Nardos Ayele Ashenafi

Nardos Ashenafi, Top Ten Scholar, Studio Portrait by Priscilla Grover

Degree: Bachelor of science in mechanical engineering
Future Plans: Pursue a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at Boise State University.
Honored Faculty: Dr. Krishna Pakala, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering

Nardos chose to attend Boise State University because she realized she wanted to be a part of an educational community that motivates innovation and encourages creative thinking. As an international student from Ethiopia, she understands the sometimes prohibitive costs of university education. She cites the opportunities arisen from scholarships as the catalyst for her significant engagement on campus.

Nardos has been able to give back to her peers by serving as peer education and learning assistant for more than 350 students, led several skill-building workshops and facilitated the redesign of toy cars for children with Cerebral Palsy. As an executive member of Phi Eta Sigma honor society, Nardos performed data analysis for Idaho Power to improve energy use, waste disposal, recycling and water use from Boise Fry Company. Her service extends beyond Boise State working with Boise Parks and Recreation to design and build transfer benches for individuals with disabilities.

During her tenure at Boise State, Nardos was awarded a Higher Education Research Council fellowship to work in the Computational Biosciences Laboratory. For seven months, she created and analyzed patient-specific 3D knee models to identify features in the knee that make patients prone to patellar dislocation. Nardos further enhanced her skills in robotics through her senior design project where she designed and built an air-hockey-playing robot.

Nardos recently took the Fundamental of Engineering exam and will hold the title of Engineer in Training (EIT) after graduation.

Nardos is from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Nardos Named a Spring Commencement speaker

Boise State University is proud to present Nardos Ayele Ashenafi as one of two Boise State spring 2019 commencement speakers. Ashenafi graduates summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering.