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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 – Brittany Tilden, Brownfeld’s

Mar. 15 – ASHRAE panel

Mar. 22 – Spring Break (no seminar)

Mar. 29 – Dr. Diana Bairaktarova, Virginia Tech

Apr. 5 – Alumni panel

Apr. 12 – Lars Dorr

Apr. 19 – Dr. Frank DelRio, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Apr. 26 – tba

May 3 – Employer Panel

May 10 – Finals Week (no seminar) 

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