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Construction begins on groundbreaking precision ag research center

Construction of the National Center for Resilient and Regenerative Precision Agriculture at Nebraska Innovation Campus launched with a ceremonial turning of dirt on May 6.

The state-of-the-art research center is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, University of Nebraska–Lincoln and Nebraska Innovation Campus. The center will focus on the challenges and opportunities in agricultural innovation for the 21st century.

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Federal, state and university leaders launched construction of the USDA's National Center for Resilient and Regenerative Precision Agriculture with a May 6 groundbreaking at Nebraska Innovation Campus. (Craig Chandler | University Communication and Marketing)

Innovation Studio offering training, programming on next-gen robots

Since its founding in 2015, Nebraska Innovation Studio has served the university community, entrepreneurs and businesses in the state. The makerspace is now catalyzing Nebraska’s robotics ecosystem.

Since November 2023, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s makerspace has offered training for programming and operation of collaborative and welding robots. The workshops are open to anyone.

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Jacob Hansen, with ALA Engineering and a Nebraska alumnus, and Kunjan Theo Joseph, with the UNL MAARS Lab, work at making their robotic arm program stack blocks at Nebraska Innovation Studio. The programming would simulate a larger robotic arm stacking pallets.

Engel named NIC’s interim executive director

Kate Engel has been named interim executive director of the Nebraska Innovation Campus Development Corporation, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation owned by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

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Kate A. Engel named NIC’s interim executive director

Innovation Studio has helped more than 220 veterans

Three afternoons a week, a group of veterans meets at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Nebraska Innovation Studio as part of a therapeutic program that provides an outlet for their creativity, a space for camaraderie, and helps them develop a renewed sense of purpose.

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David Key and Richard Schaefer work on a lathe at Nebraska Innovation Studio.

Bay High, Innovation Studio explore partnership

The wheels of creativity were turning for nearly 60 juniors and seniors from Lincoln Public Schools as they toured Nebraska Innovation Studio on Oct. 20.

As Jerry Reif, assistant director of NIS, led small groups through the studio, some students were impressed with the laser cutters, others wanted to know more about metal working or screen printing, but all were in awe at the possibilities.

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Jerry Reif (center) speaks with Bay High students outside the woodshop in Nebraska Innovation Studio on Oct. 20.

Food Processing Center’s Co-packing Program helps smaller companies

A homemade ice cream company from Texas found their way to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Innovation Campus, through the Food Processing Center’s small-batch co-packing specialty and recently-acquired safe quality food certification.

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Food Processing Center Dairy Plant

$25M federal award to expand robotics development, entrepreneurship, outreach

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is taking a lead role in a $25 million federal award that will push the boundaries of robotics innovation and serve as an economic driver for the Cornhusker State.

The award is part of a $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge program announced Sept. 2 by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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Huskers work on a drone swarm idea in a College of Engineering lab. The federal award will expand all levels of robotics instruction on campus.

Berry study leads to sweet faculty startup

When the American Aronia Berry Association approached Husker researcher Changmou Xu with a problem, he set out to solve it in a big way.

He and his wife and co-founder, Xiaoqing Xie, have worked with numerous campus entities to increase the value of the aronia berry through their startup, A+ Berry.

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Xiaoqing Xie (left) and Changmou Xu pose with an Aronia berry bush growing outside of Food Innovation Center along with bottles of AroJuice and AroWine, a product by the A+ Berry Company. The goal of the Aronia berry research group is to convert Aronia berries, a superfruit mainly grown in the midwest, into functional foods and ingredients.

Sensory lab offers variety of testing to suit client needs

If you’ve ever tried a company’s new low-sodium or gluten-free product, you may have enjoyed the fruits of a sensory analysis test run at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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Three university community members take part in a taste test in the Sensory Analysis Lab in the Food Processing Center on Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Innovation Studio volunteer receives Quilt of Valor for work with veterans

Jim Young was wrapped in gratitude and honor for the many lives he’s touched — including hundreds of veterans — when he received a Quilt of Valor during a presentation July 29 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Nebraska Innovation Studio.

At the presentation, Young was flanked by sister-in-law, Pat Young, and wife Victoria, and seated near the same lathes he’s spent countless hours standing over to train veterans on woodturning. They are lessons that double as therapy, helping the veterans heal.

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Jim Young (seated) is wrapped in his quilt from the Quilts of Valor Foundation by his sister-in-law, Pat Young, and wife, Victoria, while Doug Kapke of Fairbury looks on.

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