Awada and Andrews appointed as NSRI fellows

Tala Awada and Matt Andrews
Tala Awada and Matt Andrews

A cohort of 21 faculty and an administrator from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln have been named fellows with the National Strategic Research Institute. Tala Awada and Matt Andrews from the School of Natural Resources have been named fellows.

The fellows are selected to use their individual expertise to contribute toward NSRI’s strategic deterrence and countering weapons of mass destruction missions. In total, 49 researchers from across the NU system were selected. They join the more than 70 NSRI fellows who launched the program in May 2021.

Andrews' expertise is biochemistry and Awada's expertise is physiological plant ecology.

“Our objective is to bring the might of the University of Nebraska System’s intellectual and physical research capability and capacity to the DOD and the Nation,” said Maj. Gen., USAF (Ret.) Rick Evans, NSRI executive director. “We know from current events that the strategic threats our nation faces are constantly developing and converging. NSRI and the university have been and remain ready to help solve problems and innovate.”

Along with the fellows, NSRI named five NU administrators to act as affiliate fellows, serving as liaisons between the program and the universities. They include UNL’s Nathan Meier, assistant vice chancellor for research.

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