UNL Maker Space, Maker Club aim to create innovative culture on campus

Jay Carlson knows the power of interdisciplinary collaboration.

Three years ago, when he was an electrical engineering undergrad at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he also was a page designer at UNL's student newspaper the Daily Nebraskan. Every night, he would work with reporters, copy editors and photographers to design a visually appealing paper.

“I’m someone who has a left and a right brain, and I like to use both," Carlson said.

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Interest in UNL Maker Club's first meeting on Feb. 5 was so high they had to move it to a larger lecture hall to fit everyone. More than 200 people showed up.

First NIC facilities roll toward summer finish

Nebraska Innovation Campus will open for business this summer as the first two buildings and a four-season greenhouse go online.

Construction on the former State Fair Park continues as the two buildings — the former 4-H Building and new Companion Building — are scheduled to open for a June move-in. Work on the state-of-the-art greenhouse will begin soon.

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A construction worker sands drywall in a redesigned 4-H Building hallway on Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Farritor, student group help propel Maker Space concept

A quiet staging area for ongoing NIC construction, the space is reserved for a proposed Maker Space and the private/public research campus’ new business accelerator. NIC planners and UNL administrators hope the mix bubbles forth into a cauldron of hands-on creativity and innovation.

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The former Nebraska State Fair exhibit space on the first floor of the 4-H Building at Nebraska Innovation Campus has been reserved for a Maker Space and the NIC’s business accelerator. University administrators are seeking funds to create the space, which would allow individuals access to a variety of tools.

The Scarlet Interview - Terence Bowden, NIC Business Accelerator Director

Terence Bowden is the business accelerator director for Nebraska Innovation Campus. Bowden comes to NIC via Ireland and Dublin City University’s Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs, where he ran the Propeller Venture Accelerator, the No. 7-ranked accelerator in Europe. He is responsible for developing a business plan and programs for the NIC Business Accelerator that will support the efforts of faculty, staff, students and the community in starting and growing businesses.

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First new building taking shape at Innovation Campus

The first new building at Nebraska Innovation Campus is taking shape.

Construction workers have completed much of the shell for the Companion Building, a three-story building just north of and adjacent to the former 4-H Building on what used to be State Fair Park.

They’ve also nearly finished renovating the 4-H Building, which will include a conference center and office and research space.

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The Companion Building (left) to the former 4-H building is taking shape on Nebraska Innovation Campus as seen in this view looking east from the site of the old State Fair administration building.

UNL Maker Space will be hands-on gathering place for creative minds

Hands-on students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will soon have an outlet for their creativity in the form of the Maker Space, a proposed facility on UNL’s Innovation Campus.

Shane Farritor, a professor of mechanical and materials engineering and member of the Innovation Campus faculty advisory committee, proposed the idea of Maker Space at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

“I think such a place could really help UNL students in a lot of ways,” Farritor said.

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Duncan to provide update on NIC

A pair of open information sessions about Nebraska Innovation Campus will take place this week. The first is 1 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Nebraska Union Auditorium; the second is at 1 p.m. Nov. 15 in the East Union Arbor Suite. Both sessions, which are free and open to faculty, staff, students and the public, will be led by Dan Duncan, executive director of the NIC. Read Moreof "Duncan to provide update on NIC"
Arial view of NIC under construction

Nebraska Innovation Campus expands leadership team

Nebraska Innovation Campus has made recent changes and additions to its leadership team. Executive director Dan Duncan announced that Kate Engel has accepted the position of community engagement and operations manager, while Terence Bowden has accepted the position of business accelerator director.
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A tour of Nebraska Innovation Campus in September included a look at construction of a new auditorium in the former 4-H Building.

City, UNL partner on Nebraska Innovation Campus renewable energy system

Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman announced Friday a joint project to use reclaimed, non-drinkable water from the city’s Theresa Street Wastewater treatment plant to heat and cool facilities at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

UNL’s investment of $12 million in the Central Renewable Energy System, or CRES, has been approved by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents and will be introduced to the Lincoln City Council on Sept. 30.

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An outline of how the system will work at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Nebraska Innovation Campus to collaborate with ConAgra Foods

"Breaking Ground for the Future" was the theme for a major announcement today on a new level of collaboration between University of Nebraska-Lincoln and ConAgra Foods. The collaboration continues and accelerates research and development projects at Nebraska Innovation Campus -- the university's project for private-public innovation and research.

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