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Christopher Y. Tuan
, professor of civil and structural engineering, was named a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is director of The Peter Kiewit Institute’s Structures Laboratory. Tuan specializes in electrically conductive concrete for bridge deck de-icing, a technology featured by the Discovery Channel in broadcasts and in the August 2010 edition of its magazine.

Heidi Kuchta and Andrew Wiese, architectural engineering students, won the 2010 Howard Brandston Award as an "original and ingenious solution” in their lighting plan for an educational arts building. Their approach, Boundless Inspiration, was judged foremost in this prestigious competition sponsored by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. It’s a repeat honor for UNL's Durham School; the international competition has past winners from Italy and the U.K., but Durham AE students Stephen Gollehon and Scott Lindgren won the award in 2009. The prestigious IES award was established "to encourage and recognize students who have demonstrated exceptional professional promise through the presentation of an original and ingenious solution to a supplied design problem." Kuchta and Wiese worked with lighting design instructor Rodrigo Manriquez while preparing their entry.

Matt Dwyer, professor with the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, won ICSE's Most Influential Paper Award. Each year at the International Conference on Software Engineering®, a paper is chosen from the conference 10 years ago that is judged to have had the most influence on the theory or practice of software engineering during the past decade. Dwyer co-authored Bandera: extracting finite-state models from Java source code (ICSE 2000: 439-448).

Quentin Dudley, a senior majoring in Biological Systems Engineering, was awarded a RISE scholarship to conduct research on materials science for 13 weeks in Freiburg, Germany during summer 2010.

Brady Garvin and Kathryn Stolee, Computer Science & Engineering graduate students, earned highly-regarded National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships in 2010.

Mechanical engineering assistant professor Jinsong Huang gained a 2010 Young Investor Program award with a $200,000 grant from the Department of Defense's Threat Reduction Agency for his project: "A Novel High Quantum Efficiency Mechanism in Organic Photodetector for Sensing the Radiation from Weapons of Mass Destruction."

IMSE’s Kamlakar Rajurkar was honored at the 2010 International Symposium on Flexible Automation with the organization’s Hideo Hanafusa Outstanding Investigator Award. It cited his distinguished contributions to Flexible Automation, specifically his “seminal contributions in the areas of non-traditional machining processes and equipment in particular process modeling, surface integrity and monitoring and control of macro and micro Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM), Electro Chemical Machining (ECM) and Ultra-Sonic Machining (USM).” Rajurkar is a Distinguished Professor of Engineering and is the founder and director of UNL's Center for Nontraditional Manufacturing Research.

Durham School Director Eddy M. Rojas was honored with a Best Paper Award at the 2010 Construction Research Congress for his work on "Embeddedness and Collaborative Venture Networks for Overseas Construction Projects."

Lance Pérez, former associate dean and electrical engineering faculty, was named associate vice chancellor for UNL Academic Affairs. For the past two years he was a program manager with NSF Undergradudate Education division.

Suat Irmak, associate professor of biological systems engineering, won the 2010 Young Extension Worker Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.


Clarence Waters
, faculty with the Durham School’s architectural engineering, worked with UNL architecture and interior design faculty to receive a grant of $50,000 from the Nuckolls Foundation to develop a series of interactive teaching modules, “Lighting Across the Design Curriculum.”

Suat Irmak and Mehmet Can Vuran were speakers in UNL's 2010 Water for Food conference. Irmak, an associate professor with Biological Systems Engineering, spoke about Highlights of Research and Educational Programs Related to Agricultural Water Management in Nebraska. Vuran, an assistant professor of Computer Science & Engineering, led a session on Wireless Underground Sensor Networks: A New Perspective for Automated Water Management.

Josephine Lau and Gren Yuill with the Durham School received a grant of $112,829 from ASHRAE to study “CO2-based Demand Controlled Ventilation for Multiple Zone HVAC Systems.”

Wei Qiao, assistant professor of electrical engineering, is the 2010 recipient of the internationally prestigious IEEE Industry Applications Society Andrew Smith Outstanding Young Member Award. This award recognizes outstanding achievement and contributions to the profession by an IAS member younger than 35 years of age.

Zhigang Shen, assistant professor of construction management, was awarded a grant of $100,000 from the National Science Foundation for Collaborative Research to Foster Complex Systems Thinking in Construction Engineering Education Using a Case-Based Multidimensional Virtual Environment (CMVE) .

Austin Steiner, a UNL Ph.D. student in computer engineering, accepted a prestigious scholarship through the Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program, part of the American Society of Engineering Education. The SMART program was established by the U.S. Department of Defense to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. SMART Scholars receive full tuition and education-related benefits, a cash award (from $25,000 to $41,000), paid summer internships, health insurance and book allowances, mentoring and employment placement after they complete the program. Steiner, who studies at The Peter Kiewit Institute in Omaha, expects to complete his degree in spring of 2013 and will then head to the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Ind., for internships and a permanent job working with electronic warfare.

Peter Revesz pic Peter Revesz, a professor of computer science and engineering, has been selected to the highly competitive U.S. Department of State/U.S. Agency for International Development Jefferson Science Fellow program. Beginning in September Revesz will work for one year in a consulting assignment by the Department of State/USAID in Washington, D.C., or in a foreign embassy or mission.

Nebraska Space Grant 2010 Fellowships were awarded to:

  • Biological Systems Engineering’s Allison Mettler and Andrea Gilkey (seniors);
  • Mechanical Engineering’s Eric Markvicka, Joe Bartels, Khoa Chu and Nate Otten (seniors) ; Douglas Jansen, Kyrik Weidman and Eldon Summerson (juniors); Eric Wood and Tyler Wortman (graduate students);
  • Industrial and Management System Engineering’s Maurice D. Cavitt (graduate student);
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering’s Robert Jacobberger (junior);,
  • Engineering Mechanics’ Nick Kleinschmit (graduate student); and
  • Alyssa Koch, junior, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, and Alexandra Toftul, senior, Electrical Engineering and Mathematics


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