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Tech2Market/TechPush Pilot Presentations

graduate students presenting The Tech2Market/TechPush pilot held final presentations in December. The pilot program was a good first step to exploring key elements of how Boise State University can accelerate the pace and value of the technologies that can be commercialized from its research labs. Three teams participated in the pilot. Key stakeholders from Boise State and the private sector were in attendance at the presentation event to observe and interact with the presenting teams.

Of the three teams, the Flexible Biosensor team was able to validate the fit between the solution they intend to deliver and the targeted customer segment (validation of Product-Market Fit). The other two teams explored several customer segments and have honed in on one specific target customer for their technologies. The Battery Team will continue discussions with advanced battery manufacturers to test their Value Proposition around lower cost and higher capacity. The Smart Antenna team will continue to explore conversations with leaders in the telecommunications industry that are driving towards solutions around wireless 5G and the Internet of Things. The final presentations marked the end of the pilot, but some members of each team will continue with the commercialization process.

graduate students presenting report

Katy Ritter, director and technology transfer officer in the Division of Research and Economic Development, attended the presentations.

“The Tech2Market/TechPush pilot program is a fitting complement to the institution’s entrepreneurial efforts,” Ritter said.  It exemplifies our key objectives of creating inclusive, interdisciplinary teams to accelerate the commercialization of new technologies, products and processes that arise from the university’s research.”

Paul Copperidder, Technology Commercialization Program director for Idaho Small Business Development Center, is planning more projects.

“We are also looking to review our process and gain from lessons learned, with the goal of launching another round in the fall of 2018.”

Nancy Napier’s Blog Post: Boost Your Creativity with Music

Emeritus Professor Nancy Napier has an article in the Idaho Statesman’s Business Insider. The post contains a tip on how to be more creative. Read Napier’s “Trying to think outside the box? Happy music to the rescue” (opens in new window.)

Alpha Kappa Psi Giving Tree

Boise State AKPsi students give presents to Boise familiesBoise State Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi (co-ed business fraternity) has partnered with Giraffe Laugh! early learning center to collect gifts for Boise families. Pick a snowflake from the decorated tree in the Jackson Commons in the Micron Business and Economics Building and help fulfill a wish of a child. Please bring new, unwrapped gifts to COBE Career Services, MBEB 1120 by December 15, 2017 at 4 p.m.

LLC Presented J.R. Simplot Cafe Study to Aramark

COBE living-learning community students

Jonathan Krutz (far left, second row) is faculty-in-residence for COBE LLC

Business is down this year at the student-run J.R. Simplot Cafe in the Micron Business and Economics Building. The 29 freshmen students of the College of Business and Economics Living-Learning Community (COBE LLC) presented an analysis of the cafe for the Aramark management team on Tuesday, December 28. Aramark is the exclusive food service provider at Boise State University.

The students had conducted a week-long observation marketing research project and analyzed the results, comparing them to the results of a similar project conducted by the previous year’s LLC. The students recommended marketing, product-mix, and operations ideas to improve sales and profitability for the cafe.

A living-learning community is for students in their first year of college. COBE LLC combines coursework with real-world experiences and life choices. COBE LLC members have paid employment and gain practical experience by managing the J.R. Simplot Cafe.

David James Recognized for Contributions to COBE

COBE dean's office personnel with David James,Outstanding EmployeeIn a short ceremony Monday, November 20, David James, a custodian at the Micron Business and Economics Building, was recognized for his contribution to the College of Business and Economics. Dean Ken Petersen and Associate Dean Diane Schooley-Pettis presented David with a certificate and a Bronco shirt and hat.

“David always has a smile on his face,” said Dean Petersen. “He takes his work seriously and is an example of how positive culture in the workplace can be cultivated.”

David James wearing Outstanding Employee hat and shirt gifts

Attendees included David’s mother, representatives from Witco, COBE staff and many of David’s co-workers and supervisors from Boise State Facilities Operations and Maintenance.

Nicole Young, a program specialist at Witco, assisted David in his progression from working at the Witco center to gaining employment at Boise State University.

“Witco’s mission is that all life has value. Witco is dedicated to creating opportunities for those we serve to realize their potential, enhance the quality of their lives and reach their personal goals,” Young explains. “At one time, David only participated in center-based services but dreamed to work in the community. David worked hard to reach his goals and continues to shine. He truly is an example of what life is all about. When a person begins to feel self-confidence and is valued, there is no barrier that he or she cannot overcome.”

3rd Annual Diversity and Inclusion Summit

speaker Christopher Bell

Christopher Bell

The College of Business and Economics (COBE) co-hosted the third annual summit on diversity and inclusion as a business driver. This year’s summit focused on the impact of inclusion. More than 150 attendees from across the business community attended.  Held in early November, Treasure Valley business leaders received instruction on topics such as media literacy (watch out for stereotypes and biases), financial and workplace inclusion, implicit bias and micro-aggressions.

The summit keynote address was given by Christopher Bell, PhD, director of graduate studies and associate professor of communications at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Bell impressed participants with a demonstration of the strategies used by the media to introduce and reinforce stereotypes and biases along racial and gender lines. The audience was encouraged to improve their media literacy and to evaluate the various storylines that exist in our society more critically.

Stacy Parson speaking at the diversity and inclusion summit

Stacy Parson

The day wrapped up with a workshop led by Stacy Parson of The Dignitas Agency, who wove together the discussions on inclusion from the previous speakers to help attendees understand why inclusion is the most critical – and the most difficult – aspect of any diversity effort.

Thanks to co-hosts and sponsors: Wells Fargo, the City of Boise, the Boise Valley Economic Partnership (BVEP) and the University of Idaho-Boise.

Read more about the 2107 Diversity and Inclusion Summit on the RBI site.


2017-2018 Newest COBE Faculty

Ten new faculty members joined the ranks at the College of Business and Economics at Boise State fall 2017. Spread across departments, these new faculty members bring a wealth of teaching and industry experience to the college.

Cristina BaileyCristina Bailey, Assistant Professor, Department of Accountancy

Cristina received her PhD in accounting from Texas Tech University. Her teaching includes cost accounting and accounting information systems. Cristina’s research focuses on human capital and management decision making in the context of accounting performance. Before coming to Boise State, she spent two years at the University of New Hampshire as an assistant professor. She is a Certified Public Accountant (New Mexico) and worked six years as a systems accountant for a large Department of Energy contractor.

Jared EggintonJared Egginton, Assistant Professor, Department of Finance


Guido GiuntiniGuido Giuntini, Lecturer, Department of Economics

Guido Giuntini is a lecturer in the Department of Economics at Boise State University. He has a master of science degree in applied economics from the University of North Dakota and has taught economics at Shady Side Academy, a college preparatory school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for 12 years. During his tenure at Shady Side Academy, he created two new courses, one in behavioral economics and game theory, and one on the economics of poverty and discrimination, with a focus on gentrification.

His main areas of interests are microeconomics and the effects of economic factors in human behavior. His master thesis analyzed the factors affecting the demand for abortions in Pennsylvania between 2000 and 2010.

Some of his students’ work has been published in specialized publications including

Nick JonesNicholas Jones, Lecturer, Department of Management

Nicholas Jones received his MBA in entrepreneurship and marketing from the University of Notre Dame and his BBA in general business and human resource management from Boise State University.

Prior to joining Boise State University, Nicholas pursued his entrepreneurial passion full-time and built a number of companies here in Boise. His first post-MBA company was Bacon on a Stick, which currently operates in over 40 events across the northwest. Other business interests include event-based business Oriental Express, three game stores (All About Games), The Shave Shack at the corner of Brumback and 13th Street and a digital media company, Swift Impressions.

Nicholas is passionate about building entrepreneurship and leadership here in Boise, and he is excited to dedicate himself to Boise State University full-time. He teaches upper-division undergraduate courses in entrepreneurship, leadership and design thinking.

After all is said and done, Nicholas’ most enjoyable pastimes include playing board games with his friends and family, reading to/with his daughter and taking long hikes with his wife.

Kamyabi NajmehNajmeh Kamyabi, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics

Najmeh Kamyabi received her PhD in economics from Texas Tech University in 2017. Her research interests lie at the intersection of energy and environmental economics, industrial organization, and urban and regional economics. More specifically, she is interested in how consumers respond to nonlinear and dynamic pricing, firm pricing strategy, spatial correlations and clustering, and policy implications in energy and environmental economics.

Brain KnoxBrian Knox, Assistant Professor, Department of Accountancy

Daniel Rush


Dan Rush, Assistant Professor, Department of Information Technology and Supply Chain Management

Daniel Rush joined Boise State from the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado, where he was an assistant professor of computer information systems. Daniel’s PhD in business administration is from the University of Michigan, where he studied business information technology and was part of the Technology & Operations Department at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Research interests include the application of information systems to challenging interdisciplinary problems, with two recent emphasis areas including environmental sustainability and health IT. Prior to joining academia, Daniel worked for seven years in the health care, real estate, telecommunications, and high tech industries. A native of Idaho, Daniel’s undergraduate business degree is from the University of Idaho in management information systems and finance.

Anne WalkerAnne Walker, Lecturer, Department of Economics

Anne received her PhD in economics from West Virginia University in May 2013, and her MBA from the University of Kansas in 2003. Anne’s research has examined the effects of resource dependence on long-run economic growth across counties in the Appalachian region, and how this relationship is influenced by educational attainment. Her research has been published in the Review of Regional Studies, Contemporary Economic Policy, and the Journal of Regional Science, and discussed in the Washington Post.

Before coming to Boise State, Anne was a visiting assistant professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at University of Colorado Denver for four years. She has also worked extensively in private industry as a project manager and business consultant. She currently teaches courses in both macroeconomics and microeconomics and will teach global economics in Boise State’s Professional MBA program.

JoAnn WoodJoann Wood, Lecturer, Department of Accountancy

JoAnn Wood is a lecturer of accountancy in the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University. She received her undergraduate degree in business/marketing education from Utah State University in Logan, Utah, and a master of accountancy from Boise State University.

Previously, she has worked in several areas of the private sector, such as manufacturing, real estate, law, service and communication.

JoAnn currently teaches financial and cost accounting classes at the undergraduate and graduate level. She serves as a lead of the Professional Mentorship Program which introduces students to careers available in the accounting industry. She is looking forward to developing case studies that will help students have more real-life accounting experiences during their education.

JoAnn serves as the treasurer for the Idaho Suzuki Association, a local non-profit organization that teaches kids to play the piano and strings instruments through listening, repetition and encouragement. She is also active in her church community and leads children in their weekly services.

JoAnn was raised in Rockland, Idaho, a farm community that cultivated her strong work ethic. Her husband, Nathan, was born and raised in Arlington, Virginia. They feel Boise offers the right mix of city and country to call home. In her spare time, JoAnn enjoys spending time with her family, running, and reading.

William WynneWilliam Wynne, Lecturer, Department of Marketing

Bill Wynne is a seasoned Fortune 500 executive with an extensive global background in marketing, sales and customer service. Prior to joining Boise State University, Bill worked in a variety of marketing and sales positions at the Ford Motor Company. He also served on the leadership team at Con-way Freight, Inc. and led the re-branding of the company upon purchase by XPO Logistics.

Bill is extremely passionate about education. His teaching experience dates back to 2006 at Eastern Michigan University where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in a variety of marketing and sales topics. He brings his unique combination of professional and academic experience to Boise State students, both as an educator and mentor.

Mr. Wynne holds a master of business administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor of business administration from the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business.