Research by nine Nebraska Engineering faculty supported by 2022-23 Layman Seed Program awards

Research by nine Nebraska Engineering faculty supported by 2022-23 Layman Seed Program awards

July 12, 2022 - Nine faculty from the College of Engineering are leading research projects that are among the 24 being supported by the. University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Office of Research and Economic Development in 2022-23 through its Layman Awards program, which funds work that enhances a researcher's ability to obtain external funding to support prominent scholarship.

The program offers two tracks — the Layman Seed Program, which funds new projects by early-career faculty who are nontenured at the time of submission; and the New Directions Program, which funds tenured faculty who are branching into new research directions or need funding to support pilot or developmental work toward the next step in a funded research program. Awards of up to $10,000 per application for each program are made possible by support from the University of Nebraska Foundation.

The College of Engineering faculty being supported by Layman Seed Program awards in 2022-23 are:


  • Mona Bavarian, chemical and biomolecular engineering; "Continuous manufacturing of microelectronics polymers via combination of data science and macroscopic modeling."
  • Jason Hawkins, civil and environmental engineering, "Environmental-economic systems as dynamic networks-of-networks."
  • Qiang Liu, School of Computing, "Automated offline simulator augmentation with real-to-sim learning in mobile networks."
  • Nitesh Nama, mechanical and materials engineering, "Bubble based acoustic microswimmers."
  • Arman Roohi, School of Computing, "Enabling robust quantized neural network acceleration in federated edge computing."


  • Moe Alahmad, Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction, "Analysis and statistical prediction of variability in time-series data."
  • Srivatsan Kidambi, chemical and biomolecular engineering, "Synthetic biomimetic environment (BEASTS) to investigate the role of stiffness in altered redox signaling and inflammation in placenta during HDP."
  • Daniel Linzell, civil and environmental engineering, "Individual-level factors that and their impact on retention of women in the construction industry."
  • Hongfeng Yu, School of Computing, "Hierarchical knowledge-driven visual analytics for oncologic diagnosis."