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Locations

U of I College of Engineering

Mailing Address:

Janssen Engineering (JEB) Room 125
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1011
Moscow, ID 83844-1011

Phone: 208-885-6470

Fax: 208-885-6645

Email: deanengr@uidaho.edu

Web: College of Engineering

U of I Boise Engineering

Mailing Address:

Idaho Water Center 
322 E. Front Street 
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-6123

Fax: 208-364-3160

Email: denisee@uidaho.edu

Web: Boise Engineering

U of I Idaho Falls Engineering

Physical Address:

1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402

Phone: 208-757-5400

Fax: 208-282-7929

Email: ui-if@uidaho.edu

Web: Idaho Falls Engineering

U of I CDA Computer Science

Physical Address:
1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Phone: 208-292-2509

Email: npreece@uidaho.edu

Web: U of I Coeur d'Alene

Engineering Outreach

Physical Address:

Engineering Physics (EP) Building, Room 312
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1014
Moscow, ID 83844-1014

Phone: 208-885-6373

Fax: 208-885-9249

Email: outreach@uidaho.edu

Web: Engineering Outreach

Tendon Tissue Team: Sophia Bowen

The leap from art to biological engineering seems like a drastic one. But for Sophia Bowen, having a background in a seemingly disparate field proves invaluable.

It’s a decision she made when she transferred from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash. to the University of Idaho in the fall of 2016.

“I feel like having any sort of extra background in something will give you different points of view,” said Bowen, who is from Sandpoint. “No matter where you come from, you’ll have something unique to bring to the conversation — a unique pattern of thought or the way you question things.”

After two years of studying art at Evergreen State, Bowen decided that being an out-of-state student was too expensive, so she returned to the Gem State to complete her education.

Sophia Bowen
Sophia Bowen

Now a sophomore in U of I’s College of Engineering, Bowen, who has always loved the sciences, chose to study biological engineering because it’s a growing field that she knows will lead to a promising career.

“I thought it was a really cool area because it’s more hands-on problem solving like I enjoy, plus biology,” she said.

Fascinated by stem cell research, Bowen is excited about the possibilities the field offers, such as conducting research on organ regeneration. Bowen’s mom has Hashimoto’s disease, which slowly destroys the thyroid, and her boyfriend is diabetic, which could lead to pancreatic transplants.

Assistant Professor Nathan Schiele’s research using stem cell differentiation to engineer regenerative tendon tissue struck a chord with Bowen, and after being encouraged to pursue research opportunities when she was a student in his Engineering for Living Tissues class, Bowen took the professor’s advice and asked for permission to work in his lab.

“I feel like I got really lucky getting right into the lab my first year here,” she said.His research particularly interested me because of the stem cells. I think it’s really neat to be able to turn something into nearly anything.”

Article by Kate Keenan, College of Engineering

Nate Schiele
Nate Schiele
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Abby Raveling
Sophia Theodossiou
Sophia Theodossiou

Locations

U of I College of Engineering

Mailing Address:

Janssen Engineering (JEB) Room 125
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1011
Moscow, ID 83844-1011

Phone: 208-885-6470

Fax: 208-885-6645

Email: deanengr@uidaho.edu

Web: College of Engineering

U of I Boise Engineering

Mailing Address:

Idaho Water Center 
322 E. Front Street 
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-6123

Fax: 208-364-3160

Email: denisee@uidaho.edu

Web: Boise Engineering

U of I Idaho Falls Engineering

Physical Address:

1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402

Phone: 208-757-5400

Fax: 208-282-7929

Email: ui-if@uidaho.edu

Web: Idaho Falls Engineering

U of I CDA Computer Science

Physical Address:
1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Phone: 208-292-2509

Email: npreece@uidaho.edu

Web: U of I Coeur d'Alene

Engineering Outreach

Physical Address:

Engineering Physics (EP) Building, Room 312
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1014
Moscow, ID 83844-1014

Phone: 208-885-6373

Fax: 208-885-9249

Email: outreach@uidaho.edu

Web: Engineering Outreach