Doctoral Student’s Data Sharing Solution Easy as Pi
When Joshua Kiepert ran into a problem testing ideas in his dissertation research in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, he found an innovative solution that was as easy as Raspberry Pi. Now other researchers may benefit.
A Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive, single-board computer about the size of a credit card that is capable of running Linux and other lightweight operating systems. Its processor is quite similar to those found in smartphones. Originally developed to make computing as cheap and available to as many people as possible, the Raspberry Pi (RPi) can be plugged into a monitor and keyboard and used to perform all of the popular functions of a regular desktop computer. Read more.
NASA Robot to Explore Greenland Ice Sheet with Boise State Radar System
The same Boise State University technology used this year to measure snow accumulation and melt at Bogus Basin is on its way to Greenland to help answer questions about that country’s massive ice sheets.
Boise State graduate students Gabriel Trisca, computer science, and Mark Robertson, geophysics, leave Friday to spend a full month at Summit Camp at Greenland’s highest point, where they will help test the capabilities of a unique NASA robot and gather radar data to help scientists better understand the extent of summer 2012’s unusual ice melt. Read More
See Photos of NASA Robot in Greenland
Click here to see photos from the first week of their month-long adventure.
Students Learn about Global Citizenship in Belize
The Peace Village initiative is an international service program created to address root causes of poverty and disparity in emerging economies through the creation of strategic local partnerships. The program, led by Tony Songer, professor and chair in the Department of Construction Management, brought together faculty and students from the colleges of Engineering, Health Sciences and Education, as well as the multidisciplinary Honors College community. The collaboration provided Boise State students with an unforgettable educational, cultural and professional engagement experience. Read more
COEN IT News
Fall 2013 Semester Lab Changes – Please Read
This information is intended for all staff and faculty requesting software and configuration changes in COEN Windows labs (ERB 3100, ENGR 120 Lab, ENGR 238, ENGR 212, ENGR 312, ENGR 336, MEC103, MEC402). Please communicate this information to department adjuncts as soon as possible for their inclusion in computer classroom/labs configuration.
Several of you have issued new software requests for the upcoming semester. The following are some packages that will be upgraded:
- Ansys v 14.5
- Labview Spring 2013
- Wolfram Mathematica 9
- Matlab 2013a
- Microsoft Office 2013
- RISA 3D 11.01
A comprehensive list of all software currently available in labs can currently be found at http://coen.boisestate.edu/
If additional software is required for the Fall 2013 semester, we need the request (and the software) no later than July 12th.
Once classes are in session it is difficult to perform updates on lab machines, as all rooms are heavily scheduled throughout the calendar year. Please review this list and respond with any changes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty/Staff in Action
Vishal Saxena, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received notification that IEEE has approved the formation of a Solid States Circuits (SSC) Chapter in the IEEE Boise Section. He will be its first chair. Read More
Don Stepich and Steve Villachica, faculty in the Department of Instructional and Performance Technology, presented “Problem-Based Learning that Transfers to the Workplace” at the Annual 2013 Performance Improvement Conference held in Reno, Nev., April 14-17. Read More
[SEES] Elementa: Science of the Anthropoce
Elementa is an open-access, nonprofit journal, founded by BioOne and five collaborating academic institutions: Dartmouth, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Michigan, and the University of Washington.
Elementa will publish original research reporting on new knowledge of the Earth’s physical, chemical, and biological systems; interactions between human and natural systems; and steps that can be taken to mitigate and adapt to global change. Embracing the concept that basic knowledge can foster sustainable solutions for society, Elementa is organized initially into six knowledge domains, each led by a prominent Editor-in-Chief. The following domains are now accepting submissions:
Detlev Helmig, University of Colorado Boulder
Earth and Environmental Science
Joel D. Blum, University of Michigan
Donald R. Zak, University of Michigan
Jody W. Deming, University of Washington
Michael E. Chang, Georgia Institute of Technology
Elementa is published on an open-access, public-good basis. Open access allows research to be freely available to all—including those from developing countries whose academic institutions may not be able to afford costly publications—in the interests of accelerating scientific progress, and ultimately resulting in public good. Open access not only ensures the widest dissemination of research possible, but also the greatest impact, by allowing others to cite, re-purpose, and build upon existing published research.
Elementa is now accepting submissions through its online peer-review system (www.editorialmanager.com/
Visit the site and follow us on Twitter for more details: www.elementascience.org, @elementascience.
If you would like to receive more information about Elementa, or to schedule an interview, please contact Clare Dean at email@example.com.
Engineering Research Centers (ERC)
Partnerships in Transformational Research, Education and Technology
Synopsis of Program:
The goal of the Generation Three (Gen-3) Engineering Research Centers (ERC) Program is to create a culture in engineering research and education that integrates discovery with technological innovation to advance technology and produce graduates who will be creative U.S. innovators in a globally competitive economy. These ERCs are at the forefront as the U.S. competes in the 21st century global economy where R&D resources and engineering talent are internationally distributed. Recognizing that optimizing efficiency and product quality are no longer sufficient for U.S. industry to remain competitive, these ERCs integrate transformational academic engineering research and education to stimulate increased U.S. innovation in a global context.
The ERC is motivated by an engineered systems vision and structured by a strategic plan that defines a research program to address barriers in the way of realizing the vision. The strategic research plan structures an integrated program of fundamental and applied research that feeds into proof-of-concept enabling and systems technology test beds.
The ERC education program is comprised of a university program and a pre-college program. The university education mission of an ERC is to prepare students for effective practice in industry and to enhance their capacity for creative and innovative leadership throughout their careers. The pre-college education mission rests on long-term partnerships with K-12 institutions to expose teachers to engineering and deliver engineering concepts and experiences to their classrooms to stimulate student interest in engineering careers. The interface of the research and the educational culture of the ERC enriches the participating universities through the transfer of ERC-generated knowledge into engineering curricula.
Surrounding this research and education culture is the ERC’s innovation ecosystem, which is important for translating center advancements into actual adoption or use for U.S. competitive advantage. The innovation ecosystem of Gen-3 ERCs is achieved through a symbiotic relationship between the center researchers, industrial and practitioner members, and partner organizations devoted to stimulating entrepreneurship and innovation.
The ERC research and education culture, together with its innovation ecosystem, are developed by a team of faculty, students of all levels, and staff who share the ERC’s vision. They come from different disciplines and perspectives on research, education, and technological innovation, and they include the rich perspectives offered by diversity in gender, race, ethnicity, and other demographics.
In essence, this solicitation requires that effort be devoted to creating, developing, and enhancing capacities in ERCs to support the spectrum from transformational fundamental research to technological innovation and create pathways to success in engineering careers for diverse cadres of students from middle school to graduation with degrees in engineering.
Proposals are solicited in two tracks: (1) Open Topic ERCs, where the PI’s are free to structure the engineered systems vision and research program without restrictions on the research content and (2) Nanosystems ERCs (NERCs), where the PIs are free to structure the engineered systems vision but the research program must include a substantial body of nanoscale fundamental research.
For information, visit:http://www.nasa.gov