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Attend Steve Tennyson’s Final Lecture, Retirement Party April 21

By: Cienna Madrid   Published 9:39 am / April 19, 2017

Portrait of Steve TennysonStephen Tennyson, professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering, is retiring after 22 years of service. But first, Tennyson will give his last lecture from noon-1 p.m. in Micron Engineering Center, Room 103, on how to Flip the Classroom and transition from lecture-based to active-learning based teaching methods.

After the lecture, a reception is planned for 1:30–3:00 p.m. in the Micron Engineering Center, Room 106. Appetizers and desserts will be served.

Tennyson started his engineering education at Boise State Junior College. After finishing his mechanical engineering degree at University of Idaho, he studied at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he obtained his doctorate in mechanical engineering. His industry experience includes research and design engineering at J.J. Case and the U.S. Army-Tank Automotive Command.

Tennyson is the most experienced faculty member in the Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering department, with an engineering career spanning over 50 years. He joined Boise State University in 1995 after an impressive career at North Dakota State University, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in dynamics, vibrations, CAD and machine design. Soon after he arrived, the State Board of Education chose Boise State to provide a full complement of engineering degrees to the region, and Tennyson became a founding member of the College of Engineering. His dedication, wealth of experience and sound judgment were invaluable as they created curricula for all of the engineering degrees, hired dozens of new faculty, and developed and implemented rules and procedures associated with the new college.

A visionary researcher, Tennyson recognized the possibilities associated with 3-D printing (then called rapid prototyping) when the field was in its infancy. He obtained funding from the Economic Development Administration to create the New Product Development (NPD) Lab, equipped with two state of the art 3-D printers, which at the time were extraordinarily expensive. The NPD lab has nourished countless entrepreneurs with advice and technical resources needed to start and sustain new businesses. The NPD lab has also provided engineering experience to many undergraduate and graduate mechanical engineering students.

Tennyson’s dedication and commitment to his students and his profession have made him a legend in our college and a cornerstone in the engineering community. Even after his retirement, he will continue to give back to the engineering community by teaching classes for the department.