Welcome to the Computer & Electronics Engineering website,
I am pleased to have you visit our website. If you are a prospective student we invite you to explore the many exciting opportunities awaiting you in both of CEEN's undergraduate programs in electronics and computer engineering and at the graduate level. If you are a parent of a prospective student we have information regarding our unique freshman retention program which will be of interest to you. Our goal is to provide an environment to which there are no limits to creativity and exploration. Though our courses are rigorous, students will also experience FUN with their own CEENBoT as they progress further and further into the program. Entering freshman students will have a robot to build in the freshman laboratory. Your robot will be with you through all four years of your studies as you augment its capabilities. The CEENBoTs are an innovation in providing "hands-on" experiences and design stimulation. These CEENBoTs have been introduced in both undergraduate programs. You can read more about the CEENBoTs/TekBots [view WOWT video news story] by visiting our website and clicking onto "CEENBoTs".
Our goal is to have ALL our students succeed in our programs. We have developed several innovations to increase the likelihood of graduation success including Freshman Camp (NUBE), creation of freshman study pods with senior pod leaders, a Counseling Assistant to watch over all the entering freshman students along with senior mentors. All entering freshman are invited to attend a special and successful event, NUBE (NU students Becoming Engineers) camp which involved freshman students getting to know one another and visiting with their first year professors in an informal setting just prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Our inaugural camp was held in 2005 and was known known as the "FreshMeet" retreat has resulted in a very high retention rate among freshman students. A good time was had by all attendees in both 2005 and 2006 which you can see by our pictures. The goal was to create an early bonding among freshman students and to have them meet with faculty and staff in a relaxed and informal setting. This freshman camp's success was recognized and has now been adopted by our Dean and is now a college wide event held in August each year. CEEN has a created a unique program to insure freshman success by creating "pods" whereby students within each pod will meet regularly with a senior CEEN student acting as the pod leader and mentor. All the freshman pods are linked together by a newly created Counseling Assistant position. CEEN seniors serve as tutors to assist freshman and sophomore students. We have a very active IEEE professional student chapter which is involved with activities such as tours, guest professional speakers, and special events such as BBQs held for all CEEN students.
OMAHA: We are located on the Omaha campus of the College of Engineering in the Peter Kiewit Institute for Information, Science, Technology and Engineering (PKI) in the heart of Omaha, Nebraska. Omaha is Nebraska's largest city and industrial center. Its past is linked to the explorations by Lewis and Clark as they journeyed up the Missouri River in the early part of the 19th century. For visitors to our website who are not from Nebraska we have provided useful links to acquaint you with our city and locale. Omaha is a city which has undergone a major renaissance in its riverfront and downtown revitalization and is approaching one million people in population. It is home to the College World Series and boasts one of the finest zoos in the world, the Henry Doorly Zoo.
CEEN PROGRAMS: Our two programs in Electronics Engineering and Computer Engineering are fully ABET (Accrediting Board of Engineering and Technology) accredited. If you are a prospective student you are encouraged to visit our facilities and to tour our laboratories and visit with CEEN students already here so that you make the decision that is most right for you. Field trips with your schools can also be arranged. Call the CEEN Admin Tech at (402) 554-2288 for an appointment with a faculty adviser or to arrange for a tour. For prospective graduate students, CEEN now has access to the College's unified Ph.D. program in Computer Engineering, the Ph.D. in Information Technology (major field Telecommunications Engineering) and we have two master level graduate programs (Master of Science Telecommunications Engineering and Master of Engineering Telecommunications Engineering).
LIVING ON CAMPUS: The residence hall facilities which are adjacent to the Peter Kiewit Institute provide us space for students who are CEEN bound (and the other PKI programs). They are modern, spacious, up to date and comfortable, multi bedroom apartments with complete amenities and conveniences. Aksarben Village is approaching completion sometime in 2011 that includes a shopping/entertainment/residential center adjacent to the residence halls which promises to add a new dimension to students' campus living.
INTERNSHIPS: Students interested in internships will find a number of companies located at the Scott Technology Center (STC) which is conveniently located within a short walking distance of the PKI and the residence halls. In the years ahead STC will add many new companies providing a plethora of opportunity for our students to find part time, internship and full time employment. Many local, regionally based and national companies afford many internship opportunities to our CEEN students. Other internships are available locally and nationally.
FACILITIES: We have been very fortunate in being to have state of the art laboratory facilities for both undergraduate and graduate students. The CEEN programs emphasize a high level of "hands on" laboratory experiences and students from CEEN in Omaha display a high level of proficiency which is noted by their employers after graduation.
RESEARCH AND INDUSTRY COLLABORATIONS: Our research collaborations include L-3, the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo, Union Pacific/Burlington Northern (wireless sensors and telecommunications), Federal Railroad Administration (wireless networks) and University of Nebraska Medical Center have provided our students with research and internship opportunities. These strategic partnerships will help us in making the Silicon Prairie a reality for Nebraska. CEEN is the recipient of several major NSF grants to develop educational robotics at the national level, to introduce the CEENBoT learning platform to middle schools and high schools to provide engineering design experiences. CEEN is committed to working closely with high "tech" companies particularly those who are in our region to assist in economic development. In recent years CEEN has added capability in VLSI design, digital signal and image processing, robotics and in parallel computer architecture. Our newly opened world class "near presence" distance educational facility provides a multimedia window over Internet2 using the Access Grid which will link our department to other ECE departments throughout the world giving our students direct access and exposure to the key educators in our profession.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding our programs or wish to have a tour (both individual and school tours) of our facilities.
With my best wishes,
Prof. Roger Sash, Interim Chair
Department of Computer and Electronics Engineering
College of Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Omaha Campus)
Prof. Roger Sash
Peter Kiewit Institute 201E
1110 South 67th Street
Omaha, NE 68182-0572
Tel: (402) 554-2288
Fax: (402) 554-2289