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COEN Online News 2/28/17

COEN Online News 2/28/17

Two Boise State Engineering Faculty Earn CAREER Awards | Flexible Hybrid Electronics | 2017 Foundation Scholars | Bernard Yurke Named INL Distinguished Fellow | Construction Management Reno Competition | Engineering Students Give Mobility to Kids with Disabilities | IDoCode Leads to Huge Jump in High School Computer Scientists | Engineering in Action | COEN News

Two Boise State Engineering Faculty Earn CAREER Awards

By: Kathleen Tuck

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Boise State University engineering professors Eric Jankowski and Yanliang Zhang have earned prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards. Each project was selected to receive about $500,000 over the course of five years.

The CAREER award is the NSF’s most prestigious award supporting junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. It is intended to give promising researchers an early career boost by providing stable research funding over an extended period of time.

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Boise State Project Looks at Flexible Hybrid Electronics

By: Kathleen Tuck

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Harish Subbaraman, center, and David Estrada, right, in the lab with students.

A project from American Semiconductor and Boise State University is among four projects of 131 submitted that has been selected for funding from NextFlex, America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) Manufacturing Institute.

The selected projects are aimed at tracking and optimizing the performance of people and high-value materials and products, while also showcasing the technology’s capability to enhance our lives. Other award recipients include University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts Lowell and Binghamton University.

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Three Boise State Faculty Named 2017 Foundation Scholars

By: Kathleen Tuck

2017 Foundation ScholarsDon Warner, Lisa Brady and Rick Ubic have been selected as 2017 Boise State University Foundation Scholars. They will be recognized at the Foundation’s annual board meeting on April 26.

The prestigious Foundation Scholar Awards honor Boise State faculty who have demonstrated ongoing commitment, expertise and accomplishments in teaching, research and creative activity, or professionally related service.

The award includes a $3,000 honorarium from the Foundation for each scholar. In addition, their names will be added to the display showing all recipients of the Foundation Scholar Awards since 1992. The display is located on the first floor of the Student Union Building near the main staircase.

View the full “Three Boise State Faculty Named 2017 Foundation Scholars” article.

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Bernard Yurke Named INL Distinguished Fellow

By: Kathleen Tuck

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Bernard Yurke, a Distinguished Research Fellow in the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State, has been named a Distinguished Joint Appointment Fellow by the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). The appointment is intended to foster collaboration between the two institutions in basic energy science research in coherent exciton interactions in matter.

INL offers a broad array of capabilities in both fundamental sciences and engineering sciences in support of the U.S. Department of Energy mission, and delivers critical outcomes in nuclear, clean energy deployment and critical infrastructure protection.

“It is necessary for our lab to expand emerging core capabilities in chemical and molecular science, and condensed matter physics and materials science in ways that will enable our applied missions,” said Kelly Beierschmitt, INL’s deputy lab director and chief research officer. “One way to do this was to develop a partnership with researchers in materials science at Boise State University. We are thrilled to add Dr. Yurke and the Boise team to our community.”

View the full “Bernard Yurke Named INL Distinguished Fellow” article.

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Construction Management Student Team Scores Success at Competition

By: Kathleen Tuck

Image of the Reno Competition The Boise State University Construction Management department took 37 students to the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Student Competition held Feb. 8-11 in Reno, Nevada.  The Commercial Team was awarded first place in the Region 6 Commercial category.

During the competition, teams met with industry problem sponsors and were presented with problem statements and accompanying plans and specifications. Teams had about 18 hours to develop and prepare solutions, including a detailed estimate, project schedule, staffing, and safety and sustainability plans. Each team’s experience, approach to pre-construction and construction phases of the project and ability to respond to deliverables were critical in the grading process.

View the full “Construction Management Student Team Scores Success at Competition” article.

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Engineering Students Give Mobility to Kids with Disabilities

By: Kathleen Tuck

Image of Go Baby BuildBoise State University engineering students are teaming up with St. Luke’s Health System for Go Baby Go, a program that provides independent mobility for children with disabilities. Go Baby Go adapts battery-operated cars for young children who can’t crawl or walk, or who have other mobility challenges. Vehicles are modified with PVC pipe, switches, cushions and straps to allow children to drive themselves without help.

In late January, members of Boise State’s Society of Women Engineers participated in a “pre-build” event to create a car for a 3-year-old with mobility issues.

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IDoCode Leads to Huge Jump in High School Computer Scientists

By: Kathleen Tuck

Image of IDOCode studentsThere has been a nationwide call to empower all American students from kindergarten through high school to learn computer science and be equipped with the computational thinking skills needed to be creators in the digital economy.

Our economy is rapidly shifting, and both educators and business leaders increasingly recognize that computer science is a new basic skill necessary for economic opportunity and social mobility. Computer science is applied in nearly all fields of human endeavor ranging from agriculture, commerce, transportation, medicine, arts, music and even social sciences. By taking computer science courses in high school, students are better prepared for college and for their future careers.

A Boise State University project called IDoCode, in collaboration with Idaho school districts, Idaho Technology Council, Idaho Digital Learning Academy (IDLA) and, has led to a remarkable increase in the number of Idaho high school students studying computer science.

View the full “IDoCode Leads to Huge Jump in High School Computer Scientists” article.

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Engineering in Action

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Gunes Uzer, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at Boise State, is the 2016 recipient of the Young Investigator Award presented by Stem Cells journal. This $10,000 prize is awarded annually to a young scientist whose paper is judged by journal editors to be of worldwide significance.

Read the full story here

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Tim Andersen was profiled in a Q&A in the Idaho Business Review. The article focuses on the tremendous growth of the department in recent years, both in the number of students enrolled and the amount of funding it brings it, as well as efforts to attract more women to the field. He also noted that “We have essentially 100 percent placement. Everybody who interviews OK gets a job. In our last graduating class, 95 percent of the 70 students who graduated stayed in the Boise area.” Those with an Idaho Business Review login can read the article here.

Image of Jennifer DomanowskiBoise State University materials science undergraduate student Jennifer Domanowski has been recognized as a Top 20 aerospace-bound engineering student by Aviation Week and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The “Tomorrow’s Engineering Leaders: The 20 Twenties” awards will be presented during Aviation Week’s 60th annual Laureates Awards on March 2 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

Read the full “Top Aerospace Student” story here

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S M Naziur Mahmud, a graduate student in the Civil Engineering Department was recently awarded a scholarship through Itasca Consulting Group’s Educational Partnership Program (IEP). The IEP program represents an international scholarship competition where a graduate student working under the supervision of a faculty member proposes a novel research idea to be studied using one of Itasca’s numerical modeling tools. Once selected, the student receives a complimentary license for the numerical modeling tool of interest, and a chance to work directly with a mentor from ITASCA to tackle challenges in the proposed research topic. The scholarship is renewable for subsequent years upon review of the tasks accomplished during the first year.  The title of Naziur’s research project is: “Using the Discrete Element Method to Evaluate the Effect of Polyurethane Grouting on Railroad Ballast Behavior during Tamping Maintenance”.  Naziur joined Boise State in January 2015, and is working with Dr. Deb Mishra towards his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering.

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Updating your Personnel Profiles on the COEN Directory

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Upcoming Events

  • March 1 – ECE Seminar – MEC 114, 10:30-11:30AM
    Dr. Yiyan Li – UC – Irvine
    Intelligent Microfluidic Sensors and Actuators for the Detection of Single Antimicrobial Resistant Bacterium
  • March 3 MSMSE Seminar – ENGR 110, 10:30-11:20AM
    Dr. Shikar Sarin – Boise State University
    Exploring Initial Applications for Novel Technologies
  • March 3 MBE Seminar – ENGR 110, Noon-1:00PM
    John Bernardo – Idaho Power
    Sustainability and Materials Science
  • March 10-12Sixth annual Bronco Appathon
  • University Events Calendar: Boise State Events

College of Engineering Dean Search Finalists

Four finalists for the position of dean of the College of Engineering will be visiting campus in the next three weeks. The candidates will meet with faculty, staff, students and community members to share their visions and interest in the position.

You are encouraged to attend the open forum scheduled for each candidate.The candidates will deliver a 30-minute presentation on their vision for the College followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.

The finalists are Mary Rezac, Stacy Gleixner, JoAnn Lighty, and James Ferri. For your review, attached are the finalists’ application packages. Please do not share this information with anyone outside of the University. Once the announcement appears in the Update, only faculty, staff, and students will be able to access the information online.

Open forums for the candidates are scheduled as follows:

Dr. Mary Rezac from Kansas State University
Open Forum: Monday, February 27th, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., MEC 106

Dr. Stacy Gleixner from San Jose University
Open Forum: Friday, March 3rd, 9:00 – 10 a.m., ENGR 110

Dr. JoAnn Lighty from the University of Utah, currently on loan to the National Science Foundation (NSF)
Open Forum: Monday, March 6th, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., MEC 106

Dr. James Ferri, from Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania
Open Forum: Monday, March 13th, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., MEC 106

Your feedback is important and Provost Schimpf and the Search Committee welcome your input. Please sign in at each forum you attend and include your email address. After each candidate’s presentation, a survey will be sent to you to provide your feedback.

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