The Advisory Board for the Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering department provides an important connection to the activities, innovations, and issues present in industry. With input from Board members, the department evaluates curriculum and works to stay relevant to the needs our students will face as they enter the work force.
Yvette Barrios – HP, Inc.
R&D Supplies Manager
Yvette Barrios graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2003. Barrios began her career in Texas with Lockheed Martin. She was selected for the Engineering Leadership Program and helped develop the F-35 Jet. In 2008, she returned to Idaho with Motive Power, developing the next generation of high speed locomotives. Barrios then took her career to HP in 2011, and was among the youngest Program Managers in the company at the time. Today she has advanced to the position of Research and Development Supplies Manager with HP.
Barrios makes time to mentor Boise State students and volunteers for the Boise State Engineering Industrial Advisory Board, Varsity B Club, and former board member of the Boise State Alumni Association. Barrios enjoys spending time with her family, coaching her son’s teams, running, and cheering on her Broncos with more than an occasional face paint.
Tony Clark, PE – POWER Engineers, Inc.
Area Lead Mechanical Engineer
Tony is the Area Lead Mechanical Engineer for POWER Engineers in Boise, ID. After completing his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at University of Missouri at Rolla, he joined Siemens Power Generation as a Field Service Engineer repairing gas turbines, steam turbines and generators. Tony joined POWER Engineers when he moved to Boise in 2008 where he has worked in thermal power plant design projects including gas turbine, combined cycle, biomass, geothermal, and solar thermal technologies.
Sarah Haight – Rekluse Motor Sports
A graduate of Boise State University, Sarah began working part-time for Rekluse while a faculty member at Boise State running the Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Program. Eventually she joined them as a full employee, rising quickly to become their Engineering Manager.
Bart Heinz – MotivePower, Inc.
Director of Engineering
Bart went to college at Kansas State University and graduated with a BSME in 1992. He has worked for Cessna Aircraft, Pella Windows, Bombardier Flight Test Center and MotivePower while serving in varying roles in Design, Analysis, Test and Project Management. He is currently the Director of Engineering and Operations at MotivePower. Bart, his wife and three sons moved to Boise, Idaho in 2016 from Wichita, Kansas and the family has fallen in love with Boise. Fun Fact: K-State was on a 0-27-1 (0 wins, 27 losses and 1 tie) winless streak in football while Bart was in college and their next win wasn’t until his Junior year… The Wildcat football program was known as “Futility U” by Sports Illustrated.
Nicholas Hoaglin – ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston
Manager of Plant Engineering, Twin Falls Facility
Mr. Hoaglin has been a Project Engineer/Manager of Engineering for ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston for 9 years. He worked as a project engineer for the Lamb Weston Central Engineering team, and was able to participate in the construction and startup of a greenfield LEED Platinum Sweet Potato processing facility. He has worked as a Manager of Plant Engineering for Lamb Weston for the last 4 years of his career. His responsibilities include leading the Twin Falls, ID facility capital investment program and the facility’s maintenance team to ensure reliable daily operations. He obtained a B.S. Degree in Biological Engineering from Utah State University.
Rick Koebbe – PowerWorks LLC
Mr. Koebbe is President of PowerWorks LLC and its affiliates and subsidiaries, which are all heavily involved in the wind industry, including the ownership and operation of over 900 wind turbines in California and Idaho. Mr. Koebbe’s entire career, which spans over 25 years, has been focused upon clean, renewable wind, solar, and hydroelectric power projects, including the following responsibilities: project investments/acquisitions; complex financial and risk analysis; corporate and project finance; utility power marketing; permitting; engineering and design; equipment installation; construction; project operation and maintenance; etc. Mr. Koebbe holds a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Marty Lindgren – Micron
Global Facilities Technology Team Manager
Mr. Lindgren has over 25 years of engineering experience in a variety of roles including facility design and construction, plant operations, and environmental compliance. Currently he is the Global Facilities Technology Team Manager for Micron Technology, Inc. where he has facilities engineering design responsibilities for new factories and major remodels at Micron’s global locations. He has worked across all engineering disciplines, and he is involved in sustainability efforts for Micron. He holds an Idaho P.E. license and a B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from U.C. Santa Barbara, and an M.E. Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Idaho.
Larry Moresco – Solari Farms, LLC
Larry started his career in the coal, wood and municipal waste combustion process and exhaust gas stream (gas and particulate) pollution control industry (working for Weyerhauser). He then worked for 30 years in electronics packaging and temperature control (working for Hewlett Packard, Fujitsu, and Intel). The last 15 years he’s managed his own business, assisting startup companies often times re-designing their products for manufacturability, enabling and training their engineers to achieve high volume production and assembly of their products. He has also designed passive solar energy buildings and concentrated solar PV collectors. In 2011 he joined the Center for Advanced Energy Studies: Energy Efficiency Research Institute, part time, as an Associate Research Professor. In 2014 he started an experimental agriculture company working on sustainable energy solutions and unique high value crops for Idaho’s southwest climate and soils.
Holly Staffan, CPE – Hewlett-Packard
Hardware Engineer, HP Laser Jet
Holly is a native of eastern Washington and studied mathematics at Whitman College before moving to Boise in 1999. She graduated from Boise State with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2002. While attending BSU, Holly worked with TechHelp and what would become the New Product Development lab, focusing on CAD and FDM rapid prototyping. Holly joined Hewlett-Packard in 2002 as a Current Product Engineer for the LaserJet Supplies organization. She is currently a Hardware Engineer, working with a wide range of color LaserJet printers and MFPs. A member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) , she is also active in STEM outreach, volunteering with BSU, Women in Technical Careers and HP’s Young Employee Network.
Bruce Wiegers – TrailMax Trailers by GemState Manufacturing
Mr. Wiegers was employed by Hewlett Packard as an engineer for a total of 23 years over two series of employment. Between the two times at HP, he was employed by Jabil Circuits in Meridian for 5 years in various management positions, and for the past 10 years he worked for PKG in leadership roles including the Chief Operating Officer. Bruce is currently employed by GemState Manufacturing as the Operations Manager.
Michael Witt, PE – SGW Designworks
Mr. Witt received his BSME from University of Idaho in 1998. Started with Trus Joist (later bought by Weyerhaeuser) in 1998 as an EIT. Worked as a Design Engineer, Project Engineer and later Lead Engineer and Design Group Supervisor for the Manufacturing Support Group. Provided all of the engineered lumber manufacturing facilities with product and process development support as well as machine and full manufacturing line design. He obtained his Idaho PE license in 2004. Co-founded SGW Designworks, LLC in 2008; went full time from Weyerhaeuser to SGW in 2010.