Beginning with National Engineers Week 2012, we are featuring members of our Nebraska Engineering community who make a positive difference in the world. For our first year in the Big Ten, we've added profiles of the UNL College of Engineering's B1G potential, B1G ideas and B1G impact to our college's National E-Week web area. We're proud of our STUDENTS, ALUMNI and FACULTY who use their engineering skills for the greater good. Let's keep it growing! If you're a Nebraska Engineering community member who should be included here, we welcome your stories.
- IST&E-Week, UNL College of Engineering programs at Omaha (Feb. 19-25, 2012)
- E-Week in Lincoln (April 8-13, 2012)
Pfeifer (’90 B.S., ’92 M.S., ’97 Ph.D. MECH) is Director of Engineering with BEC Industries in Tallahassee, Fla., where he leads developing and testing of material handling systems for use aboard U.S. military ships. Pfeifer likes to "overcome the technical obstacles and produce a system that will make our military more efficient." He says engineering helps him wrap his mind around an entire problem and really understand it, to arrive at a solution that a lot of times is ‘out of the box.’ He’s proud that his son, Chase, is a grad student in Mechanical & Materials Engineering at UNL. Watch a video of Chase Pfeifer's research on the biomechanics of football kicking, with former Husker (now Philadelphia Eagles) kicker Alex Henery—another Nebraska Engineering alumnus.
Norton is an assistant professor who teaches construction engineering with UNL’s Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction. She researches the effects natural hazards have on civil structures, disaster debris management and sustainability. After the Tohoku earthquake of March 2011, she traveled to northeast Japan in June with teams gathered by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute to help advise and study the cleanup, and document best practices for the future.
Martinez, a UNL civil engineering student and Class of 2015 Scott Scholar at The Peter Kiewit Institute in Omaha, is president of the UNL chapter of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists and the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers. He represented Nebraska Engineering at the 36th Annual MAES Symposium in 2011 at Oakland, Calif., where he augmented his leadership skills with workshops on the importance of networking, the power of internships, and the rewards of maintaining a student chapter.
Tomasevicz (’03 B.S. and ’06 M.S. ELEC) (third from left), was brakeman for the gold medal-winning four-man "Night Train" entry with the U.S. Bobsled Team at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C. While at UNL, native Nebraskan Tomasevicz was on the Husker Football team while studying engineering; his approach to self-discipline and improvement now powers success with the U.S. Olympic team.
Revesz, professor of computer science and engineering at UNL, spent a year as a Jefferson Fellow in Washington, D.C., as an adviser for two offices in the U.S. State Department: the Office of Export Controls Cooperation and Office of Conventional Arms Threat Reduction. Revesz used his expertise in assessing if everyday technologies could be weaponized and strengthening international export control policies.
As a biological systems engineering student at UNL, Joy has applied her skills with the Engineers Without Borders University of Nebraska student chapter. She traveled to Madagascar with EWB-NU's project to sustainably bring safe drinking water to a community near sensitive ecosystems where the Omaha Zoo has a field station.