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CAES October 2022 Newsletter

Engineering Faculty Partner for Cleaner, Safer Water

Boise State faculty and researchers across the country received a $6 million National Science Foundation grant-funded effort to create printable sensors for water surveillance.

The four-year research proposal utilizes the NSF’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) to create printable sensors that measure the toxicity in surface and drinking water for widespread surveillance, while also identifying the levels of environmentally-produced toxins in at-risk human populations and for individual use.

Co-investigators from the Boise State College of Engineering include Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering associate professor and associate director of the Center of Advanced Energy Studies, David Estrada, and Electrical and Computer Engineering affiliate faculty Harish Subbaraman who will help lead the inks synthesis, sensor development, and integration aspects of the project.

The multidisciplinary project includes researchers from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and University of Arkansas Medical Sciences campus, where each group will provide unique services for the project.

More Information Here: Engineering Faculty Partner

Collaborative Research: New Pathways to STEM Careers in Southern Idaho

A collaborative research project that will form a higher education consortium across Southern Idaho providing responsive recruiting, retention, and career pathways for engineering and computer science (ECS) students has been awarded. Scholars can receive up to $10,000/year in unmet financial need to pursue degrees in Engineering or Computer Science. Support transfers from CSI or CWI to Boise State with the scholars. INL will partner with Boise State to develop academic support seminars and programs, while helping “energize” career pathways into STEM fields.

“Excited to be part of a team that will soon kick off the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) Scholars Consortium with Boise State University College of Engineering, Idaho National Laboratory, College of Western Idaho, and the College of Southern Idaho! This program received $5Million in support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) S-STEM program and marks the first time Idaho’s institutions of higher education have partnered to provide scholarships for academically talented and financially needy students through this program.” – Dave Estrada, PhD

Congratulations to Prof. Don Plumlee for leading this effort! More details are in award abstract. Stay tuned for more information.

More Information Here: Collaborative Research

CAES Codebreaker: Nuclear Energy Materials Research in the Advanced Materials Laboratory

A collaborative effort involving several national laboratories and universities studying the use of novel fuel forms in advanced nuclear reactors is the focus of the CAES Codebreaker webinar on Oct. 6 at 3:30 pm. Brian Jaques, an assistant professor in the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University, and Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) Lead, who holds a joint appointment with Idaho National Laboratory (INL), will discuss the research being done by his team, which includes INL, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Manchester.

The CAES Codebreaker webinar takes place on the first Thursday of the month. It provides a forum for students and researchers to address their work, communicate opportunities and challenges to a receptive audience, and increase dialogue among CAES affiliates.

Codebreaker: Nuclear Energy Materials Research in the Advanced Materials Laboratory

Upcoming Events

EPI Power Talk/Fireside Chat: Inflation Reduction Act & Energy  October 21st, 2022 1pm MST Register Here

Stein Luminary Awarded

Boise State’s Center for Advanced Energy Studies recently awarded the Stein Luminary $10,000 for its work with the Idaho National Laboratory and software engineers to create content for the Center for Atomically Thin Multi-functional Coatings Industry Advisory Board, also known as ATOMIC IAB, conference this fall.

As an awardee, the luminary will support projects and initiatives that correspond with the vision and mission of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, as well as supporting cross-campus collaboration between the School of the Arts, the College of Arts and Sciences, and others.

More Information Here: Stein Luminary Award

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