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Message from the Dean

Welcome from Dean JoAnn Lighty

Solving problems. Pushing boundaries. Creating innovations. Improving the quality of life. Engineers are not only driving the 21st century — they’re making it work.

The College of Engineering at Boise State University is home to faculty on the cutting edge of teaching and research and students who bring fresh perspectives to the laboratory and the classroom. Their collective discoveries are the foundation for the next generation of technological advances, from developing renewable energy to exploring new areas of biomedicine and using DNA as scaffolding for technology on the molecular scale.

Our focus is on our students and providing them with a world-class education and hands-on experience through research, internships, and student club activities. The success of our undergraduate and graduate programs is guided by our distinguished faculty, who continue to set the standard for excellence at Boise State and in their fields of expertise. Of the university’s seven recipients of the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award, six are from our college.

Our approach reflects the educational needs of the 21st century –a commitment to life-long learning, the ability to work in multidisciplinary settings with a variety of people, integration of research and teaching, and an appreciation of creativity and innovation in everything we do. We are inventors, authors, researchers, and industry veterans, all focused on training the next generation to work smart and dream big.

Our students’ creativity and determination are evidenced by our continued success in such student competitions as the Society of Automotive Engineers Aero Design Competition, the Associated Schools of Construction Student Competition and NASA’s Microgravity University. Our students have been Barry M. Goldwater Scholars, Top Ten Scholars, and Academic All-Americans, and our graduates are making waves across the professional spectrum.

Considered a “young” engineering college set in the dynamic landscape of the new West, we invite you to help us define the future.