PKI open house to showcase renovations, opportunities


By Joe Shearer, Reporter

   Current and prospective students, parents and the public, are invited to the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Peter Keiwit Institute to check out the new renovations and explore the multiple degree opportunities offered between the University of Nebraska at Lincoln’s College of Information Science & Technology and UNL’s College of Engineering at the PKI Open House on Oct. 20.
From noon to 3 p.m., guests can explore the innovative space at PKI, learn about scholarship opportunities and watch lab demonstrations from representatives of both UNO and UNL.
Both the physical and technological areas of both universities’ programs will be on display. Past open houses showcase demonstrations in prominent fields of study at the time. Last spring, game design and mobile application development drew a lot of attention, while engineers constructed practical filtration systems during the bi-annual open house.
    Several academic options are offered across the College of Engineering and College of IS&T.
    The programs offered in UNO IS&T are Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Information Assurance, IT Innovation and Management Information Systems. Programs offered through UNL’s College of Engineering available in Omaha are Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, Construction Management, Computer Engineering and Electronics Engineering.
    The renovations at PKI are meant to not only increase in learning, classroom/work space areas and student life, but it is also a symbolic way of bringing the worlds of engineering and information technology together.
    The project, which began in July of 2012, made several key space additions without having to actually expand the building. The computer lab space increased over 30 percent while graduate student workspace increased around 20 percent, Omaha-based Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture reported.
    The massive first-floor computer lab was hollowed out and transformed into more of a student life area. A true cafeteria was installed and several solo/small group study rooms were added.
    The renovations were the first major changes made to the Peter Kiewit Institute since its opening in 1999.
    Pre-registration is available online at Walk-ins are also welcomed the day of the event. For more information on the event call 402-554-3333.