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Viljoen Named Chair for Chemical Engineering

Viljoen photoHendrik “Henk” Viljoen (“vil-YOON”), Ph.D., is leading the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, beginning July 1. Viljoen succeeds Professor James Hendrix, who served as interim department chair for the past year.

Viljoen is a Distinguished Professor with the college and has been with the CHME department since 1993. He holds Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. degrees from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and has taught chemical engineering computation and advanced chemical engineering analysis courses at UNL. He is a member of the editorial board of Computational Biology & Chemistry, and received a 2005 UNL Multidisciplinary Research Award, among other honors. Viljoen’s research is helping develop new technologies with the potential to diagnose tuberculosis (TB) in the developing world more quickly and accurately than current tests.

“After a nationwide search, it’s wonderful to find leadership talent within our college,” said Dean Wei. “We appreciate the service of Jim Hendrix, who has contributed much to the college through the years, and we value Henk’s commitment to the college and the university, as we look forward to working with him in further growth for the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department.”

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering includes 12 faculty and approximately 250 students pursuing B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at Othmer Hall.

  Linzell to Lead UNL Civil Engineering

Nebraska Engineering Dean Tim Wei announced March 1 that Daniel G. Linzell, Ph.D., P.E., will lead the Department of Civil Engineering, beginning this summer.

Linzell comes to UNL from Penn State University, where he has been Shaw Professor and director of PSU’s Protective Technology Center during his 14 years with the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and his B.S. at The Ohio State University—all in Civil Engineering.

His research focuses on bridge engineering, force protection and structural hardening; his research interests and experience include laboratory testing, computational simulation and structural health monitoring. Linzell has taught courses such as steel structures, bridge design, structural analysis and structural health monitoring.

Linzell has Professional Engineer certification from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of Georgia. As a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, he participated in several ASCE committees and served as chair of its Steel Bridge Committee. He is a member of the American Institute of Steel Construction, the Structural Engineering Institute and the Structural Stability Research Council. He is an affiliate of the Transportation Research Board and chaired TRB’s AFF20(1) Subcommittee: Methods of Analyzing Steel Bridges.

“We are thrilled Dan is at UNL and know he’ll have a huge impact on civil engineering and the university,” Wei said. “He comes to us with demonstrated leadership, teaching and research experience and is going to be a wonderful fit in our institution. He and his family will also be a terrific addition to the Lincoln community.”

The Civil Engineering Department includes more than 20 faculty and approximately 550 students pursuing B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees with programs offered in Lincoln and Omaha. Studies include environmental, geotechnical and materials, structural, transportation and water resources engineering.

elc photoELC in Socal Forty Nebraska Engineering students from Lincoln and Omaha campuses enjoyed visiting San Diego. Calif. during this year's annual Engineering Learning Community trip. The itinerary included a visit to NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratories, naval facilities and technology firms. Thanks go to alumni of the college, who connected the young engineers with memorable experiences--including this JPL tour featuring robotic rovers.

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