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Research

Harish Subbaraman (left) with Jim Browning, Ken Cornell, David Estrada and Nirmala Kandadai pose with a plasma printer in a Ruch building COEN lab

Offering Depth & Balance

Student demand has made the Boise State College of Engineering one of the fastest growing on campus. In 2019, we enrolled approximately 2,600 students in our degree programs. We also play a critical role in pursuing scientific and educational research for the benefit of society, our economy, environment, and regional vitality.

How Does Research Help? To serve Idaho and the region, the majority of our faculty balance teaching, service, and research responsibilities. They bring current research into classrooms to ensure that students engage with current and relevant content. They can also extend research opportunities to interested students. Above all, pursuing research helps ensure that Boise State University meets its mandate as a research university to do its part in contributing new knowledge.

Together, faculty and students use research to expand basic knowledge, solve problems, and build machines, computer systems, products, roads, and buildings. We also research how to improve engineering education, the interplay between engineered systems and the environment, and how to optimize systems and organizations.

Balancing Research & Education

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For More About our Research Strengths

While Boise State supports a wide variety of research, it has identified five university-wide strengths where we are making substantive impacts: Materials Science, Geosciences, Sensors, Public Policy, and Creative Writing. Several of these research strengths directly or indirectly involve the College of Engineering. Our Division of Research & Economic Development provides fact sheets about each.