The College of Engineering has a unique campus system that uniquely benefits our students and faculty. We're one college in two cities (Lincoln and Omaha) on three campuses. Depending on the academic program and research, our students, faculty and staff spend most or all of their time on the City Campus in Lincoln, the East Campus in Lincoln, or on the Scott Campus in Omaha (on the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus).
LincolnScheduled to open in January 2024, the privately funded, $115 million Kiewit Hall will be a “game-changer for the State of Nebraska and the next generation of students,” said Dean Lance C. Pérez at the groundbreaking ceremony in 2021.
Kiewit Hall will be the academic hub for engineering education and house the College of Engineering’s Lincoln-based construction management program through the Charles Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction.
Constructed on the east side of Othmer Hall at the intersection of 17th and Vine Streets, Kiewit Hall will feature state-of-the-art classrooms, instructional labs, Engineering Student Services, maker spaces for student organizations and a large outdoor plaza for the university community. It will also be home to the Dean's Office.
Donald F. Othmer Hall
LincolnOthmer Hall, located on the northeast corner of 16th and Vine streets, currently houses the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, the Dean's Office, Engineering Communications, and Business and Finance.
The four-story brick and limestone building, which opened in 2002, features the latest in research laboratory design, including a bio-process manufacturing facility, a state-of-the-art computer control system for laboratories, along with several classrooms.
Funding for the $24 million building came from the estate of Mildred Topp Othmer '28, who died in 1998. She was the widow of Donald F. Othmer '24, a noted chemical engineer and professor at Polytechnic Institute of New York in Brooklyn. Donald graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and earned a master's degree and doctorate from the University of Michigan. He accumulated 150 patents throughout his career. In 1947, he and Raymond Kirk, a Polytechnic colleague, published the 27-volume Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology.
Scott Engineering Center
LincolnScott Engineering Center (SEC) was dedicated in 1972 and renovations, which began in 2019, are expected to be completed in early 2024. SEC houses laboratories, research centers and offices for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, which were previously housed in the Link that connected SEC with Nebraska Hall until it was demolished in 2019 to begin Phase 1 of the college’s construction projects.
Engineering Research Center
LincolnIn early 2022, faculty began moving into the 50-plus new laboratories when the three-story, 87,000-square foot Engineering Research Center (ERC) opened. With an emphasis on materials, biomedical and light-matter research, ERC is positioned to help transform research being conducted in the College of Engineering. Faculty from nearly every engineering department are conducting research in ERC.
The ERC replaces the 25,307-square foot Link, which connected Nebraska Hall and Scott Engineering Center and housed the departments of civil engineering and electrical and computer engineering.
LincolnOriginally constructed for the Elgin Watch Factory, the massive Nebraska Hall building has been renovated several times and features more than 320,000 square feet of gross space. Nebraska Hall is home to the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, classrooms and myriad University of Nebraska programs and department offices.
Upon completion of Phase 1 of the college’s of $190 million multiphase facilities project, several occupants of Nebraska Hall will relocate to the new Kiewit Hall. Among these include the Durham School’s Construction Management program, the Engineering Library, and Engineering Student Services.
The Schorr Center
LincolnTucked under Memorial Stadium's south wing, the June and Paul Schorr III Center for Computer Science and Engineering was completed in late 2007. The facility provides 18,434 square feet to house some areas of the School of Computing. The Schorrs are both alumni of the University of Nebraska. It is home to both the Holland Computer Center, which provides campus-wide services to researchers who need high-performance computer resources, and PrairieFire, a powerful supercomputer used by scientists and engineers to study subjects such as nanoscale chemistry, subatomic physics, meteorology, genomics, crash worthiness and artificial intelligence. The Schorr Center also houses the NIMBUS Lab (Nebraska Intelligent MoBile Unmanned Systems) and classrooms.
LincolnAvery Hall houses the School of Computing, along with the Mathematics Department and the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education. The hall, which was renovated in 2004, contains classrooms and faculty and graduate student offices, and includes wireless computer networking, gathering spaces, and multimedia configurations. The building was originally built in 1916 to replace the first Chemistry Building as part of a comprehensive building plan for the university.
Prem S. Paul Research Center at Whittier School
LincolnOpened in 1923, Whittier was the first school in Nebraska (and perhaps the nation) built for teaching junior high students – replete with 46 classrooms, a library, an auditorium, separate gymnasia for boys and girls, and a health clinic and surgical room.
Whittier has been part of UNL since 1983 and beginning in 2007 was renovated into a research space for use solely by interdisciplinary research programs - among them are the Nebraska Transportation Center, one of the nation’s largest university transportation centers that integrates transportation research, education, and technology transfer programs across the University of Nebraska, and both the Mid-America Transportation Center and Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, which include College of Engineering faculty and students and operate under NTC.
Whittier was renamed in 2016 to honor Prem S. Paul, the university’s former vice chancellor for research and economic development. The university’s Office of Research and Economic Development is headquartered here, and the building also includes offices used by some faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
LincolnFormerly the Agricultural Engineering Hall, Chase Hall was rededicated in 1982 and features three floors with 5,300 square feet of floor space divided into five classrooms, 12 laboratories, and offices for the Department of Biological Systems Engineering.
The basement includes state-of-the-art laboratories focusing on cutting-edge research in five areas: bioengineering for health and productivity, environmental engineering, bioprocess engineering, site-specific crop management, and water resources and ecosystems engineering.
Peter Kiewit Institute
OmahaThe 192,000-square-foot Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI), located on the southwest corner of 68th and Pacific streets on UNO's Scott Campus, is home to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering and the University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Information Science and Technology.
PKI is shaped by the dynamic alliance of education and industry, including a close-knit alliance between one of the nation’s top Architectural Engineering programs and the many AE firms that call Omaha home.
The building includes the Charles Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction and is a living-learning laboratory. Through the hallways, informational markers encourage students to monitor, investigate and interact with their surroundings and understand the broad concepts of the facility's structure and systems. Specialized labs allow students to learn about lighting, heating and cooling, computer-aided manufacturing, imaging and animation, robotics, construction and other areas.
Academic programs offered in Omaha by the College of Engineering include Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Construction Engineering, Construction Management, and Electrical Engineering, as well as some pre-engineering programs.