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2022 Top Scholars

Noteworthy Accomplishments

  • Must have at least a 3.800 GPA
  • Research and creative activity
  • Honors and awards
  • Notable academic experiences
  • Co-curricular activities

DYLAN BURRUEL

Dylan Burruel

Degree: Mechanical Engineering

Honors & Awards: Brown Engineering Award, GEM Scholarship, Idaho Society of Professional Engineers Outstanding Junior, Kappa Sigma Scholarship-Leadership Award

Undergraduate Research: Northwest Tissue Mechanics Laboratory, Dr. Trevor Lujan

Activities: Kappa Sigma, College of Engineering Peer Adviser

EMMA CAMERON

Emma Camaron

Degree: Mechanical Engineering

Honors & Awards: Idaho Society of Professional Engineers Outstanding Junior, GEM Scholarship, SEMA Top Student Scholarship, SEMA Student Experience Scholarship, Brown Engineering Scholarship, SEMA Scholarship Recipient

Activities: Boise State Honors College, Smokeguard Mechanical Engineering Intern, Student Athlete Tutor, Phi Sigma Rho, SAE Baja Club, Tau Beta Pi

ALEJANDRO DRAPER

Alex Draper

Degree: Mechanical Engineering

Honors & Awards: Boise State Presidential Scholarship, Boise State Capitol Scholars Scholarship, University Nuclear Leadership Program Scholarship

Activities: College of Engineering Student Ambassador, Tau Beta Pi, Order of the Engineer
Undergraduate Research: Smart Materials and Systems Laboratory, Dr. Zhangxian Deng

Future Plans: Attending graduate school to pursue mechanical and/or aerospace engineering

WILL GASPERINI

Will Gasperini

Degree: Mechanical Engineering

Honors & Awards: Outstanding Scholar Award, Hacking for Homebuilding Finalist

Undergraduate Research: Mechanical Adaptations Laboratory, Dr. Gunes Uzer

Activities: Tau Beta Pi, Site Solutions Intern for Naval Nuclear Laboratory, Engineering and Drafting Intern for Valor Trailers, Student Machine Shop Supervisor

Future Plans: Working as a prototyping engineer for Twelve Carbon Transformation in Berkeley, California

CODY LACOURSIERE

Cody Lacoursiere

Degree: Materials Science and Engineering

Honors & Awards: Top Materials Science and Engineering Student, Boise State Alumni Legacy Scholarship, SC Johnson Sons and Daughters Scholarship, Boise State Presidential Scholarship, HERC Fellowship, Brown Engineering Scholarship

Undergraduate Research: Surface Science Lab, Dr. Paul Davis

Activities: Boise State Honors College, COEN Peer Advisor, COEN Ambassador, Companions for Communities, Tau Beta Pi, Idaho Gamma Chapter, Student IMPACT Board

Future Plans: Attending graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in civil and environmental engineering

ZACHARY PINKLEY

Zach Pinkley

Degree: Mechanical Engineering

Honors & Awards: GEM Scholarship, Tau Beta Pi Scholarship, Alaska Performance Scholarship, Alaska Oil and Gas Association Scholarship

Undergraduate Research: Northwest Tissue Mechanics Laboratory, Dr. Trevor Lujan

Activities: Northwest Tissue Mechanics UG Research Intern, Student Equity Center Special Student Populations Coordinator, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Tau Beta Pi, Boise State Girl’s Club Hockey Assistant Coach

Future Plans: Pursuing career development before returning to academia for a master’s or doctorate in mechanical engineering

ANNA RIFT

Anna Rift

Degree: Computer Science & Mathematics

Honors & Awards: Boise State Presidential Scholarship

Undergraduate Research: ADaPT Data Flow Optimizations Lab, Dr. Cathie Olschanowsky

Activities: Paylocity Intern, Queer STEM Club Co-Founder, Boise State Trans Alliance, Boise State’s FIRST Robotics Team “The Chickadees”, Idaho State Secretary Cybersecurity TableTop

Future Plans: Working as a software engineer with Paylocity before eventually returning to academia to obtain a doctorate and career in research

ASHLEY RIVERA

Ashley Rivera

Degree: Electrical Engineering

Honors & Awards: Commencement Student Marshall, Idaho Society of Professional Engineers Outstanding Junior, Boise State Presidential Scholarship, Idaho Opportunity Scholarship, National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar

Undergraduate Research: ADaPT Data Flow Optimizations Lab, Dr. Cathie Olschanowsky; Fiber Optics, Lasers, and Integrated-Photonics Research Lab, Dr. Nirmala Kandadai

Activities: Idaho National Laboratory Intern, Boise State Honors College, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Association for Computing Machinery-Women, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Future Plans: Pursue a career in the energy industry with values in innovation and diversity

MCKENNA ROAN

McKenna Roan

Degree: Civil Engineering

Honors & Awards: Idaho Society of Professional Engineers Outstanding Junior, American Indian Science and Engineering Society Anderson Award, GEM Scholarship, Simpson-Strong Tie Structural Engineering Scholarship, American Concrete Institute Intermountain Scholarship

Undergraduate Research: Sustainable and Resilient Geotechnical Engineering Research Laboratory, Dr. Bhaskar Chittoori

Activities: Keller Associates Structural Engineering Intern, Phi Sigma Rho, American Society of Civil Engineers, Chi Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, Boise State Soccer

Future Plans: Working as a structural engineer with Keller Associates Inc., and continuing masters degree in civil engineering at Boise State

ANDREW RUSSELL

Andrew Russell

Degree: Mechanical Engineering

Honors & Awards: Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Graduate Award, Undergraduate Research Scholar Award, CID Esports Scholarship Award

Undergraduate Research: Thermal Transport and Solar Energy Laboratory, Dr. Todd Otanicar

Activities: Tau Beta Pi, Boise State University Varsity Esports Team, College of Engineering’s Engineering and Science Festival

Future Plans: Attending graduate school to pursue doctorate in aerospace engineering

SIERRA SANDISON

SierraSandison

Degree: Mechanical Engineering

Honors & Awards: Idaho Entrepreneurship Challenge Lifestyle Track Winner, HERC Fellowship, Miss Idaho 2014, Boise State Presidential Scholar, Congressional Bronze Medalist, Idaho Society of Professional Engineers Outstanding Junior

Undergraduate Research: Higher Education Research Council Fellowship, Dr. Krishna Pakala

Activities: 3D Printcess LLC, Boise State Spirit Squad Buster Bronco, Phi Sigma Rho, Student Advisory Board, Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi,

Future Plans: Operating her business, 3D Printcess LLC, with plans to hire her first employee and expand the production to 50 printers by the end of the year

ELLIE SCHLAKE

ELLIE SCHLAKE

Degree: Electrical Engineering

Honors & Awards: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, HERC Fellowship, Idaho Society of Professional Engineers Outstanding Junior, Boise State Presidential Scholarship, Brown Engineering Award, Lightfoot Foundation Scholarship

Undergraduate Research: Fiber-optics, Lasers and Integrated-photonics Research Laboratory, Dr. Nirmala Kandadai; NSF Center for Atomically Thin Multifunctional Coatings Group, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Project

Activities: Phi Sigma Rho, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Tau Beta Pi, YMCA Team Idaho

Future Plans: Attending graduate school at Boise State to pursue her masters in electrical and computer engineering

RILEY SMITH

Riley Smith

Degree: Construction Management

Honors & Awards: Academic All-Mountain West Conference Honoree, Full Athletic Football Scholarship

Activities: Boise State Bronco Football, Sigma Chi, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Broncos United Diversity & Equality Committee, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Bronco Buddies, Dreams Come True, 250+ hours of community service

Future Plans: Attending graduate school at Boise State to pursue a masters of business administration and pursue a football career and the professional level

ZACH SULLIVAN

Zac Sullivan

Degree: Mechanical Engineering

Honors & Awards: Boise State Presidential Scholarship, Boise State Capital Scholarship

Undergraduate Research: Thermal and Solar Energy Laboratory, Dr. Todd Otanicar

Activities: IRRAS Engineering Intern, YSTEM, Boise State Honors College, Tau Beta Pi, Order of the Engineers

Future Plans: Attending graduate school at University of Colorado-Boulder or pursuing career development in aerospace industry