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2012 Year in Review

Engineering snowman
Moving forward as one comprehensive college (in two cities with three campuses), Nebraska continues to grow as a Big Ten college of engineering. Thanks for a great year to everybody who helps make the UNL College of Engineering an exciting place to learn, teach and work.
Best wishes for 2013!


Morrill Hall Sunday with a Scientist
  • Mechanical & Materials Engineering Professor Shane Farritor and his students led a popular Sunday With A Scientist event at the University of Nebraska State Museum on Jan. 15.
  • Nebraska Engineering alumni speak up for national E-Week With 2012 National Engineers Week: Nebraska Engineering alumni told the college why they enjoy their engineering work and how they’re helping the world.




ELC Trip


CIVE bridge-building
  • Civil Engineering students converge on Lincoln for ASCE regional competition: The American Society of Civil Engineering’s "Midcontinent" regional event returned to UNL for speedy, scaled bridge building, concrete canoes races and bowling with concrete balls.


  • Engineers Without Borders conducts electricity and water improvements in Madagascar: EWB-NU brings safe water and solar power to Kianjavato, Madagascar: a community near a habitat of endangered lemurs, where Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo operates a field station.
  • UNL Baja SAE team finishes fourth in national competition at Oregon: The team achieved its highest finish so far against more than 75 collegiate teams.



FSAE team
  • Formula SAE event arrives in Lincoln: UNL team competes In 2012, a Society of Automotive Engineers' Formula car event came to Lincoln for the first time. UNL students formed a team and built a vehicle to compete among 80 collegiate teams.



Irrigation team
  • New irrigation management tool: UNL computer engineers gathered a team to develop a new tool for irrigation management, with the potential to decrease costs, conserve water, and improve yields in agriculture.


ASME robot
  • N.U.B.E. Camp 2012 gathers 200 engineering freshmen: Nebraska Undergraduates Becoming Engineers is our college’s annual retreat as the school year begins. It helps new engineering students connect with peers, faculty and other resources.
  • MME graduate students’ surgical robot wins ASME robotics competition: A team from UNL’s Surgical Robotics Lab won first place in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' 2012 Student Mechanism and Robot Design Competition, Graduate Student Robotics category, with their project, "Miniature In Vivo Surgical Robot for Single-Incision Surgery."



Nanotechnology Center
  • New UNL nanoscience center named for donors including CIVE alumnus Don Voelte ‘75: With the dedication of a new $13.9 million facility, Don Voelte ’75 CIVE and his wife, Nancy Keegan (also an engineer and former chair of the University of Nebraska Foundation Board of Directors), praised the facility and the people working inside to make lives better.
  • Nebraska Engineering students hosted in Columbus for a “career fair on wheels”: More than 400 engineering freshmen took a college-sponsored road trip Sept. 21 to Columbus to visit industry sites and learn more about the community and potential job opportunities.



  • UNL chemical engineers earn honors at national conference: A dozen UNL engineers attended the national AIChE Conference in Pittsburgh; they were presenters, award winners, and Chem-E Car racers.


Peter Revesz
  • EE alumnus teaches electric car course with hands-on opportunities to drive his Tesla Roadster: Don Cox, ’59 B.S. and ’60 M.S. ELEC, got the wheels turning for students in his Electric Vehicles course. The learning extended to a nearby parking lot, with field trips in Cox’s “radiant red” Tesla Roadster.



Stacey Joy conducting water testing in Kianjavato
  • Biological Systems Engineering students learn project skills in building, racing edible cars: BSE teams learned project skills while making “fast food” that’s under $10 and 2,400 calories; post-race, the entries had to be eaten.