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Student Advisory Board

About the Student Advisory Board

The Student Advisory Board for the Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Department serves as a representative group to assist the Department Chair. Members serve for one academic year (Fall and Spring semesters) and meet 2-3 times each semester. Some of the issues they address include:

  • Use of professional fees
  • Technical elective offerings
  • Curriculum changes
  • Speakers and seminars (e.g. Inspire ME)
  • Equipment and materials (e.g. Machine Shop)
  • Classroom support (e.g. Learning Assistants)

Congratulations to our newly elected 2019-2020 SAB members!

  • Dusty Gyllenberg
  • Robby Davis
  • Willem Elsdon
  • Jordyn Rogers
  • Katie Cudworth
  • Sam Anderton
  • Samanatha Schauer
  • Shelby McNeilly
  • Terek Zimmerman
  • Josh Newberg

Read more about our new members here.

Our 2018-2019 Members

James (Jim) Gross

Year in Program: Third Year
Involvement: Over two years of ongoing manufacturing industry experience.
Why I want to serve: My work experience can contribute insight to courses and skills employers are looking for in regards to curriculum reform.

Jordyn Rogers

Year in Program: Third Year
Involvement: Society of Women Engineers Secretary elect, Teaching Assistant for the Engineering and Innovation Residential College, involved in the ME Club revitalization, Honors College member
Why I want to serve: I would like to increase my involvement in the engineering community, and encourage others to do the same. By being able to provide positive input on improvements within the college, I hope that more students will be connected to the resources they need to be successful.

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Katelyn (Katie) Cudworth

Year in Program: Third Year
Involvement: Part of the revitalization of the Mechanical Engineering Club (attended ASME E-FEST WEST), Engineering Living-Learning Community, Society of Women Engineers, Intramural Soccer, Skiing, Long-Distance Running
Why I want to serve: I am a strong advocate of students finding a mentor/mentors their first couple years in college. I think it is important to have someone who demonstrates how to be successful, involved, and happy through such a challenging yet rewarding major. I want to serve on the Student Advisory Board so that I can continue to help voice the importance of student clubs, organizations, and overall opportunities that help students connect with mentors.

Kelsey Mumford

Year in Program: Final courses
Involvement: President of Society of Women Engineers, 2017-2018 Mechanical and Biomedical Student Advisory Board
Why I want to serve: I feel I would be a good representative on the Student Advisory Board as I have already served a year on the board and am very passionate about the development of the College of Engineering for future students. I want to continue to contribute my ideas to help better the college of engineering for years to come.

Nick Johnson

Year in Program: Third Year
Involvement: I work at the Industrial Assessment Center! There I help save energy by showing clients how they can become more efficient. I love the outdoors and frequently go backpacking around Idaho, I love to fly fish, and I love to hike and ski in the winter. Eventually I want to work in the renewable energy field. , I also served on the 2017-2018 MBE Student Advisory Board.
Why I want to serve: I think that there are many things that need fixing about the program, but getting professors to better accommodate their students is at the top of the list. I believe the way to do this is have professors be more accessible to their students, and have a more uniform system for setting up LA sessions.

Omar Betancourt

Year in Program: Second year
Involvement: President of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers; Undergraduate Research Assistant; Ambassador for LSAMP; Learning assistant for Calculus II; Member of TRiO Rising Scholars
Why I want to serve: Becoming a member of the Student Advisory Board will accommodate my goals in giving back to the MBE program; to those who are ahead in their college career and especially to those who are yet to come. I will make sure voices are heard and collaborations with other ME students and faculties are present.

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Samantha Schauer

Year in Program: Second year
Involvement:  Society of Women Engineers member (elected Vice President for 2018-2019), Learning Assistant for MATH 175, Learning Assistant Mentor, Honors College, Intramurals
Why I want to serve: I want to serve because I want to contribute my ideas to improve our department to better meet the needs of our students. I think that the program can always be positively changed, and I would love to be a part of it.

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Shelby McNeilly

Years in Program: Second year
Involvement: In the final stages of officiating the BAJA Racing Club, Society of Women Engineers member, national horse riding competitor, dirt bike enthuisiast, currently working as a lab, teaching and learning assistant for multiple Boise State Engineering courses.
Why I Want to Serve: I would love to be able to provide assistance in improving our engineering program here at Boise State. I believe there are several changes that can be made help enhance our college experience; one of them being the implementation of more student clubs. We all deserve the opportunity to lead or participate in hands-on projects that will better prepare us for our future careers in engineering.

Sierra Sandison

Year in Program: Second year
Involvement: Phi Sigma Rho member (engineering sorority); Undergraduate Research Assistant for Dr. Peter Mullner; I have spoken at over 50 conferences/events/schools in 24 different states; Miss Idaho 2014; rode my bicycle from NYC to San Francisco in summer of 2017 to raise money for Beyond Type 1 (diabetes charity)
Why I want to serve: As a member of Phi Sigma Rho, I will be a very good representative of the women in BSU’s Mechanical Engineering program, as the sorority gives me the ability to interact with many women in the ME and MBE programs and represent their opinions on while serving on the board. I also have a lot of public speaking experience, and believe my speaking and presentation skills will also be beneficial to my effectiveness as an advisory board member.

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Wankun Sirichotiyakul

Year in Program: Graduate Program
Involvement: Peer Educator
Why I want to serve: .

How Can I Join?

Elections are held each spring semester for the following academic year. Students may nominate themselves or someone else; all nominees will be verified on willingness to serve. All ME and Pre-ME students can vote on their representatives. The Board will ideally include: two Sophomores, two juniors, two seniors, one alumnus. Watch for emails from the MBE program on upcoming elections.

For more information on the Student Advisory Board, contact Justin Larson.