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 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
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.