Posts for Engineering Division

When our Logo was an Acorn

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Flashback to fall 2006, where what would become the Research and Business Development Center (RBDC) was the Eastern Idaho Entrepreneurial Center (EIEC), which would later be coined the E  Center. We had 7 interns, no previous projects, and a mission to improve the economy in Eastern Idaho.

Our logo also had an acorn then that symbolized our large aspirations. One day this little acorn that would become a giant oak tree, just like our small center would grow.

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Original E Center logo  (2006)                                   E Center logo  (2010)                                     RBDC logo (2015)


Flash forward almost ten years and numerous changes have occurred. Names have changed, programs have been added and expertise have been expanded. As of today the RBDC has completed over 700 projects for 300+ clients with the help of over 500 interns. These research and business development projects have help owners grow their ideas into sustainable profitable businesses, such as Gorgeous Garage and Kate’s Real Food.

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Learn more about Gorgeous Garage here.


Check out Kate's here

Check out Kate’s here


In November we hosted the Entrepreneurs’ Platform, a tri-annual event that provides a setting for promising entrepreneurs, business owners, and mentors a setting to make connections and link to needed resources.

Every time I help with this event I can’t help but think about our little center almost 10 years ago and the many changes that we have went through. This leads me to look forward to the adventure that lies ahead for our promising entrepreneurs.

The Entrepreneurs’ Platform was held November 17th 2015 at the Eastern Idaho Technical College. To learn more about the Platform and future events contact us at


Battery Capstone Project


Excerpt from December 18, 2013 Poster Register, by Nate Sunderland

Seven BYU-I students worked with Idaho National Engineering Laboratory to help develop a

system to test the health and life span of individual battery cells within a complex device or

machine without interrupting what the battery was doing. Each of the students were tasked with

developing a portion of the device’s circuitry. They put in more than 1,120 hours combined on the

project… doing research, selecting parts and building the various components.

“It was cool to work with the INL and be part of this measurement system”, senior Derek Nelson said. “At first, I had a hard time understanding the concept…then I got it – so it was a great opportunity to learn.”