Why is it that engineering often comes along with an extra gift? No-one really knows. You hear of talented musicians also being good at math, which explains why we have so many musical engineers. But it turns out that at Boise State, for some students, an ability in competitive sports also goes along with an aptitude for engineering. At Boise State, a group of our engineering women students are also competitive athletes.
Emily Tanasse, finishing up her sophomore year in mechanical engineering swims for Boise State University, where her best event is the 200 backstroke. This gives her a very challenging schedule, with daily practices at 6:00 a.m., but Emily thrives under the pressure. In February in San Antonio, she finished the season with some personal best times and the BSU team finished second overall. In addition, Emily’s an excellent student and helps the college by working as a grader for Statics, a second year engineering course. Emily’s advice to other engineering majors: “Utilize all the resources you have available to you and establish good relationships with your professors so you can have clear communication with them on conflicts you might be experiencing.”
Kate Jette, finishing up a minor in Biomedical Engineering, is on the BSU track and cross country teams. Her event on the track is the 3000 meter steeplechase. She has been on the team for five years and has been competing in track since she was in third grade. Kate also devotes a lot of time to practice; her team is active in the fall, spring, and winter. Practices take about 2 hours a day on average, not factoring in travel to meets. Kate will be graduating this spring as a Top Ten Scholar of the 2015 graduating class, one of Boise State University’s highest honors.
Lacie Rasley, a senior in Civil Engineering student is also on the BSU track team. Lacie throws the shot put and has scored in two conference championships. What’s remarkable about Lacie is her outstanding leadership in the college; she’s the President of the Engineering Honors Society: Tau Beta Pi, Idaho Gamma. Under her leadership, the chapter has grown tremendously in membership and is now one of the largest active chapters in the Pacific Northwest.
Jessica Bottelberghe graduates this May with a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Biomedical Engineering. She is both a Learning Assistant for Statics and a grader for another course. In addition, she is a dual sport athlete, competing on both the swim team and track & field team. In the pool she has 70 career wins, 20 All Mountain West honors in 10 different swimming events and represented the Broncos at NCAAs in 2014. On the track, Jessica has competed at Mountain West Conference Championships in the 800m and 4x400m races. Jessica’s philosophy is, “Believe you can do anything you put your mind to and refuse to let others set limits on your goals.” After graduation, Jessica plans to enter BSU’s Career Track MBA program and work as a Graduate Assistant through the Department of Information Technology and Supply Chain Management.
“Our College of Engineering at Boise State attracts students who are simply amazing,” remarked Associate Dean Janet Callahan. “Over the past year I have had the opportunity to personally get to know nearly all these women and frankly, they inspire me.” She went on to say: “Excellence is an attribute our College nourishes.”