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The Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research (NCESR), chartered in 2006, supports innovative research and interdisciplinary collaboration by funding competitive “seed grants” for energy sciences research. About Us describes the mission, goal, vision, center organization and administration, including the Director, Associate Director, Executive Council and the External Advisory Committee. Contact Us gives the office address plus contact information for the Center’s staff. Use the Whittier Research Center Map or UNL’s Campus Maps to locate the NCESR office in Suite 230 of the Whittier Research Center, 2200 Vine Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.


NCESR selects new projects for Cycle 13

Ten new research projects were selected for funding by the Energy Center in its thirteenth annual grant competition.  The faculty selected for the awards were Professors Bai Cui, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering; Stephen Ducharme, Department of Physics and Astonomy; Rajib Saha, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Alexander Sinitskii, Department of Chemistry;  Takashi Komesu, Department of Physics and Astronomy; Nicholas Brozovic, Department of Agricultural Economics; Barry Cheung, Department of Chemistry; Dennis Alexander, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering;  David Yuill, Department of Architectural Engineering, and Bruce Dvorak, Department of Civil Engineering.  To learn more go to Research Grant Awards – Cycle 13.

RMEL scholarships available to undergraduates

The purpose of the RMEL Foundation is to award scholarships to deserving and qualified students in engineering, business, information systems, plant, line or distribution technology, line worker or other curriculum related to the electric energy industry.

Awards will be made in two categories:

  1. RMEL Foundation Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded in amounts ranging from $1,000-$3,000. See the eligibility requirements below for these scholarships.
  2. RMEL Foundation Named Scholarships. These scholarships are provided by the Foundation in the name of the individual or corporate donor.

University/College applicants must be either a freshman, sophomore, or junior.  If you are interested in applying, please visit this website for further details and application materials.

NCESR Seed Funding Helps Obtain NRC Award

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently awarded the University of Nebraska  with a three-year, $450,000 Faculty Development Grant to support the research of Bai Cui, assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering.  The grant will help develop materials for the next generation of nuclear power facilities.  Jeff Shield, chair of mechanical and materials engineering, and Michael Nastasi, director of the Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research, collaborated on the grant.  NRC will help develop materials for next generation nuclear power facilities

Energy Center Interns Travel to Cooper Nuclear Station

Left to Right: Lorraine Moon, Caleb Schmidt, Jeannie Lozowski, Michael Bengston, and Alan Dostal

Alan Dostal, Director of Research for Nebraska Public Power District and Liaison to the Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research (NCESR) and Lorraine Moon (NCESR) traveled with the NCESR summer interns to the Cooper Nuclear Station on Friday, June 29.  Cooper Nuclear is an 800 Megawatt, highly secured facility located along the Missouri River in Nebraska.  The three-hour tour consisted of a visit to the control room, on site training center and the cooling water intake structure.  The group also had lunch at the Atomic Grill (located at the Cooper Nuclear Station).

Energy Center students display research

The Spring 2018 Research Fair hosted one-hundred and fifty-eight UNL graduate students on  April 10 in the Nebraska Union. These students gathered to showcase their research and creative accomplishments by displaying posters.  Nine of those students were sponsored by Energy Center projects. On April 11, an undergraduate student displayed her Energy Center sponsored research.  All of the posters were judged.  Gaurav Kudalkar, a doctoral student in the Department of Chemistry, received a $400 travel grant for his poster on the Use of Hybrid Chemo/Biocatalysis to Access Value-Added Building Blocks from Lignocellulose.

NCESR projects showcased in video

The Nebraska Public Power District recently produced a video showcasing six energy research projects funded through the Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research.  The University of
Nebraska-Lincoln professors leading these projects are Martha Shulski, School of Natural Resources; Chris Cornelius, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering;  Ned Ianno, Electrical and Computer Engineering;  Karrie Weber, School of Biological Sciences; Jeff Shield, Mechanical and Materials Engineering; and Xiaoshan Xu, Physics and Astronomy.    To view the video, click on Research Videos