At August 2011's N.U.B.E. (Nebraska Undergraduates Becoming Engineers) Camp, Dean Wei met with faculty leaders and new students.
Tim Wei arrived this summer to lead the college.
He joins UNL from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he was head of RPI’s mechanical aerospace and nuclear engineering department since 2006, and interim dean from June 2008 to August 2009. He earned his bachelor's degree from Cornell, his master's from Lehigh University, both in mechanical engineering; and his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan.
Before joining Rensselaer in 2006, Wei worked at Rutgers University as professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. There, he oversaw the formation of multidisciplinary, university-industry research teams that focus on the fundamental issues behind key technological problems. His research interests are in coupling fundamental fluid dynamics experiments with critical technologies of socio-technological importance.
This summer, Wei said, “As Nebraska Engineering enters the Big Ten, we partner with an elite community in training future generations of engineers. UNL has outstanding faculty, staff and students with unique skills and facilities to enrich the Big Ten from the outset. Our challenge is to assume our share of leadership roles across the spectrum of engineering education, research and development, earning our place as an equal among giants."
Watch for the Fall 2011 issue of Engineering@Nebraska, with in-depth coverage as Wei’s leadership journey continues.