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22 Huskers appointed as NSRI fellows

National Strategic Research Institute

University Communication, May 6, 2022

22 Huskers appointed as NSRI fellows

A cohort of 21 faculty and an administrator from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln have been named fellows with the National Strategic Research Institute.

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.

The 21 NSRI fellows from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and their areas of expertise are (in alphabetical order):

  • Matt Andrews, biochemistry;
  • Christos Argyropoulos, electrical and computer engineering;
  • Tala Awada, physiological plant ecology;
  • Sina Balkir, electrical and computer engineering;
  • William Belcher, anthropology;
  • Nicole Buan, biochemistry;
  • Mehmet Can Vuran, computer science and engineering;
  • George Gogos, mechanical and materials engineering;
  • Ingrid Haas, political science;
  • Andrew Harms, electrical and computer engineering;
  • Michael Hempel, electrical and computer engineering;
  • Qing Hui, electrical and computer engineering;
  • Xu Li, civil and environmental engineering;
  • Eric Markvicka, mechanical and materials engineering;
  • Carl Nelson, mechanical and materials engineering;
  • Jill O’Donnell, international trade and finance;
  • Angela Pannier, biological systems engineering;
  • Yi Qian, electrical and computer engineering;
  • Byrav Ramamurthy, computer science and engineering;
  • Ashley Votruba, psychology; and
  • You Zhou, virology.

“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.

Learn more about NU’s National Strategic Research Institute.


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