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About Donald Plumlee

Dr. Donald Plumlee earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and worked for many years as an engineer for NASA and Lockheed Martin. He returned to school to earn an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a Material Science minor from Boise State University and then a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Idaho. He has been teaching in the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at Boise State University since 2007. In addition to teaching, he manages the Ceramic MEMS research laboratory, and is the faculty advisor for several student groups. The Aerodesign Team, which competes to design a functional remote control low speed airplane, placed first in the International SAE Aerodesign West competition (Advanced Class) in 2012. Dr. Plumlee maintains active memberships in several engineering societies including the International Micro-electronics and Packaging Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and American Society of Engineering Education. He serves as a peer reviewer for the International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technologies, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, and Sensors and Actuators (Physical), and as associate editor for the International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology.


Present Department Chair and Associate Professor, Boise State University Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 - University Foundation Scholar Award, Boise State University
  • 2010-2011 - Professor of the Year, College of Engineering, Boise State University


  • ME424: Thermal Fluid Systems Design
  • ME320: Heat Transfer
  • ENGR 320: Thermodynamics

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