Hometown: Meridian, Idaho
Degree: Bachelor of Science, Materials Science and Engineering
Future Plans: Klopfenstein will pursue a Ph.D. in materials science to research energy solutions for climate change, and become an American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow.
Honored Faculty: Dr. Eric Jankowski, Associate Professor, Micron School of Materials Science & Engineering
Engineering is her passion, but Mia Klopfenstein found her niche when she joined the Society of Women Engineers (SOWE) and the Tau Beta Pi (TBP) engineering honors society.
Through these groups, she made lifelong friends and professional connections. She has also become a leader. Klopfenstein serves as the vice president of internal affairs at SOWE and the president of TBP — posts that have positioned her for future success in her field.
At Boise State, Klopfenstein worked as a research assistant in the Computational Materials Engineering lab simulating molecules for organic photovoltaics, a sustainable and inexpensive way to generate electricity. She has also presented her research at four conferences, co-authored a paper, and is currently working on her own research paper. She has also interned at Penn State through the Research Experience for Undergraduates program. She made the Boise State High Honors Dean’s List three years in a row.
After graduating with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, and a minor in Applied Mathematics, Klopfenstein will pursue a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, specializing in energy solutions to climate change. She’ll also try for a fellowship with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
2021 Virtual Award Ceremony
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