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COEN Online News 4/25/17

COEN Online News 4/25/17

Senior Design Showcase | Top Ten Scholars | ECE Industry Forum | Osher Institute Awards $16,500 in Grants | IDEA Shop | Engineering in Action | COEN News

Senior Design Showcase

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Thursday, April 27, 2017
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Engineering Building
1st, 2nd, 3rd floor Atria and ENGR 101

Student teams from the College of Engineering will present their projects completed over the last academic year.

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Top Ten Scholars

By: Brady W Moore

Image of Top Ten ScholarsCongratulations to the 2017 Top 10 Scholars at Boise State, including College of Engineering students Jennifer Domanowski (Materials Science & Engineering), Katherine Hollar (Mechanical Engineering) and Riley Hunt (Materials Science & Engineering)

The scholars, joined by their parents and professors, will gather for a reception that recognizes the students’ academic excellence and the tremendous influence specific faculty members have had on their success. It is a unique opportunity each year to bring together many of Boise State’s best and brightest students and teachers.

Presented by the Alumni Association, the awards ceremony features remarks from each student honoree as well as remarks from President Bob Kustra, Honors College Dean Andrew Finstuen and Lisa Gardner, executive director of the Boise State Alumni Association and Office of Alumni Relations.

View the full “Boise State Alumni Association Honors Top Ten Scholars April 21” article.

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Boise State Researchers, Engineers and Industry Execs Come Together

By: Brady W Moore

Image of ECE industry forumMore than 50 electrical and computer engineering (ECE) researchers, industry executives and engineers from around the Treasure Valley gathered at Boise State for the ECE Industry Forum 2017. Designed to foster collaboration with local industry, the forum featured research presentations and a networking reception which sparked the beginning of several new strategic partnerships between university researchers and industry innovators.

Focused on transforming the Idaho Microfabrication Laboratory into a critical resource for research and development for organizations across Idaho, this year’s ECE Industry Forum represented the first step in creating partnerships which will provide the local tech community with the support and service needed to take their products to the next level.

View the full “Boise State Researchers, Engineers and Industry Execs Come Together” article.

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Osher Institute Awards $16,500 in Grants for Faculty Research

By: Cienna Madrid

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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Boise State has awarded $16,500 to help fund four faculty research projects. The Osher Faculty Grant 2017 recipients and their projects were selected from applications from tenured and tenure track faculty across disciplines. Over the past six years, Osher has awarded $85,500 in grants to Boise State faculty.

The grant was established by the Osher Institute Advisory Board 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 $16,500 in Grants for Faculty Research” article.

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Idea Shop

By: Brady W Moore

image of Idea ShopIDEA shop instructional designers Devshikha Bose and Lana Grover, along with Krishna Pakala, clinical assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering, presented their research at the American Society for Engineering Education Pacific North West regional conference. The title of their presentation was “Learner perceptions of increase in digital fluency after participation in a Living Learning Community based Mobile Learning Community: A progress report.”

The inquiry guiding this study was to document student perceptions of an increase in digital fluency after participation in a Living Learning Community based MLC. Pre and post-experience surveys and a year-end focus group meeting will provide the data. Preliminary results from surveys conducted in fall 2016 suggest that use of mobile learning strategies and devices were effective means of improving student communication and digital fluency. Further data will be collected at the end of spring 2017. Recommendations based on the results were made which may be useful for mobile device based teaching and learning.

Faculty from construction management Kirsten Davis and R. Casey Cline also presented at the conference. The title of their presentation was “Using Competency Grading in a Statics and Mechanics of Materials Course.”

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Engineering in Action

Congratulations to Will Hughes, co-founder and associate dean of The College of Innovation + Design, founding faculty member and associate professor of the Micron School of Materials Science & Engineering, and head of the Vertically Integrated Projects Program at Boise State University on being nominated for Idaho Business Review‘s Accomplished Under 40!!

View the full “40 under 40 – and quite ‘accomplished” article

image of Krishna awardKrishna Pakala received the Outstanding Teaching Award at the 86th annual conference of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Pacific Northwest (PNW) Section, held April 6-8 at Seattle University. 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.

Read the full story here

Image of Amy MollAmy Moll has been selected  for the Michael Ashby Outstanding Materials Educator Award. A special thanks to Dean Darryl Butt (U-Utah) and Dean Emily Allen (Cal State, L.A.) for their letters of support, and to Chad Watson for his help with the nomination. The award will be presented at the June 2017 ASEE Conference in Columbus, Ohio.


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