Life in Engineering

Our Stories

Welcome to the College of Engineering, where creativity, ingenuity, innovation, inclusiveness and a strong work ethic combine to transform lives - within and outside of the college. See how our students and faculty live engineering every day, and how you, too, can make a difference as a complete engineer.

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Becoming A Complete Engineer
Fatima Amadou
An International Perspective: Fatima
Austin Moran in full band uniform pointing at the camera
Marching Forward: Austin's Dream
Dr. Hunter Flodman
Developing Complete Engineers: Dr. Hunter Flodman
Baja Racing 1st place trophy
Baja Racing: Eric & Joe
EERI: Shaking things up
At Nebraska, you'll become a Complete Engineering
Become a Complete Engineering
Choosing Nebraska
Cody Largent
Collaborative Research: Cody
Scott Schenkelberg
Traveling the World: Scott
Dr. Christopher Tuan
Helping Save Lives: Dr. Chris Tuan
Taylor Knickerbocker
Networking for Leadership: Taylor
Dr. Shane Farritor
Fostering Talents: Dr. Shane Farritor
Zvonimir Pusnik
Investing in People: Zvonimir
Engineering For Life
Firefighting Drones: The NIMBUS Lab
Tractor Competition
Hard Work Pays Off: Micah & Sydney
Katie Schwartz
Making a Safer World: Katie
Riley Johnson
The Value of Internships: Riley
Dr. Angela Pannier
Following your Passion: Dr. Angie Pannier
Dr. Clarence Waters
Creating Connections: Dr. Clarence Waters
Making an Impact
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Service: 'Put a Sock in it' boxes used to collect socks for those in need
Making an Impact: Put A Sock In It
Shelby Williby
Organizing for Change: Shelby
Dr. Yongfeng Lu
Serving Society: Dr. Yongfeng Lu
Dr. Shannon Bartelt-Hunt
Environmental Experiences: Dr. Shannon Bartelt-Hunt
Nebraska Engineering on Social Media
Engineers are social!

Select a Major

Agricultural Engineering

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Would you like to invent new and better ways to make things work? Are you interested in designing and testing machinery, working with nature, or managing natural resources? Our students focus on one of these areas: machine design, soil and water resources, and sensors and controls. Your degree could lead to engineering careers in such areas as testing, product design, consulting, the environment, water resources, and livestock environments.

Architectural Engineering

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UNL is one of approximately 20 architectural engineering (AE) programs in the U.S., and our graduates are highly sought after by employers. AE focuses on designing and coordinating engineering systems in buildings, taking care of primary needs such as heat and air conditioning, ventilation, acoustics, lights and electricity. These engineers bring buildings to life.

Biological Systems Engineering

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Engineers in biological systems use biology, mathematics, and engineering to significantly improve people's lives and the environment. Biological systems engineers are involved in areas such as designing medical instruments, creating new foods, and enhancing fuels for better efficiency. This degree offers a broad, flexible engineering background, which is important to employers.

Chemical Engineering

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Fighting diseases, developing nanotechnologies, creating genetically engineered medicines, and designing processes for sustainable biofuels production are some of the exciting areas in which chemical and biomolecular engineers are involved. This degree provides opportunities to work in process and equipment design, production, medicine, nanotechnology, research and teaching

Civil Engineering

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Civil engineers are creative problem solvers. They use mathematical and scientific principles to manipulate the forces and materials of nature into products or systems to improve people's lives. A civil engineer works in such areas as consulting for environmental, structural, transportation and water resources; construction; natural resources and renewable energy; governmental agencies; and national security issues. Your job as a civil engineer can take you anywhere in the world.

Computer Engineering

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Coursework in computer science and electrical engineering provides a well-rounded education for those interested in software and hardware development, especially using programming skills to control electronic and mechanical devices. From designing software or designing with microprocessors / embedded systems, programming for the internet, creating effective network solutions, or becoming involved in the gaming industry, computer engineers are in high demand and have many career options.

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Combine electrical engineering with training in software design and hardware-software integration, and you can become a computer engineer. Our majors take courses in computer engineering, computer science, electronics engineering, and mathematics. We focus on hands-on applications, especially designing and analyzing hardware systems and integration. You'll be prepared to work in computer networking, hardware design and applications, and microcomputer-based applications.

Construction Engineering

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Solve real-world construction problems. The Construction Engineering major integrates engineering, construction, and management. This program is designed for help fulfill industry's need for licensed professional engineers. It resembles the construction management program but puts more emphasis on engineering, scientific, and technical courses for licensure.

Construction Management

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Professionals in construction management make up the most diversified industry in the nation. As constructors, they provide leadership for managing, coordinating, and supervising the construction processes during the concept development, design, construction and facility management stages. There is a high demand for graduates in this area, and our students are highly sought after. Your work could take you into such areas as highway/heavy construction; construction finance, marketing, management, or design/development; or mechanical/electrical or residential construction.

Electrical Engineering

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Electrical engineers enjoy dynamic and extremely varied career opportunities. They work with signals at frequencies from zero to beyond the optical range, and they use tools such as computers, advanced mathematics, and wire cutters. They design new machines and improve existing ones; work with computer-related electronics and communication systems; create navigation, robotics and guidance systems for rockets, missiles, spacecrafts and toys; design satellite and optical communications; and help discover and utilize new energy sources.

Mechanical Engineering

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Mechanical engineers are considered the "general practitioners" because their education is extremely broad and their services span many technical, social, environmental and economic problems. These engineers deal with a wide realm of motion, all forms of energy conversion and transmission; the flow of fluids and heat; the development, design and operation of machinery and equipment; material structure and properties; and transportation processes. At UNL, you'll choose among three major areas: thermal-fluid science engineering, systems and design engineering, and materials science engineering.

Software Engineering

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Software engineers impact how people use and enjoy technology. You will combine skills in computer science, engineering and math to create, design, test and evaluate complex software and computer systems in a collaborative and creative environment. You’ll work in such areas as product testing, game development, mobile apps, business and web apps, and computer systems and software design. At UNL, you will join a cohort of students who will proceed throughout the entire program with you.

Engineering Minors

The UNL College of Engineering encourages our students to enhance their major/academic program by considering a minor, allowing for advanced knowledge in specific areas. The following minors (Biomedical Engineering, Energy Sciences, Engineering Leadership, International Engineering and Robotics Engineering) provide added expertise in fast-growing career areas.

College and faculty advisers can help you determine if a minor will benefit your education and how to get started.

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