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April 27, 2017: Senior Griff Allen explains the water dynanometer control system their team built for their senior design project. The team was sponsored by Greenspeed Research.

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Lecturer Positions

The Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering (MBE) at Boise State University are seeking to add lecturers to teach in the following areas: Statics, Dynamics, Mechanics of Materials, Machine Design, Experimental Methods. If you or someone you know is interested, please have them apply now! Positions to be filled for Fall 2017. Read more and apply for the lecturer position here.

Faculty Position

The Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering (MBE) at Boise State University invites applications for an open-rank tenure/tenure-track faculty position. All qualified candidates will be considered, but preference will be given to applicants working in one or more of the following areas: materials for energy applications, industrial cybersecurity, industrial control systems, nuclear science and engineering, advanced manufacturing. Read more and apply for the faculty position here.

MBE in Action

Image of Katherine HollarKatherine Hollar named one of Boise State Top Ten Scholars
Ten outstanding Boise State University graduating seniors were recognized for their exceptional academic success at the annual Top Ten Scholars reception last Friday, April 21. ME major Katherine Hollar and the other scholars, joined by their parents and professors, gathered for a reception that recognized the students’ academic excellence and is a unique opportunity each year to bring together many of Boise State’s best and brightest students and teachers. Read more about Hollar and the other awardees here.

President Kustra at SDS Fall 2017Senior Design Showcase scheduled for April 27
The Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Department will feature twelve projects in this year’s Senior Design Showcase on Thursday, April 27 from 3:00-6:00PM in the Engineering Building Atrium and hallways. They join the other Engineering departments for a total of 57 teams and 268 students. The showcase is open to the public, professors, alumni, employers and industry professionals who will be judging the students’ work. Projects that students will be presenting include, but aren’t limited to, a passive radar system, a robot-assisted catheter and a mass casualty ventilator. Sponsors for various projects include Idaho Power, Scentsy and St. Luke’s. Read more about the Showcase here. (170420)

Pakala receives service awardService Award presented to Krishna Pakala
The Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management hosted Boise State’s annual Campus Awards Ceremony on Tuesday evening, April 18. This blue carpet event recognized students, faculty, staff, and student organizations for outstanding achievement, service, and campus engagement. Among award winners was Dr. Krishna Pakala, receiving the David S. Taylor Service to Students Award. This award recognizes an outstanding faculty or staff member who is committed to impacting the lives of students; extending student learning beyond the classroom; inspiring students to see what is possible; and seeking innovative ways to serve students in the 21st century, a whole new chapter of accelerated change. Read more about the awards here. (170420)

 Image of two MBE studentsBoise State students produce affordable prosthetic hand
Students in the Make It Vertically Integrated Project (VIP) have produced a prosthetic hand device, called Raptor, which is made inexpensively with 3-D printed materials. The decision to 3-D print the prosthetics makes them broadly accessible, especially for growing children whose size needs change regularly. Students Alexander Schloss, master of social work graduate student, Audrey Miller, undergraduate GIMM major, and Isaac Trussell, undergraduate mechanical engineering major, worked together to create their first successful prosthetic hand. Read more about the prosthetic hand project here. (170410)

Image of Krishna PakalaKrishna Pakala named Outstanding Teacher by ASEE
Krishna Pakala received the Outstanding Teaching Award at the 86th annual conference of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Pacific Northwest (PNW) Section, held April 6-8 at Seattle University. The award recognizes outstanding classroom performance among teachers of engineering and engineering technology students, and serves as an incentive to make further significant contributions to teaching. Awardees must make significant contributions to their profession and meet several criteria in the classroom. Read more about Dr. Pakala’s ASEE Award here. (170410)

Image of Dr. Yangliang ZhangYanliang Zhang earns CAREER Award
Boise State University engineering professors Eric Jankowski and Yanliang Zhang have earned prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards. Each project was selected to receive about $500,000 over the course of five years. Read more about these CAREER awards here. (170227)

Melissa ElkintonME alum receives Technical Achievement Award
The 2016 AWEA Technical Achievement Award was recently awarded to Melissa Elkinton (ME 2003), Head of Section, Energy Assessment at DNV GL-Energy. The Award is presented to wind resource and project energy assessment professionals and companies whose technical work and innovation have contributed to the advancement of the industry. Read more about Melissa’s accomplishment here. Also, you can read our Spotlight on her in LinkedIn(170202)

Gunes Uzer speaks with lab studentsNew ME faculty receives young investigator award
Gunes Uzer, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering, is the 2016 recipient of the Young Investigator Award presented by Stem Cells journal. This $10,000 prize is awarded to a young scientist whose paper is judged by journal editors to be of worldwide significance. Uzer was honored for his study “Cell Mechanosensitivity to Extremely Low-Magnitude Signals is Enabled by a LINCed Nucleus.” His work focuses on cell biology and deals with how cellular structure changes with mechanical signals, and how changes that then occur in cell structure inform the stem cell fate. Learn more about Dr. Uzer and the award here(161206)



Image of the ABET logoThe B.S. program in mechanical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.