"We the undersigned request that the Board of Regents support a study to determine if the conditions have been met regarding President Dennis Smith's letter of 1995 to Omaha business leaders calling for a separate UNO College of Engineering. If a study group were to conclude that the conditions have been met then we would ask the Board of Regents to direct NU President Milliken to fulfill the promises made by Dennis Smith to create a UNO College of Engineering."
Regarding the merger of the two University of Nebraska engineering departments, based in Lincoln and Omaha (July 19 World-Herald):
Regent Bob Whitehouse was quoted as saying the merger won support from 32 of the 33 faculty members who voted on the idea in December, including faculty from both departments.
This statement is not true. Both faculties voted against it. They voted in favor only of a roadmap that could lead to a future merger if certain conditions were fulfilled. They haven't been.
The real underlying reason for the merger is not related to Big Ten glory. It is to remove the last freestanding Omaha-based engineering department left from the 1972 forced merger of the UNO College of Engineering. This final move by UNL administration, backed by the Board of Regents, removes the last remnant of Omaha independence.
Sad to say, Omaha has the distinction of being the only city, among the country's 50 largest, to lack a college of engineering to serve its needs and future growth.
Dr. Bing Chen, Omaha
Former chairman of UNO Engineering Department (Computer & Electronics Engineering)
-- Omaha World-Herald Public Pulse, 7/28/2014