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COEN Online News 4/12/16

COEN Online News 4/12/16

Outstanding Teaching Award | First Robotics Competition | University Innovation Fellows | Osher Institute Awards $20,000 in Grants | Engineering in Action | COEN News

Outstanding Teaching Award

Image of Megan Frary with another woman at the annual conference of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) PNW Section

Megan Frary received the Outstanding Teaching Award at the annual conference of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) PNW Section, held March 31-April 2 in Boise. The award recognizes outstanding classroom performance among teachers of engineering and engineering technology students, and serves as an incentive to make further significant contributions to teaching.

Awardees must make significant contributions to their profession and meet several criteria in the classroom.

Frary was nominated by College of Engineering Dean Amy Moll. In her nomination letter, Moll noted Frary’s commitment to her students, her excellent evaluations, her experience with the Boise State Teaching Scholars’ program, her work as a faculty associate with the Center for Teaching and Learning, her work with undergraduate researchers and her efforts in founding the MSE Student Club, a chapter of Materials Advantage, a national professional society student organization.

Her name will now be forwarded for consideration in the national contest.

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All-Girl Team Ready for Regional Robotics Competition at Boise State

By: Kathleen Tuck

Image of six members of the Chickadees team at the FIRST Robotics Competition

More than 3,000 teams of high school students across the world prepared to design and build robots to strategically breach their opponent’s fortifications, launch boulders and capture the tower. It was all part of the annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Regional Robotics Competitions being hosted in various cities across the world.

For the first time ever, Boise State University hosted a regional competition; in the past, Treasure Valley students have had to travel to other areas to participate. Several Treasure Valley teams joined teams from around the region at Taco Bell Arena March 31-April 2.

The FIRST Robotics Competition challenges high-school students – working alongside professional mentors – to construct a robot of their own and compete in the ultimate sport for the mind that measures the effectiveness of each robot, the power of teamwork and collaboration, and each team’s display of “gracious professionalism.”

The regional event also marks the first time the College of Engineering has sponsored a team — the 11-member girl-powered Chickadees, featuring girls from high schools across the valley. The Chickadees had just six weeks to design and build a robot to meet this year’s engineering challenge.

View the full “All-Girl Team Ready for Regional Robotics Competition at Boise State” article

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University Innovation Fellows Will Help Drive Change at Boise State

Image of Kelly Schutt, Rebecka Seward and Ann Delaney

Three Boise State University students, sponsored by the College of Innovation and Design, have been named University Innovation Fellows by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation.

Ann Delaney, Kelly Schutt and Rebecka Seward have completed six weeks of training and will represent Boise State at the University Innovation Fellows annual meet-up in March in California’s Silicon Valley.

“Since innovation in higher education stems from any and all stakeholders, I’m excited at the prospect of our students contributing to the innovations occurring within the College of Innovation and Design, for the benefit of Boise State University,” said Gordon Jones, dean of the college.

View the full “University Innovation Fellows Will Help Drive Change at Boise State” article

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Osher Institute Awards $20,000 in Grants for Faculty Research


Image of Peter MullnerImage of Rick UbicThe Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Boise State has awarded $20,000 to help fund four faculty research projects. The Osher Faculty Grant 2016 recipients and their projects were selected from applications from tenured and tenure track faculty across disciplines.

The grant was established by the Osher Institute Advisory Board five years ago as a way to support Boise State faculty and help raise awareness of the Osher Institute within the university. Annual member contributions to Osher’s Excellence Fund make the grant possible.

View the full “Osher Institute Awards $20,000 in Grants for Faculty Research” article

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Engineering in Action

Image of Amy Moll

Amy Moll was quoted in a front-page Idaho Statesman story about the possibility of additional state funds being tied to colleges meeting state education goals, such as graduation rates. Moll noted that additional funds would be a boon to the College of Engineering, which currently faces having to cap enrollment in its mechanical engineering program due to costs associated with higher additional faculty. “We would prefer not to need a cap, to let everyone in their junior year,” she said. View the full Idaho Statesman article, “Idaho might give colleges money based on student success”


Image of Casey Cline and Krishna Pakala at the 2016 conference of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) PNW SectionCasey Cline, associate professor of construction management, and Krishna Pakala, clinical assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering, organized the 2016 conference of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) PNW Section held May 31-April 2 in Boise.

Conference sponsors were the Boise State University College of Engineering, Center for Teaching and Learning and College of Innovation and Design, the Seattle University College of Science and Engineering and Digilent Inc.

View the full “Casey Cline and Krishna Pakala” article

Image of four people with the student-built robot bunny and an "Easter Egg Hunt on the Blue" signElisa Barney Smith was quoted in a story at about the fourth annual Easter egg hunt on the Blue held at Albertsons Stadium on March 26. This year featured a student-built robot, decked out with bunny ears, that was programmed to “see” an egg, grab it with customized scoops and return it to the edge of the field. View the full KTVB article, “Bunny robot helps out at Easter egg hunt on the blue turf”.

The robot also was featured in a story on the ABC News website.

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Boise State Student to Present Research to U.S. Lawmakers

Image of Brandon Barker with his laptopAs increasingly smaller devices expand to hold exponentially mind-boggling amounts of information, convenience often pushes out concerns about the security of our data. But as recent high-profile data breaches have shown, the importance of cyber security cannot be ignored.

This issue is at the heart of research Brandon Barker will present to members of Congress April 19-20 at the Posters on the Hill event in Washington, D.C. Barker is a junior majoring in computer science, with a minor in cyber security.

Selection for Posters on the Hill has always been very competitive, with only about 10 percent of applicants accepted to present their research to U.S. senators, representatives, Congressional staff, National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health program officers and the science press corps, among others. Student presenters and their faculty mentors also have been invited to a Young Professional Panel with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

View the full “Boise State Student to Present Research to U.S. Lawmakers” article

Advanced Materials Lab Wins 2016 Safety Madness Tournament

The winner of the Boise State University 2016 Safety Madness Tournament is the Advanced Materials Lab in the College of Engineering. The team included Brian Jaques, Jennifer Watkins, Joe Croteau, Kelci Lester and principal investigator Darryl Butt.

The inaugural Safety Madness Tournament was coordinated by the Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability (EHSS) and consisted of safety-related tasks such as preparing a Standard Operating Procedure, conducting a student-led safety inspection of a peer lab and a final safety inspection by EHSS. Four labs from the College of Engineering participated and prizes were awarded at the end of each round.

Prizes were generously donated by Transportation and Parking Services, Cycle Learning Center, Boise State Bookstore, Campus Recreation, Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts and Boise State Athletics. The goal is to make this an annual event for the research laboratories in the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences at Boise State.

2016 Top 10 Scholars

Image of John EveringhamImage of Lacie RasleyCongratulations to all the 2016 Top 10 Scholars from Boise State including COEN seniors John Everingham (MBE) and Lacie Rasley (CE). This is the highest award an undergraduate can receive at Boise State. Go Broncos!!

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Upcoming Events

  • April 15 – MSE Seminar –10:30 – 11:20 am in ENGR 110
    Dr. Edward Vicenzi – Smithsonian Institute
    Preservation and Disfigurement of Daguerreotype Photographs- An example of 19th Century Nanotechnology
  • April 15 – MBE Seminar –noon – 1:00 pm in MEC 106
    Yanliang Zhang, Boise State Mechanical Engineering
    Thermoelectric Energy Conversion: Materials, Manufacturing and Systems
  • April 28Senior Design Showcase Event
  • University Events Calendar: Boise State Events

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