Newsmakers, January 2015

Harold B. Noyes, UT G ’81, will be the first speaker as part of the ECE Seminar Series at Boise State University (BSU). Noyes is currently a senior (hardware) architect for automata processor technology development at Micron Technology, Inc., and will speak Friday, January 23 at noon in ENGR 103 at BSU.

His designs include portable computers, LaserJet printers, and now the Automata Processor. He has been awarded seventeen (17) U.S. patents. For more information on this event and biographical information on Noyes, visit the BSU electrical and computer engineering Facebook page.


The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is accepting applications through the end of January 2015 for the ASME Federal Government Fellowship Program, “which offers selected ASME members the opportunity to spend a year in Washington, D.C., providing technical advice to policymakers in Congress and other federal agencies.” In a recent news article, Bharat Bhushan, Ph.D. (CO B ’74), detailed his experience as a Fellow in this program last year.

Dr. Bhushan is an Ohio Eminent Scholar and Howard D. Winbigler Professor and director of the Nanoprobe Laboratory for Bio- and Nanotechnology and Biomimetics at the Ohio State University. He served on the Republican staff of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology (SST) is the U.S. House of Representatives. “During his year as an ASME Congressional Fellow, Dr. Bhushan was struck by the genuine need for technical engineering and scientific guidance on Capitol Hill, where fewer than five percent of the members of Congress charged with making decisions on bills involving technical components are actually engineers or scientists.” Click here for more program details and to apply for one the 2015-16 Fellowships.


Election day for the 2015 Cherokee Nation Elections are scheduled for June 27. Cara Cowan Watts, OK G ’97, is a candidate for the position of Chief of the Cherokee Nation. Watts has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University, is owner & consultant at Cherokee Star, and has been a Cherokee Nation elected legislator on the Tribal Council since 2003.

She is hosting a campaign kick-off on Saturday, February 7 at the MidAmerican Expo conference Center in Pryor, Oklahoma. Learn more about Watts and this event on her candidate website.


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