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Engineering and Innovation

Innovation, right where you live. Some of the most powerful learning occurs when you are exposed to experiences that aren’t always in the curriculum. In the Engineering and Innovation Living Learning Community (EIC), you will connect with other serious students who are interested in technical disciplines like engineering, gaming, interactive media and mobile technology. Your access to resident faculty, advising sessions and weekly community meals will prepare you for the careers of the future. Let us help you engineer your future.

Why Should You Apply

The EIC prepares students for a career by exposing students to topics that are not always included in the formal curriculum, such as communication and presentation skills, along with teamwork. The EIC fosters an amazing academic environment for all students.

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Community Events

Residents are able to participate in many experiences during their time living on campus both academic and social in nature such as Evening with a faculty, rafting trips, off-campus dinners, industry visits and many more fun adventures.

Curriculum

EIC Classes provide students an opportunity to meet on a regular basis to support an active living and learning community. Together, participants will explore aspects of success in engineering through a series of academic, community service, and team building activities

Faculty

  • Dr. Krishna Pakala

    Dr. Krishna Pakala

    Faculty-in-Residence, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering

    Dr. Pakala teaches thermal and fluid science courses in the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Pakala is entering his seventh year as Faculty-in-Residence and thrives in working with freshmen to get them better connected to faculty in their majors as well as help them find internships, study abroad opportunities, and become better connected to the university as a whole. Dr. Pakala is joined by his wife, Aparna, and two children, Moukthik and Muktha.

    Listen to Dr. Pakala speak about his experience with the Engineering & Innovation Living Learning Community here.

    Contact Dr. Pakala: krishnapakala@boisestate.edu

    Dr. Pakala teaches thermal and fluid science courses in the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Pakala is entering his seventh year as Faculty-in-Residence and thrives in working with freshmen to get them better connected to faculty in their majors as well as help them find internships, study abroad opportunities, and become better connected to the university as a whole. Dr. Pakala is joined by his wife, Aparna, and two children, Moukthik and Muktha.

    Listen to Dr. Pakala speak about his experience with the Engineering & Innovation Living Learning Community here.

    Contact Dr. Pakala: krishnapakala@boisestate.edu

  • Dr. Steve Swanson

    Distinguished Educator in Residence

    Dr. Swanson is a retired NASA Astronaut who worked as a systems engineer and a flight engineer in the Aircraft Operations Division of NASA’s Johnson Space Center working on the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA). Dr. Swanson completed over 6000 simulated Shuttle approaches. Dr. Swanson helps our students explore space, engage in space trivia and help our students connect with NASA.

    Dr. Swanson is a retired NASA Astronaut who worked as a systems engineer and a flight engineer in the Aircraft Operations Division of NASA’s Johnson Space Center working on the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA). Dr. Swanson completed over 6000 simulated Shuttle approaches. Dr. Swanson helps our students explore space, engage in space trivia and help our students connect with NASA.

  • Dr. Edoardo Serra

    Dr. Edoardo Serra

    Faculty-out-of-Residence, Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science

    Dr. Serra is an assistant professor in the Computer Science department. He teaches Machine Learning and Design of algorithms. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Calabria, Italy, in 2012. He was Visiting Researcher at the Computer Science Department of the University of California – Los Angeles (2010 – 2011). After completing a Ph.D. degree, Dr. Serra was a Research Associate at University of Maryland  (2013 – 2015). His research interests are in the field of Artificial Intelligence with applications in cyber and national security. Dr. Serra is interested in helping and motivate students in finding their own unique career paths by synergistic cooperation between students and faculties.

    Contact Dr. Serra: edoardoserra@boisestate.edu

    Dr. Serra is an assistant professor in the Computer Science department. He teaches Machine Learning and Design of algorithms. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Calabria, Italy, in 2012. He was Visiting Researcher at the Computer Science Department of the University of California – Los Angeles (2010 – 2011). After completing a Ph.D. degree, Dr. Serra was a Research Associate at University of Maryland  (2013 – 2015). His research interests are in the field of Artificial Intelligence with applications in cyber and national security. Dr. Serra is interested in helping and motivate students in finding their own unique career paths by synergistic cooperation between students and faculties.

    Contact Dr. Serra: edoardoserra@boisestate.edu