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Ann Delaney recently completed her Masters in Materials Science and Engineering at Boise StateUniversity.  She is now the Program Director of the SAGE Scholars program, an NSF-funded academic support, mentoring, and scholarship program for beginning engineering students who have not had the opportunity or access to math resoures to be able to start their first semester in Calculus.  As part of her responsibilites, she adminsters the National Science Foundation S-STEM grant associated with the project, which is part of the "Redshirt Consortium", which also includes University of Colorado Boulder, University of Washington, Washington State University, University of California San Diego, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne.  Starting in Fall of 2017, she will be teaching a new course for SAGE Scholars students, which will be a substitute for the currently offered Introduction to Engineering courses.

As a graduate student, Ann worked in the Public Policy Research Center at Boise State, conducting research on the policy implications of nanotechnology. As an undergraduate (also at Boise State), she did research with the Nanoscale Materials and Device Group, investigating how to use DNA as a programmable material for disease diagnosis and engineering applications. As part of her graduate studies, in addition to working on policy-related research with her advisor, Dr. Eric Lindquist, she took several policy courses as substitutes to more traditional Materials electives.

While Micron School of Materials Science & Engineering was supportive of her interdisciplinary research interests and degree plan, her background as a Peer Advisor for a summer in the Engineering Advising Office has been handy when navigating the paperwork required for such an interdisciplinary path. Ann is an advocate for students interested in interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate educational paths. As a University Innovation Fellow, Ann has worked closely with the College of Innovation and Design, which is a hub for interdisciplinarity and new educational ideas on the Boise State campus.  Ann has also developed a relationship with the MakerLab, housed within the Boise State Albertsons Library. She has received and given training on how to use the 3D printers, and has designed and printed custom parts as part of her research (and for fun). She enjoys the vibrant and collaborative spirit of this community, and has enjoyed doing her part to help the space grow.

Using the skills and knowledge that she learned through University Innovation Fellows, Ann co-organized and hosted a design thinking event with library staff and other students (several of whom are now also University Innovation Fellows) for Boise State students to design the future of makerspaces on the Boise State campus.  Students from many different majors across campus were brought together, introduced to the Design Thinking process.  These students were first asked to desing their ideal, moonshot makerspace with no constraints, then asked to prioritize what they would like to happen within the next year.  This student input was incorporated into a strategic plan for makerspaces on campus and has informed the growth of the MakerLab over the past year.  One of the first steps that has come out of this plan is the introduction of a Vertically Integrated Project course, called Make It, where students receive course credit for building and running an emergent makerspace within the College of Innovation and Design.

Ann was trained as a University Innovation Fellow in Spring 2016, and attended the Silicon Valley meetup in March 2016.  In January 2017, she was part of the UIF keynote presentation at the American Association of Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

While her academic background has largely focused on engineering, Ann's interests are broad. In her spare time, she plays viola with a local amateur orchestra, Serenata Orchestra, and has volunteered with the ACLU of Idaho, organizing events such as speakers for Banned Books Week and participating in social justice events. Ann was Vice President of the Society of Women Engineers campus section for two years, during which time she helped to organize STEM outreach activities and trips to the SWE national conference.  She is now the SWE club advisor at Boise State. Ann also enjoys hiking and skiing in the beautiful Boise foothills, playing with her mother-in-law's dogs, knitting, and reading.

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