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Inspire ME is a weekly series featuring local, regional and national researchers, industry professionals, instructors and students sharing insight on everything from space exploration to human performance, student experience to professional development, engineering research to engineering practice.

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Seminar Schedule – Spring 2019

Our Spring seminars will be held on Friday afternoons from Noon until 1:00 in RUCH 103. Details are still being finalized, but the schedule to date is below:

Jan. 18 – Can Buildings Swarm? Peer-to-Peer Communication for Improved Demand Response
Dr. John Gardner, Boise State Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering
Explore decentralized control and aggregation of residential air conditioners using lessons learned from the study of biological swarms and multi-robot systems.

Jan. 25 – Baby, It’s Cold Outside!
Dr. L. Damon Woods, University of Idaho
Hear about research for linking energy models to weather forecasts to inform a building’s HVAC controls.

Feb. 1 – Engineering Project Management and Leadership
Tony Songer, Boise State Construction Management
A fundamental understanding of engineering project management and leadership is imperative for young engineers – learn why!

Feb. 8 – Dream Machines: Power Plants with Zero Exhaust (to the air)
Dr. Robert Dibble, KAUST by the Red Sea
With increasing Climate Change legislation, fossil fuel power plants are adapting ways of capturing CO2. What is the impact?

Feb. 15 – Fail Early. Fail Often
Industry panel from Versabuilt Robotics, POWER Engineers, Black Box VR, Delta Vehicle Systems, and Blac-Rac Manufacturing
Society teaches us to avoid failure, so why should you embrace failure as a tool for success? These people have the answer!

Feb. 22 – The ‘Problem of Many Hands’ (POMH) and its Threat to Accomplishment of Engineering Ethics
Don Winiecki, Boise State Organizational Performance & Workplace Learning
What happens when the members of a team don’t communicate important information? And what happens to trust when that occurs?

Mar. 1 – Integrated Solutions to Musculoskeletal Challenges
Dr. Paul Rullkoetter, University of Denver
Learn what the Denver Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics is working toward for solutions to musculoskeletal clinical problems, improving patient function and long-term outcomes. 

Mar. 8 – Careers in Prosthetics and Orthotics
Brittany Tilden, Brownfeld’s
Explore Prosthetics and Orthotics as an expanding allied health science profession and the direct relationship between modern day engineering and clinical management of patients.

Mar. 15 – ASHRAE and You
Industry panel from HVAC companies
This is an introduction to ASHRAE. What is it? Who is it for? Why should I care?

Mar. 22 – Spring Break (no seminar)

Mar. 29 – Creative Ways of Knowing in Engineering
Dr. Diana Bairaktarova, Virginia Tech
Creativity is critical to solving complex challenges and leading innovation. Learn more about the role creativity will play in your education.

Apr. 5 – “Dear ME …” (Alumni panel)
Sarah Haight, Nate Haro, Matt Lavigne, Alan Russell
If you could tell your student self any advice after you get out in the world, what would it be? Here are some of our alumni to do just that!

Apr. 12 – Lessons learned from the Lewandowski Wind Farms
Lars Dorr, Director of Business Development, Clenera
Learn about Idaho’s first commercial wind farm and how a group of Boise State folks worked to save it.

Apr. 19 – ‘Silicon as a mechanical material’: revisiting a seminar paper in MEMS and NEMS
Dr. Frank DelRio, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Learn what strides have been made in silicon use since the 1982 paper was published.

Apr. 26 – What will get you that choice position?
Employer Panel
In a field where there is competition for the great jobs, what can you do to stand out?

May 3 – Rebecca Ahern, Boeing

May 10 – Finals Week (no seminar) 

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