Tag: Engineering



Tightening Cloud Computing Security

Imagine sharing a backyard with your neighbor. Security concerns would abound, from unwanted visitors to missing tools and unruly pets. Sheng Wei, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, said the perils of a shared backyard illustrate potential security challenges of a high-speed computing platform: the CPU-FPGA hybrid, an architecture that boosts cloud computing’s speed. […]

Easing People’s Discomfort with Drones

Drone sightings are becoming more common, but many people are still apprehensive being around them. Nebraska computer scientist Brittany Duncan aims to ease discomfort by enabling drones to communicate their intentions, such as taking photos, and maintain comfortable distances. Communication also could make drones valuable coworkers. Duncan, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, earned […]

Engineering Flawless 3D Printing

Nebraska engineer Prahalada Rao envisions 3D printing no less than revolutionizing the world. But first the process must overcome a tendency to create flaws. “People call it ‘print and go.’ I call it ‘print and pray,’” said Rao, assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering. To produce flawless items every time, Rao is improving the […]

NEAT Labs Show Potential to Transform Manufacturing

A new, cutting-edge 3D printing laboratory is positioning Nebraska as a hub for additive manufacturing. Opened in spring 2018, the Nebraska Engineering Additive Technology Labs feature three unique hybrid 3D printers. They can add or subtract a variety of materials – from plastics to titanium – to create complex three-dimensional shapes using less material than […]

Stealth Drilling Drone Could Help Military

Drilling a hole in the ground can be complicated. Especially when the driller is a stealth drone working undetected in unknown, far-off terrain. And when it’s for the U.S. Department of Defense, it has to work every time. Computer scientists Carrick Detweiler (left) and Justin Bradley The Nebraska Intelligent MoBile Unmanned Systems, or NIMBUS, Lab […]

Controlling Elasticity with Magnetism

Insights into a thermodynamic duo could inform engineering decisions and improve the functionality of designs featuring elastic components. Nebraska physicist Christian Binek found that, under certain conditions, the magnetism of certain materials can predict the relationship between their temperature and elasticity. His finding could allow engineers to control the elasticity of those materials by strategically […]

Cranking Up Fuel Cell Efficiency

Cars powered by hydrogen-based fuel cells have been environmentally friendly options for several years in California. But their hefty price tags are far less friendly, curtailing widespread adoption. Nebraska engineer Shudipto Dishari aims to both reduce fuel cell costs and improve energy efficiency. She earned a five-year, nearly $600,000 Faculty Early Career Development Program award […]

Enhancing Nonviral Gene Therapy

Most gene therapies, a long-sought method for treating numerous medical conditions, have yet to achieve both safety and effectiveness. Nebraska biomedical engineer Angela Pannier’s novel research is finding ways to overcome the technique’s significant hurdles. For her achievements, Pannier received a 2017 National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award, an honor that supports exceptionally […]