Chinese Students Savor Summer in Nebraska
On a postcard, their experiences would read like the quintessential Nebraska summer: visiting the state capitol and tourist attractions including the I-80 Arch and Pioneer Village. For Chinese students on a five-week undergraduate research visit at UNL, there was much to write home about.
The group from Zhejiang University worked with UNL faculty by day and also enjoyed evening and weekend cookouts and movies around Lincoln.
From the 25 Zhejiang juniors, all with GPAs of 3.6 or above, who applied for this opportunity, 16 were selected, said David Lou, director of UNL’s Confucius Institute, which helped facilitate the visit.
Zhejiang, located southwest of Shanghai, is one of the top three universities in China and is well-known for its science and engineering programs, said Lou, who is also a professor of mechanical engineering.
The participating students all had prior lab research experience, and Lou’s office ensured that each student was matched with a UNL faculty member who shared that student’s research interest. Faculty mentors included Jerry Hudgins, Wei Qiao, Sina Balkir and Mustafa "Cenk Gursoy with Electrical Engineering; Jeff Shield, Brian Robertson and Carl Nelson with Mechanical Engineering; Greg Bashford and Shadi Othman with Biological Systems Engineering; Gustavo Larsen with Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Steve Reichenbach with Computer Science and Engineering; and Tim Arkebauer with Agronomy & Horticulture.
"We do this because we want these exceptional undergraduates to come to UNL for graduate studies, Lou said.
UNL Hosts National Science Foundations of U.S., China
Representatives of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) gathered for a joint conference at UNL, October 19-20.
Eleven of China's top science professors met with dozens of UNL faculty and guest speakers from around the United States to discuss "Frontiers of Manufacturing Science and Engineering."
Participants are committed to collaborating for solutions to challenges in advancing energy efficiency, developing valuable new materials, and converting innovations to wider market opportunities, said Yongfeng Lu, professor of electrical engineering at UNL, who helped coordinate the event.
The scientists toured facilities and laboratories on UNL's East and City campuses, including the Morrison Life Sciences Center and the Extreme Light Lab in Ferguson Hall. The guests were welcomed to the Nebraska State Capitol and made "honorary citizens of the state, then visited Nebraska's famous Memorial Stadium.
UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman praised the visit as "strategically in line with UNL’s efforts to strengthen our relationship with Chinese research and educational institutions.
Professor Guobiao Wang, division director of NSFC, headed the Chinese delegation. Professor Lan Jiang, Changjiang Distinguished Professor at Beijing Institute of Technology, also led in planning the visit with UNL.
India's leaders in engineering education visit UNL
This fall UNL hosted leaders of Chennai, India’s Anna University, reciprocating the hospitality extended to Chancellor Perlman, Dean Allen and entourage in early 2009 when a cooperative agreement was established between the respective engineering programs. Below, in the UNL lab of Yongfeng Lu, professor of electrical engineering, AU Vice Chancellor Ponnuswany Jawahar (center) heard from French grad student Thomas Guillemet (left) about research in laser-assisted nano-engineering as Namas Chandra (right), Nebraska Engineering’s associate dean, observed. Members of the AU delegation also toured Memorial Stadium and were impressed with UNL athletes and the world-class training facilities.