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Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering

Boise State is proud to present Nardos Ayele Ashenafi as one of two Boise State University spring 2019 commencement speakers. A 2019 Top Ten Sch0olar, Nardos graduates summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. She will speak at the afternoon commencement ceremony.

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Six honored with MBE, Boise State recognitions
The department was pleased to highlight the hard work of five students in areas of leadership, scholarship, and overall accomplishment. We are also excited by the selection of one of our ME students as a Top Ten Scholar and Spring Commencement speaker. Read about these outstanding students here. (190509)

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ME HPV team rocks E-Fest West event
After an absence of several years, Boise State once again entered a team in ASME’s Human-Powered Vehicle competition. Our team did well in several categories, placing 7th overall in the event. Read more about the HPV team here. (190328)

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MBE offerings for Fall 2019
The department is pleased to offer over two dozen electives for the coming fall, including new offerings in cyber-security (ME 337) and robust controls (ME 465). Check out the full listing here. (190318)

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Pakala named Outstanding Educator by ASEE
Krishna Pakala, a clinical associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, recently was awarded the Outstanding New Mechanical Engineering Educator Award by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Mechanical Engineering (ME) division. More about the ASEE award here. (190308)

Microgravity Team once again makes NASA cut
Inventing a new tool isn’t easy. Inventing a new tool for use in outer space? Even more daunting. But that’s the task Boise State’s Microgravity Undergraduate Research Team is taking on through NASA’s Micro-g NExT challenge. The program invites undergraduate teams to design and build a tool that addresses a current space exploration challenge. More about the Microgravity team here. (190208)

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Students to participate in 48 Hours to Change the World
The Venture College, in partnership with the College of Engineering, invites students from any college (including graduate students) to participate in “48 Hours to Change the World,” an Invent for the Planet event Feb. 15-17 at the Boise State College of Innovation and Design (on the second floor of the library). More on Invent for the Planet here. (190204)

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Boise State launches Biomedical Engineering Doctorate
Boise State University is launching a new doctoral program in biomedical engineering, the first of its kind in Idaho. The transdisciplinary program was approved by the Idaho State Board of Education in December 2018 and will officially begin fall semester of 2019. Read about the BME program here.(190114)

Hollar article gains recognition
Graduate student Katherine Hollar, currently working in the Northwest Tissue Mechanics Laboratory, recently had her journal article featured on a website called Advances in Engineering. Boise State University researchers led by Hollar and Professor Trevor Lujan in collaboration with Daniel Ferguson from Global Inspection Solution in the United States developed a 3D optical scanning technique for mapping and visualizing wear pattern distribution in hip prostheses. Check out Hollar’s full paper, as well as a short descriptive video(181101)

Dr. Clare Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick wins $410K R15 award from NIH
Accidental falls among people aged 65 years and older cause approximately 2.7 million injuries, 27,000 deaths, and cost more than 34 billion dollars in the US annually. Musculoskeletal adaptations in response to challenging external conditions, like a slick surface, are poorly understood.Dr. Clare Fitzpatrick in the Computational Biosciences Laboratory will lead work that will quantify the response of the musculoskeletal system and how this response changes with aging, providing critical insight into targeted interventions to reduce costly human injuries. Read details of the project here. (181019)

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