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Patricio Sainz


Degree: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, minor in Military Science, and an Intermediate Spanish Certificate

Future Plans: Work as an overhead transmission line design engineer and project engineer

Honored Faculty: Dr. Krishna Pakala, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering

Scholarships: Thelma Brown Engineering Scholarship, Boldt-Ripke Family Scholarship, Edward W. Stimpson Leadership Scholarship

Teamwork and leadership are through lines of Patricio Sainz’s academic career at Boise State University. As a student, he spent more than four semesters working as an undergraduate researcher, and came under the mentorship of Associate Dean and Professor Jim Browning and Post-doctoral Research Scientist Ranajoy Bhattacharya. Additionally, he has given several presentations, and contributed to peer-reviewed publications on vacuum electronics research. Patricio has worked as an engineering dynamics grader for the MBE department, which is the basis for his current position as an overhead transmission line design intern at POWER Engineers. The Idaho Society of Professional Engineers recognized him as an Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Junior.

One of his favorite places on the campus of Boise State University is the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering, where he has fond memories of group study sessions and small group work with his friends and fellow students. As a member and chapter president of the Tau Beta Pi engineering society, he participated in and organized community service projects. Patricio would also like to recognize Dr. Plumlee as a mentor and chief advisor of Tau Beta Pi. Patricio is a member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps on campus, through which he has worked with a variety of students representing different backgrounds and areas of academic interest.

One of his strongest supporters and influences is his honored faculty member, award-winning Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Krishna Pakala, whom Patricio said “inspired me to have a successful academic career through his passion for education and dedication to students.”

Patricio is from Thayne, Wyoming.

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