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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.


Krentz 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 more HERE!  (150921)

Lujan 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. Read the article HERE(160301)

Tim Miller mentors Amber SalcedoSalcedo featured in Boise Young Professionals article
Boise Young Professionals (BYP) is a program providing up-and-comers many opportunities to learn and interact with leaders throughout the Treasure Valley. Showcasing the mutually beneficial nature of B|Wise (a program that pairs community leaders with young professionals), Amber Salcedo, a Miller mentee, was offered a year-long internship at CTA. She joined their Refrigeration team in December 2015. Read the article HERE(160128)

Engineering faculty return to Sierra Leone
Following an initial visit in September, Boise State professors Don Plumlee and Sondra Miller will journey to Sierra Leone to begin the process of building a processing plant in the northern province that will allow for work, and that will lead to better health services and education. “But if it can work in the villages we’re in now, we can’t see any reason why it can’t spread across West Africa, and even beyond,” says Jon Bart, founder of Village Hope, and organizer of the project. Watch the interview HERE(151111)

Engineering VIP program featured in college innovation article
Engineering is reaching out across experience levels, disciplines and even institutions to solve real-world problems. The Vertically Integrated Projects are featured as one of the innovative programs being pursued at Boise State University. Read the Idaho Statesman article HERE.   (151028)


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