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Inspire ME graphic elementInspire 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 – Fall 2018

Our Fall seminars will be held on Friday afternoons from Noon until 1:15 in MEC 106. Schedules are still being finalized, but the schedule should look close to the following:

  • Aug. 24 – Get your hands dirty!
    Members of engineering student organizations
    Learn how being involved can open doors, enhance skills, increase connections, and enhance employability.
  • Aug. 31 – Industrial Robotic Applications. Past, Present and Future.
    Al Youngwerth, Versabuilt
    With robot use increasing in industry, learn how automation will play a role in your future career
  • Sept. 7 – Synergistic Solar Hybrids
    Dr. Kody Powell, University of Utah
    Often, renewable and conventional energy sources are viewed as being in opposition to one another. In the case of solar thermal power generation, there are many technology overlaps with conventional thermal power generation.
  • Sept. 14 – Service & Repair in Industrial Markets
    Chuck Adams, GE Aviation
    What good is a great new design if it can’t be maintained or repaired? Learn how an eye on longevity can save your company millions
  • Sept. 21 – The right and very wrong ways to build your professional network
    Ryan Vasso, Associate Director – Boise State Venture College
    There is an old adage that says, “it’s not what you know, but who you know.” We believe that saying is still true and applicable in today’s professional world.
  • Sept. 28 – Electricity comes from outlets, right?
    John Bernardo, Idaho Power Company
    This presentation will focus on how Idaho Power generates and delivers electrical energy and the key materials involved in those processes, as well as other materials and elements with an Idaho connection.
  • Oct. 5 – You’re invited to – Grill the Chair!
    Dr. Don Plumlee, MBE Department Chair
    Come get your questions answered about anything and everything MBE! Classes, professional fees, equipment, and more! Got a question? Bring it!
  • Oct. 12 – Everything Under the Sun: Solar energy, desalination, and the importance of heat transfer
    Dr. Todd Otanicar, University of Tulsa
    Sustainability and renewable energy are becoming increasingly practical. As various technologies become more efficient, how can combining energy sources result in more efficiency?
  • Oct. 19 – Characterization and Model Validation of Thermal and Flow Dynamics During Microchannel Flow Boiling
    Todd Kingston, Purdue University
    Improved performance of today’s electronic tools has created a need to provide even more effective means of siphoning off the heat they generate. Learn more about the process of microchannel flow boiling and the challenges and successes in the field!
  • Oct. 26 Addressing Global Challenges Related to Energy, Combustion, and Air Pollution
    Dr. Jessica Tryner, Colorado State University 
    Combustion of fuels enables electricity generation, home heating, cooking, rapid transport of people and goods, as well as a multitude of commercial and industrial activities. It also emits pollutants that pose serious risks to human health. How can engineers have a positive impact?
  • Nov. 2 Research
    Dr. Christopher Arena, Virginia Tech
  • Nov. 9 – Resumes
    Leandra Aburusa, COEN Student Support
    The fall is the time to start looking at internship and employment opportunities, so a clean resume that promotes your skills is key. Learn what you can do to make your qualifications stand out for an industry contact
  • Nov. 16 – Internships Panel
    Should you take the opportunity for an internship? (YES!) Find out when and why from your peers who have done it! You’ll be able to pick their brains and make important choices with their experiences.
  • Nov. 30 – Leadership
    Dr. Heidi Reeder, Boise State University
    What does leadership look like, and how can you develop the skills to become a leader in school and work?
  • Dec. 7 – Employer Panel
    Join local industry folk in a discussion of what you can do as a student to prepare for your post-graduation career and find out what stands out for them the most in their recent hires

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