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Engineering: Graduate Programs


Lead Faculty

Alexander

Dennis Alexander, Ph.D.

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

Education:
Ph.D., Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., 1976

Research Interests:
  • Ultra fast lasers and their applications
  • Femtosecond ultra short pulse propagation and generation of nanostructures as well as the use of femtosecond laser for surface structuring and the production of nanoparticles
  • All optical switches for next generation all optical networks

Distinctions/Publications: http://engineering.unl.edu/academicunits/electricalengineering/faculty-staff/alexander.shtml



Namas Chandra, Ph.D.

BIOMECHANICS

Education:
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University. 1986

Research Interests:
  • Computational Material Science
  • Mechanics of Nano
  • Bio, and Structural Materials and Structures Finite Deformation
  • Multiscale Modeling and Simulation
  • Molecular Dynamics
  • Nonlinear Finite Elements
  • Cohesive Zone Models and Fracture
  • Superplasticity Composites
  • High Velocity Impact
  • Interfaces in Solids
  • Thermal Properties of Nanoscale Composites
Distinctions/Publications: Dr. Namas Chandra
Namas Chandra

Bing Chen

Bing Chen

ROBOTICS

Education:
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1978

Research Interests: Commercialization of CEENBoT Educational Platform for K-16 Full Scale Building Cooling Demonstration of a Fully Passive Solar - Chimney Powered Utilizing Earth Contact Heat Exchangers Silicon Prairie Initiative for Robotics in Information Technology 2.0 Silicon Prairie Initiative on Robotics in IT Vertical Integration of the TekBot Learning Platform

Distinctions/Publications: http://www.ceen.unomaha.edu/ceenpeople/bchen.php


Yuris Dzenis, Ph.D.

NANOMATERIALS

Education:
University of Texas, Arlington, Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (1994)

Research Interests:

  • Advanced functional nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing
  • Comprehensive electrohydrodynamics modeling of electrospinning process for manufacturing nanofibers covering jet initiation, steady-state spinning, and jet radial and bending instabilities; discovery of the critical initial jet radius
  • Experimental evaluation of the composition of the jet instability zone
  • 3D numerical modeling of jet deposition
  • Modeling-based development of pioneering methods of nanofiber alignment during deposition
  • Manufacturing and characterization of novel continuous polymer, ceramic, and carbon nanofibers including world's first nanocrystalline ceramic nanofibers
  • DNA nanofibers, piezoelectric nanofibers, and high-temperature high-performance polymer nanofibers
  • Demonstration of pioneering 1D-3D nanofiber assemblies

Distinctions/Publications

Yuris Dzenis

Namas Chandra

Shane M. Farritor

ROBOTICS

Education:
Ph.D., 1998 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Interests:

  • Robotic Highway Safety Markers
  • Miniature Surgical Robots
  • Real-Time Measurement of Track Stiffness
  • Planetary Cliff Descent Using Cooperative Robots
  • For more information about Dr. Farritor's research, visit http://robots.unl.edu/

Distinctions/Publications


Jerry Hudgins, Ph.D.

ENERGY

Education:
Ph.D., 1985, Texas Tech University

Research Interests:

  • Power Electronics
  • Power Semiconductor Devices
  • Wide Bandgap Semiconductors
  • Packaging and Thermal Effects
  • Renewable Energy Systems: Solar, Wind, Hydrogen, Nuclear
  • Advanced Transportation

Distinctions/Publications: http://engineering.unl.edu/academicunits/electricalengineering/faculty-staff/hudgins.shtml

Jerry Hudgins

Yongfeng Lu

Yongfeng Lu

LASER MATERIALS

Education:
Ph.D., 1991, Osaka University, Japan

Research Interests:

  • Nanoscale laser material processing and characterization
  • Laser-assisted nanoimprinting
  • Laser-assisted scanning tunneling microscope
  • Nanoparticle formation and thin film deposition
  • Surface cleaning and drying
  • Light interactions with nanostructures

Distinctions/Publications: http://engineering.unl.edu/academicunits/electricalengineering/faculty-staff/lu.shtml


K.P. "Raju" Rajurkar, Ph.D.

NANOMANUFACTURING

Education:
Ph.D., 1981 Michigan Tech

Research Interests:

  • Modeling and Analysis of Manufacturing Processes and Systems
  • Sensing and Control of Traditional and Nontraditional macro, micro and nano Manufacturing Processes

Distinctions/Publications

rajurkar

Laurence Reilett

Laurence Rilett, Ph.D.

TRANSPORTATION

Education:
Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Queen's University, Ontario, October 1992

Research Interests:

  • Use of information from Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) for real-time traffic applications and transportation model calibration
  • Transportation modeling with specific emphasis on developing new models and techniques to analyze advanced technologies in transportation networks

Distinctions/Publications: http://www.engineering.unl.edu/academicunits/civil/faculty/LaurenceRilett.shtml


Ashok Samal

COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Education: Ph.D. Computer Science, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 1988

Research Interests:

  • Image Understanding
  • Spatial Data Mining

Distinctions/Publications: http://cse.unl.edu/~samal/

Asshok Samal

jeff shield

Jeffrey E. Shield, Ph.D.

NANOMATERIALS

Education:
Ph.D., Metallurgy Iowa State University of Science and Technology, 1992

Research Interests:

  • Microstructural development in materials during processing
  • Formation of nanostructured materials
  • Development of nanoscale structures for functional device
  • Novel nanomagnetic materials for high-energy permanent magnets
  • Materials characterization, notably electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction

Distinctions/Publications


Joseph A. Turner

BIOMATERIALS

Education: Ph.D., Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Research Interests:

  • Experimental ultrasonics: nondestructive evaluation, materials characterization
  • Elastic wave propagation: complex media, anisotropic media, scattering, radiative transfer, diffusion
  • Linear and nonlinear vibrations: nanoscale materials characterization, dynamics of MEMS
  • Structural acoustics: complex structures, structural localization, plates, shells

Distinctions/Publications

Joe Turner

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