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Sierra Sandison

Sierra Sandison

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Computer Science, Minor in Biomedical Engineering, Minor in Applied Mathematics, Certificate of Mechatronics, Certificate of Mechanical Design

Future Plans: Expand her current 3D printing company, 3D PrinTcess, LLC and hire her first employee.

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

Scholarships:Presidential Scholarship, Capital Scholars Textbook Scholarship, ID Robert R. Lee Promise, Miss Idaho Scholarship Program, Spirit Squad

Sierra first enrolled at Boise State as a Presidential Scholar in the fall of 2012, the semester after she graduated high school. While it has taken her ten years to finish her undergraduate degree, she has many accomplishments to show for it.

Sandison, who has type 1 diabetes, was crowned Miss Idaho 2014 and wore her insulin pump on the Miss America stage, making national headlines and going viral for breaking beauty standards and destigmatizing medical devices. She has since given over 100 keynote speeches in over 30 states at diabetes conferences, school assemblies, and events. She also published her memoir Sugar Linings: Finding the Bright Side of Type 1 Diabetes in 2015, and rode her bicycle from New York City to San Francisco with 20 fellow type 1 diabetics in 2017 while followed by a film crew, resulting in the Bike Beyond documentary. 

Since Sandison has returned to pursue her engineering degree full time, she has accomplished a lot at Boise State, including being named the Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Junior by the Idaho Society of Professional Engineers (2020); winning the Invent for the Planet competition; organizing VIP Con–a fall showcase for Vertically Integrated Project teams; launching her company, 3D PrinTcess, LLC. with which she won her track in the Idaho Entrepreneurship Challenge; and winning the Spirit of Boise State Award.

Last but not least, Sierra has been involved at Boise State in a way that she has kept secret even from the closest people in her life until very recently. In addition to all of her campus involvement and achievements, she has also been present “undercover” at countless events, such as freshmen orientations, Christmas tree lightings, Dance Marathons, State of the University addresses, and too many athletic events to count, as her alter ego, Buster Bronco. Collegiate mascot culture requires that the athletes keep their identities secret until graduation, but playing such a special role in Boise State culture has been far and away from the highlight of Sierra’s undergraduate experience and, she will forever cherish every moment she got to spend as Bronco Nation’s best friend.

Sierra is from Twin Falls, Idaho.

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Please join us for the 40th Anniversary of Boise State University’s Annual Top Ten Scholars Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 5, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. in the Stueckle Sky Center.

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