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

COE Graduate Programs Seminar Series Fall 2020 (PDF)

All COE Graduate Programs Seminars offered virtually at:

Date/TimeTitle/PresenterDescriptionComplete Engineer Competency
Thursday, September 10th at 4 pm

NSF Graduate Teaching Fellows Programs Information Session
Dr. Laura Damuth, Director of National and International Fellowships

Learn about the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, which is open to graduating seniors and first-year graduate students. This session will discuss the details of the application, and application process. The awards are three-year full fellowships for graduate study ($12,000 in tuition; $34,000 living stipend) leading to research-based masters or doctoral degrees. NSF Graduate Fellowships are open only to citizens, nationals or permanent resident aliens of the United States. Check out other national fellowship opportunities: and Frequently Asked Questions
Self-management & Leadership
Thursday, September 17th at 4 pm Interviewing Remotely
Bonnie Martin, Assistant Director of Engineering Career Services
As more interviews move remotely, virtual interviewing skills are more important now than ever. In this seminar learn about skills and techniques that will help you enter your next remote interview with confidence. Communication
Thursday, October 8th at 4 pm Individual Development Plans Development
Dr. Lisa Rohde, Associate Director for Teaching and Research Development in the Office of Graduate Studies and Dr. Kayla Person, Director of Engineering Graduate Programs
An Individual Development Plan (IDP) acts as a personalized planning tool to identify professional development and career goals. The purpose of the IDP is to reflect and build upon your current strengths, identify areas for development, and turn those into specific actions toward achieving new skills and professional goals. In this seminar, begin developing an IDP while utilizing the Complete Engineer competencies as a guide. Self-management & Leadership
Thursday, October 22nd at 4 pm Facilitating Civil Discourse in Learning Spaces
Dr. Kara Viesca, Associate Professor in Teaching, Learning & Teacher Education
This workshop will help participants model and promote respectful dialogue, identify effective strategies for teaching civil discourse in learning spaces, and implement and apply the ARE mothed of facilitating respectful discourse. Inclusive Excellence
Thursday, November 5th at 4 pm Career Exploration through Design Thinking
Erin Omar, Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development, Office of Graduate Studies
Are you still trying to figure out what career path you want to purse after graduation? With so many options, career exploration can become overwhelming if you don’t know where to begin. This workshop will focus on intentionally designing your job search and exploring multiple career options using the five mindsets of design thinking. Participants will learn how to build their way forward and rethink many of the traditional myths surrounding career exploration. We will also look at how you can incorporate the College of Engineering’s Individual Development Plan into the process of design thinking and career exploration. Self-management & Leadership

College 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.

University Graduate Student Leadership Opportunities

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.

Black Graduate Student Association 

  • The Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) is an interdisciplinary graduate student organization designed to support and meet the needs of under-represented graduate students at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. The BGSA offers a valuable social network that builds on the organization's commitment to mentorship, research, and service. Contact: 

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) (