From the editor
My name is Brian Neilson and I am the new editor of Nebraska Blueprint magazine. I have enjoyed writing
articles for you to enjoy the past two years and hope you will enjoy this issue as well. I would like to thank the
past two editors of the Blueprint, Natasha Richardson and Frank Pribyl, for their leadership and guidance. Also,
thanks to our adviser, JS Engebretson, for all her help in proofreading and logistics.
I remember taking tours of the engineering buildings as a prospective student and wondering how anyone could
find their way around this complex. Now, as a mechanical engineering student, I take many classes in Scott
Engineering Center. I often feel like one of those lab mice being put in a maze and having to find their way out.
On the way, I encounter many interesting doors, full of warning signs and flashing red lights. One can't help but
wonder, "What's behind this door?"
In particular, I walk past the anechoic chamber twice a week this year. One of my fellow students talked about
experiencing the lack of echo inside. For the full story, read Lindsay Smith's article. We also have stories on the
Splinter Labs on East Campus and the Robotics and Mechatronics labs in Scott Engineering Center.
This is a great time to be an engineering student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Paul and June
Schorr III Center for Computer Science and Engineering was recently completed. It is the feature of my article.
The new physical sciences building is also being built before our eyes. We can't wait to see the finished product.
Many of our awesome staff members from last year have moved on. Therefore, we have several new staff
members who contributed to this issue. Please enjoy the issue and see what goes on behind all those mysterious
Brian D. Neilson,