As we grow, the college is actively increasing graduate program offerings. At the same time, we serve a large and valued undergraduate population. Therefore, we take a balanced approach to research and education that puts an unshakeable focus on student learning and prioritizes both undergraduate education as well as research faculty and graduate students. Except for a small number of faculty members devoted exclusively to research, all other college faculty commit equally to teaching and research, so students have ongoing opportunities to interact and often to collaborate in classrooms, conferences, publications, and research. We have a long history of providing substantive research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students, and it has proven a boon both to advancing research as well as to keeping students engaged, in school, and well positioned for a range of advanced educational opportunities. In 2011, federally- and state-funded sponsored projects contributed 2.5 million dollars specifically to Boise State student salaries, paying nearly a quarter of these salaries, or approximately 543 mostly undergraduate student researchers. And Boise State student research teams regularly participate in NASA’s highly selective Microgravity University program. Here you can find more about student research with NASA and what some of our graduates are doing now in careers in spaceflight and aviation.
Offering Depth & Balance
Student demand has made the Boise State University College of Engineering one of the fastest growing colleges on campus. In 2019, we have approximately 2,600 students enrolled in our degree programs, and the college plays a critical role in pursuing scientific and educational research for the benefit of society, our economy, and environment. This is a college of problem solvers and makers. Here faculty and students explore how to leverage computer science, electrical and mechanical engineering, the science of materials, and civil engineering and construction management expertise to expand basic knowledge, and to build machines, products, roads, and buildings. We also examine the interplay between what we build and the natural environment, and how to optimize system and organizational performance. College educational research has included studies of how to increase interest among young people in science and engineering, remove college teaching obstacles, and close the performance gap between graduating students and first-year workers.
To maintain a balanced commitment to high-quality research and education, we offer:
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.