Meet the C-TAP Team

Meet the Team

  • Dick Sevier Portrait

    Dick Sevier

    C-TAP Coordinator

    As C-TAP coordinator, Dick first meets with customers to assess their problem, and then determines a course of action that will provide the most benefit. His experience in working in university research labs as well as in the private sector is useful in matching Boise State resources to client problems.

    Before joining C-TAP, Dick worked in the university’s College of Engineering as the manager of a large research project in contaminant sensing. A key part of this position was mentoring student researchers, a role Dick found he enjoyed. He also worked as a research support engineer, applying his mechanical and electronic skills in the design and fabrication of devices for the College of Engineering’s laboratory infrastructure. Before coming to Boise State, Dick worked for Hewlett Packard in research and development. During his time there, he worked on 25 different programs that included disk drives, printers and scanners and gained experience in both internal and outsourced product development.

    Dick has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and holds 14 patents.

    As C-TAP coordinator, Dick first meets with customers to assess their problem, and then determines a course of action that will provide the most benefit. His experience in working in university research labs as well as in the private sector is useful in matching Boise State resources to client problems.

    Before joining C-TAP, Dick worked in the university’s College of Engineering as the manager of a large research project in contaminant sensing. A key part of this position was mentoring student researchers, a role Dick found he enjoyed. He also worked as a research support engineer, applying his mechanical and electronic skills in the design and fabrication of devices for the College of Engineering’s laboratory infrastructure. Before coming to Boise State, Dick worked for Hewlett Packard in research and development. During his time there, he worked on 25 different programs that included disk drives, printers and scanners and gained experience in both internal and outsourced product development.

    Dick has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and holds 14 patents.

  • Harold Blackman Portrait

    Harold Blackman

    Interim Vice President

    Before joining Boise State in 2012, Harold Blackman served as the director of research for the Materials and Fuels Complex at the Idaho National Lab (INL) in Idaho Falls. For more than 34 years, he has contributed to research and education initiatives in the West, with an emphasis on research management and human reliability analysis.

    Prior to his work at the Materials and Fuels Complex, Blackman held various management positions at the INL and most recently built and directed the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES), a significant research collaboration between Boise State University, University of Idaho, Idaho State University and the INL.

    Blackman’s academic background includes a Ph.D. in educational psychology, a master of arts in educational psychology and a bachelor of arts in secondary education, all from Arizona State University.

    Boise State University, Division of Research & Economic Development

    Before joining Boise State in 2012, Harold Blackman served as the director of research for the Materials and Fuels Complex at the Idaho National Lab (INL) in Idaho Falls. For more than 34 years, he has contributed to research and education initiatives in the West, with an emphasis on research management and human reliability analysis.

    Prior to his work at the Materials and Fuels Complex, Blackman held various management positions at the INL and most recently built and directed the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES), a significant research collaboration between Boise State University, University of Idaho, Idaho State University and the INL.

    Blackman’s academic background includes a Ph.D. in educational psychology, a master of arts in educational psychology and a bachelor of arts in secondary education, all from Arizona State University.

  • AmyValenzuela

    Amy Valenzuela

    Business Manager

    Center for Advanced Energy Studies

Current C-TAP Interns

  • Hunter Good

    Hunter is in his junior year in Materials Science and Engineering and works at a lab technician to perform specialized characterizations of materials for C-TAP. He has ongoing work in performing particle size characterization for a local industrial partner. This role has enabled him to develop standard operating procedures for the analyses so that they may be carried out in a consistent and safe manner. As Hunter gains expertise with the work, he has made revisions to further refine the procedure. He also is learning how to use a scanning electron microscope, including work to prepare samples and to analyze the images using ImageJ software.

    Hunter is in his junior year in Materials Science and Engineering and works at a lab technician to perform specialized characterizations of materials for C-TAP. He has ongoing work in performing particle size characterization for a local industrial partner. This role has enabled him to develop standard operating procedures for the analyses so that they may be carried out in a consistent and safe manner. As Hunter gains expertise with the work, he has made revisions to further refine the procedure. He also is learning how to use a scanning electron microscope, including work to prepare samples and to analyze the images using ImageJ software.

  • ParkerParrish

    Parker Parish

    Parker is a Computer Science major and a wizard in all things electro-mechanical. He was hired to debug a small CNC router that was given to C-TAP. Parker not only was able to return the router to service, he was able to identify weaknesses in the system and with the help of SolidWorks and a 3D printer, designed and installed upgrades where he could. This included wiring in limit switches, enclosing the wires in cable carrier and building supports to integrate the electronics into the router base. Parker is currently using the system to route prototype PC boards for a NASA club project that he is working on.

    Parker is a Computer Science major and a wizard in all things electro-mechanical. He was hired to debug a small CNC router that was given to C-TAP. Parker not only was able to return the router to service, he was able to identify weaknesses in the system and with the help of SolidWorks and a 3D printer, designed and installed upgrades where he could. This included wiring in limit switches, enclosing the wires in cable carrier and building supports to integrate the electronics into the router base. Parker is currently using the system to route prototype PC boards for a NASA club project that he is working on.

  • Tyler Webb

    Tyler is a senior in Material Science and Engineering and was instrumental in the successful completion of printed electronic devices project that C-TAP facilitated. Tyler not only was responsible for the build and test of the devices, he also was the main contact at Boise State for technical communication. Overall, Tyler delivered 3 batches of devices on time amidst tight delivery schedules and shifting technical requirements. He also demonstrated strong technical communication skills by assembling a slide presentation to guide a late project technical discussion as well as final report summarizing the assembly processes he used on the devices. On this project, Tyler learn a great deal about printed electronics devices as well as the expectations and business style encountered in small startups.

    Tyler is a senior in Material Science and Engineering and was instrumental in the successful completion of printed electronic devices project that C-TAP facilitated. Tyler not only was responsible for the build and test of the devices, he also was the main contact at Boise State for technical communication. Overall, Tyler delivered 3 batches of devices on time amidst tight delivery schedules and shifting technical requirements. He also demonstrated strong technical communication skills by assembling a slide presentation to guide a late project technical discussion as well as final report summarizing the assembly processes he used on the devices. On this project, Tyler learn a great deal about printed electronics devices as well as the expectations and business style encountered in small startups.

Previous C-TAP Interns

  • MattThompson

    Matt Thompson

    Matt was a junior in mechanical engineer when he joined C-TAP. His work focused on the characterization of the the electronics for a solar powered lighting system for flagpoles. In his work, Matt measured the voltages and currents at different points in the circuit. Matt’s work identified a component that inhibited the overall efficiency of the system in terms of brightness. A modified circuit was evaluated for light output and battery life. He has also measured light distribution from the LEDs of the system and shown the benefits of a modified circuit that provided greater efficiency.

    Through this work, Matt learned electrical circuit documentation with Eagle software, gained soldering skills that allowed him to modify circuits, the ability to read component data sheets and look for information on key parameters and create a of Bill of Materials. Lastly, he had learned to gather voltage and current information through the programming of data acquisition systems. Matt wrapped up the work by writing a comprehensive report detailing his experimentation, observations and recommendations.

    Matt was a junior in mechanical engineer when he joined C-TAP. His work focused on the characterization of the the electronics for a solar powered lighting system for flagpoles. In his work, Matt measured the voltages and currents at different points in the circuit. Matt’s work identified a component that inhibited the overall efficiency of the system in terms of brightness. A modified circuit was evaluated for light output and battery life. He has also measured light distribution from the LEDs of the system and shown the benefits of a modified circuit that provided greater efficiency.

    Through this work, Matt learned electrical circuit documentation with Eagle software, gained soldering skills that allowed him to modify circuits, the ability to read component data sheets and look for information on key parameters and create a of Bill of Materials. Lastly, he had learned to gather voltage and current information through the programming of data acquisition systems. Matt wrapped up the work by writing a comprehensive report detailing his experimentation, observations and recommendations.

  • LeslieCuen

    Leslie Cuen

    Leslie was hired in her junior year in mechanical engineer and engaged in a variety of projects during her two semesters with C-TAP. Her initial project was to create a complex contoured 3-D form for an inventor with a novel sailboat rudder design.

    Her second project was to assist in the implementation of a new power and control circuit for the heated bed of a 3-D printer to improve thermal response time and capability. This gave her hands-on experience in circuits, soldering, cable routing and termination and schematic documentation. She also gained experience in the use of shop tools such as drill press and band saw as well as smaller hand-held tools.

    Leslie’s third project was to investigate the quality of solder joints for a client’s surface mount technology printed circuit board assembly (PCAs). She took careful photographs of each joint, identified both consistencies and anomalies among the joints and wrote a comprehensive report that detailed her findings and provided recommendations to improve the solder joints. The manufacturer implemented her recommendations and saw a dramatic reduction in defects.

    Leslie’s final project was to characterize the consistency of pharmaceutical cream dispensers for a client. This experimental work has entailed considerable data collection and statistical analysis to bring to light the similarities and differences between the various dispenser designs. She is on the final stretch in completing a 14 page report for the work as well as an expansive Excel workbook containing thousands of data points, statistical calculations and charts. This project was the most extensive undertaken by C-TAP at the time.

    Leslie was hired in her junior year in mechanical engineer and engaged in a variety of projects during her two semesters with C-TAP. Her initial project was to create a complex contoured 3-D form for an inventor with a novel sailboat rudder design.

    Her second project was to assist in the implementation of a new power and control circuit for the heated bed of a 3-D printer to improve thermal response time and capability. This gave her hands-on experience in circuits, soldering, cable routing and termination and schematic documentation. She also gained experience in the use of shop tools such as drill press and band saw as well as smaller hand-held tools.

    Leslie’s third project was to investigate the quality of solder joints for a client’s surface mount technology printed circuit board assembly (PCAs). She took careful photographs of each joint, identified both consistencies and anomalies among the joints and wrote a comprehensive report that detailed her findings and provided recommendations to improve the solder joints. The manufacturer implemented her recommendations and saw a dramatic reduction in defects.

    Leslie’s final project was to characterize the consistency of pharmaceutical cream dispensers for a client. This experimental work has entailed considerable data collection and statistical analysis to bring to light the similarities and differences between the various dispenser designs. She is on the final stretch in completing a 14 page report for the work as well as an expansive Excel workbook containing thousands of data points, statistical calculations and charts. This project was the most extensive undertaken by C-TAP at the time.

  • Abbi Cannon

    Abbi was a sophomore in mechanical engineer when she was hired by C-TAP. Her strong academic record and communication skills made her a solid candidate for the internship.

    Through C-TAP, Abbi worked on a variety of projects including the creation of a complete 2-D SolidWorks package that included part and assembly drawings that enabled a local barrel maker send the design out for quote.

    In addition, Abbi worked on a mobile cart for the Boise State Makerspace to allow secure access for a small CNC mill. Her design required her to build the system around existing parts that she carefully rendered in 3-D space. In the process, Abbi became familiar with the principles of Design Thinking and participating in multiple cycles of concept review and refinement. Abbi also got experience in using power tools in making modifications to the CNC mill as well as other projects.

    Lastly, Abbi gained experience in working with Arduino programs, an experience that whetted her appetite to learn more about microcontrollers and programming. After C-TAP, Abbi embarked on a trip to Brazil as part of her ROTC program at Boise State.

    Abbi was a sophomore in mechanical engineer when she was hired by C-TAP. Her strong academic record and communication skills made her a solid candidate for the internship.

    Through C-TAP, Abbi worked on a variety of projects including the creation of a complete 2-D SolidWorks package that included part and assembly drawings that enabled a local barrel maker send the design out for quote.

    In addition, Abbi worked on a mobile cart for the Boise State Makerspace to allow secure access for a small CNC mill. Her design required her to build the system around existing parts that she carefully rendered in 3-D space. In the process, Abbi became familiar with the principles of Design Thinking and participating in multiple cycles of concept review and refinement. Abbi also got experience in using power tools in making modifications to the CNC mill as well as other projects.

    Lastly, Abbi gained experience in working with Arduino programs, an experience that whetted her appetite to learn more about microcontrollers and programming. After C-TAP, Abbi embarked on a trip to Brazil as part of her ROTC program at Boise State.

  • AshleyJohnson

    Ashley Johnson

    Ashley was a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering when she joined C-TAP. Ashley was asked to mount and wire the components of the flame sensor system as well as take over the 3D printing work for C-TAP projects. She was then tasked with improvements in the process used by Usful Glass to saw their bottles in preparation of making drinking glasses. Ashley began this work by carefully watching the production process and learning about the science of cutting glass. She then identified several key areas for improvements that included a new saw blade choice, more robust bottle fixturing and more targeted water delivery to the blade. She then retrofitted an unused saw with these improvements and demonstrated the benefits to Usful Glass. Her refinements reduced the loss due to breakage in the saw operation as well as reduced the amount of work needed in subsequent polishing operations due to the smoother cut afforded by her improvements. After C-TAP, Ashley studied abroad in Sheffield, England for her junior year.

    Ashley was a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering when she joined C-TAP. Ashley was asked to mount and wire the components of the flame sensor system as well as take over the 3D printing work for C-TAP projects. She was then tasked with improvements in the process used by Usful Glass to saw their bottles in preparation of making drinking glasses. Ashley began this work by carefully watching the production process and learning about the science of cutting glass. She then identified several key areas for improvements that included a new saw blade choice, more robust bottle fixturing and more targeted water delivery to the blade. She then retrofitted an unused saw with these improvements and demonstrated the benefits to Usful Glass. Her refinements reduced the loss due to breakage in the saw operation as well as reduced the amount of work needed in subsequent polishing operations due to the smoother cut afforded by her improvements. After C-TAP, Ashley studied abroad in Sheffield, England for her junior year.

  • Jeff Yarnell

    Jeff was an undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering when C-TAP hired him to create some mechanical parts and assemblies in Solid Works to solve a client need as well as allow Jeff a chance to gain more experience in mechanical CAD work. After that, Jeff had the responsibility of assisting in the design of a flame detection system for a local non-profit, Usful Glass. This work included instrumenting a system with thermocouples and and writing the program for a PLC that would read the output of the temperature controllers and produce an output to solenoid valves that controlled gas flow. In addition, Jeff oversaw the mechanical and electrical documentation of the entire flame sense system.

    Jeff was an undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering when C-TAP hired him to create some mechanical parts and assemblies in Solid Works to solve a client need as well as allow Jeff a chance to gain more experience in mechanical CAD work. After that, Jeff had the responsibility of assisting in the design of a flame detection system for a local non-profit, Usful Glass. This work included instrumenting a system with thermocouples and and writing the program for a PLC that would read the output of the temperature controllers and produce an output to solenoid valves that controlled gas flow. In addition, Jeff oversaw the mechanical and electrical documentation of the entire flame sense system.

  • Nicholas Chapas

    Nicholas, a computer science major, was hired to assemble a searchable database to assist users in finding instrumentation and research interests on the Boise State campus. Nicholas collected data for research labs in the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences and refined the data to make it consistent and understandable by the user. Based on Nicholas’ work, C-TAP has received many inquiries for access to equipment by visitors to our website.

    Nicholas, a computer science major, was hired to assemble a searchable database to assist users in finding instrumentation and research interests on the Boise State campus. Nicholas collected data for research labs in the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences and refined the data to make it consistent and understandable by the user. Based on Nicholas’ work, C-TAP has received many inquiries for access to equipment by visitors to our website.

  • Griff Allen

    Griff was midway through his undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering when he joined C-TAP. As a designer, Griff expanded his understanding of SolidWorks CAD software and gained experience in programming Arduino’s for one client’s testbed. Griff also gained expertise using C-TAP’s 3-D printer and was participated in community outreach events showing how 3-D printed parts were made. Griff’s ability to work on a project from start to finish proved invaluable to clients as well as providing him solid real-world experience. While working for C-TAP, Griff learned metal shop skills that would allow him to fabricate parts and assemblies; that experience would eventually take him to his next position as the Student Shop supervisor in the College of Engineering.

    Griff was midway through his undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering when he joined C-TAP. As a designer, Griff expanded his understanding of SolidWorks CAD software and gained experience in programming Arduino’s for one client’s testbed. Griff also gained expertise using C-TAP’s 3-D printer and was participated in community outreach events showing how 3-D printed parts were made. Griff’s ability to work on a project from start to finish proved invaluable to clients as well as providing him solid real-world experience. While working for C-TAP, Griff learned metal shop skills that would allow him to fabricate parts and assemblies; that experience would eventually take him to his next position as the Student Shop supervisor in the College of Engineering.