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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.


Plumlee in African villageEngineering faculty work to improve African agri-business
Engineering faculty members Don Plumlee and Sondra Miller think a common root could help alleviate the affects of poverty in the West African nation of Sierra Leone. Plumlee, chair of the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, traveled to the economically depressed country to help survey a possible location for a cassava processing plant, including checking out site topography, soil conditions, groundwater flow and more. Miller, associate professor of civil engineering, will join him when he returns to Sierra Leone later in the year to help design the plant and begin construction. Read more HERE!  (150921)

Car engineKempf, Schoensee co-author paper on engine heat recovery
A paper co-authored by Yanliang Zhang and his students Nick Kempf and Luke Schoensee has been published in the journal Energy Conversion and Management. Zhang is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering. Titled “High-Temperature and high-power-density nanostructured thermoelectric generator for automotive waste heat recovery,” it focuses on the development of thermoelectric generators (TEGs) as a way to convert the waste heat from car engines into electricity. Learn more HERE!  (150921)

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)

Nick KempfKempf 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)

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Dr. David Fuhrman

Dr. David Fuhrman
Technical University of Denmark
From the surface to the sea bed: Recent advances in computational coastal dynamics
Friday, October 9
Noon – 1:15 PM
MEC 106

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