Farritor joined the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1998. Prior to coming to UNL he worked in the Field and Space Robotics Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Unmanned Vehicle Lab at the C.S. Draper Laboratories. Dr. Farritor has studied at the Kennedy Space Center, Goddard Space Flight Center and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and serves on the AIAA Robotics Technical Committee.
One of Bing Chen’s primary research focuses has been with educational robotics outreach to kindergarten through sixth-grade students. He has been awarded several National Science Foundation grants since 2006 to introduce more young girls and under-represented minority students to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Chen works with a nonprofit educational outreach group, “Prairie STEM,” that encourages critical thinking and creativity among young children using a mobile robotics platform. Chen has been a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 1968.