To Highlight STEM, Boise State Engineering Student Introduces Obama

Jan 21, 2015

Camille Eddy holds the speech she gave, with President Barack Obama's signature at the top.
Credit Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

The Boise State University sophomore who introduced President Barack Obama before his Wednesday speech was beaming ear-to-ear at the podium. Camille Eddy is studying mechanical engineering. When she learned she'd be introducing the president at Wednesday's event, she was understandably thrilled.

“That felt really great -- being up there on the stage -- being able to welcome him to our community was such an awesome honor," Eddy says.

Obama referenced Eddy during his 33-minute speech, which highlighted Boise State's College of Engineering products lab.

"Camille's done research for NASA, she's got real job experience with industry partners, she's the leader of your microgravity team -- and by the way she's only a sophomore," Obama says. "She might have invented time travel by the time she's done at Boise [State]."

The president highlighted Eddy as an example of a woman working in Science, Technology, Engineering Math (STEM) fields, echoing remarks he made during his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

After the president left the Caven-Williams Sport Complex, Eddy got an added bonus: the president had signed the notes from her speech.

"It says 'Camille, we are proud of you,' and it has his signature. That's just incredible," she says.

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