Our engineering students are diverse and enterprising in their accomplishments and activities at UNL. On our campuses in Lincoln and Omaha, students are finding new opportunities and resources to compete with the best and brightest students across the nation and internationally.
Andrew Martinez, a UNL civil engineering student and class of 2015 Scott Scholar at The Peter Kiewit Institute in Omaha, attended the 36th Annual MAES Symposium in Oakland, Calif.: Oct. 5-8, 2011. Martinez is currently president of the UNL chapter of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists and the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers. Martinez said he appreciated grants from MAES and PKI for his participation at the event, which included multiple workshops on the importance of networking, the power of internships, and the rewards of maintaining a student chapter. Martinez added that he was especially excited to meet students with similar backgrounds who are also pursuing degrees in engineering; he also met leaders from prominent companies around the nation.
- Durham School students help during fall break with Heats On Lincoln: servicing heating equipment for people in need
At Heats on Lincoln, a community service project on October 15, six UNL students rolled up their sleeves to lend a hand with 50 houses scheduled for service during the 13th annual program. Heats On Lincoln helps low-income and elderly Lincoln residents by checking their heating systems, filters and smoke detectors before winter weather arrives. Heats On sponsors – the Mechanical Contractors Association of Omaha and the Steamfitters and Plumbers LU 464 – worked with UNL student volunteers from the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction who belong to the MESC (Mechanical Electrical Specialty Contractors) group. At a kickoff breakfast, Governor Dave Heineman, Mayor Chris Beutler and several state senators and city council representatives thanked the volunteers for their service on a sunny fall Saturday. Volunteers pictured are DSAEC students Dan Reeg, Lyle Kreikemeier, Tyler Pulec, Chelsea Hahn, Nick Smith and Chase Vadnais.
- Engineering students named to UNL Homecoming Royalty
Three of 24 finalists in UNL's 2011 Homecoming Royalty are College of Engineering students:
- From Grand Island: Laura Wirth, industrial engineering;
- From Lincoln: Jordann Bornhoft, mechanical engineering; and
- From Norfolk: Alex Warneke, mechanical engineering.
- Edel Victor was a UNL senior majoring in Biological Systems Engineering when she entered her paper, “Radio Frequency Assisted Heat Treatment of Egg White Powder,” in the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers' 2011 student paper competition. She was awarded first place in ASABE's 2011 K.K. Barnes Student Paper Competition, which annually encourages undergraduates to pursue and convey research on subjects of interest to ASABE members and industries they serve. Entries came from across the U.S. and Canada with focus on originality and initiative in technical expression, and Victor's work excelled in the competition's written and oral components. Now a BSE graduate student at UNL, she was invited to this year's ASABE International Annual Meeting in Louisville, Ky.
- Tyler Ryan, a 2011 graduate of Millard West High School, received one of two McNeil Scholarships from the Steamfitters & Plumbers Local Union #464 and Mechanical Contractors Association of Omaha. He will be a freshman at UNL this fall, majoring in Architectural Engineering. This is the 17th year for the scholarship, named for Charles Martin McNeil and James Patrick McNeil. The scholarship is awarded to a dependent of a LU #464 member and a dependent of a contractor management employee. The four-year scholarships total $9,400 each.
- Jeffrey Lopez, a junior from North Platte who studies chemical engineering, has been awarded a 2011 Goldwater Scholarship. The nationally competitive scholarship of up to $7,500 per year is awarded to students preparing for careers in science, engineering and mathematics.
- Walter Bircher of Omaha, a freshman mechanical engineering major, will spend the summer studying in Bursa, Turkey, on a Critical Language Scholarship. The Critical Language Scholarship Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, funds seven to 10 weeks of intensive study in 13 critical-need foreign languages. Bircher, an honors student, will spend 10 weeks studying Turkish at TOMER Language Institute.
- Quentin Dudley, a biological systems engineering senior from Worthington, Minn., was among the students recognized at a April 10 honors convocation as Chancellor's Scholars, the university's highest undergraduate academic honor. He is also the recipient of the Honor Society of Agriculture, Gamma Sigma Delta International Foundation Scholarship.
- Electrical engineering May 2011 graduate David Freese, Lincoln, was one of three engineering students nationwide selected for a nine-week Washington Internship for Students of Engineering experience awarded by IEEE, the leading professional group for electrical engineers. Each summer the WISE program connects outstanding upper-level students with leaders in Congress, the administration, industry and non-government organizations. He plans to pursue his Ph.D. in applied electromagnetic and optics, focusing on medical imaging.
- UNL Durham School architectural engineering students Abby Breuer and Jordan Webb won first place, and Yulia Tyukhova and Roger Sandhoefner earned Honorable Mention, in 2011's prestigious Howard Brandston Awards, conferred by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). Durham School students also won the competition in 2010 and 2009.
- In the 2010 ASABE Robotics Competition, a team from the UNL College of Engineering finished fifth. Team members included Andrew Landgraf, David Mabie and Jake Brezinski. Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/user/GenX7Studio#p/u/0/w15pZUWJyLs
- Matthew Wold, an agricultural engineering graduate student from Thief River Falls, Minn., is the first and only North American student to receive one of four International Helmut Claas scholarships. Presented by The CLAAS Foundation, this scholarship is awarded on merit. The mission of The Foundation is “. . . to make a contribution to education and knowledge in agriculture, intended to show the grand possibilities and perspectives of modern agricultural engineering.” He was flown to Harsewinkel, Germany, Claas world headquarters, at the end of October to present his research on an electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission he designed as an undergraduate student at North Dakota State University. Matt received third place for his work and a scholarship of 3,000 Euros from The CLAAS Foundation.