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Message from the Dean

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Welcome to the College of Engineering at Boise State University.

Through an unshakeable focus on learning, the College of Engineering provides students with a world-class education and hands-on experience through research, internships, and student club activities. Our approach reflects the educational needs of the 21st century – a commitment to life-long learning, the ability to work in multidisciplinary settings, integration of research and teaching, and an appreciation of creativity and innovation in everything we do.

Our students’ creativity, ingenuity, and determination are evidenced by our continued success in student competitions such as the Society of Automotive Engineers Aero Design Competition, The Associated Schools of Construction Student Competition, and NASA’s Microgravity University. Our students have been Barry M. Goldwater Scholars, Top Ten Scholars, and Academic All-Americans, and our graduates are making contributions across the professional spectrum.

Further strengthening the University’s mission as a metropolitan research university, we are proud of our outstanding faculty and staff, whose cutting edge research brings fresh perspectives to the laboratory and our classrooms. Their collective discoveries are the foundation for the next generation of technological advances, from developing renewable energy to exploring new areas of biomedicine and using DNA as scaffolding for technology on the molecular site.

Our faculty have earned national recognition as evidenced by eleven National Science Foundation Faculty Early CAREER awards totaling over $5 million in funding.

Our successes have been made possible by the continued support and involvement of our community, the Idaho Legislature, and the high-tech industries in Idaho and the intermountain west.

I am honored and privileged to serve as the dean of the College of Engineering and look forward to working with faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners to build upon and enhance existing programs and to develop new opportunities in engineering research and higher education.

I invite you to explore the opportunities we have to offer!

JoAnn S. Lighty
Dean, College of Engineering