Ryan Rehder addresses attendees at the Choose Idaho press conference in September 2014.
During his time in the U.S. Navy, Ryan Rehder experienced living and working in many areas of the country including Chicago, Charleston, S.C., upstate New York and Connecticut. Following his college graduation, Rehder had job prospects in Honolulu, Portland, OR, and Walnut Creek, CA. When it came time for Rehder to decide where he would continue his career and raise his family, he chose Idaho.
Rehder, a project engineer with Mountain Water Works in Boise, was drawn to a career in Idaho primarily because of the small company atmosphere available here.
“I understood the risk associated with a small company, but I also understood the potential rewards,” Rehder said. “There is excellent opportunity for motivated individuals.”
In the workplace, Rehder said he appreciates his colleagues because of their shared values and rural roots. However, it wasn’t just the company culture that brought Rehder to Idaho.
David Estrada, Ph.D. shakes hands with Idaho Department of Labor Director Ken Edmunds at a September 2014 Choose Idaho press conference.
David Estrada, Ph.D. was born and raised in Idaho. After leaving the state for some time, first for a career in the U.S. Navy, and again to pursue his master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering, Estrada ultimately decided Idaho was the right place to raise his family and continue his career.
“What drew me to come back to Idaho, other than the quality of life and family ties, was the chance to do quality research without sacrificing quality of life,” Estrada said.
According to Estrada, Boise State University has one of the fastest growing materials science and engineering programs in the nation. With the help of local industries and the State Board of Education, the Boise State University Department of Materials Science and Engineering recently started a Ph.D. program in materials science and engineering. This has attracted several new faculty who are some of the best in their field.