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Cutting Edge Insights

Boise State University is committed to its role as a metropolitan research university of distinction. The College of Engineering emphasizes hands-on experience for both undergraduate and graduate students as our faculty pursue important research in their individual areas of expertise.

Students working in ME labs work with biomaterials, plasma, solar energy, robots, and smart materials. Cutting edge research opportunities are available to our undergraduate and graduate students, including opportunities to present and to publish.

Labs and Centers

Boise Applied Biomechanics of Infants Laboratory (BABI)

Principle Researcher: Erin Mannen, Ph.D.
Yanke Research Park, 220 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, ID  83706
ErinMannen@boisestate.edu

The Boise Applied Biomechanics of Infants (BABI) Lab at Boise State University focuses on understanding how babies move and use their muscles, and what that means for safety and musculoskeletal development. We work closely with clinicians and industry to ask relevant questions to improve the health and well-being of babies.

Ceramic MEMS Laboratory (C-MEMS)

Principle Researcher: Don Plumlee, Ph.D., P.E.
Micron Engineering Center, Room 415
dplumlee@boisestate.edu

The Ceramic Microelectrical Mechanical Systems (C-MEMS) lab uses Low Temperature Co-fired Ceramics (LTCC) to manufacture prototypes for research purposes. This lab is supervised by Dr. Donald Plumlee and run by undergraduate research assistants at Boise State University. The C-MEMS lab provides services for design to fabrication of many different possible applications of LTCC. A few of the lab projects include work in microfluidic channels, thermoelectric generators, and plasma microthrusters.

Computational Biosciences Laboratory (CBL)

Principle Researcher: Clare Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Micron Engineering Center, Room 402
clarefitzpatrick@boisestate.edu

Research at the Computational Biosciences Laboratory (CBL) at Boise State University focuses on applying computational models to understand the mechanisms of disease, injury and degeneration, and designing targeted treatment options and surgical interventions to address clinical issues and athletic performance. We work in close collaboration with surgeons and experimentalists to gather data to develop and validate our models, and then use these models to predict how the body will behave during different activities, or how it may change as a result of injury or surgical intervention. The overall objective of this work is to improve quality of life and functional performance.

Computational Materials Design Laboratory

Principle Researcher: Mahmood Mamivand, Ph.D.
Micron Engineering Center, Room 408
mahmoodmamivand@boisestate.edu

At the Computational Materials Design (CMD) lab we develop physics-based and data-driven models to understand the inter-relationships between chemistry, processing, structure, and property in materials. The goal of the CMD group research is to accelerate the process of materials design and discovery through advancing the science and engineering of materials microstructure. Our research covers a wide range of materials including aerospace materials, energy materials, and biomaterials.

Mechanical Adaptations Laboratory (MAL)

Principle Researcher: Gunes Uzer, Ph.D.
Micron Engineering Center, Room 313
gunesuzer@boisestate.edu

Studies in the Mechanical Adaptations Laboratory are directed towards understanding how changes in the tissue mechanical environment in relation to exercise, injury, aging and disuse regulate structural adaptations in cells to control signaling and eventually fate decisions in stem cells.

Northwest Tissue Mechanics Laboratory (NTM Lab)

Principle Researcher: Trevor J. Lujan, Ph.D.
Micron Engineering Center, Room 314
NTM@boisestate.edu

The central mission of the NTM laboratory is to improve the well-being of individuals and societies by addressing persistent problems in musculoskeletal health. A core focus of our laboratory is to investigate how soft tissue responds to force during injury and repair, and to then translate this research into innovative medical solutions that are effective, practical and affordable. Our research utilizes experimental and computational methods, and we engage in interdisciplinary collaborations with biologists, engineers and clinicians.

Robot Control Laboratory

Principle Researcher: Aykut C. Satici, Ph.D.
Micron Engineering Center, Room 103
aykutsatici@boisestate.edu

The mission of the Robot Control Laboratory (RCL) is to enable robots to efficiently and robustly perform desired manipulation and locomotion tasks by designing low-level feedback control and estimation algorithms. This avenue of research lies in the intersection of dynamical systems, robotics, control, and applied mathematics. A core focus of our laboratory is to investigate how to perform manipulation with multi-agent robotic systems, devising robustly stabilizing controllers for hybrid mechanical systems, such as robots in intermittent contact with the environment. Our research is theoretical and experimental and we engage in interdisciplinary collaborations with biologists (bio-inspired robotics), engineers, and mathematicians.

Smart Materials and Systems Laboratory (SMS)

Principle Investigator: Zhangxian “Dan” Deng, Ph.D.
Micron Engineering Center, Room 305
zhangxiandeng@boisestate.edu

The overall objective of the Smart Materials and Systems Laboratory is to investigate the potential of advanced smart materials in structural health or human health monitoring. The on-going projects cover both fundamental research and applied research. The fundamental research includes Multiphysics modeling and experimental characterization of new smart materials. The applied research involves wireless sensor development and mechanical energy harvesting. Future projects will target the integration of smart materials and novel 2D/3D printing technologies.

Thermal Transport and Solar Energy Laboratory

Principle Researcher: Todd Otanicar, Ph.D.
Environmental Research Building, Room 4102
toddotanicar@boisestate.edu

The Thermal Transport and Solar Energy Laboratory is focused on the intersection of thermal and mass transport with a variety of different energy systems. Our research has investigated radiative properties of nanoparticles, erosion in high temperature environments, desalination, and the design of hybrid thermal/photovoltaic solar collectors.

Center for Orthopaedic amd Biomechanics Research (COBR)

Yanke Research Park, 220 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, ID 83706
208.426.5614
cobr@boisestate.edu

The Boise State University Center for Orthopaedic and Biomechanics Research (COBR) is a partnership between the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Kinesiology.

The mission of COBR is to advance understanding of the mechanical and neuromuscular characteristics of human movement through basic science, engineering, clinical research and education.