Gogos selected to lead Energy Center

Dan Moser, August 23, 2023

Gogos selected to lead Energy Center

George Gogos, Wilmer J. and Sally Hergenrader Chair of Mechanical Engineering, has been named director of the Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research, effective Aug. 14.

NCESR, chartered in 2006, is a collaboration between Nebraska Public Power District and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. It supports innovative research and interdisciplinary collaboration by funding competitive seed grants for energy sciences research.

Gogos’ primary research areas include flow and heat transfer using surfaces functionalized with femtosecond lasers and flame weeding. This research is funded by the Office of Naval Research, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Boeing, Honeywell, Textron Aviation and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.

He also serves as co-director for the Center for Electro-Optics and Functionalized Surfaces and is co-founder of two companies: one developing equipment for certified organic weed control, and one focusing on thermal management using functionalized surfaces.

“My vision for NCESR is to grow it into a global leader in the urgent transition to renewable forms of energy for all,” Gogos said. “To achieve this vision, I plan to work closely with NPPD leadership to build a community of UNL energy researchers and increase the visibility of NCESR nationally and internationally.”

Bob Wilhelm, vice chancellor for research and economic development, said, “We are very pleased to appoint George to this critical position. His experience as a researcher and innovator will serve the center well as it works with NPPD to advance efforts in energy education and research.”

Gogos has been a faculty member since 1993, in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his master’s and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Gogos will continue his role as professor of mechanical and materials engineering. He succeeds interim director Jerry Hudgins, professor and chair of electrical and computer engineering.

“We greatly appreciate Jerry’s leadership during this interim period,” Wilhelm said. “He has ensured the center’s important work continued during this transition.”

NCESR’s mission is to harness science and technology through diverse, inclusive and innovative workforce development in order to lead the way towards a sustainable energy future for Nebraska, the United States and the world.