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NSPE-ID recognizes outstanding ME juniors

Each year, the Department of Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering at Boise State is asked to nominate two juniors for the Idaho Society of Professional Engineers. Based on these nominations, the two students are interviewed by ISPE and an outstanding junior from our department will be awarded a prize at a special virtual reception during Engineering Week 2024.

While the ISPE organization conducts interviews to select the final Outstanding Junior for 2024, we want to celebrate the two ME nominees here!


2024 Outstanding ME Juniors

The department has chosen two student nominees for the ISPE award: Nuha Akhtar and Andrew Bossert. ISPE will choose the final winner, but each student is a great representative of our Junior engineers. Please congratulate these students when you see them.

Nuha Akhtar

Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Major: Mechanical Engineering, Physics Minor

Campus Involvement: MBE Student Advisory Board, Officer Tau Beta Pi, Society of Women Engineers, BSU Symphonic Winds

Experience: MIT Lincoln Laboratory Research Program Mechanical Intern (SU 2024), EIS Student Shop Supervisor, C-MEMS Lab Undergrad Researcher, Caltech KNI SURF-the-WAVE Prize Fellow, NASA Micro-g Team Lead, Collaboratory of Epitaxy for Nanomaterials (CEN) Undergrad Researcher, NASA Science Activation Program (AstroTAC), BABi Lab Undergrad Researcher

Hobbies: playing the saxophone, going to concerts, collecting vinyls, reading, learning about all things space related, playing tennis, working on my NC Mazda Miata and riding my sportbike and dirt bike

Post-Graduation plans: Currently, I am interested in the interdisciplinary aspect of combining physics research areas with the application of engineering. Post college, I plan to apply for graduate school where I will pursue my PhD in a program combining Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics.

Andrew Bossert

Andrew Bossert

Hometown:  Stockton, CA
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Campus Involvement:  Undergraduate research assistant at BABI lab

Experience: Nuclear Navy veteran 2014-2018, BABI Lab research assistant 2023-2024

Hobbies:  Gardening, 3D modeling (artistic), guitar

Post-Graduation plans: apply for a PhD program in biomedical engineering focusing on biomechanics (also possibly take some time to travel)