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Mechanical & Materials Engineering

The UNL Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering provides quality educational programs for undergraduate and graduate students planning careers in mechanical engineering, engineering mechanics or allied fields.

The undergraduate and graduate programs offered by the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering prepare students for successful careers and lifelong learning in mechanical engineering or allied fields in which the academic discipline serves as an educational base.

The B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

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In the news: UNL student is a hero in Ireland
Mechanical Engineering major Joe Sheehan is being hailed as a hero after saving a man from drowning while he was visiting Dublin, Ireland. Sheehan is studying Shakespeare and theater at Kingston University in London this summer and spent last weekend in Dublin, the home city of his great-grandmother. While there, he saw a man struggling in the River Liffey, jumped in and rescued him. Ironically, while he was in the water, a thief stole his wallet and phone. His story has gained widespread attention in Ireland. Read more on the UNL news page.

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Gu’s stent research featured on Science360
Check out this video feature on Science360 of stent research by Dr. Linxia Gu.





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Dr. Jinsong Huang receives National Science Foundation award for solar cell research
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recognized MME professor Dr. Jinsong Huang for his research designing a new structure that would reduce the price of solar cells.

To learn more about Dr. Huang and his research, check out this video featured on the NSF 360 News Service.

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Turner named prestigious ASA Fellow
Dr. Joseph Turner, Robert W. Brightfelt Professor of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, has been elected a 2014 Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) for his contributions to theoretical and experimental ultrasonics. The ASA Fellowship recognizes select scientists who have made significant contributions to the fields of acoustics, hearing science, physiology, music and related fields.

Turner has been a faculty member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 1997. In 2013, he received the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany, where he has conducted research at the University of Goettingen, as well as other German labs.

UNL Microgravity Team Kruse earns elite NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship
Corey Kruse, a graduate student with MME, received a 2014 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship. The honor includes $68,000 in annual funding, renewable up to three years. He will use the fellowship to earn a doctoral degree at UNL and continue his work on “Heat Transfer Enhancement and Thermal Management for Space Applications Employing Femtosecond Laser Processed Metallic Surfaces with Micro/Nanostructures" with MME faculty members Sidy Ndao, George Gogos and Electrical Engineering's Dennis Alexander. In 2013, just 65 NASA STR fellowships were awarded nationwide. MORE ...

UNL MME Associate  Professor Carl Nelson displays an assistive walker innovation that was a top finisher at the 2014 Design of Medical Devices Conference

MME innovation finishes in top 3 at medical devices conference
At the Design of Medical Devices Conference, April 7-10 in Minnesota, Associate Professor Carl Nelson, P.E., presented a UNL concept to increase the safety of traditional assistive walkers. The device adaptation, developed in senior project work by four recent UNL MME graduates, was a finalist with industry judges at the event's "Three-in-Five" competition. MORE ...

MME student, alumni among elite group of 2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellows MME student, alumni earn NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
Graduating senior Walter Bircher and alumni Bethany Drain and Piotr Slawinski are among seven from Nebraska Engineering to receive 2014 Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation. According to NSF, these fellowships provide three years of support for the recipients’ graduate education--including a $32,000 annual stipend, $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the institution and other prestigious benefits. Congratulations, all! MORE ...
Faculty Focus Areas
Faculty Focus Area - Biomedical
Faculty Focus Area - Energy
Faculty Focus Area - Materials
Faculty Focus Area - Micro/Nanotechnology

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