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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 are 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.


Rici Morrill and Kevin WarburtonBoise State takes first in Bio competition
Boise State students brought home honors at the Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering and Biotransport Conference in Utah. Rici Morrill placed first in the graduate competition with her paper Accurate Prediction of Collagen Fiber Distribution using FFT: A Validation Study. Kevin Warburton also placed first in the undergraduate competition with his paper Wear Simulator for Canine Total Hip Replacement. The conference hosts national and international researchers from the top biomedical engineering institutes. (150623)

Space Broncos TeamSpace Broncos return from NASA
A team of Boise State students from across disciplines formed the first-ever Micro-G NExT team. Their goal was to design a tool to help astronauts collect soil samples in future asteroid missions. They call the device a Zero Operable Interplanetary Delivery Based Ergonomics Grabber (ZOIDBERG) named after a character in the TV show “Futurama.” The tool was tested June, 2015 at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL), a 6.2-million-gallon indoor pool that mimics the microgravity space environment at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. READ MORE (150615)

wind awardBroncos win national wind competition
A team of Boise State students in mechanical and biomedical engineering (ME) and electrical and computer engineering (ECE) took first place in a national wind competition for college students. READ MORE (150504)

Nick Kempf

Kempf awarded $155K fellowship
Boise State mechanical engineering graduate student Nick Kempf has been awarded a three-year, $155,000 fellowship to develop a novel thermal microprobe that will measure irradiation effects, leading to creation of materials that can withstand the harsh environment of a nuclear power plant. Kempf was one of only 32 graduate students nationwide to be awarded the Department of Energy Nuclear Energy University Programs fellowship. READ MORE (150511)

Courtney Hollar

NSF Award
The National Science Foundation has awarded two MBE students with a Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). The prestigious program supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions.

Kevin WarburtonCourtney Hollar, BS mechanical engineering, minor in biomedical engineering, 2014. She is now a Boise State graduate student in mechanical engineering working on harnessing the waste heat that our bodies produce in order to help power biomedical devices that could ultimately improve lives. Kevin Warburton, BS mechanical engineering, minor in biomedical engineering, 2015. Still considering graduate school options. Warburton’s area of emphasis is in mechanical engineering and he is considering focusing on haptics robotics, rehabilitation robotics or the design of exoskeletons. READ MORE (150401)


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