News briefs, Nov. 15

November 15, 2013

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Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013 12:00 am

Updated: 12:08 am, Fri Nov 15, 2013.

News briefs, Nov. 15


UNL Research Team Develops Sensors

to Enhance Rail Safety

University of Nebraska-Lincoln electronics engineer Hamid Sharif and his team are working to develop a wireless sensor network to provide real-time railcar monitoring that alerts the engineer to potential problems. A $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation funds the work, as well as Union Pacific Railroad, based in Omaha. The research was highlighted in the 2013 UNL Research Report, released by the UNL Office of Research and Economic Development this month. Sharif’s network will use wireless sensors to detect current conditions in each railcar and send it wirelessly to the locomotive engineer and possibly the next station. This data can help prevent spoilage if refrigeration fails, monitor livestock conditions and identify malfunctioning parts. The system is now being field-tested at the Transportation Technology Center Inc. near Pueblo, Colo. Sharif expects the network to be available by 2015.

UNL’s part-time MBa ranked No. 18

by Businessweek

Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the College of Business Administration’s part-time MBA program No. 2 in the Big Ten Conference in its 2013 Top Business School rankings, which were released Nov. 7. UNL was ranked No. 18 out of 80 ranked programs. The University of Michigan was No. 10 overall. The ranking is based on a survey – an academic quality measure that includes GMAT scores, class sizes and completion rates – by recent graduates and a calculation of post-MBA outcomes. This ranking began in 2007, dividing the country into six regions. While at UNL, part-time MBA students often maintain full-time employment while studying. UNL also offers a flexible MBA, which gives students the option of taking classes on campus, online or a combination of both. “Our mission is to develop exceptional leaders to help change the world,” CBA Dean Donde Plowman said. “This recognition for our MBA program is another indicator of the outstanding quality of our business programs in the College of Business.”

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