Boise State College of Engineering

Boise State College of Engineering


A big goes out to our wonderful Electrical EIT Interns, Ryan and Justin. They will be graduating from the Boise State College of Engineering program at Boise State University next month and we wish them all the best on their next big adventures!

Congratulations to Boise State College of Engineering assistant professors Casey Kennington and Mahmood Mamivand on receiving prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Awards.
Congratulations to Ulises Trujillo Garcia, Boise State McNair Scholars Program TRIO & CAMP student, who just received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Student Fellowship Program grant! Ulises's research focuses on engineering education for underrepresented students.
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The Boise State College of Engineering’s Construction Management (CM) program has received a lead gift towards the new CM building by alumnus Neil Nelson (’94) and Engineered Structures, Inc. (ESI). This $2 million gift is a significant investment in the $4 million facility.

The 12,000-square-foot ESI Building for Construction Management will house a 45-seat computer and construction technology classroom, a high bay for exterior lab activities, and more.

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The Boise State University campus is expanding again with the new $4 million ESI Building for Construction Management, named for the Meridian-based construction company co-owned by Boise State and Construction Management alumnus Neil Nelson (‘94). Thanks to a lead gift of $2 million, the ESI Building for Construction Management naming will honor ESI’s vision and commitment to the Department of Construction Management and guarantee that the next generation of construction management graduates has the facility needed to provide continued innovation and discovery opportunities.

“Construction Management is an exciting program that offers students a chance to shape the future –quite literally. Our student growth in the program has boomed and will help meet the demand in our state,” said Dr. Marlene Tromp, Boise State President. “With ESI Construction’s invaluable support and this state-of-the-art facility, we will expand opportunities for our students and for our state, preparing more people to enter a field that advances the wellbeing of Idaho.”

The 12,000-square-foot, multi-level building provides students with expanded laboratory structures, state-of-the-art learning environments, a 45-seat computer and construction technology classroom, and new high bay structures for enhanced exterior lab activities.

In the past four years, the program saw a 50% increase in student growth. The new facility will provide a showcase for the construction industry and Boise State.

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March 4 is World Engineering Day, highlighting engineers’ achievements around the world and improving the public understanding of the importance of engineering and technology. Boise State University has the largest engineering college in Idaho, with innovative, far-reaching research happening in classrooms and labs. Boise State College of Engineering's impact on education and industry is a valuable asset to communities throughout the state, nation and the world.

Erin Mannen, an assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering and director of the Boise Applied Biomechanics of Infants (BABI) lab, studies how babies move and use their muscles in common positions and commercial products to understand the impacts on safety and musculoskeletal development. Her findings led to the recall of millions of dangerous inclined baby sleepers by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. As a result, a new standard for infant sleep products takes effect this year.

Kids In Danger, an organization that fights for product safety for children, presented their Best Friend Award to Dr. Mannen “for her groundbreaking infant sleep research that has led to policy changes and saved lives.”

“As a mechanical engineer and a mother, I thought that if I didn’t try to answer these questions, who would?” Mannen said. “Sometimes when you’re in the lab doing the day-to-day nitty-gritty research, it is difficult to see how the effort will ever make a difference in the real world. I am fortunate to work in an area where the application is obvious and almost immediately impactful.”

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Engineering isn't boring. FAR from it! We get to be part of AMAZING projects, and even find time for fun with our colleagues now and again. Engineers week is an opportunity to learn more about the field of Engineering (it includes a whole lot of jobs and careers that you may have never imagined existed!) Take a moment to learn more this week about engineering, and remember - every building, bridge, big art installation, stadium, wall façade (the list could go on and on), all require structural engineering. What a cool world we get to work in! Boise State College of Engineering BYU-Idaho University of Idaho College of Engineering College of Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno South Dakota Mines
Boise State College of Engineering rang in the new year with a Micron Technology Foundation gift of $585,000 to help support the establishment of the college’s Micron Student Success Center.

Micron Technology's gift is the latest in the long-standing relationship between the company and Boise State. The Micron Technology Foundation gift is part of the company’s commitment to supporting targeted programs that expand equitable access to education, diversify enrollment, and prepare students for productive and fulfilling engineering careers.

“The growing data economy – fueled by AI and 5G across the cloud, intelligent edge and devices – promises many opportunities for our people to make advancements in memory and storage, and Micron believes that cultivating a diverse pipeline of talent is critical to jump-starting the next wave of innovation,” said Micron Technology Chief People Officer and Foundation President April Amzen. “As a leading technology company founded and headquartered in Idaho, we want to share our resources to empower students in our local communities to succeed as future engineers.”

The nearly 2,600 students in the College of Engineering make Boise State the largest engineering college in Idaho. The Student Success Center will deliver three specific connections to all engineering, computer science, and construction management students: Career, Leadership and Continuing Education Connections.

“Idaho is home to a growing demographic richness and to students from many backgrounds. We are so pleased and grateful for the Micron Foundation’s support, which will help us ensure that this diversity is fully represented in our graduates by increasing student success,” said Dr. Marlene Tromp, Boise State president. “This will allow us to better serve our students, our industry partners and our state.”

The College of Engineering’s Student Success Center will help improve the visibility of available student services and provide all students equal access to early career success by helping them chart a course that combines academic and future goal opportunities.

The newly created Student Success Center builds a diverse community for all students, fostering experiential learning, mentoring, internships, and valuable life skills, and allowing students to create people-to-people connections across the university and amongst peers.

Micron has been a major supporter of engineering, business and STEM education at Boise State for the last 25 years. The Boise, Idaho-based global leader in the semiconductor industry’s latest gift continues building the partnership between Micron and Boise State students and faculty.

“The support from the Micron Foundation truly changes students’ lives, not only in Idaho, but across the world,” College of Engineering Dean JoAnn S. Lighty said. “As a passionate advocate for engineering education, I am inspired by Micron’s generosity and the difference it makes for our college and students; to help strengthen our long-term goals in providing our students with everything they need to succeed both in and out of the classroom.”

When completed in the fall of 2023, the Student Success Center will be on the first floor of the Charles P. Ruch Building in the College of Engineering Advising and Outreach office.

“Students who align with their career goals and learning opportunities have a stronger sense of belonging, and that’s a real key for retention,” said College of Engineering Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Diana Garza. “We want students to feel satisfaction in their decision to identify as engineers, computer scientists, or construction managers. Our new center helps strengthen that sense of belonging in the engineering community and our campus community.”

The Student Success Center is the first step of many the College of Engineering will take as part of Boise State’s newest strategic plan, Blueprint for Success. This multi-year plan aims to establish the College of Engineering as a leading, student success-driven college recognized for teaching and scholarship excellence with statewide and global impact.

Ranked as 13th among top Undergraduate Engineering Programs in the nation by US News and World Repor

Operating as usual


Syllabus Week!

We're happy to see all the bright faces back on campus on the next part of your higher education journey! Even though the inversion is fighting to set in for the remainder of winter, we've got some tips and tricks to help you find success early on this semester.

Follow the tips and tricks from our COEN Advising team on how to get ahead this semester!

Doctoral student’s conference success opens doors to International Astronautical Congress 01/11/2023

Doctoral student’s conference success opens doors to International Astronautical Congress

For the past two years, College of Engineering and Boise State Graduate College doctoral student Fereshteh Rajabi Kouchi has been developing two-dimensional material inks for plasma jet printing of optoelectronic devices and creating cost-effective alternatives for interspace research alongside faculty mentor David Estrada in the Advanced Nanomaterials and Manufacturing Laboratory.

In Fall 2022, she placed first in the graduate engineering division when presenting her research at the 15th annual Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium student poster competition hosted by the University of Alabama and the American Astronautical Society. This big win opened doors to the International Astronautical Congress which will meet in 2023 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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Doctoral student’s conference success opens doors to International Astronautical Congress Since 2020, College of Engineering doctoral student Fereshteh Rajabi Kouchi has been developing two-dimensional material...


Registration is open for the 2022 Winter NAVSEA Intern Program! The NAVSEA Internship Program was established to provide degree-seeking students with exposure to public service and enhance their educational experience. The program is formally structured to give participants the opportunity to work in positions related to their academic and career goals.
Check out the links below to register! Just know registration will open on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 and will Close Monday, January 09, 2023.


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Happy Holidays to our ! Sending warm wishes to you all during this season of love, joy and happiness. ❄️ 🎄 💙 🧡


The Boise State Scholarship Application for the 2023-24 academic year is now open at Most scholarships close February 15th. Go to for more information.

If you have questions, email [email protected] or call 208-426-1664 starting January 3, 2023.


Congratulations to Samantha Farmer, B.S. in Computer Science! Samantha will be working for MITRE in San Diego. Go Broncos!

Photos from Boise State College of Engineering's post 12/22/2022

Winter 2022 Commencement
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Congratulations to PhD graduate, Wankun Sirichotiyakul. Wankun will be working at Bastian Solutions as a Robotics Engineer! Go Broncos!

Huge congratulations to all of our incredible recent graduates! We are so proud of all of your hard work and dedication. In particular, we want to give a special shoutout to one of our talented PhD graduates, Wankun Sirichotiyakul, who will be starting a new chapter in his career as a robotics engineer at Bastian Solutions. Keep reaching for the stars and making us proud, grads👩‍🎓⭐️

Photos from Boise State College of Engineering's post 12/19/2022

Congratulations to the Construction Management graduates of Fall 2022! Go Broncos!


Celebrating December 2022 Graduates: Congratulations to Jaden Stevenson, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering! Jaden has been an intern at Smoke Guard since June 2022 and will continue as a full-time engineer. Go Broncos!


Celebrating December 2022 Graduates: Congratulations to DeAnna Andrade, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering! DeAnna will be working at Boeing Company as a Propulsion Systems Design Engineer. Go Broncos!


Celebrating the December 2022 Graduates: Congratulations to Julianna Buzzard, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering! Julianna has been an intern at Pitch Aeronautics since April 2022, and will continue as a full-time engineer. Go Broncos!


Celebrating the December 2022 Graduates:
Congratulations to Ryan Meyer, B.S. in Construction Management! Ryan will be working for IMCO General Construction as a Field Engineer. He has been an intern working on the Meta site doing the Waste Water Treatment Plant. Go Broncos!

Bronco Notes: Yvette Barrios 12/19/2022

Bronco Notes: Yvette Barrios

Our alumna Yvette Barrios is a survivor. Despite health challenges as a single mother, Barrios has taken her experiences from her time as a Bronco student-athlete and mechanical engineering graduate to overcome her challenges to build an impressive career.

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Bronco Notes: Yvette Barrios   Yvette Barrios (BS, mechanical engineering, 2003) is a survivor. A single mother, she has...

Photos from Boise State College of Engineering's post 12/16/2022

The Boise State Microgravity's proposal was accepted at NASA, and the team will be heading to Houston to test their design! Team members: Joshua Fernando, Nuha Akhtar, and Genevieve Overmyer demonstrated their design at the VIP Showcase last week. Go Broncos!


Nicole Shaw will graduate with her Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Boise State University on December 18, 2022. Nicole decided to specialize in Geotechnical Engineering after interning with STRATA for two summers. She joined STRATA as a full time Staff Engineer in May of 2020. Congratulations, Nicole! Go Broncos!

College of Engineering, University Advancement welcomes new senior director of development 12/15/2022

College of Engineering, University Advancement welcomes new senior director of development

We are excited to announce the hiring of our new Senior Director of Development for the college, Mrs. Catherine "Kitty" Didion.

Kitty brings years of experience engaging nonprofits, academic institutions, federal agencies, corporations and Congress as an executive-level manager and strategic communicator. Most recently, she served as the Vice President of The Didion Group, an international consulting firm where she focused on science and engineering clients.

Join us in welcoming Kitty to the College of Engineering and Boise State community!

College of Engineering, University Advancement welcomes new senior director of development Catherine “Kitty” Didion is the new senior director of development for the College of Engineering....

College of Engineering Spotlight Fall 2022 12/14/2022

College of Engineering Spotlight Fall 2022

We've had an incredible past year in the College of Engineering at Boise State University. From record-breaking donations to research expenditures to national fellowships and numerous student awards. In 25 years, COEN has grown into a regional leader built on student success with impact across our community, state, and beyond.

Check out this year's annual Spotlight which features highlights from the past year in student success, educational access, research, and more. We're excited to share the trailblazing, Blue Turf spirit all of our Broncos exude in and out of the classroom and labs!

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Photos from Boise State College of Engineering's post 12/12/2022

The best part of finals week is free donuts!! Go Broncos!


Construction Management Association (CMA) officers enjoyed a night out at the 2022 AGC Gala this week. Go Broncos!

Photos from Boise State College of Engineering's post 12/07/2022

College of Engineering students exhibited their work at the Capstone Design Showcase today. Go Broncos!

Department of Energy awards Cantley $700k to improve power grid 12/07/2022

Department of Energy awards Cantley $700k to improve power grid

Kurtis Cantley, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, will conduct machine learning hardware research with a three-year grant of $700,000 from the Department of Energy Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).

The goal of Cantley’s research will be to improve the reliability of the power grid with intelligent, adaptable and cyber secure electronics that take inspiration from the human brain, otherwise known as neuromorphic systems.

This award is part of a larger $21 million initiative by the Department of Energy to support energy-relevant research in underrepresented regions. With the grant, Cantley will collaborate with Idaho National Laboratory to develop novel neuromorphic hardware to monitor power grid systems.

Learn more about Cantley's research and award here:

Department of Energy awards Cantley $700k to improve power grid Kurtis Cantley, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, will conduct machine learning hardware research...


COEN faculty and students are collaborating with Pitch Aeronautics to develop a novel drone. Learn more about the project here:


MSE students, Kaelee Novich and Will Johanson represented the Boise State Nuclear Energy Club at the American Nuclear Society (ANS) winter meeting recently in Phoenix, Arizona.

Photos from Boise State College of Engineering's post 11/30/2022

Earlier this month, the Order of the Engineer and Pledge of the Computing Professional inducted 98 Boise State College of Engineering students into the Boise State Chapters. Students from civil, electrical & computer, materials science & engineering, and mechanical engineering, as well as students from computer science, combined to make the largest induction ceremony in chapter history.

The previous record for inducted students came last year as 81 students participated in the pledges. The state of Idaho's link was inactive until five years ago when Boise State and the College of Engineering reactivated Idaho's link 58 in 2016.

Special thanks to COEN professors Nick Hudyma and Eric Jankowski for emceeing this year's induction ceremony.


Congratulations to BSME 2022 graduate, Zach Pinkley for accepting a position as an Advanced Manufacturing and Operations Engineer at BLUE ORIGIN! Go Broncos!


Since the launch of Explorer in 1958, energy storage devices have been utilized in all robotic spacecraft expeditions conducted by NASA. With future space exploration on the horizon to outer planets, inner planets and stops in between, the demand for better and longer-lasting batteries is crucial for the success of space exploration.

Cyrus Koroni, a doctoral student in the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering, is leading research for lithium battery optimization for future interstellar exploration 🚀

Learn more about how Koroni's doctoral research under the mentorship of Claire Xiong has led to a fellowship with NASA's Idaho Space Grant Consortium for 2022. Koroni is one of two graduate students working in Xiong's Electrochemical Energy Materials Lab to receive a national fellowship this year.


Babies on Board!

Professor Erin Mannen, Ph.D. will be on Idaho Today from 12:30-1p.m. to talk about her lifesaving research in the Boise Applied Biomechanics of Infants Lab.

Mannen and her team of researchers are currently looking for parents of infants and toddlers willing to participate in ongoing research studies focused on keeping babies safe. Information for local families to participate is at

Photos from Boise State College of Engineering's post 11/15/2022

Congratulations to the 2022 Boise State College of Engineering inductees to the Order of the Engineer and the Pledge of the Computing Professional. The ceremony was held on November 3rd and was emceed by Dr. Nick Hudyma and Dr. Eric Jankowski. Go Broncos!

Photos from Boise State College of Engineering's post 11/14/2022

Congratulations to our Boise State Construction Management alums Korey Hall '06 and Zach Higgins '09 for becoming the newest members of the Boise State University Foundation Board.


Honoring those who serve and served protecting our country's freedoms! Today we celebrate your sacrifice and dedication to our nation! #🇺🇸


The cybersecurity industry is booming and attracting students and professionals from various backgrounds across the world.

Last fall we introduced our Cyber Operations and Resilience Program, CORe for short, a fully-online program that features a flexible, stackable course design allowing students to receive a degree built uniquely for them. In one year, our program has seen exceptional growth with students from all across the world.

A college journey is unique to every student. For many students, a typical degree path can take anywhere from three to four years, but thanks to the asynchronous online program at Boise State, approaches to obtaining degrees have changed. Learn more about one of our graduate students, Elizabeth Khan, who was able to obtain her master's degree in only a year.


Boise State IEEE students recently toured Plexus and learned more about the engineering industry! Go Broncos!

Career Fair Fall 2022 Professional Headshots 11/08/2022

If you had your professional headshot photo taken at the Oct 19 career fair, all photos can be found here:

If you had a professional photo taken at the Fall 2022 Career Fair, you can find it here. Special thanks to Kristen Fields ( for helping us provide this service to our students and alumni.

Photos from Boise State College of Engineering's post 11/03/2022

Two years ago, the Idaho Secretary of the State designated a team of interdisciplinary researchers to establish the Idaho Election Cybersecurity Center (INSURE) to begin developing tools, technologies, and policies aimed at protecting the future of elections from cyber and information attacks. The INSURE Center is led by Department of Computer Science’s professors Hoda Mehrpouyan, Gaby Dagher, and Amit Jain; and Department of Political Science’s professor Jaclyn Kettler.

Concerns of voter fraud and more safeguards for elections have circulated across Idaho as recently as this summer. With just a week before the midterm elections, the team of interdisciplinary researchers and students are hoping to put their tools to the test this election season in Idaho.

Meet graduate student Kamryn Parker and senior Jack Cunningham who are working to save Idaho elections.


Since arriving at Boise State, Dario De Caro has been making strides on and off the field as one of the many talented student-athletes who call Boise State home.

De Caro, an international cross country, track and field athlete from Italy, was named the 2021 Mountain West Cross Country Champion and Student-Athlete of the Year. When he's not competing, De Caro is finishing his master's while conducting critical research in the Computational Biosciences Laboratory of Engineering led by Associate Professor Clare Fitzpatrick.

Learn more about how De Caro takes his knowledge and technical skills as an engineer and combines it with his experiences as an endurance runner here:


Happy Halloween! Have a safe holiday with family and friends from everyone at the College of Engineering 🎃👻

Photos from Boise State College of Engineering's post 10/28/2022

Thank you to all the employers, students, faculty, staff that participated in the College of Engineering Career Fair on October 27! We had 70 employers, and 450 students participating. It's always good to see Boise State alumni representing the various companies! Go Broncos!

Photos from Boise State Venture College's post 10/27/2022

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Don't miss our final chance of the semester to secure your future internship or employment opportunities! Tomorrow from 9am-2pm is the annual COEN Career Fair in the Jordan Ballroom. This year's fair features employers from over 70 companies looking for the next generation of engineers, computer scientists, and construction managers!

Tips for Success:
1.) Review the list of companies attending
2.) Bring 20+ copies of your resume
3.) Dress professionally
4.) Be prepared for companies hosting interviews after the career fair

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