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Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering

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    Second Boise State 2016 CAREER Award Looks at Common Knee Injury

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    Kestrel High Performance Cluster is “In the House” with a Viz-Wall

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    NSF Grant Supports Winds of Change in Scientific Software

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    Department of Energy Wind Competition

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    Researcher Aims to Use Waste Heat to Make Cars More Efficient

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    Self-Powered Sensors Aim to Keep Tabs on Nuclear Disasters

Welcome to the Department of Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering. We’re a vibrant, growing research-oriented program with an unshakeable focus on student learning and success. Our department prepares students for the rewards and challenges of a career in the multi-faceted field of mechanical and biomedical engineering. The curriculum was carefully developed with input from engineering professionals to provide a sound foundation in basic engineering while enabling students to specialize in diverse topics such as machine design, thermal systems, robotics, materials science and product and systems design.

MBE IN ACTION



image of Katie YochamKatie Yocham receives award at research conference
Ten Boise State students were awarded 2016 Idaho IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Fellowships. Fellows all participated in a 10-week mentored research experience, including participation in Boise State’s collaborative Summer Research Community (seminars and other group events), attending and presenting their research in posters at the 2016 Idaho Conference for Undergraduate Research at Boise State and the 2016 Idaho INBRE Research Conference at the University of Idaho. Katie Yocham, a fellow working with Trevor Lujan and David Estrada in mechanical and biomedical engineering, won the faculty choice award at the Idaho INBRE Conference, beating out more than 100 competitors. Yocham’s project is a collaboration between Lujan and Estrada’s labs and staff in the Biomolecular Research Center. Read about Katie and the other awards here. (160825)


Dr. Clare FitzpatrickDr. Clare Fitzpatrick joins MBE faculty!
Dr. Clare Fitzpatrick received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2008 from University College Dublin, Ireland. She comes to Boise State after several years working at the Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics at the University of Denver, initially as a Post-doctoral Fellow and then as a Senior Research Engineer. Dr. Fitzpatrick is currently co-investigator on a number  of industry- and federally-funded research grants, which investigate biomechanics of the implanted knee and hip joint, multi-scale modeling  of the natural knee, and anatomic considerations in patients with recurrent patellar dislocation. She has published  28 peer-reviewed journal articles and two book chapters in the area of orthopaedic biomechanics, and is an active collaborator with industry and academic institutions worldwide. She is currently setting up her research lab where she will focus on injury healing and computational methods for evaluating implant devices. Watch Dr. Fitzpatrick’s presentation from her visit to campus. (160823)


image of CWC 2016 trophyBoise State places 3rd in DOE Collegiate Wind Competition
A team of ten Boise State students placed third in the Collegiate Wind Competition sponsored by the US Department of Energy in New Orleans, LA. Held May 22-24, 2016, the competition featured 12 teams, with Pennsylvania State University and University of Massachusetts – Lowell taking the first two slots. Read the CWC story here.
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Image of Dr. Gunes UzerMBE welcomes Gunes Uzer to the faculty!
The Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering is pleased to welcome Dr. Gunes Uzer to the ranks of its Biomedical Engineering faculty. He joins us from the University of North Carolina, where he held the position of Research Associate in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Uzer obtained his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering in 2013 from Stony Brook University, New York. His work focuses on defining the mechanical control of stem cell structure, function and fate. He has been recently awarded a National Space Biomedical Research Institute fellowship to investigate the effects of microgravity on cell nucleoskeleton and received funding from The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey to study stem cell aging. He will continue his research here at Boise State as part of our Biomedical Engineering program. Watch Dr. Uzer’s presentation from his visit to Boise State. (160804)


Image of Maddie Krentz in gymnastic poseKrentz honored as 2016 Outstanding Junior Engineer, featured in Focus magazine
Engineering student and gymnast Maddie Krentz lives and breathes undergraduate work in the lab. In fact, she was just named the 2016 Outstanding Junior Engineering Student by the Idaho Society of Professional Engineers. On top of her regular class load, the mechanical engineering student spends three hours each day in the Northwest Tissue Mechanics laboratory researching ways to improve mechanical tests for meniscus specimens – that thin, fibrous bit of cartilage that helps cushion your knee bone. “Understanding the biomedical properties will one day help us figure out the best material properties and design for meniscus replacements,” Krentz explained. Read the article about Maddie Krentz!  (160427)


Image of Dr. Trevor Lujan with model of kneeLujan receives 2016 CAREER Award for knee injury research
Despite the fact that it’s one of the most prevalent injuries in the U.S., very little is known about the cause of meniscal tears in the knee. Trevor Lujan, assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering, earned a five-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation CAREER Award to investigate why the meniscus fails so often and how the risk of failure is affected by age. The award is the NSF’s most prestigious program supporting junior faculty who effectively integrate outstanding research and education. View the full “Second Boise State 2016 CAREER Award Looks at Common Knee Injury” article (160301)

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