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Engineering Undergraduate Prospective Students


Pre-College and Special Programs

The university and the college offer several programs and events for high school and middle school students to help you learn more about engineering and possible majors. If you are interested in engineering, there are also numerous resources on the Internet.

Annual College of Engineering Events and Programs


  • Discover Engineering Days

    The College of Engineering started Discover Engineering Day in 2001 to introduce 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and their teachers to the various fields of engineering and the engineering programs offered at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The event is filled with hands-on activities that apply math, science and creative thinking skills. Approximately 400-500 students participate each year.
  • E-Week

    A tradition since 1913, E-Week recognizes and rewards engineers' accomplishments. Current students celebrate the end of the academic year by participating in the Quiz Bowl, Scavenger Hunt, Root Beer Float Night, and many other activities. The week culminates with the annual E-Week Open House in the spring, during which senior engineering students and graduate students display their research projects, corporate representatives host booths to promote their companies, and high school students join in information sessions and hands-on activities.
  • WIIE (Women Interested In Engineering Day)

    The annual Women Interested in Engineering Day invites females in grades 10-12 each October to learn about the dynamic opportunities available in engineering.
  • TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science)

    This competition is designed for high school students across the United States as part of Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) and focuses on the areas of engineering, mathematics, science, and other related technical fields. The one-day open note and open discussion competition includes a multiple choice test and an essay portion. Schools from across Nebraska participate each year.
  • PKI Fall and Spring Open Houses

    Our open houses allow prospective students and their families to see the Omaha engineering facilities, tour housing, and meet with faculty, staff and current students. The Fall Open House is scheduled at the end of October; the Spring Open House is held in late February.
  • PKI IST & E-Week

    A tradition since 2002, PKI E-Week is held in February during National Engineers Week. Activities include a pancake kick-off, professional speakers, Junior and Senior High Discovery Days, a Brains & Brawn Competition for current students, a sponsored event for the Boy Scouts' Exploring Program, and the PKI Spring Open House.
  • Engineering Exploration Week (EEW)

    EEW is a one-week summer day camp hosted at The Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) comprised of mini-workshops for students entering grades 8-9 or 10-12. Participating students explore engineering programs available in Omaha. The week is comprised of activities in architectural, civil, construction, and computer and electronics engineering. The final day involves traveling to local firms to tour their facilities, meet with current professionals, and learn more about the field of engineering.

Online Resources:


The following list is just a sample of the types of online resources available for students and their parents.

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Industrial Engineering, 2011