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Newsletter Spring 2010

College of Engineering Dean: CHERYL B. SCHRADER (208) 426-1153 Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: JANET CALLAHAN (208) 426-1153 janetcallahan@boisestate.edu

Summer Programs

Assistant Dean for Research & Infrastructure: REX OXFORD (208) 426-5744 roxford@boisestate.edu

Civil Engineering Chair: ROBERT HAMILTON (208) 426-3764 rhamilton@boisestate.edu

Computer Science Chair: MURALI MEDIDI (208) 426-2283 mmedidi@boisestate.edu

Construction Management Chair: TONY SONGER (208) 426-3716 tonysonger@boisestate.edu

Electrical & Computer Engineering Chair: THAD WELCH (208) 426-2283 thadwelch@boisestate.edu

Instructional & Performance Technology Chair: DON STEPICH (208) 426-1312 dstepich@boisestate.edu

Materials Science & Engineering Chair: DARRYL BUTT (208) 426-2283 darrylbutt@boisestate.edu

Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering Chair: JAMES FERGUSON (208) 426-4078 jferguson@boisestate.edu

e-Camp – Grades 8-9 June 6-8, 2010 Students who are currently in 8th or 9th grade can use hands-on activities and projects involving self discovery, cooperative learning, critical thinking, and problem solving while living on campus in a college dormitory. All food, housing and recreational activities are provided. Cost - $200 (scholarships available).

e-Girls – Grades 9-10 June 11-12, 2010 e-Girls is a free overnight program for girls currently in 9th and 10th grade. Enrollment is limited to 50 girls. Workshops led by Society of Women Engineers professionals and college students may include: Biomechanics of Footwear, Packaging and the Environment, Virtual Worlds with Alice, Solving Forensic Mysteries, Physics of Rock Climbing/Rope Walking, A World of Career Choices, and more!

On Saturday, March 13, Jim Froula, executive director of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, traveled to Boise State University to conduct one of the largest installations into Tau Beta Pi to date. Froula and other national representatives inducted 47 undergraduate engineering students and 17 alumni into Idaho Gamma, the nation’s newest chapter at #243. The induction ceremony was the culmination of a six year effort by Boise State’s Engineering Honor Society to become a recognized Tau Beta Pi chapter. Starting with 13 inaugural members, the group has grown to more than 100 students and alumni whose ongoing goal is to promote integrity and excellence in engineering. Nearly 140 initiates, alumni and friends celebrated the inauguration at a dinner in the Boise State Student Union Building. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Janet Callahan served as Master of Ceremonies for the event. Speakers included Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Laliberte, College of Engineering Dean Cheryl Schrader, Tau Beta Pi Executive Director Jim Froula, Tau Beta Pi Executive Councillor Norman Pih, and Tau Beta Pi District 12 Director Tricia Schwaller.

See 2010 Idaho Gamma Initiates on page 2

When Ingenuity Meets Opportunity by Margaret Scott Sometimes two projects intersect in surprising ways. That’s the case with professor Joe Guarino’s (Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering) cloud computing initiative, funded last fall by a Hewlett-Packard grant, which is able to provide real-time design experience for high school students across the state. This spring, a group of 50 Caldwell High School students are using the technology to help Boise State engineering students design two experiments for NASA’s Microgravity University 2010. The lunar gravity project collaboration would not be possible without the computer software available to the high school – right in their own science classroom – courtesy of the Engineering Learning Community for Idaho (ELCI), an interactive network created by Guarino. Based on a

Hewlett-Packard cloud computing infrastructure, the ELCI provides multiple users at different locations the ability to collaborate in real-time. Microgravity University, also known as the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, challenges undergraduate students to design, fabricate, fly and evaluate a reduced gravity experiment that ultimately contributes to NASA’s mission to “advance human exploration, use and development of space.” Boise State has two engineering research teams participating this year with help from the Caldwell High students. Their common task is working on the two NASA systems engineering projects focused on lunar rover traction and the dielectric properties of lunar soil. The two groups of students met for the first time in February and continue to work together both in person and remotely. The high school students are also participating in the Microgravity University blog on the College of Engineering website.

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From the Dean’s Desk Helping students succeed in engineering is a passion in our College. From our freshman “Get Connected!” ice cream social in the fall to our survey of outgoing seniors each May, we make concerted efforts to help students formulate their educational goals and draft the roadmap that will lead them to a successful engineering career. What makes a student successful in the College of Engineering? Hard-working students are the norm, but student support services such as advising, tutoring, and mentoring, and access to scholarships and internships can make the difference in a student’s ability to persevere. Today’s challenging economy makes it increasingly difficult for students to stay connected and, all too often, financial pressures can diminish focus and delay a student’s progress towards his or her degree. Research we conducted as part of the Engineering Schools of the West Initiative funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation focused on improved student learning at the undergraduate level. Our results showed ways to increase student success: • Under-prepared students who enter the engineering program can be helped through math support programs, especially in their first semester • Retention is higher among students who receive financial aid or scholarships • Students involved in internships, especially in their first or second year, have a very high retention rate • Students who make connections with faculty, staff or other engineering students are more likely to succeed Our College is truly fortunate to be located in a city filled with entrepreneurial spirit and a sense of discovery. As part of our ongoing Destination Distinction comprehensive campaign, we are currently focusing on student success initiatives. We envision a student success center where student ingenuity can meet opportunity; where trained staff are available to help students achieve academic excellence; and where students explore design boundaries across disciplines through internships, co-ops, senior design projects with an entrepreneurial component, service learning projects, and student competitions. Together we can change lives. I invite each of you to join us in this worthwhile effort. Cheryl B. Schrader Dean and Professor College of Engineering

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ECE Doctoral Student Awarded Prestigious Research Associateship R i c k i S o u t h w i c k , E C E , was awarded the prestigious National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies Research Associateship to pursue postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Southwick received the honor based on his electronic device and materials research performed at Boise State. The NRC Research Associateship is a very prestigious and competitive award. More than 100 applicants from universities across the US competed for this award to pursue research at NIST and fewer than 5% received the award.

2010 Tau Beta Pi Idaho Gamma Initiates Undergraduates: Michael Banks Stephanie Barnes Ross Butler Alex Calvert Eugene Castro Patrick Conro Amber Cox Davis Daniel Nihan Darnall Travis Dean Anthony Rey DeLeon Daniel Feeser Jacquelyn Forhan McKenzie Fox Ken Fukumoto Shatakshi Goyal Jason Griswold Cary Haws Jonathan Henderson Mark Johnson Kathryn Lewis Benjamin Losser David McLenna III Jozey Mitcham

Gavin Moody Bryan Murphy Mo Nguyen Brian Pierre Anita Poudel Adrian Rangel Kris Ravenscroft Derek Reis Michael Rippee Jonathan Rocha Adrian Rothenbuhler Daniel Routson Tyler Rowe Sonya Shawver Tom Simenc Jon Stanley Grant Stephens Gregory Taddicken Jared Truxal Logan Ward Pamila Ward Scott Winston Andrew Vissotski



Alumni:

Rebecca Ahern, 2009 Lincoln Bollschweiler, 2008 Christopher Buu, 2009 David Estrada, 2007 Ryan Flamm, 2008 Jacob Fouts, 2007 Alex Hammond, 2007 Eamonn Harter, 2006

Brian Jaques, 2006 Sarah Klevmoen, 2009 Stephen Klick, 2004 Jean Margilieux, 2009 Benjamin Murphy, 2008 Stillman Norton, 2007 Tommy Smith, 2008 Richard Southwick III, 2004

Construction Management Students Honored in Regional Competition Construction Management (CM) students in the College of Engineering received awards in four categories at the Associated Schools of Construction Inter-Scholastic Regional Competition and Conference held in February in Reno, Nev.

Members of Boise State’s award-winning teams are:

Boise State entered teams in eight divisions, winning second place in Design-Build, Commercial and Heavy Civil, and third place in Risk Management. The winning teams competed against top western schools “The competition is a including Colorado State University, tremendous experience Arizona State University, Brigham for our CM students. Young University and other reputed Each problem requires programs from Montana to New students to synthesize a Mexico. variety of construction After receiving their problem statements and accompanying specifications, plans, data and proposal criteria at 6 a.m., teams had about 18 hours to develop a solution, which generally included means and methods, planning, costs, staffing, safety and sustainability considerations. The 15 industry-sponsored competition “problems” were based on actual multimillion-dollar construction projects and judged by professional constructors.

management areas, exercise their teaming and leadership skills, and deliver a comprehensive solution for an authentic scenario under extreme time constraints.” Tony Songer, chair of the CM Department at Boise State University

In its 23rd consecutive year as the largest construction student competition in the world, the event drew more than 1,200 competitors on 160 teams from 41 universities and 17 states. A job fair with representatives from more than 40 companies added to the networking opportunity.

Design-build – 2nd Place: Tucker Robb (captain), Clay Burnham, Joe Coba, Will Longstroth, Garrett Mar, Jarred Townsend, Tim Harris (alternate), Tony Songer (faculty coach)

Commercial – 2nd Place: Matt Guho (captain), Torry McAlvain, Joe McFarland, Jaron Oliver, Ryan Tabuchi, Matt Wilson, Aaron Newman (alternate), Casey Cline (faculty coach)

Heavy civil – 2nd Place: Adam Zavas (captain), David Denton, Steve Earl, Tony Haguewood, Herb Hogg, Jared Staub, Nick Meyer (alternate), Tom Woodall (faculty coach)

Risk management – 3rd Place: Kevin Tucker (captain), Kelsey Bertrand, Jeff McDougall, Tyson Oyler, Tommy Opland, Andrew Pharis, Wendy Wendrowski (faculty coach)

Meet COEN’s Outstanding Faculty and Students The Idaho Society of Professional Engineers honored eight outstanding juniors during their annual National Engineer’s Week luncheon. The students were nominated by four departments – Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Civil Engineering. Here are the rankings:

Materials Science & Engineering Stephanie Barnes, Pammy Walker Arvin Farid, CE, received his Professional Engineer’s designation at the annual ISPE Engineer’s Week luncheon in February.

Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering Daniel Routson, Mo Nguyen

Electrical & Computer Engineering Jayme Christensen, Kris Ravenscroft

Sondra Miller Wins Provost’s Excellence in Advising Award

Civil Engineering Corinne Haase, Mckenzie Fox

ISPE Outstanding Juniors, 2/16/2010

MSE Students, Faculty Impress at International Conference MSE students and faculty traveled to Seattle for the TMS Annual Meeting recently, one of the biggest MSE conferences of the year. Faculty and students gave talks, students presented posters, and the MSE Student Club participated in the Materials Bowl where they made it to the semifinals. In addition, a team of Megan Frary’s students won the Best Poster Award among undergraduates from the Materials Processing and Manufacturing Division. They received a $500 check. The lead student on the work is Ben Albiston, and the other students involved were Chris Stifter and Jared Stein (grad student); two new team members Tram Bui and Caleb Corolewski also contributed to the overall effort.

Sondra Miller, CE, is one of this year’s winners of the Provost’s Excellence in Advising Award. She is one of eight winners who will be honored at a brief ceremony prior to Bronco Prime Time in April in the Loft at Stueckle Sky Center.

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1990’s Mike Shelton, CS, ’97 Program Manager at Hewlett-Packard in Boise.

2000’s Frank DelRio, MSME, ’02 Awarded the ASME Materials Division Orr Early Career Award in recognition of his early career research excellence in the areas of experimental, computational, and theoretical fatigue, fracture, adhesion and creep. He is employed in the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD.

Mike Laub, EE, ‘02 Senior Electrical Engineer at CB&I. Johnny Yam, EE, ’02 Manager of an engineering department for Saison Electronics, a small factory making wire harness. He lives in Hong Kong. Yvette Barrios, ME, ‘03 Attended her second Bronco Fiesta Bowl win in January. She works at Motive Power in Boise.

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Alumni News J. Lars Dorr, ME, ’03 Engineering and Development Manager for Eurus Energy America Corporation in San Diego. Maria Gentile Albers, ME, ‘04, Facilities Development Engineer for Conoco Phillips in Alaska. She lives in Anchorage with husband Matthew and works on the Alaska Pipeline. Jon Axtman, EE, ‘04 Electrical Engineer in Power Quality for Idaho Power in Boise. Brent Chroninger, EE, ‘04 Works for Bully Dog Technologies in Boise. Jared Fife, EE, ’04 Electrical Engineer with the U.S. Government, Defense and Space Industry since December 2009. Penny Garrison, CS, ’04 Firmware Design Engineer at Hewlett-Packard in Boise. Jon Cole, MSEE ’05 Engineer with Preco Electronics in Boise. The company manufactures a radar object detection system, rear and side camera system and visual warning aids for heavy equipment applications. Dejan Delic, EE, ‘06 Process Engineer at Intel Corporation. Rhonda Faulkner, CE ‘06 Works as assistant roadmaster at BNSF Railway in Kingman, AZ. Her job is to ensure that track geometry is in compliance with both company and Federal

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Railroad Administration standards. Faulkner’s team includes six roadmasters, four assistant roadmasters, one division engineer and about twenty scheduled employees. Big projects also involve the transportation, signaling and mechanical departments. She connected with the BNSF through a Society of Woman Engineers career fair. Currently, she is working towards her PE. Chad Kidd, EE, ‘05 Electrical Engineer in Power Quality for Idaho Power in Boise.

lives in Boise with Kaz and works as a Senior Instructional Designer for Citigroup. She is a freelance writer on the side. Kaz is co-owner of A Touch of Style Construction.

Generous Donors Give $2.48 Million in 2009-2010

Rebecca Hodkin, MSE, ’09 Associate Director for Technical Development at Penn State University, Electro-Optics Center. Zach Parker, ME, ’09 Wind Resource Engineer at Gamesa, one of the world’s main wind turbine manufacturers.

Jake Chapple, ME, ’07 Works for Exergy Development in Boise.

Victor Kelley, EE, ’07 Works for AGCO Corp. in Jackson, MN, a multinational agricultural equipment company. Kevin Kuther, CE, ‘07 Civil Engineer at Project Engineering Consultants, Ltd. In Nampa. He is married and the proud father of two children. Shelley (Berg) Gable, MS IPT, '08 Married Kaz Gable on October 17, 2009. Shelley

So Many Ways to Give…

People

• Eileen Barber established the Keynetics Computer Science Scholarship with a pledged endowment of $125,000 and current year support of an additional $5,000 to provide a full-ride scholarship beginning in 2010-2011 to encourage and support female computer science students • Arlen & Susan Planting established the Susan Burgess Electrical & Computer Engineering Scholarship with a commitment for the endowment of $21,000 • POWER Engineers established scholarship funds for students in Electrical Engineering and Civil Engineering with a commitment of $9,090

Becca Ahern, MSE, ’09 Working for Boeing Company in Huntsville, Alabama on the weld development team for the Ares 1 Upper Stage rocket project.

• SPF Water Engineering established a new Civil Engineering scholarship with a commitment of $5,000

Places Emily Perri, ME ’09 joined the staff at Power Engineers in Boise.

Ryan Okelberry, ME, ‘05 Mechanical Engineer in the Manufacturing Support Center at Weyerhaeuser in Boise. Brett McDermott, CE, ‘06 Engineer for City of Rexburg.

Gift totals to Boise State’s College of Engineering to date for FY 2010 (July 1, 2009 to April 20, 2010): $ 2.48 Million

Alumni Notes Lincoln Bollschweiler, MSEE, ‘09 DRAM Burn-In test engineer at Micron Technology Inc. in Boise. Michael Funderberg, CM, ’09 Assistant Project Manager at McCarthy Building Company in California. He married Kerri Ashworth Funderberg in August 2009. Jerid Hayward, ME, ’09 Director of Engineering for Exergy Development in Boise. He is working on a project to design a vertical axis wind turbine.

We want to stay in touch. Please send your updates to Leandra Aburusa-Lete at laburusa@boisestate.edu

• Gloria Hofler donated equipment valued at $42,207 to Dr. Bill Knowlton’s lab (ECE/MSE) • As part of their Innovation in Education program, Hewlett-Packard Company donated $280,000 in servers, tablet PC’s and software to enable cloud computing work through interactive relationships between Boise State engineering students and high schools throughout the state. The initiative is led by Joe Guarino, MBE.

Christensen Receives "Excellence in IPT Practice" Award Brett Christensen, a graduate student in the Instructional & Performance Technology (IPT) Department in the College of Engineering, is the Spring 2010 recipient of the "Excellence in IPT Practice" Award. He was selected from among three nominated students this semester. Christensen is the Learning Projects Manager at the Canadian Defense Academy in Kingston, Ontario. While working on his IPT graduate studies at Boise State University, Christensen has authored an article in the July 2009 issue of Performance Improvement, co-authored two articles in Performance Xpress (October 2009 and February 2010), presented a paper at the 2009 ISPI annual Performance Improvement conference, and served as President of the ISPI Armed Forces Chapter.

• Metageek, LLC made a $90,000 commitment for the three year naming of the Metageek CS Lab, providing much needed support to the Computer Science department

Also nominated for the award were: Erica Smith, Learning and Development Manager at Northern Tool + Equipment in Minneapolis, MN, and Barbara Spice, Principle at HRchitecture, LLC in Middlebury, IN.

• The Micron Technology Foundation matched $600,000 in cash and in-kind donations to the Electrical & Computer Engineering PhD program

“Selecting a winner was not an easy task because each of the nominees demonstrated characteristics of an exemplary learner, incorporated evidence-based practices in their work, and made valuable contributions to the IPT communities of practice,” said Don Stepich, department chair. “In the end, however, the selection committee was impressed by the variety of Brett Christensen's contributions.”

Programs

• The e-Girls camp to encourage girls to pursue careers in engineering was funded for $3,000 by the Whittenberger Foundation and $6,000 by the Satz Asbury Family Foundation Complete Honor Roll of Givers available online at: http://coen.boisestate.edu/resources/honorrole.asp

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MSE Student Will Work on Creativity Project for NASA Trevor Engman, MSE/Physics, will be spending his summer at the NASA Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars (LARSS) Program in Langley, VA. The 10-week internship will run from June through mid August. He will be working on the Creativity and Innovation project which will develop and validate a creativity and innovation index that will measure whether or not NASA is becoming more creative and innovative. He will also have the opportunity to work with researchers to discover how to best create an environment that nurtures creativity and innovation. For more information: http://research.nianet.org/larss *LARSS is managed for NASA by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium under the auspices of the National Institute of Aerospace.

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When Ingenuity Meets Opportunity – Continued from cover

Boise State Engineering Student Valuable Asset to Bureau of Land Management

Nearly half of the Caldwell High students involved are women or minorities, typically underrepresented groups in technical fields. They were selected by Melanie Hensman, a Caldwell High School (CHS) science teacher who offered the project as an extra-curricular activity and was inundated with applications from interested students.

BLM Boise District Engineering Technician Heath Perrine, CE, supervised a project to replace the cupola of the metal cabana at Bonneville Point, located about 10 miles east of Boise. The cabana houses interpretive information about the site and needed repair after being vandalized.

“Hands-on activities with real-life applications — there is no better way to learn while having fun and working with others to complete a common task,” Hensman said. After spending six weeks developing their designs, the CHS students toured the College of Engineering’s New Product Development lab before spring break where they were able to see their completed wheel design as it came out of the rapid prototyping machine. The designs are headed for Flight Week at the Johnson Space Center in Houston in April when Boise State’s two Microgravity teams test their experiments.

All over the world, individuals, corporations and nations are pledging to “go green,” but progress too often is slowed or stopped by lack of information, resources or precedent. A team of researchers at Boise State University has addressed these challenges in a groundbreaking new report titled “Green Building in the Pacific Northwest: Next Steps for an Emerging Trend.”

Perrine was hired by the BLM as a Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) student in fall 2009 after working for three summers as a wildland firefighter for the U.S.D.A. Forest Service. As a STEP participant, Perrine works 20-30 hours per week at the BLM and attends civil engineering classes at Boise State University, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree. Upon graduating in May, Perrine hopes to pursue a career with the Federal government. “The STEP has given me a challenging and rewarding experience that I hope to apply to a future path into the government,” he said. “I encourage others interested in government positions to stay alert to opportunities in your field and pursue your passions. It’s also important to have a love of the outdoors and public lands.” For more information on student programs including the STEP and SCEP programs, please visit the following websites http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/res/blm_jobs/ U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, 02/11/10

by Erin Ryan

Focused on Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Utah, the report consolidates information about green building issues and opportunities facing communities across the region. Researchers surveyed nearly 500 members of the construction industry and more than 300 local governments, providing an understanding of why green building is important to communities, a look at the emergence of green building standards, research evidence on the obstacles to and incentives for green building, and original

research on green building in the Pacific Northwest. “This report encompasses one of the largest examinations of the aggregated voices of both the public and private sector on factors that affect green building,” said principal investigator Susan Mason, director of Boise State’s community and regional planning graduate programs and assistant professor in the departments of Political Science and Public Policy and Administration. “Reports have been done on this subject, but not on this scale.” One of the elements addressed in the report is lack of consumer demand for green building despite its prominence in the news and popular culture. “Consumers are driving everything, and until there is more demand for green building, there will not be construction professionals skilled in its methods and suppliers creating its materials. It’s a chain reaction,” said Anthony Marker, co-principal investigator and assistant professor of instructional and performance technology. “One of the primary barriers is the perceived cost the builder has to absorb on the front end, but the research doesn’t bear that out. While there is some small premium at first, a lot is captured in the learning curve. Once you get past that, the price difference between green and non-green is little to none.” In addition to exposing roadblocks, the report offers strategies for building urban landscapes that work better and smarter for everyone. Mason and Marker called it a “starting point” for formally identifying the next steps in making green building more likely.

Celebrating 30 years in the 2010 – 2011 academic year

Other contributors to the report include associate professor of construction management Rebecca Mirsky and graduate students Catherine Dickerson, Kevin Taylor, Michael Rogers and Jacqueline Spratt.

Mel Hensman Caldwell High Teacher

“I have always been interested in where stuff comes from and how it works. It has been so cool to work with NASA and it's really hard to believe how much we are contributing even though we are only high schools students.” – Ivy Johnson, Caldwell High School sophomore

Check out the Microgravity University Student Blogs at http://coen.boisestate.edu/aboutus/Blogs.asp

Engineering Professor Awarded Nearly $1 Million for Nuclear Research Maria Mitkova, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, was awarded $973,536 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) to fund her research over the next three years. Mitkova’s project proposes the development, design and testing of a device that would use the unique properties of chalcogenide glass to create a sophisticated radiation sensor. The technology has potential applications in issues ranging from national security to commercial safety. “I hope the project will open new horizons in radiation control due to the richness of the effects occurring in chalcogenide glasses. This will give us a chance to cover a huge spectrum of sensing variations from personal radiation detection to control of nuclear waste,” Mitkova said. “I feel very honored to get this grant from the NEUP and perceive it as an important component in assuring the tremendous development in research Boise State is experiencing now.” Mitkova received her B.S. in semiconductor materials and devices technology and Ph.D. in technical sciences from the Technological University in Sofia, Bulgaria. After teaching and conducting research at institutions in Bulgaria, Ohio and Arizona, she joined Boise State’s faculty in 2006. She holds six U.S. patents and is co-author of three books and more than 100 scientific papers.

To read the full report, visit http://www.boisestate.edu/sustain/resources.shtml

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When Ingenuity Meets Opportunity – Continued from cover

Boise State Engineering Student Valuable Asset to Bureau of Land Management

Nearly half of the Caldwell High students involved are women or minorities, typically underrepresented groups in technical fields. They were selected by Melanie Hensman, a Caldwell High School (CHS) science teacher who offered the project as an extra-curricular activity and was inundated with applications from interested students.

BLM Boise District Engineering Technician Heath Perrine, CE, supervised a project to replace the cupola of the metal cabana at Bonneville Point, located about 10 miles east of Boise. The cabana houses interpretive information about the site and needed repair after being vandalized.

“Hands-on activities with real-life applications — there is no better way to learn while having fun and working with others to complete a common task,” Hensman said. After spending six weeks developing their designs, the CHS students toured the College of Engineering’s New Product Development lab before spring break where they were able to see their completed wheel design as it came out of the rapid prototyping machine. The designs are headed for Flight Week at the Johnson Space Center in Houston in April when Boise State’s two Microgravity teams test their experiments.

All over the world, individuals, corporations and nations are pledging to “go green,” but progress too often is slowed or stopped by lack of information, resources or precedent. A team of researchers at Boise State University has addressed these challenges in a groundbreaking new report titled “Green Building in the Pacific Northwest: Next Steps for an Emerging Trend.”

Perrine was hired by the BLM as a Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) student in fall 2009 after working for three summers as a wildland firefighter for the U.S.D.A. Forest Service. As a STEP participant, Perrine works 20-30 hours per week at the BLM and attends civil engineering classes at Boise State University, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree. Upon graduating in May, Perrine hopes to pursue a career with the Federal government. “The STEP has given me a challenging and rewarding experience that I hope to apply to a future path into the government,” he said. “I encourage others interested in government positions to stay alert to opportunities in your field and pursue your passions. It’s also important to have a love of the outdoors and public lands.” For more information on student programs including the STEP and SCEP programs, please visit the following websites http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/res/blm_jobs/ U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, 02/11/10

by Erin Ryan

Focused on Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Utah, the report consolidates information about green building issues and opportunities facing communities across the region. Researchers surveyed nearly 500 members of the construction industry and more than 300 local governments, providing an understanding of why green building is important to communities, a look at the emergence of green building standards, research evidence on the obstacles to and incentives for green building, and original

research on green building in the Pacific Northwest. “This report encompasses one of the largest examinations of the aggregated voices of both the public and private sector on factors that affect green building,” said principal investigator Susan Mason, director of Boise State’s community and regional planning graduate programs and assistant professor in the departments of Political Science and Public Policy and Administration. “Reports have been done on this subject, but not on this scale.” One of the elements addressed in the report is lack of consumer demand for green building despite its prominence in the news and popular culture. “Consumers are driving everything, and until there is more demand for green building, there will not be construction professionals skilled in its methods and suppliers creating its materials. It’s a chain reaction,” said Anthony Marker, co-principal investigator and assistant professor of instructional and performance technology. “One of the primary barriers is the perceived cost the builder has to absorb on the front end, but the research doesn’t bear that out. While there is some small premium at first, a lot is captured in the learning curve. Once you get past that, the price difference between green and non-green is little to none.” In addition to exposing roadblocks, the report offers strategies for building urban landscapes that work better and smarter for everyone. Mason and Marker called it a “starting point” for formally identifying the next steps in making green building more likely.

Celebrating 30 years in the 2010 – 2011 academic year

Other contributors to the report include associate professor of construction management Rebecca Mirsky and graduate students Catherine Dickerson, Kevin Taylor, Michael Rogers and Jacqueline Spratt.

Mel Hensman Caldwell High Teacher

“I have always been interested in where stuff comes from and how it works. It has been so cool to work with NASA and it's really hard to believe how much we are contributing even though we are only high schools students.” – Ivy Johnson, Caldwell High School sophomore

Check out the Microgravity University Student Blogs at http://coen.boisestate.edu/aboutus/Blogs.asp

Engineering Professor Awarded Nearly $1 Million for Nuclear Research Maria Mitkova, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, was awarded $973,536 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) to fund her research over the next three years. Mitkova’s project proposes the development, design and testing of a device that would use the unique properties of chalcogenide glass to create a sophisticated radiation sensor. The technology has potential applications in issues ranging from national security to commercial safety. “I hope the project will open new horizons in radiation control due to the richness of the effects occurring in chalcogenide glasses. This will give us a chance to cover a huge spectrum of sensing variations from personal radiation detection to control of nuclear waste,” Mitkova said. “I feel very honored to get this grant from the NEUP and perceive it as an important component in assuring the tremendous development in research Boise State is experiencing now.” Mitkova received her B.S. in semiconductor materials and devices technology and Ph.D. in technical sciences from the Technological University in Sofia, Bulgaria. After teaching and conducting research at institutions in Bulgaria, Ohio and Arizona, she joined Boise State’s faculty in 2006. She holds six U.S. patents and is co-author of three books and more than 100 scientific papers.

To read the full report, visit http://www.boisestate.edu/sustain/resources.shtml

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1990’s Mike Shelton, CS, ’97 Program Manager at Hewlett-Packard in Boise.

2000’s Frank DelRio, MSME, ’02 Awarded the ASME Materials Division Orr Early Career Award in recognition of his early career research excellence in the areas of experimental, computational, and theoretical fatigue, fracture, adhesion and creep. He is employed in the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD.

Mike Laub, EE, ‘02 Senior Electrical Engineer at CB&I. Johnny Yam, EE, ’02 Manager of an engineering department for Saison Electronics, a small factory making wire harness. He lives in Hong Kong. Yvette Barrios, ME, ‘03 Attended her second Bronco Fiesta Bowl win in January. She works at Motive Power in Boise.

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Alumni News J. Lars Dorr, ME, ’03 Engineering and Development Manager for Eurus Energy America Corporation in San Diego. Maria Gentile Albers, ME, ‘04, Facilities Development Engineer for Conoco Phillips in Alaska. She lives in Anchorage with husband Matthew and works on the Alaska Pipeline. Jon Axtman, EE, ‘04 Electrical Engineer in Power Quality for Idaho Power in Boise. Brent Chroninger, EE, ‘04 Works for Bully Dog Technologies in Boise. Jared Fife, EE, ’04 Electrical Engineer with the U.S. Government, Defense and Space Industry since December 2009. Penny Garrison, CS, ’04 Firmware Design Engineer at Hewlett-Packard in Boise. Jon Cole, MSEE ’05 Engineer with Preco Electronics in Boise. The company manufactures a radar object detection system, rear and side camera system and visual warning aids for heavy equipment applications. Dejan Delic, EE, ‘06 Process Engineer at Intel Corporation. Rhonda Faulkner, CE ‘06 Works as assistant roadmaster at BNSF Railway in Kingman, AZ. Her job is to ensure that track geometry is in compliance with both company and Federal

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Railroad Administration standards. Faulkner’s team includes six roadmasters, four assistant roadmasters, one division engineer and about twenty scheduled employees. Big projects also involve the transportation, signaling and mechanical departments. She connected with the BNSF through a Society of Woman Engineers career fair. Currently, she is working towards her PE. Chad Kidd, EE, ‘05 Electrical Engineer in Power Quality for Idaho Power in Boise.

lives in Boise with Kaz and works as a Senior Instructional Designer for Citigroup. She is a freelance writer on the side. Kaz is co-owner of A Touch of Style Construction.

Generous Donors Give $2.48 Million in 2009-2010

Rebecca Hodkin, MSE, ’09 Associate Director for Technical Development at Penn State University, Electro-Optics Center. Zach Parker, ME, ’09 Wind Resource Engineer at Gamesa, one of the world’s main wind turbine manufacturers.

Jake Chapple, ME, ’07 Works for Exergy Development in Boise.

Victor Kelley, EE, ’07 Works for AGCO Corp. in Jackson, MN, a multinational agricultural equipment company. Kevin Kuther, CE, ‘07 Civil Engineer at Project Engineering Consultants, Ltd. In Nampa. He is married and the proud father of two children. Shelley (Berg) Gable, MS IPT, '08 Married Kaz Gable on October 17, 2009. Shelley

So Many Ways to Give…

People

• Eileen Barber established the Keynetics Computer Science Scholarship with a pledged endowment of $125,000 and current year support of an additional $5,000 to provide a full-ride scholarship beginning in 2010-2011 to encourage and support female computer science students • Arlen & Susan Planting established the Susan Burgess Electrical & Computer Engineering Scholarship with a commitment for the endowment of $21,000 • POWER Engineers established scholarship funds for students in Electrical Engineering and Civil Engineering with a commitment of $9,090

Becca Ahern, MSE, ’09 Working for Boeing Company in Huntsville, Alabama on the weld development team for the Ares 1 Upper Stage rocket project.

• SPF Water Engineering established a new Civil Engineering scholarship with a commitment of $5,000

Places Emily Perri, ME ’09 joined the staff at Power Engineers in Boise.

Ryan Okelberry, ME, ‘05 Mechanical Engineer in the Manufacturing Support Center at Weyerhaeuser in Boise. Brett McDermott, CE, ‘06 Engineer for City of Rexburg.

Gift totals to Boise State’s College of Engineering to date for FY 2010 (July 1, 2009 to April 20, 2010): $ 2.48 Million

Alumni Notes Lincoln Bollschweiler, MSEE, ‘09 DRAM Burn-In test engineer at Micron Technology Inc. in Boise. Michael Funderberg, CM, ’09 Assistant Project Manager at McCarthy Building Company in California. He married Kerri Ashworth Funderberg in August 2009. Jerid Hayward, ME, ’09 Director of Engineering for Exergy Development in Boise. He is working on a project to design a vertical axis wind turbine.

We want to stay in touch. Please send your updates to Leandra Aburusa-Lete at laburusa@boisestate.edu

• Gloria Hofler donated equipment valued at $42,207 to Dr. Bill Knowlton’s lab (ECE/MSE) • As part of their Innovation in Education program, Hewlett-Packard Company donated $280,000 in servers, tablet PC’s and software to enable cloud computing work through interactive relationships between Boise State engineering students and high schools throughout the state. The initiative is led by Joe Guarino, MBE.

Christensen Receives "Excellence in IPT Practice" Award Brett Christensen, a graduate student in the Instructional & Performance Technology (IPT) Department in the College of Engineering, is the Spring 2010 recipient of the "Excellence in IPT Practice" Award. He was selected from among three nominated students this semester. Christensen is the Learning Projects Manager at the Canadian Defense Academy in Kingston, Ontario. While working on his IPT graduate studies at Boise State University, Christensen has authored an article in the July 2009 issue of Performance Improvement, co-authored two articles in Performance Xpress (October 2009 and February 2010), presented a paper at the 2009 ISPI annual Performance Improvement conference, and served as President of the ISPI Armed Forces Chapter.

• Metageek, LLC made a $90,000 commitment for the three year naming of the Metageek CS Lab, providing much needed support to the Computer Science department

Also nominated for the award were: Erica Smith, Learning and Development Manager at Northern Tool + Equipment in Minneapolis, MN, and Barbara Spice, Principle at HRchitecture, LLC in Middlebury, IN.

• The Micron Technology Foundation matched $600,000 in cash and in-kind donations to the Electrical & Computer Engineering PhD program

“Selecting a winner was not an easy task because each of the nominees demonstrated characteristics of an exemplary learner, incorporated evidence-based practices in their work, and made valuable contributions to the IPT communities of practice,” said Don Stepich, department chair. “In the end, however, the selection committee was impressed by the variety of Brett Christensen's contributions.”

Programs

• The e-Girls camp to encourage girls to pursue careers in engineering was funded for $3,000 by the Whittenberger Foundation and $6,000 by the Satz Asbury Family Foundation Complete Honor Roll of Givers available online at: http://coen.boisestate.edu/resources/honorrole.asp

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MSE Student Will Work on Creativity Project for NASA Trevor Engman, MSE/Physics, will be spending his summer at the NASA Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars (LARSS) Program in Langley, VA. The 10-week internship will run from June through mid August. He will be working on the Creativity and Innovation project which will develop and validate a creativity and innovation index that will measure whether or not NASA is becoming more creative and innovative. He will also have the opportunity to work with researchers to discover how to best create an environment that nurtures creativity and innovation. For more information: http://research.nianet.org/larss *LARSS is managed for NASA by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium under the auspices of the National Institute of Aerospace.

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From the Dean’s Desk Helping students succeed in engineering is a passion in our College. From our freshman “Get Connected!” ice cream social in the fall to our survey of outgoing seniors each May, we make concerted efforts to help students formulate their educational goals and draft the roadmap that will lead them to a successful engineering career. What makes a student successful in the College of Engineering? Hard-working students are the norm, but student support services such as advising, tutoring, and mentoring, and access to scholarships and internships can make the difference in a student’s ability to persevere. Today’s challenging economy makes it increasingly difficult for students to stay connected and, all too often, financial pressures can diminish focus and delay a student’s progress towards his or her degree. Research we conducted as part of the Engineering Schools of the West Initiative funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation focused on improved student learning at the undergraduate level. Our results showed ways to increase student success: • Under-prepared students who enter the engineering program can be helped through math support programs, especially in their first semester • Retention is higher among students who receive financial aid or scholarships • Students involved in internships, especially in their first or second year, have a very high retention rate • Students who make connections with faculty, staff or other engineering students are more likely to succeed Our College is truly fortunate to be located in a city filled with entrepreneurial spirit and a sense of discovery. As part of our ongoing Destination Distinction comprehensive campaign, we are currently focusing on student success initiatives. We envision a student success center where student ingenuity can meet opportunity; where trained staff are available to help students achieve academic excellence; and where students explore design boundaries across disciplines through internships, co-ops, senior design projects with an entrepreneurial component, service learning projects, and student competitions. Together we can change lives. I invite each of you to join us in this worthwhile effort. Cheryl B. Schrader Dean and Professor College of Engineering

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ECE Doctoral Student Awarded Prestigious Research Associateship R i c k i S o u t h w i c k , E C E , was awarded the prestigious National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies Research Associateship to pursue postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Southwick received the honor based on his electronic device and materials research performed at Boise State. The NRC Research Associateship is a very prestigious and competitive award. More than 100 applicants from universities across the US competed for this award to pursue research at NIST and fewer than 5% received the award.

2010 Tau Beta Pi Idaho Gamma Initiates Undergraduates: Michael Banks Stephanie Barnes Ross Butler Alex Calvert Eugene Castro Patrick Conro Amber Cox Davis Daniel Nihan Darnall Travis Dean Anthony Rey DeLeon Daniel Feeser Jacquelyn Forhan McKenzie Fox Ken Fukumoto Shatakshi Goyal Jason Griswold Cary Haws Jonathan Henderson Mark Johnson Kathryn Lewis Benjamin Losser David McLenna III Jozey Mitcham

Gavin Moody Bryan Murphy Mo Nguyen Brian Pierre Anita Poudel Adrian Rangel Kris Ravenscroft Derek Reis Michael Rippee Jonathan Rocha Adrian Rothenbuhler Daniel Routson Tyler Rowe Sonya Shawver Tom Simenc Jon Stanley Grant Stephens Gregory Taddicken Jared Truxal Logan Ward Pamila Ward Scott Winston Andrew Vissotski



Alumni:

Rebecca Ahern, 2009 Lincoln Bollschweiler, 2008 Christopher Buu, 2009 David Estrada, 2007 Ryan Flamm, 2008 Jacob Fouts, 2007 Alex Hammond, 2007 Eamonn Harter, 2006

Brian Jaques, 2006 Sarah Klevmoen, 2009 Stephen Klick, 2004 Jean Margilieux, 2009 Benjamin Murphy, 2008 Stillman Norton, 2007 Tommy Smith, 2008 Richard Southwick III, 2004

Construction Management Students Honored in Regional Competition Construction Management (CM) students in the College of Engineering received awards in four categories at the Associated Schools of Construction Inter-Scholastic Regional Competition and Conference held in February in Reno, Nev.

Members of Boise State’s award-winning teams are:

Boise State entered teams in eight divisions, winning second place in Design-Build, Commercial and Heavy Civil, and third place in Risk Management. The winning teams competed against top western schools “The competition is a including Colorado State University, tremendous experience Arizona State University, Brigham for our CM students. Young University and other reputed Each problem requires programs from Montana to New students to synthesize a Mexico. variety of construction After receiving their problem statements and accompanying specifications, plans, data and proposal criteria at 6 a.m., teams had about 18 hours to develop a solution, which generally included means and methods, planning, costs, staffing, safety and sustainability considerations. The 15 industry-sponsored competition “problems” were based on actual multimillion-dollar construction projects and judged by professional constructors.

management areas, exercise their teaming and leadership skills, and deliver a comprehensive solution for an authentic scenario under extreme time constraints.” Tony Songer, chair of the CM Department at Boise State University

In its 23rd consecutive year as the largest construction student competition in the world, the event drew more than 1,200 competitors on 160 teams from 41 universities and 17 states. A job fair with representatives from more than 40 companies added to the networking opportunity.

Design-build – 2nd Place: Tucker Robb (captain), Clay Burnham, Joe Coba, Will Longstroth, Garrett Mar, Jarred Townsend, Tim Harris (alternate), Tony Songer (faculty coach)

Commercial – 2nd Place: Matt Guho (captain), Torry McAlvain, Joe McFarland, Jaron Oliver, Ryan Tabuchi, Matt Wilson, Aaron Newman (alternate), Casey Cline (faculty coach)

Heavy civil – 2nd Place: Adam Zavas (captain), David Denton, Steve Earl, Tony Haguewood, Herb Hogg, Jared Staub, Nick Meyer (alternate), Tom Woodall (faculty coach)

Risk management – 3rd Place: Kevin Tucker (captain), Kelsey Bertrand, Jeff McDougall, Tyson Oyler, Tommy Opland, Andrew Pharis, Wendy Wendrowski (faculty coach)

Meet COEN’s Outstanding Faculty and Students The Idaho Society of Professional Engineers honored eight outstanding juniors during their annual National Engineer’s Week luncheon. The students were nominated by four departments – Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Civil Engineering. Here are the rankings:

Materials Science & Engineering Stephanie Barnes, Pammy Walker Arvin Farid, CE, received his Professional Engineer’s designation at the annual ISPE Engineer’s Week luncheon in February.

Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering Daniel Routson, Mo Nguyen

Electrical & Computer Engineering Jayme Christensen, Kris Ravenscroft

Sondra Miller Wins Provost’s Excellence in Advising Award

Civil Engineering Corinne Haase, Mckenzie Fox

ISPE Outstanding Juniors, 2/16/2010

MSE Students, Faculty Impress at International Conference MSE students and faculty traveled to Seattle for the TMS Annual Meeting recently, one of the biggest MSE conferences of the year. Faculty and students gave talks, students presented posters, and the MSE Student Club participated in the Materials Bowl where they made it to the semifinals. In addition, a team of Megan Frary’s students won the Best Poster Award among undergraduates from the Materials Processing and Manufacturing Division. They received a $500 check. The lead student on the work is Ben Albiston, and the other students involved were Chris Stifter and Jared Stein (grad student); two new team members Tram Bui and Caleb Corolewski also contributed to the overall effort.

Sondra Miller, CE, is one of this year’s winners of the Provost’s Excellence in Advising Award. She is one of eight winners who will be honored at a brief ceremony prior to Bronco Prime Time in April in the Loft at Stueckle Sky Center.

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College of Engineering Dean: CHERYL B. SCHRADER (208) 426-1153 Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: JANET CALLAHAN (208) 426-1153 janetcallahan@boisestate.edu

Summer Programs

Assistant Dean for Research & Infrastructure: REX OXFORD (208) 426-5744 roxford@boisestate.edu

Civil Engineering Chair: ROBERT HAMILTON (208) 426-3764 rhamilton@boisestate.edu

Computer Science Chair: MURALI MEDIDI (208) 426-2283 mmedidi@boisestate.edu

Construction Management Chair: TONY SONGER (208) 426-3716 tonysonger@boisestate.edu

Electrical & Computer Engineering Chair: THAD WELCH (208) 426-2283 thadwelch@boisestate.edu

Instructional & Performance Technology Chair: DON STEPICH (208) 426-1312 dstepich@boisestate.edu

Materials Science & Engineering Chair: DARRYL BUTT (208) 426-2283 darrylbutt@boisestate.edu

Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering Chair: JAMES FERGUSON (208) 426-4078 jferguson@boisestate.edu

e-Camp – Grades 8-9 June 6-8, 2010 Students who are currently in 8th or 9th grade can use hands-on activities and projects involving self discovery, cooperative learning, critical thinking, and problem solving while living on campus in a college dormitory. All food, housing and recreational activities are provided. Cost - $200 (scholarships available).

e-Girls – Grades 9-10 June 11-12, 2010 e-Girls is a free overnight program for girls currently in 9th and 10th grade. Enrollment is limited to 50 girls. Workshops led by Society of Women Engineers professionals and college students may include: Biomechanics of Footwear, Packaging and the Environment, Virtual Worlds with Alice, Solving Forensic Mysteries, Physics of Rock Climbing/Rope Walking, A World of Career Choices, and more!

On Saturday, March 13, Jim Froula, executive director of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, traveled to Boise State University to conduct one of the largest installations into Tau Beta Pi to date. Froula and other national representatives inducted 47 undergraduate engineering students and 17 alumni into Idaho Gamma, the nation’s newest chapter at #243. The induction ceremony was the culmination of a six year effort by Boise State’s Engineering Honor Society to become a recognized Tau Beta Pi chapter. Starting with 13 inaugural members, the group has grown to more than 100 students and alumni whose ongoing goal is to promote integrity and excellence in engineering. Nearly 140 initiates, alumni and friends celebrated the inauguration at a dinner in the Boise State Student Union Building. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Janet Callahan served as Master of Ceremonies for the event. Speakers included Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Laliberte, College of Engineering Dean Cheryl Schrader, Tau Beta Pi Executive Director Jim Froula, Tau Beta Pi Executive Councillor Norman Pih, and Tau Beta Pi District 12 Director Tricia Schwaller.

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When Ingenuity Meets Opportunity by Margaret Scott Sometimes two projects intersect in surprising ways. That’s the case with professor Joe Guarino’s (Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering) cloud computing initiative, funded last fall by a Hewlett-Packard grant, which is able to provide real-time design experience for high school students across the state. This spring, a group of 50 Caldwell High School students are using the technology to help Boise State engineering students design two experiments for NASA’s Microgravity University 2010. The lunar gravity project collaboration would not be possible without the computer software available to the high school – right in their own science classroom – courtesy of the Engineering Learning Community for Idaho (ELCI), an interactive network created by Guarino. Based on a

Hewlett-Packard cloud computing infrastructure, the ELCI provides multiple users at different locations the ability to collaborate in real-time. Microgravity University, also known as the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, challenges undergraduate students to design, fabricate, fly and evaluate a reduced gravity experiment that ultimately contributes to NASA’s mission to “advance human exploration, use and development of space.” Boise State has two engineering research teams participating this year with help from the Caldwell High students. Their common task is working on the two NASA systems engineering projects focused on lunar rover traction and the dielectric properties of lunar soil. The two groups of students met for the first time in February and continue to work together both in person and remotely. The high school students are also participating in the Microgravity University blog on the College of Engineering website.

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