2018 8:00 AM

Dylan Shaver is the vice president of the Nevada Mining Association. Dylan has nearly two decades of experience in public policy, campaign work, and lobbying in Nevada. He joined the NvMA in 2011 as director of public affairs. He also worked on more than two dozen political campaigns, serving as an advisor to several elected officials, and founded the Sagebrush Nevada Group, where he served as both a campaign consultant and advocated for clients from variety of industries across the state.

Dylan Shaver
Jul 09, 2018
Chris Hoff- Reno Tahoe Open Foundation
Jul 16, 2018
Reno Rotary Foundation Meeting
Jul 24, 2018 8:00 AM
Mickey Ganitch
Aug 20, 2018
Aug 27, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Reno Rotary Foundation Meeting
Aug 28, 2018 8:00 AM
Reno Rotary Foundation Meeting
Sep 25, 2018 8:00 AM