As we strive to further develop ourselves as a Big Ten college of engineering, we have a proposal in the works to merge the departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer and Electronics Engineering. The Computer Engineering and Electronics Engineering majors would remain in Omaha, and Electrical Engineering would be added as a major in Omaha.
After a comprehensive look at the college, we know we must unify our talents and resources (people, financial, technology, etc.) at our three locations to better connect all of our students in and out of the classroom. By combining these two departments, we can enhance current course offerings and provide more opportunities for collaboration and interaction for our faculty and students in both cities.
It is understandable that there is uncertainty among those involved, and our CEEN students are passionate about their program and the close community they experience in Omaha. That community will continue, and I know we can all work together to ensure all students feel valued and connected.
We hope to have the merger approved by Fall 2013. We are working to make this transition as smooth and productive as possible. We will keep our Nebraska Engineering communities informed as we move forward, and discussion is an important part of the process.
This recent proposal for the college caught the interest of the Omaha World Herald, which wrote a story and a follow-up editorial (Nov. 20, 2012), noting,
“The key concern, after all, should be what’s best for the students. NU should structure its engineering programs so the resulting degrees have the highest value possible for the students earning them.
The best way to do that is through a unified engineering program that uses sound strategic planning to lift itself to a level of excellence.
All faculty, whether in Lincoln or Omaha, need to be encouraged to see themselves as a single team working toward unified goals rather than as separate teams looking to parochial concerns. NU leaders have a responsibility to promote and facilitate that spirit.
… The more that Omaha and Lincoln cooperate in that effort, the greater the benefits for everyone.”
Thank you for your attention to the college as we work to advance our potential, our ideas and our impact.