The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is gearing up to reinforce its engineering programs to attract and keep the smartest students and academics as well as maintain the university’s world-class standards. To do this, the university is poised to start its massive renovation and rebuilding project in October for the first phase.
The second phase will include a new US$85 million engineering facility which is targeted to open in 2023. It will become the new engineering academic hub that will house the university’s construction management programs.
Lance Perez, Dean of College of Engineering, reveals that the new facility is going to be “the building that allows us to compete and build a world-class engineering program.” It will be named Kiewit Hall in recognition of the university’s partnership with Peter Kiewit and Sons, the company that kicked off the project with its infusion of US$20 million. The rest of the construction project is being funded by private donations from various organisations and institutions.
Nearly 15,000 new workers in engineering and computer science are needed by 2026, according to Dean Perez, and the university’s College of Engineering hopes that the Kiewit Hall will help prepare students to fill those positions.
Chancellor Ronnie Green reinforces this direction. “It is our number one priority to grow our College of Engineering into the future to meet those needs we have ahead of us,” he says.
Among the engineering programs that students can choose from at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln campus are as follows:
- Computer Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Construction Engineering
- Construction Management Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Mechanised Systems Management Engineering
- Software Engineering
Within the next decade, new enrolment is expected to reach 5,000 within the College of Engineering and the university is preparing ahead to meet this requirement.