Posted by Steve Hatten | January 23, 2015
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.
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.
Media Coverage of the President’s Visit
Idaho Statesman Coverage
- ‘These look like smart people’: Obama visits a Boise State engineering lab
BY BILL DENTZER
firstname.lastname@example.org – January 21, 2015
- Boise State engineering student stars as Obama welcomer
The sophomore is part of a team working to develop a machine for asteroid study.
BY BILL ROBERTS
email@example.com – January 22, 2015
- Boise State tech lab’s secret: Turning bright ideas into business
BY BILL ROBERTS
firstname.lastname@example.org – January 21, 2015
- Obama’s visit puts Boise State tech lab in spotlight
BY BILL DENTZER
email@example.com – January 20, 2015
- Boise State tech lab feels the Obama bounce
BY BILL DENTZER, January 22, 2015
Boise State Coverage
- Boise State Web Coverage
- Boise State Photo Stream at Flickr
Video – Innovative Culture @ Boise State
Video – Tech Startups @ Boise State
We created a channel of YouTube Clips From a Variety of Sources
Boise State Public Radio Coverage
- How A Boise State Tech Lab Has Reduced One Company’s Costs
By FRANKIE BARNHILL
- President Obama Says Innovation Happening At Boise State Requires Public Investment
New York Times
- For Encore, Obama Takes His ‘One America’ Tour to Idaho and Kansas
By JACKIE CALMESJAN. 21, 2015