Graduate Student Resources

The Complete Engineer provides opportunities for members of the Nebraska Engineering graduate community to focus on their development in six core competencies. Within each competency, there are two stages of growth. In the engagement stage, graduate participants will have an opportunity to identify, engage, and reflect on their participation in extra and co-curricular activities to advance their knowledge of that competency. After completion of the engagement stage in the framework, participants will advance to the transformation stage. Graduate students each have varying times to degree completion, a two-stage model allows for participation flexibility. Participation with the Complete Engineer program at the graduate and postdoctoral level is above and beyond what is required by an individual’s coursework or employment, an individual must be self-motivated and self-directed. Graduate students and postdocs are encouraged to participate in the program to gain additional skills and benefits including:

  • Developing additional skillsets to become a more well-rounded individual poised to solve big problems
  • Support for growth activities
  • Non-technical skill achievement reflected on transcript
  • Skills in competency areas that employers and organizations are looking for

 Learning is a lifelong process and individuals are encouraged to continue to self-assess and develop goals for growth and learning as they move through the stages of their lives beyond their time at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Diverse. Empowered. Connected.
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Collaborative. Positive. Respectful.
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Accountable. Productive. Involved.
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Motivated. Open. Goal-oriented.
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Active. Engaged.
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Responsible. Respectful. Equitable.



Competency Growth Framework

Complete Engineer Competency Definitions Engagement Transformation
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Inclusive Excellence
We recognize and embrace our differences and make equity and inclusion a priority. We know diversity of people and ideas empowers us to address challenges and leads us to creativity and innovation.
Student participates in experiences that challenge currently held perspectives. Student is able to reflect on how their values, beliefs and perspectives have evolved. Student can demonstrate growth in behavior, knowledge, skills, and/or abilities related to inclusive excellence.
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Communication
We effectively connect through respectful collaborative exchanges of information and ideas. We build relationships and achieve successful outcomes through our many forms of communication.
Student presents information in effective ways to audiences inside and outside the domain, across various venues, and using various techniques. Student is able to reflect on how their values, beliefs and perspectives have evolved. Student can demonstrate growth in behavior, knowledge, skills, and/or abilities related to communication.
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Teamwork
We create accountable, engaged, productive teams that collaborate across disciplines. We respect the contributions of all members and their unique roles and perspectives as we work toward objectives.
Student can demonstrate how they are learning more about leadership, developing self-management strategies, seeking opportunities to demonstrate skills. Student is able to reflect on how their values, beliefs and perspectives have evolved. Demonstrate growth in behavior, knowledge, skills, and/or abilities related to self-management & leadership.
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Self-management & Leadership
We take responsibility for our own behavior and well-being as we act with integrity to serve the needs of our communities. We responsibly prioritize goals and use initiative, motivation, empathy, openness, and organization to move toward shared goals.
Student has initiated participation in service or civic activity. Student is able to demonstrate awareness of responsibility to the world, the profession, and local community. Student is able to reflect on how their values, beliefs and perspectives have evolved and how they play out in civic engagement. Demonstrate growth in behavior, knowledge, skills, and/or abilities related to civic responsibility.
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Civic Responsibility
We have a positive impact on the world around us by being engaged, solving problems, and making a difference. We create a better future by actively contributing to our professions and communities.
Student is able to demonstrate how they practice teamwork within and across disciplines. And able to articulate and fulfill role and responsibilities on a given team. Student is able to reflect on how their values, beliefs and perspectives have evolved. Demonstrate growth in behavior, knowledge, skills, and/or abilities related to teamwork.
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Professionalism & Ethics
We are trusted and recognized for our integrity, as we work to improve the health, safety, and welfare of society. We behave responsibly, ethically, and respectfully.
Student is able to demonstrate professionalism, ethics, and respect in their behavior. Additionally, they’re able to articulate the role professionals in their field play in improving the health, safety, and welfare of society. Student is able to reflect on how their values, beliefs and perspectives have evolved. Demonstrate growth in behavior, knowledge, skills, and/or abilities related to professionalism & ethics.