Fall-Winter 2014 Dean's Letter

  • From the Dean: Your Success Matters

    Your Success Matters

Dean Timothy Wei

If you visit the engineering complex in Lincoln or our campus in Omaha at PKI, you’ll notice some common wording and attractive graphics aimed primarily at our students: “Your Success Matters.” This is more than just a catchphrase or slogan – it’s our promise that we will do all we can to ensure our students receive a high-quality education and impactful out-of-class experiences to ultimately help them define and achieve their own successes.

How are we doing this? We’re focusing our resources on high-reaching and attainable goals and strategies, understanding that we must meet the specific needs of our students as soon as they decide to join Nebraska Engineering.

We want to train engineers from bachelors to Ph.D.s with superior technical knowledge and skills, as well as help them master the non-technical “soft” skills. We do this as a vital partner with the state of Nebraska, working to enhance workforce development and economic health. As such, some of our primary goals include:

• Increasing undergraduate enrollment to 3,600 students (2,400 in Lincoln; 1,200 in Omaha) over five years

• Building stronger industry-university partnerships – for class development and research

• Creating first-year experience courses to engage students in engineering as soon as they enroll

• Building a leadership/teaming curriculum to enhance our future engineers’ essential non-technical skills (the ‘soft’ skills) that will position them for leadership roles throughout their careers

• Offering an innovative Master of Engineering Management degree for working professionals and our alumni

• Hiring 100 faculty over the next five years who will layer high impact research and development on top of world-class teaching.

For this issue of Engineering @ Nebraska, we are showcasing some of the ways in which we are contributing to our students’ successes – featuring faculty who are making a difference in the classroom, new and innovative teaching methods, and out-of-the-classroom experiences. These are just a few snapshots of the myriad approaches we are taking to become one of the nation’s best engineering colleges – not only for our students but for the state.

As always, we invite you to join us, to visit and engage with our students and faculty, and to support us with your time and resources.

-- Timothy Wei, Ph.D.

Dean, UNL College of Engineering