Dr. William L. Hughes, Associate Professor of Materials Science & Engineering and Associate Dean of the College of Innovation + Design, joined Boise State University in August, 2008. In 2010, he also joined St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho as an affiliate faculty and research council member. He is a member of the university’s interdisciplinary Nanoscale Materials and Device Research Group, where his team engineers biomolecular tools made from DNA. Dr. Hughes has received recognition and funding for science, teaching, and civic engagement. Primary support comes from the W.M. Keck Foundation, the National Institutes for Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Dr. Hughes holds four patents in nanoscience, seven fellowships, and seven awards.