Faculty Features

Faculty from across UNL's campus teach courses and and engage in research and creative activities on topics related to sustainability. Each has a different story about how sustainability factors into both their work at UNL and their daily lives. Those stories are featured here.

If you are a faculty and wish to feature your work here or have someone you wish to nominate as a faculty feature, please email the Office of Sustainability.

Directing change toward sustainability

Tim Wentz
Department: 
Durham School of Architectural Engineering & Construction
Area of Interest: 
Perpetual Learning

Tim Wentz is originally from Lincoln and attended UNL before working for 19 years in the industry as a mechanical contractor. He has a passion for sustainability and conservation. With his background in contracting, his primary role at UNL is to teach construction management. Tim is also chair of several committees and advise students. However, for the next two years he will be fulfilling his obligations to ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) as the president-elect and president. ASHRAE works to guide the built environment to be more sustainable by writing energy codes, standards, and guidebooks used in more than 130 countries around the world. His current role is to oversee the Members Council and its 179 chapters.


Embracing Sustainable Transportation Methods

Jerry Hudgins, Ph.D.
Department: 
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Area of Interest: 
Power Electronics

Jerry is from the western part of Texas and graduated from Texas Tech University. He was a member of the faculty at the University of South Carolina for 18 years before coming to UNL. For the last 12 years he has served as the chair for UNL’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. His technical background is in power electronics and their applications in that relate to advanced transportation and renewable energy.


Geology Matters

Dave Gosselin portrait
David (Dave) C. Gosselin, Ph.D.
Department: 
Environmental Studies
Area of Interest: 
Geoscience and Groundwater Chemistry

A geologist by training, Dave first joined UNL as a part of the Nebraska Geological Survey as a hydrogeologist. With expertise in geochemistry, Dave worked in a research - service position, which evolved into interdisciplinary education and research. Before becoming the Environmental Studies director, he served as the associate director of the School of Natural Resources. As the current director of the Environmental Studies program, Dave administer the program by implementing courses, assessing the program, recruiting and retaining students, and teaching courses.


Making a Difference in the Field

Bruce Dvorak Portrait
Bruce Dvorak Ph.D., P.E.
Department: 
Civil Engineering
Area of Interest: 
Environmental Engineering

Bruce is a professor of Civil Engineering and Biological Systems Engineering. His appointment duties span teaching, research and extension. Bruce is also an environmental engineer, and he is interested in drinking water treatment, storm water management, and working with businesses to help identify sustainable solutions.