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COEN Online News 08/15/16

COEN Online News 08/15/16

Donation Helps Computer Science Students Kount on STEM | Students’ Work on Magnetic Shape Memory Alloys to be Published | Fall Forum | Engineering in Action | ITS News | COEN News | Funding Opportunities

Donation Helps Computer Science Students Kount on STEM

By: Kathleen Tuck

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Boise State University has received a $250,000 donation from Eileen Barber for the Kount Tutoring Center in the Department of Computer Science. The new center is located in the Clearwater Building on The Grove in downtown Boise. Barber is co-founder of Kount’s parent company, Keynetics.

With plans to open this fall, the Kount Tutoring Center will offer students a new community facility with state-of-the-art technology, along with a support staff consisting of students and faculty from the computer science department.

View the full “Donation Helps Computer Science Students Kount on STEM” article.

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Students’ Work on Magnetic Shape Memory Alloys to be Published

By: Kathleen Tuck

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Sam Barker, right, with Martin Vreugdenhil.

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Eric Rhoads, top, with Peter Müllner, left.

Two mechanical engineering undergraduates will have their research published in the peer-reviewed American Society of Mechanical Engineers Journal of Medical Devices. Sam Barker and Eric Rhoads both have worked with distinguished professor of materials science and engineering Peter Müllner in his Magnetic Materials Lab. Both students expect to graduate in December.

Müllner’s work focuses on magnetic shape memory (MSM) alloys that shape-shift in response to magnetic fields. Apply a magnetic field, and the material responds with a shape change. Remove the field, and the new shape remains. Apply a different magnetic field and the material re-forms into a new shape. Do this quickly and with purpose and you can create a small motor or pump.

View the full “Students’ Work on Magnetic Shape Memory Alloys to be Published” article.

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Fall Forum

College of Engineering Faculty and Staff: Please mark your calendars to attend the College of Engineering Fall 2016 Welcome Back Meeting which will take place on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in ENGR 110.

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Engineering in Action

Image of Deb MishraDebakanta (Deb) Mishra, Assistant Professor in the Civil Engineering Department has been appointed as the new chair of Transportation Research Board (TRB)’s subcommittee on Unbound Granular Materials (AFP70(1)).

Dr. Mishra has served as an active member of this international subcommittee since its conception in 2013. This subcommittee focuses on the use of aggregates in transportation infrastructure, and studies the means by which the nature and arrangements of the comprising particles influence overall unbound granular material (UGM) behavior, whether mechanically, hydraulically, thermally or otherwise. Dr. Mishra’s appointment as the chair is effective till April, 2019.

Image of Mike Henry, Ph.D Material Science and Engineering,Inspiration could be called a driving force for doctoral student Mike Henry — creative inspiration, inspiration to expand his own knowledge base and those he comes into contact with, as well as the inspiration to think about how to change the world for future generations.

“I’ve been very fortunate to have a string of teachers and professors from elementary school through college who have encouraged me to always pursue what I was interested in and go into math and science and do research,” Henry said.

Henry is channeling that inspiration and looking toward the future while pursuing his doctorate at Boise State in materials science and engineering.

View the entire “Mike Henry’s Student Spotlight” here

Screenshot of the Bike Idaho AppJosh White, a student studying Computer Science at Boise State, was recently awarded the grand prize and the best of tourism award in the Idaho Tech Challenge. The contest, organized by AT&T, the Idaho Technology Council and the office of Idaho Gov. Butch Otter urged university students across the state to create an education software app focused on agriculture, health care or tourism.

White’s app, titled Bike Idaho, displays the 32 scenic byways throughout Idaho. Users can view the byways either as pins on a map or in a list with an accompanying picture.

View the full “Student Wins Idaho Tech Challenge with Bike Idaho App” article here

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COEN IT Services News – Summer Addition

View the COEN IT Services Summer Edition newsletter (pdf)Image of the cover of the COEN IT Services Newsletter Summer Edition



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Card Access Requests

To request card access to building and or rooms go to and fill out the form. This form is located on the COEN site under Faculty and Staff Resources.

  • Only Faculty or Staff are to fill out the form.
  • If you have multiple access requests for a room (ex. ENGR 111) you can attach an Excel Spreadsheet.
  • You can have multiple rooms/buildings on a request. (ex. ENGR 111, MEC 301)
  • When the form is submitted it creates a ticket in Spiceworks and is an easy way to keep track of all requests.
  • Contact Michele Armstrong at first before calling facilities.

Upcoming Events

  • August 17 – Fall Forum, ENGR 110, 1:30-3:00 PM
  • August 22 – First day of classes
  • August 23 – 10am-2pm – Welcome Back! Free cookies and fruit in COEN Advising Office – ENGR 101. Stop by and tell us about your summer!
  • August 25 – 3:30-5:30pm – EASE Event (Engineering Advising Success Event) – see attached flyer – Social for COEN students, faculty and staff. Clubs set up on COEN patio – Learn more and get involved! Enjoy free ice cream bars.
  • University Events Calendar: Boise State Events

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Funding Opportunities

Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM)

The mission of the Idaho Department of Commerce IGEM program is to advance new technologies, scientific developments, and/or industry changing services to commercialization.  IGEM invests in the development of new businesses and supports Idaho’s research facilities, creating new products, companies, and high-value jobs while increasing the research capacity of Idaho’s universities.  Proposals are due September 30, 2016.Please see below link:

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