The COE Update

NE-Ride shuttle no longer in service

From Dean Lance C. Pérez:

As of July 14, 2023 the College of Engineering is discontinuing the weekday NE-Ride bus service between our programs in Lincoln and Omaha. This service is being halted due to contracted costs doubling ahead of the 2023-24 academic year, as well as steeply rising costs and impending budget challenges to the University of Nebraska system.

Please know that we are committed to providing access to our programs and facilities in Lincoln and Omaha for our students, faculty and staff. We are working to find other cost-effective ways to accommodate our engineering community and will keep you informed as we determine additional solutions.

We began the free shuttle service in 2015 to support cross-collaboration in courses, research and cocurricular activities between our programs on City Campus and Scott Campus, as well as at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The service was previously reduced from three round trips daily during the academic year to two in response to increased expenses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.



Vine Street partially closed through July 26

Vine Street, between Antelope Valley Parkway and 16th Street, will be closed to westbound traffic from July 5-26.Westbound traffic on Vine Street between Antelope Valley Parkway and 16th Street is closed through Tuesday, July 26. To access the A parking lot on 17th Street, enter Vine Street eastbound from 16th Street.

In the News, July 17, 2023.
In the News, July 17, 2023.

Highlighting the Nebraska Engineering community receiving recognition in the media.


  • Justin Bradley and Benjamin Riggan discuss their work with robotics and artificial intelligence and their part in a new Netflix docuseries in the Complete Engineering Podcast.
  • Multidisciplinary teams find new ways of harnessing possibilities of quantum realm.
  • Research by Kazi Albab Hussain, a doctoral student in civil engineering, and colleagues found that microplastics are released in huge quantities from plastic containers when they’re microwaved.
  • Tami Brown-Brandl is featured in a Morning AgClips article on more producers, industries interested in precision livestock farming.
  • UNL’s Pocket Science features Rebecca Wachs’ research that found two compounds that shorten the length of nerve fibers are often implicated in back pain.
  • Durham School researchers and alumni are featured in a Midlands Business Journal article on the development of “game-changing” acoustical engineering technology.

  • An article focuses on STEM CONNECT, a UNL scholarship program formed with a $3.5 million grant from NSF to support low-income students pursuing careers in STEM.
  • David Jones reflects on his tenure as head of Biological Systems Engineering.

  • Mark Pohl says OPPD internship program gave him valuable experience before he earned a Nebraska Engineering degree.
  • Though Vicente Villanueva left the Philippines to earn an engineering degree in 1910, Nebraska Quarterly reports, his lineage carries on.

If you know of someone who has been featured in the media, contact Karl Vogel – – with the information.

Calendar for July 17, 2023.
Calendar for July 17, 2023.

Events of interest for College of Engineering faculty and staff:

8/4: Master of Engineering Management Information Session, noon-1 p.m., via Zoom.

8/12: Combined Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement (City Campus), 9 a.m., Pinnacle Bank Arena

8/17-18: Nebraska Undergraduates Becoming Engineers (NUBE) Experience, City Campus (Aug. 17) and Scott Campus (Aug. 18).

Originally published July 17, 2023 - Submit an Item