October 1, 2014
The University of Nebraska Board of Regents has approved the merger of its engineering departments in Lincoln and Omaha, despite the pleas of a professor based in Omaha.
The board approved the move Friday, merging the Department of Computer and Electronics Engineering in Omaha with the Department of Electrical Engineering in Lincoln.
But engineering professor Bing Chen told the board Friday that the plan violates former NU President L. Dennis Smith's promise to create a separate engineering college at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Chen also said the move would make the department less responsive to Omaha industry.
But supporters of the move say it will broaden opportunities for students, improve research collaborations for faculty members and streamline the departments' administrative structures.
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