Graduate Programs - Involvement

Professional Development and Involvement

At the College of Engineer, we create opportunities for graduate students to engage, build community, and develop as a Complete Engineer.TM  This initiative aims to meld the technical skills needed to tackle 21st century problems along with essential non-technical competencies to enhance your professional and personal lives. 

Engineering Professional Development Opportunities / Seminar Series

Graduate Student Teaching Fellows Program

Engineering Professional Development Events (PDF)

Date/TimeTitle/Guest SpeakerLocationDescription
Thursday, January 23 - 4 PM Information Literacy
Ted Naylor, Subject Librarian for the Engineering Library

Olsson Room / PKI 150


Graduate students must read and synthesize large amounts of information for class projects, papers, and their research. This Engineering Library seminar will teach students about information literacy. Information literacy is the ability to identify the need for information, procure the information, evaluate and subsequently revise the strategy for obtaining the information, to use the information and to use it in an ethical and legal manner and to engage in lifelong learning.


Tuesday, January 28 - 5 PM Financial Management: Taxes
UNL Vita program

SEC 237 / PKI 150


Guest speakers from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and the IRS will present on Income tax requirements and the basics of tax preparation for graduate students, both domestic and international students.

Pizza provided. 

Tuesday, February 4 - 5 PM Negotiation skills in Academia
Dr. Kara Viesca, Associate Professor in Teaching, Learning & Teacher Education

NH W213 / PKI 250


This seminar, hosted by Dr. Kara Viesca, will help participants learn strategies to become a better negotiator, understand diversity factors that influence negotiation abilities, consider negotiation across the academic life cycle, and understand that negotiating is a daily habit.


Tuesday, March 3 - 5 PM Poster Design and Presentation skills
Dr. Lisa Rohde, Associate Director for Teaching and Research Development in the Office of Graduate Studies

NH W213 / PKI 250


In preparation for the University Spring Research Fair, Dr. Lisa Rohde from the Office of Graduate Studies will present on how to prepare research presentations, posters, and presentation strategies. Dr. Rohde will also discuss strategies on how to overcome public speaking anxiety. 


Thursday March 12 - 5 PM Science Communication
Dr. Shudipto Dishari, Assistant Professor in Chemical & Bimolecular Engineering

NH W213 / PKI 250


This will be an interactive session which will help students in understanding: different types of science communications, elevator pitch, how to prepare for talks/ job interviews etc.

Note: Students should bring one slide in PowerPoint which includes the following information: who you are, what your research is about, why your work is important, and one significant result from your research. Feel free to use schematics, plots, or other figures that help. Students should also prepare a 2-minute pitch to present the ppt. A few students (randomly picked) will be asked to present during the session.

Graduate Student Leadership Opportunities

Graduate Engineering Student Advisory Board

  • Represents all engineering graduate students, and works with the director of engineering graduate programs and the associate dean for graduate and international programs to act as a voice for graduate students in the college, while assisting with social and professional development events for the college, recruitment efforts, and promoting the College of Engineering Graduate Programs. 

Biological Systems Engineering Graduate Student Association

Civil Engineering Graduate Student Association

  • A student-run and student-elected organization that exercises the student governance of affairs and collaborations, solely involving graduate students in the Civil Engineering department. CIVE GSA aims to promote and advocate for students at the department level, while providing community and social opportunities.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Student Association

Mechanical and Materials Engineering Graduate Student Association

  • A student-run organization aimed at being the voice of the graduate students at the department level. The organization coordinates social events within the department to promote a close-knit community of graduate students, faculty, and researchers.

UNL’s Graduate Student Assembly

  • As a unique population with roles as students, teachers, researchers, and/or staff, graduate students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln require a special representative body tailored to their needs.

Engineering Society Chapters

  • Acoustical Society of America (ASA)
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
    • Campus: City Campus (Lincoln)
    • Contact: Michael Sealy (
  • Architectural Engineering Institute (AE)
  • Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
    • Campus: City Campus (Lincoln)
    • Contact: Nicole Iverson (
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Latinos in Science and Engineering (MAES/SHPE)
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Nebraska (Out in STEM)
  • Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)
    • Campus: City Campus (Lincoln)/Scott Campus (Omaha)
    • Contact: Avery Schwer (
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
    • Campus: City Campus (Lincoln)/Scott Campus (Omaha) - (
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
    • Campus: City Campus (Lincoln)/Scott Campus (Omaha)
    • Contact: Christine Wittich (Lincoln) (
      /Michelle Eble-Hankins (Omaha) (