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Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering

  • Engineering’s Gunes Uzer Receives Young Investigator Award

  • Image of Thermoelectric Graphic
    Research Explores Thermoelectric Screen Printing

  • Image of Dr. Lujan holding a knee
    Second Boise State 2016 CAREER Award Looks at Common Knee Injury

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

  • Image of participants and their mentors from the 2014 Collegiate Wind Competition
    Department of Energy Wind Competition

  • Image of a car engine
    Researcher Aims to Use Waste Heat to Make Cars More Efficient

  • Self-Powered Sensors Aim to Keep Tabs on Nuclear Disasters

Welcome to the Department of Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering.

 MBE in Action

Melissa ElkintonME alum receives Technical Achievement Award
The 2016 AWEA Technical Achievement Award was recently awarded to Melissa Elkinton (ME 2003), Head of Section, Energy Assessment at DNV GL-Energy. The Award is presented to wind resource and project energy assessment professionals and companies whose technical work and innovation have contributed to the advancement of the industry. Read more about Melissa’s accomplishment here. Also, you can read our Spotlight on her in LinkedIn(170202)

Gunes Uzer speaks with lab studentsNew ME faculty receives young investigator award
Gunes Uzer, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering, is the 2016 recipient of the Young Investigator Award presented by Stem Cells journal. This $10,000 prize is awarded to a young scientist whose paper is judged by journal editors to be of worldwide significance. Uzer was honored for his study “Cell Mechanosensitivity to Extremely Low-Magnitude Signals is Enabled by a LINCed Nucleus.” His work focuses on cell biology and deals with how cellular structure changes with mechanical signals, and how changes that then occur in cell structure inform the stem cell fate. Learn more about the Uzer and the award here(161206)

Senior Design promo designJoin MBE at the Fall 2016 Senior Design Showcase on November 30
Join the graduating seniors of December 2016 as they share their exciting capstone projects. This semester’s projects address real-world problems in manufacturing, emergency services, rehabilitation, agribusiness, childcare and even recreation. Check out all the projects here! (161117)

Image of Kari-LivingstonKari Livingston co-authors paper in Metals journal
Although she is just starting her junior year as a mechanical and biomedical engineering major at Boise State, student researcher Kari Livingston already has a leg up on graduate school. Livingston co-authored a peer reviewed journal article that was accepted for publication this past spring. Read more about Kari’s research and publication. (160831)

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. (160819)


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