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Boise, ID - Thermodynamics

  • Jack's Urban Meeting Place 1000 West Myrtle Street Boise, ID United States (map)

The Story Collider Presents: Stories From Boise State

Join us for an evening of true, personal stories from thermodynamics students at Boise State University! These five students will share the hilarious and heartfelt tales behind their work. This show is produced in partnership with the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University.

Doors open at 7 pm. Show starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets on sale now at the link below.

About the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering

Based on a strong foundation of interdisciplinarity, radical collaboration, industrial support, and dynamic balance, the vision of the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering is to be a leader of inclusive excellence, empowering world-class students to solve global challenges of enduring significance through materials innovation.

Stories by:

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Claire Adams is currently a junior at Boise State University, majoring in Materials Science Engineering. Her interest in engineering lead her to a research position last summer involving empirical modelling of B-site ordered perovskites. She also minors in music where piano is her instrument of choice, and has been taking lessons for twelve years. She is originally from Portland Oregon and in her free time enjoys playing soccer, along with other intramural sports. 


Joshua Adams-Miller was born in 1989, in Sun Valley Idaho, to a family that has been in Idaho since 1873. He grew up in SE Boise under the care of his mother, who provided him more opportunities than anyone could ask for. However, he developed a sense of independence very early. Whether he was riding the city bus alone at 10 years old to get home from summer school programs or organizing large groups of friend to sneak out in the middle of the night, he’s always had a curious mind, and it wasn't beyond him to break the rules if it meant he got to learn something. He has always loved music and learned the viola and saxophone in school and self taught himself the piano and guitar. In his teens, he was sent to a jazz camp on a scholarship to hone his skills on the piano. Over his life, his curiosities have drawn him to the sciences repeatedly but by no means was it a clear path that brought him to his studies at Boise State as a Material Science Engineering Major. Like a sunrise, slowly illuminating the horizon, he realized that the best way for him to contribute to the future he wants to see was to bring to the world the materials that will make it possible. 

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Olivia Maryon is a junior at Boise State University. She is getting her bachelor’s degree in Material Science and Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. Olivia grew up in Coeur d’Alene Idaho and has now lived in Boise for 2 years. She loves math, science, and aerospace and hopes to one day work for an Aerospace company like NASA, SpaceX, or Lockheed Martin. Olivia has a passion for sports and the outdoors. She is currently the president of the women’s club basketball team at BSU. She hopes to one day inspire women to be in STEM fields.

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Ali Mustafa is an undergrad student for a second degree at Boise State University, in the Material Science and Engineering program, expected graduation is spring 2020. He had earned honors from the dean in Materials Science & Engineering program for the spring 2018 semester. Ali’s first bachelor degree was in chemical engineering with emphasis in chemical industries from the technological university – Baghdad, Iraq. Ali has joined the magnetic shape memory alloys research team at Boise State University, in February 2018, and he had been assigned for the crystal growth research team using Bridgman method to grow Ni Mn Ga single crystal. Ali worked in technical business development, sales, management and engineering professional with 10+ years of experience with multinational companies like HITACHI heavy machinery, and he worked in the technical engineering support office for BASF chemicals in Dubai - UAE. Ali is also a volunteer at Community Trust Partnership Program - Boise Police Department, Boise, ID (2017).

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Andrea Solecki was raised in North Pole, Alaska. She hated this small, isolated town and decided to move to a place that was the opposite of North Pole: Orange County, CA. She and her husband had a blast living it up in Cali, but eventually the hustle-and-bustle got old. They wanted to start a family, but didn’t like the idea of raising kids in a big city. After a lot of research, they decided Boise, Idaho was a good place to lay down roots.  She’s currently an engineering student who juggles student life with raising two kids.

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