Associate Vice President of Research
Dr. Merrell is Associate Vice President for Economic Development and Chief Technology Transfer Officer at the University of Idaho. Gene oversees the Office of Technology Transfer, which is responsible for the management of the University’s intellectual property portfolio. He serves on the Clearwater Economic Development Association’s Board of Directors, Business Development and Finance Council and its Operations and Finance Council. Gene is the University’s representative on the Board of Directors of the American Manufacturers Network and the Palouse Knowledge Corridor. Prior to joining the university, he was Vice President for Research of the Process Chemicals and Energy Chemicals subsidiaries of BetzDearborn, Inc. Gene was with the company for 19 years and is listed as inventor on seven U.S. patents. He was also co-founder of Analytical Laboratories, Inc., a small independent service organization providing consultation and testing on environmental issues. Gene received his B.A. in Chemistry and Physics from Houston Baptist University and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Washington State University.He is active in Search and Rescue and enjoys his Appaloosas.