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Spotlight

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Brooke Ward graduated from Boise State in December 2014 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She worked doing oversight of subcontractors to ensure specifications and expectations were met, which entailed lots of document writing and review. Over time, Brooke realized her path lay another direction and she returned to Boise State. Read about her decision and the things she has learned here. (LinkedIn article)


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Awards

Boise State Top Ten Scholar 2017

We are excited to once again have a Mechanical Engineering Student among the best and brightest of Boise State’s seniors.

Image of Katherine HollarKatherine Hollar
Degree: Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and a minor in biomedical engineering
Future Plans: Obtain a Master of Science in mechanical engineering with a research emphasis in biomedical engineering.

During her time at Boise State, Katie has been immersed in academics, student organizations and community involvement. For the past two years, Katie has worked as a research assistant for Dr. Trevor Lujan in the Northwest Tissue Mechanics Lab. At this lab, she helped develop an original software, called OrthoRead, to quickly and cost-effectively assess fracture healing in radiographs. Due to her contribution, she became a co-author in a Journal of Orthopaedic Research publication.

Katie has also independently created an imaging technique to measure surface wear in polymer liners of joint prosthesis, which may transform how new implant materials are evaluated. This work was selected as a finalist for the Bachelor of Science student paper competition at a 2016 national conference and she will be the first author on a research publication that details this novel imaging procedure this spring.

In addition to research, Katie serves as an officer in the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, the Society of Women Engineers and as a College of Engineering Peer Ambassador. Through these positions, she has worked to inspire female students to explore engineering. She is also a volunteer at the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, where for the past two years she has helped distribute food to low-income Boise residents.

Because of her commitment to learning and community service, Katie has been the recipient of several scholarships, including the prestigious Boise State Alumni Legacy Scholarship and Idaho Northwest Society of Women Engineers Scholarship.

Katie is from Boise, Idaho.

Senior Awards – Spring 2017

The following graduating students have been recognized by the faculty and staff of the Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering for their excellent work.

Image of Wankun SirichotiyakulLeadership Award – Wankun Sirichotiyakul
I will be graduating from Boise State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering along with Computational Science and Engineering and Applied Mathematics minors. As an International Student from Thailand, Boise State has given me not only the education, but also the American cultural experiences. Throughout my undergraduate career, I had the pleasure of serving as Learning Assistants in multiple ME courses including Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics, and Machine Design I.  Outside of school, I spend my time learning Photography, playing tennis, and taking apart (aka breaking) my cars. I will be pursuing a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Boise State with a focus in the Robotics and Controls field. 


Image of Andie ZoellerScholarship Award – Andie Zoeller
I will be graduating in May 2017, with my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Even though starting out as a music major, I have completed my engineering degree in four years, receiving honors every semester and will be graduating Magna Cum Laude. I have spent my degree working as a learning assistant, an undergraduate researcher and an intern with HP. My undergraduate research experience was with the Industrial Assessment Center under direction of Dr. John Gardner. My internship at HP has allowed me to gain experience in mechanical engineering, marketing, business, computer science and electrical engineering aspects. I have accepted a full time job offer at HP for after graduation and plan to eventually get my MBA to move into management.  


Image of Oliver AlvarezScholarship Award – Oliver Alvarez
I will be receiving my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Applied Mathematics in the spring of 2017. I have successfully finished my fourth year at Boise State University making the Dean’s List numerous times. In addition to this I was also a part of Tau Beta Pi, a prestigious engineering honors society. After graduation, I will be pursuing a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering here at Boise State.


Image of Maddie KrentzOutstanding Graduating Senior – Madison Krentz
I will be graduating with honors in the Spring of 2017 with a B.S in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Applied Mathematics and Biomedical Engineering. During my time here, I was a gymnast for Boise State. I served as captain for two years, won two conference championships, and secured honors as an Athletic and Academic All-American. I was accepted into the Accelerated Masters program and began coursework for my M.S in Mechanical Engineering last fall. I have worked as a research assistant for Dr. Trevor Lujan in the Northwest Tissue Mechanics Laboratory for two years and plan to continue my research on fatigue failure in the meniscus as well as begin work on my thesis. I currently serve as a peer ambassador for the College of Engineering, and I am the secretary of Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honors Society. In my spare time, I love to fly fish and be outdoors. 


Outstanding Junior Nominees 2017

Each year the Idaho Society of Professional Engineers recognizes outstanding junior engineering students. ME nominees for 2017 are Alondra Perez and Louise McGowin.

2016

Senior Awards – Fall/Winter 2016

The following graduating students have been recognized by the faculty and staff of the Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering for their excellent work.

Image of Kalin Gibbons, Peter Martin and Zach Fohn

Kalin Gibbons, Peter Martin and Zach Fohn

Leadership Award – Zach Fohn; Scholarship Award – Peter Martin; Outstanding Graduating Senior – Kalin Gibbons

Senior Awards – Spring 2016

The following graduating students have been recognized by the faculty and staff of the Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering for their excellent work.

Jillian Helms

Leadership Award: Jillian Helms

Dustin Miller

Scholarship Award: Dustin Miller

Connor McCoy-Mickelson

Outstanding Graduating Senior: Connor McCoy-Mickelson

 

Outstanding Junior Nominees 2016

Each year the Idaho Society of Professional Engineers recognizes outstanding junior engineering students. ME nominees for 2016 are Maddie Krentz and Benjamine Miller.

2015

Senior Awards – Fall/Winter 2015

The following graduating students have been recognized by the faculty and staff of the Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering for their excellent work.

Image of Ahmad AlrabeeanLeadership Award – Ahmad Alrabeean
Ahmad Alrabeean is an international student who was born and raised in Kuwait City, Kuwait. Ahmad is a hard working individual who has always aspired to be successful and fulfill his dreams of studying higher education in an American University in the USA. With strong desire and constant hard work, one can achieve anything. Ahmad’s determination paid off when he was accepted to Boise State University in 2012. After years of dedication, he has finally achieved his dream and will be graduating this Fall 2015 with his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Also, the faculty and staff of the Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Department have selected Ahmad to receive the Leadership Award. Ahmad is honored to receive this reward and feels that he has exceeded his expectations at BSU. After graduation, Ahmad plans to continue his education by earning an MBA in Graduate School.


Image of Dayne KonradScholarship Award – Dayne Konrad
Hailing from Auburn, CA, Dayne Konrad is graduating with a BS in Mechanical engineering and a minor in Applied Mathematics. As of last semester, Konrad had a 4.0 GPA in this challenging academic career. Konrad worked as a research and development engineering intern for local company Rekluse Motor Sports and as a research assistant in the Advanced Energy Lab at Boise State. He also is involved with Boise State’s Motorsports Club. Dayne was selected by Boise State University as its Fall 2015 student commencement speaker. After graduation, he hopes to find a job doing Engineering R&D in a motorsports company.


Image of John EveringhamOutstanding Graduating Senior – John Everingham
I will be graduating Magna Cum Laude in the fall of 2015 with B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Biomedical Engineering.  During my last year at Boise State University, I have enjoyed working as a research assistant in the Northwest Tissue Mechanics Laboratory under Dr. Trevor Lujan.  My most recent work focuses on the effects of wear on polyethylene hip replacement liners for canines.  I have successfully finished my four and half years at Boise State University receiving Deans List every semester and being inducted into The Engineering Honors Society, Tau Beta Pi.  Outside of studying, I enjoy training in MMA, cooking, and playing with my dog.  After graduation, I will be pursuing a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Boise State University and hope to eventually make a difference in the treatment of debilitating sports injuries.


Winter 2015 Commencement Speaker

Image of Dayne KonradThe winter Commencement student speaker is Dayne Konrad from Auburn, California, who is graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in applied mathematics. Konrad works as a research and development engineering intern for local company Rekluse Motor Sports and as a research assistant in the Advanced Energy Lab at Boise State. He also is involved with Boise State’s Motorsports Club.


Boise State takes first in Bio competition

Image of Rici Morrill and Kevin Warburton with their awardsBoise 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)