Jun. 9, 2015

BSU Students Volunteer in Earthquake Stricken Nepal

by Brady W. Moore, Boise State University

Two Boise State University students, Ujjwal and Utsav Roy, recently returned from a two-week trip volunteering in Nepal. Ujjwal and Utsav arrived in Nepal on May 10 and purchased food supplies and tents for families who had lost their homes in the devastating quake. The magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Nepal killed more than 8,800 people and injured more than 23,000. 

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Jan. 22, 2015

President Tours BSU’s New Product Development Lab

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President Barack Obama’s visit to Boise State University included a tour of the New Product Development Lab, hosted by materials science professor Dave Estrada, left, and College of Engineering Dean Amy Moll, among others. Students gain hands-on experience in the lab, working with local businesses to design and prototype products

Jun. 12, 2015

BSU Launches Gaming, Interactive Media and Mobile Tech Courses

by Ralph Poore, Boise State University

Boise State is launching courses in Gaming, Interactive Media and Mobile Technology (GIMM) this fall. Professionals in marketing, healthcare and technology are using these skills to create computer-generated images for various projects. GIMM courses are expected to draw students from art, computer science, English, information technology and supply chain management, and educational technology. 

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Oct. 28, 2015

What Will a Materials Research Center Mean to BSU?

What will a materials research center mean to BSU?

Dr. Bob Kustra shares how Micron's investment into Boise State University's materials research center will impact Idaho.

Nov. 20, 2014

Angels Invest in BSU Venture College Student’s Startup

Boise State Venture College entrepreneur Ryan Vasso, CEO of Basedin, is the first of 38 entrepreneurs who have entered the program to achieve an important milestone. Recently his company successfully raised capital. Two of the local angel funds, along with members of the funds, invested $125,000 in stock in Vasso's company. He will use the capital to further test his business hypotheses and to determine if he can grow the business beyond the Treasure Valley. Basedin solves creates a business score that measures a company's online reputation. The company aggregates all the reviews it can find and displays them on a local business's profile page. It also checks and displays a company's accreditation, awards, civic involvement and social media popularity.
Mar. 9, 2015

Harvard i-Lab founder on building an ‘entrepreneurial ecosystem’ at BSU

by Andrew Crisp

In February, Boise State University announced Harvard University’s Gordon Jones would lead a new initiative designed to promote cross-disciplinary collaboration while providing a 21st century education: the newly created College of Innovation and Design. While Jones won’t officially take his post until May, he already has extensive plans and new ideas for his College. He described the College of Innovation and Design as a place for students to come together from across the University’s existing degree programs and Colleges. 

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Dec. 12, 2014

Kestrel High Performance Cluster “In the House” with a Viz-Wall @ BSU

A new high-performance computing resource previously only accessible for campus researchers from its location at Idaho National Laboratory’s data center in Idaho Falls is now available on the BSU campus with a large visualization wall. 

The Kestrel cluster attacks Big Data problems with a fast 64 TB parallel file storage system for large data sets, 2TB of memory, 512 Intel Xeon 2.6 GHz computing cores, and 64 high end graphics processing units (GPU). Kestrel is capable of working through complex problems across disciplines, including projects as diverse as wind energy forecasting, modeling for threat reduction in chemical and biological defense, materials characterization and modeling, snow hydrology and remote sensing, and mechanisms of skeleton development in living systems.

Jul. 22, 2016

BSU Student’s ‘Bike Idaho’ App Wins Grand Prize In Idaho Tech Challenge

Boise State University's Josh White won the grand prize and Best of Tourism award in the Idaho Tech Challenge, a competition put on by AT&T, the Idaho Technology Council and Gov. Butch Otter's office.

The contest challenged university students to create an educational software application focused on agriculture, health care or tourism. White's submission, titled “Bike Idaho," shows Idaho’s scenic byways in map or list form, with pictures, elevation, and distance to provide users with tools to find and enjoy cycling in the Gem State. Winners receive cash prizes and potential mentoring and networking with the AT&T Foundry. BSU students were awarded a total of $17,000 in prizes, according to a press release.

"Our goal was to use technology as a way for university level students to challenge each other while creating something that benefits their home state,” stated Carl Gipson with AT&T External Affairs. 

Mar. 7, 2016

From Boise to Shanghai, 4 BSU Students Compete for Hult Prize to Make a Global Impact

A group of determined Boise State University MBA students are packing their bags and heading to Shanghai. The four entrepreneurs are competing for $1 million, hoping their business plan will change the world.

The challenge given for those competing for the Hult Prize - a global business competition for social entrepreneurs in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative - was to come up with a solution to one of the world’s most dire issues:  finding a way for people living in crowded urban places to double their income by 2022.

During their research and planning, the team took advantage of diverse cultures in Boise, reaching out to refugees in the Treasure Valley for input on social norms in other societies.

The team of four comes from different educational backgrounds, using their experience in education, environmental health, biochemistry and international relations to create a model they think can change the world.

Dec. 2, 2014

Boise #9 in America’s Best College Towns

USA Today and the College Football Fan Index are giving props to the 'bleed blue' Bronco vibe of Boise, naming it to the Top 10 of America's Best College Towns. The cumulative data-based ranking of America’s most engaged fan bases in 2014 puts Boise at #9 and notes, "The closest professional sports team is 345 miles away — and that’s the Utah Jazz. The closest NFL team, the Seattle Seahawks, is 600 miles away. My point? In Boise, the Broncos are everything. How much does Boise love football? Despite the fact that it’s not exactly a tropical paradise, the city has hosted a bowl game since 1997. It’s now aptly called the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl."

Nov. 11, 2014

Boise State College of Innovation and Design Moving Forward

Plans for Boise State's new College of Innovation and Design are moving forward. The new college will be a university-wide hub and academic laboratory that funds new pathways of learning that anticipate the demands and opportunities of our ever-changing world and workplace.Faculty teams will generate pioneering degrees, badges and certificates as well as design new and innovative approaches to research, community engagement efforts and other initiatives that transcend conventional university boundaries, structures or disciplines. The inaugural projects under development within the College include: Graduate Certificate in Energy Analysis, Major in Games, Interactive Media and Mobile Technology, Certificate in Leadership, School of Narrative Arts, Bridge to Career, Human and Environmental Systems Research Center, Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP).
Jan. 22, 2015

President Obama Highlights Boise State’s Innovative Culture

President Barack Obama highlighted innovation at Boise State during his remarks on campus Wednesday afternoon. Before delivering his speech on campus, the President visited Boise State’s College of Engineering and the New Product Development Lab, a collaborative effort housed in engineering and managed by the College of Business and Economics. The lab works with local industries and entrepreneurs to design and prototype products and components and to help get them to the marketplace. “The work you do here is one of the reasons why Boise is one of our top cities for tech startups,” Obama said.