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COEN Online News 8/24/15

COEN Online News 8/24/15

Dean Amy Moll Named An ‘Inspiring Woman in STEM’ | National Robotics Competition | NSF Grant Supports Cyberinfrastructure (CI) | Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars (ISAS) Summer Academy | Faculty and Students in Action | ITS News | COEN News

Dean Amy Moll Named an ‘Inspiring Woman in STEM’

By: Kathleen Tuck

Image of a flyer for the "100 inspiring Women in STEM Awards" with a picture of Amy Moll on it

Amy Moll, dean of the College of Engineering, was recently honored with a “100 Inspiring Women in STEM” Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine (see Page 59). The awards recognize exemplary women who inspire and encourage the next generation of young women to pursue careers in STEM.

The September 2015 issue features 100 award winners as well as interesting facts about the history and future of STEM and the crucial roles the women play.

View the full “Dean Amy Moll Named an ‘Inspiring Woman in STEM'” article.

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Middle Schoolers Competed in National Robotics Competition

By: Kathleen Tuck

Image of Meridian, Idaho students working on their programming skillsIdaho middle school students and their supporters gathered to watch a live broadcast from the International Space Station (ISS). These students had just completed a five-week summer STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program designed for middle school students called Zero Robotics.

The public was welcome to attend the live broadcast in the Skaggs Hall of Learning in the Micron Business and Economics Building at Boise State University. The broadcast began at 7:30 a.m. and continued intermittently until approximately 10:45 a.m. After the event, students participated in a STEM celebration, which will include tours of the Discover Technology Bus, Segway rides, robot demonstrations, telescopes and more.

View the full “Middle Schoolers Competed in National Robotics Competition” article.

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NSF Grant Supports Cyberinfrastructure at Boise State

By: Kathleen Tuck

Image of the NSF logoBoise State University received a $380,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to hire a cyberinfrastructure (CI) engineer to enhance data, network and software systems for collaborative research. The CI engineer will be the technical ambassador to consult with and match the needs of university researchers to centralized high-performance computers, visualization equipment and high speed data networks across the country.

Harold Blackman, associate vice president for the Division of Research and Economic Development, is principal investigator for the grant, along with with co-PIs Max Davis-Johnson, associate vice president and chief information officer of OIT; Steven Cutchin, associate professor, and Sole Pera, assistant professor, both in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering.

View the full “NSF Grant Supports Cyberinfrastructure at Boise State” article.

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Teen Science, Aerospace Scholars Hit Campus for Week of Learning, Fun

By: Cienna Madrid

Image of two ISAS scholars working on a robotA selection of Idaho’s brightest young minds gathered at the Boise State campus for two sessions in July to collaborate on a mission to Mars, build and test robots, and participate in in-depth workshops about the science of streambeds and how drug-resistant microbes can impact spaceflight, all as part of the week-long Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars (ISAS) Summer Academy. Idaho is a partner in the NASA High School Aerospace Scholars (NHAS) program, which was created to inspire high school students across the nation to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

“I know it sounds corny but this is like the fun science you don’t get to do in school,” one student explained while testing a robot with his partner.

View the full “Teen Science, Aerospace Scholars Hit Campus for Week of Learning, Fun” article.

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Faculty and Students in Action

Image of Janelle Penisten WharryJanelle Wharry has been invited to a strategic planning session on the future of nuclear energy at the Nuclear Energy Institute in September. She is one of only two academics invited, and one of only two young professionals invited.


Image of Dianxiang Xu

Dianxiang Xu presented his research paper “Formalizing Semantic Differences between Combining Algorithms in XACML 3.0 Policies” at the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Software Quality, Reliability, and Security (QRS 2015) held in Vancouver, Canada, Aug. 3-5. QRS is an annual event sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Through a rigorous review process of full paper submissions, QRS 2015 selected only 22 percent of the 91 submissions as regular papers for presentation. Xu’s submission is one of the top three papers that received special recognition at the conference. The co-authors are research associate Yunpeng Zhang and graduate student Ning Shen.

View Dianxiang Xu’s full profile.


Image of Deb Mishra

Deb Mishra presented as a panel member during a webinar on Wednesday 24 June, 11 AM – 1 PM Mountain Time) which was organized by the Transportation Research Board (TRB).

TRB Webinar: Materials for Unbound Granular Pavement Layers.


Sadichchha Sharma won the 2015 Fran Hooper Scholarship, a scholarship awarded by the American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) to a student focusing on public transportation as her area of research. Sadichchha just completed her first year as an MS student in the Civil Engineering Department, and is working with Dr. Deb Mishra on a research topic focusing on railroad transportation. The scholarship awards presentation will be held during the Celebrating Tomorrow’s Leaders: Leadership APTA & the American Public Transportation Foundation Awards Ceremony at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Annual Meeting, on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 2:45 p.m. in the San Francisco at the Hilton SF Union Square.


Image of Brittany MuntiferingAlumna Brittany Muntifering won the prestigious 2014 Acta Materiala Student Award. The award is for her paper titled “Intra-variant substructure in Ni-Mn-Ga martensite: Conjugation boundaries,” which was published in the journal Acta Materialia 71 (2014), 255-263.

Muntifering graduated with a master of science in materials science and engineering from Boise State in 2011. She then went on to earn a Ph.D. from Ruhr University Bochum in Germany in 2014. She now is a post-doctoral researcher at Sandia National Laboratories and is employed at Northwestern University.

View the full “Alumna Wins Prestigious International Award” article.

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IT Services News

SOLIDWORKS World 2016 Call for Presentations

Calling all SOLIDWORKS Experts:

As an active member of the SOLIDWORKS community, you are invited to submit a presentation to be considered for inclusion in the user agenda at SOLIDWORKS World 2016. SOLIDWORKS World 2016 will be held at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, TX, January 31st – February 3rd, 2016.

Please review the categories and submit your presentation before September 4, 2015!

SOLIDWORKS World 2016 Call for Presentations submissions.


ANSYS Icepak Training Information & Registration

SimuTech Group will be holding a 3-day Introduction to ANSYS Icepak class in Longmont, Colorado on September 1 – 3.

If you are not familiar with ANSYS Icepak, it provides robust and powerful computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for electronics thermal management. Based on the renowned ANSYS FLUENT solver, ANSYS Icepak combines advanced solver technology with robust meshing options designed to provide fast and accurate thermal results for electronics cooling applications.

View more information on ANSYS Icepak Training.


Student WordPress Editors

Student website editors must meet with Michele Armstrong for a short training session before gaining access. Training covers how to edit and add pages, sizing images and WordPress basics.

To schedule a training session email: Michele Armstrong


Card Access Request

All card access requests are handled my Michele Armstrong. The form used to submit these request can be found under Faculty and Staff Resources on the main COEN Website.

Click on Card Access Request Form in the left hand navigation and it will take you to a secure form where you can fill out all your information. If you have a list of student names you can upload the file in the form.

If you have any questions email: Michele Armstrong

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COEN News

Upcoming Events

  • August 25 –Welcome back to school!  Stop by the Advising and Outreach office for cookies and tell us about your summer!  -1-3pm in ENGR 101
  • August 282nd annual scavenger hunt and root beer float social (hosted by ECE
  • September 30 – Construction Management Career Fair (for Business & Engineering majors too) (registered companies:  Granite, RSCI, Power Engineers, Barnard, Blattner, Intermountain Slurry Seal, Kiewit, Knife River, Coleman Homes, McMillen, Turner, Petra, Ryan Companies, Lydig, Layton, Goodfellow Brothers, Whiting-Turner, McCarthy, ESI)
  • October 14 – Boise State Career Fair (all majors)
  • University Events Calendar: Boise State Events

Welcome! New hires

Computer Science:

  • Dr. Bogdan Dit – Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Edoardo Serra – Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Francesca Spezzano – Assistant Professor
  • Ms. Ashley Beasley – Admin Asst 2

Construction Management:

  • Mr. Mike Montoya – Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Mr. John (Ty) Morrison – Lecturer

Dean’s Office

  • Chrissy Shelton – Director of Development

Electrical & Computer Engineering

  • Dr. Hani Mehryoupan – Assistant Professor
  • Mr. Brian Higgins – Visiting Lecturer

Materials Science & Engineering

  • Ms. Jessica Economy – Academic Programs Manager

Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering

  • Dr. Jonathan Henderson – Visiting Lecturer

Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning

  • Dr. Lisa Giacumo – Assistant Professor

Research & Infrastructure

  • Mr. Brent Johnston – Engineering Technician

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