Jun. 5, 2015

NNU Students Love Downtown Nampa

by Northwest Nazarene University

Northwest Nazarene University is home to more than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students and more than 6,000 continuing education students. Nestled in the heart of Nampa, Idaho, NNU students are discovering local restaurants, retail and activities are just as rich as they'd find in neighboring Boise. Take a look at some of NNU's favorite places to eat, shop and play in downtown Nampa. 

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Mar. 15, 2016

NNU Appoints New President Joel Pearsall

by Northwest Nazarene University

The Northwest Nazarene University Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Joel K. Pearsall, J.D. has accepted a four-year appointment as president of NNU. Pearsall has been serving the university in an interim role as president since June 2015.

Pearsall is a graduate of NNU and has a long history of service to the university. In addition to attending the university, he has served on the Board of Trustees, as vice president for financial affairs, as vice president for university advancement and, most recently, as interim president. Pearsall’s father, Kenneth, also served as president of the university from 1973 to 1983.

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Jul. 18, 2016

NNU’s IdaBot Would Help Farmers

Researchers in Southwestern Idaho are developing a robotic platform they believe could help specialty crop growers manage their crops and reduce labor costs.

The platform, which researchers are dubbing “IdaBot,” will be a low-cost way of helping farmers control input costs through the use of robotic automation, said Northwest Nazarene University engineering professor Joshua Griffin.

“The end goal is to try and save some money for the grower,” he said. “We’re trying to build a low-cost robot ... that comes in at a cost point where people can use it without having to take out a loan.”

Aug. 15, 2016

NNU Rocket Team Prepares for Tuesday Launch

One year of work will all be over in about 15 minutes this Tuesday morning for the Northwest Nazarene University RockSat-X team.

The team members arrived at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Chincoteague Island, Virginia, last week to complete testing and prepare their payload for launch on a Malemute two-stage sub-orbital sounding rocket over the Atlantic Ocean. The rocket, which will break the sound barrier leaving the launch pad, reaching Mach 6 in about 30 seconds as it launches 95 miles high in an arc before landing in the ocean, will test how well certain types of technology do under space conditions.

"You can teach stuff, you can do stuff in a lab, but the whole nine-month-to-one-year process of designing something from scratch, building it in a machine shop ... making it work to NASA's specs is so much a learning activity, sometimes painful, like missing a night's sleep. It's such a learning experience of going all the way through to the point of having it checked out in so much detail," NNU engineering professor Steve Parke said in a phone interview from Virginia.

Mar. 11, 2016

NASA Selects NNU for CubeSat Space

NASA  recently announced its selections for the seventh round of its CubeSat Launch Initiative that “provides opportunities for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned for upcoming launches.” NNU’s project, MakerSat: Idaho’s ISS-based CubeSat Research Platform, will be the first satellite or spacecraft ever built in space and the first satellite from an Idaho university.

Oct. 31, 2016

NNU University Builds Idaho’s First Satellite

Idaho’s first satellite is complete and ready for take-off. KBOI 2News spoke with the team from Northwest Nazarene University who designed and built the satellite. The team is comprised of four students and two professors from the university. They have been working on the MakerSat project for the past two-and-a-half years.

The MakerSat team was selected by NASA to design and build the satellite. Its mission – to learn more about 3D printing in space. Once the satellite is launched, it will orbit Earth at a speed of about 17,000 mph for the next ten years. “It will be orbiting every 100 minutes. So every 100 minutes it will complete one path around the Earth,” said team member and NNU student Braden Grim.

The expected launch date was March 2018, until just two months ago when Grim spoke at an aerospace conference. Team leader Dr. Stephen Parke says NASA moved the launch up by a year-and-a-half. “NASA came and talked to us after and said ‘hey we think you out to fly earlier we have an opportunity would you be able to get your satellite ready by November the 4th of 2016?’” Parke said.

That opportunity allows the satellite to ride into space alongside a NOAA satellite. Parke estimates his team easily put in a 1,000 hours of work over the last two months, scrambling to finish the satellite in time.

Dec. 29, 2015

NNU’s IdaBOT Could Change Local Farming

Researchers at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa are developing a robot that could tackle time-intensive farm tasks all on its own.

Using radio frequency identification, the IdaBOT would move through a vineyard and orchard on its own and target specific trees or vines to precisely complete those tasks.

“Our goal is to try and reduce the costs for the orchard owners or the vineyard owners by building something that can take the pressure off some of their workers,” said Josh Griffin, an assistant professor of engineering at NNU.

Griffin and fellow engineering professor Duke Bulanon received more than $80,000 from the Idaho State Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Grant Program to make the project happen. They plan to use the funding to hire two students and develop the IdaBOT over the next two years.

Jul. 18, 2016

Northwest Nazarene University: Best-of-all-worlds Location

by Northwest Nazarene University

The NNU campus in Nampa, Idaho, offers students the safety, convenience and community of a small town. But just a 20-minute drive down the highway sits Boise—the state capital and one of America’s fastest growing cities according to Forbes. Here, students take advantage of the varied internship, employment, cultural and recreational opportunities available in one of the country’s most applauded cities.

U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Boise as the #6 Best Place to Live, saying it “sits squarely on the boundary of urban and rural, civilized and wild, refined and raw. If you value the outdoors and time spent among rivers, mountains, canyons, deserts and lakes—and all the activities encapsulated therein—it’s worth a serious look. Boise functions as a hub for many industries. More recently, a growing technology sector has powered Boise’s economy, led by Micron Technology, Inc.”

The presence of tech firms like Micron means increased opportunities for student internships and funded research. For his senior engineering design project, NNU grad Erik Anderson (’16) worked with a team of students on a Micron-sponsored project to develop an insole that would test foot pressure and stress. Other NNU research teams have worked with local companies like PakSense and American Semiconductor Inc.

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