President Obama Visits the New Product Development Lab at Boise State

TechHelp Executive Director, Steve Hatten

By Steve Hatten, Executive Director of TechHelp


The President of the United States visited the New Product Development Lab at Boise State.

On Wednesday January 21, 2015, Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, on the day after his sixth State of the Union Address, decided to visit a nondescript lab on the 4th floor of the Boise State College of Engineering that is staffed by the TechHelp New Product Development Team.

President Obama Holds a Melni Connector while speaking to Lab Manager, Calvin Allan, and Mechanical Engineering Student Employee, Chris Brown.

President Obama Holds a Melni Connector while speaking to Lab Manager, Calvin Allan (R), and Mechanical Engineering Student Employee, Chris Brown. COEN Dean, Amy Moll, peaks over the President’s left shoulder.

The TechHelp team thanks President Barack Obama, White House staff and Boise State University leadership for spotlighting Boise State’s New Product Development Lab and giving the President an inside look at how university students, faculty and staff support manufacturing job creation in Idaho. Those who work at Boise State and the entire TechHelp Team around the state are still trying to get our heads around the experience. It’s like a tsunami suddenly washed over us and then retreated out to sea. We are now poking our heads up and looking around to assess what happened. If nothing else, we hope that more manufacturers, inventors and entrepreneurs learned about the NPD Lab and will contact us if they need help developing their ideas. 

In 2000, faculty and staff from Boise State’s College of Business and Economics and College of Engineering partnered to create the NPD Lab to offer innovation, design, professional 3D printing and prototyping services. Today the NPD lab is staffed with six TechHelp staff and engineering students and offers three different 3D printing technologies to regional manufacturers and entrepreneurs.

TechHelp is headquartered at the Boise State College of Business and Economics and serves as Idaho’s NIST Manufacturing Extension Partner and EDA University Center. It is Idaho’s only program dedicated to increasing manufacturers’ competitiveness.

Many stories have already been written (see below) about the President’s visit to Boise State and many more will develop in the days to come. We will update this page as we learn of additional stories and as new ones are created.


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