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Larry Stauffer Dean of the College of Engineering University of Idaho

Spring 2014 Issue 5

 Message from the Dean
 Virginia Bax Valentine Named Honoary Chair, Keynote Speaker for Engineering Design EXPO
 $1 MIllion Gift from Micron Foundation
 2014 Academy of Engineers
 2014 Faculty, Staff and Student Awards
 500 Regional Students to Explore Engineering Design EXPO

A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends


Spring has finally arrived. Flowers across campus are blossoming and so are activities in the College of Engineering.  The last month saw many new students registering for next year and we are in the midst of the Engineering Design EXPO countdown.  There is a great deal to report on our progress.

First, if you haven’t already heard we are happy to report on a very generous gift of $1 million to the College of Engineering by the Micron Foundation.  University of Idaho, President Chuck Staben and I travelled to the Micron headquarters in Boise where we had the opportunity to meet with several U-Idaho engineering alumni who work at Micron, tour the facilities and be presented with a big check from Micron CEO Mark Durcan.  The gift will establish the first fully endowed faculty position in the college, the Micron Professor in Microelectronics, and greatly enhance our position in microelectronics education and research.  We continue to raise funds for five additional endowed faculty positions in other areas of our college and I anticipate making similar announcements in the months ahead.

On April 11th we inducted the 2014 Class of Academy of Engineers.  The Academy of Engineers is a group of eminent engineers deeply connected to our strong legacy of global engineering impact.

Concurrent with our Academy induction ceremony we also honored college faculty, staff and outstanding students.  This year in total we presented 18 awards, 2 to outstanding tenured and young faculty, 3 to staff members nominated by their co-workers and 11 to outstanding seniors in every department and 2 to graduate students for their academic achievements.

Engineering Design EXPO is this week!  We are very excited that Virginia Bax Valentine has agreed to be our honorary chair and keynote speaker. We are looking forward to her talk, “Embracing Failure as the Path to Succeeding in Engineering and Life."  There will be a live stream of her talk at uidaho.edu/live.

This year we are also expecting over 500 junior high and high school students from across Idaho and Washington.  We are fortunate that our industry partners provided additional support to help bring these students to campus.  The presence of these students at EXPO is a perfect example of the collaboration between our college and industry partners that makes EXPO a signature event for the University.

Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank all who make Engineering Design EXPO possible.  From the senior design capstone faculty, advisors, project mentors and sponsors to this year’s presenting sponsor the Micron Foundation and other event sponsors: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Avista Utilities, Engineering Outreach at the University of Idaho, British Petroleum Alaska, Boeing, Hewlett-Packard, Idaho National Laboratory, Lochsa Engineering, Wagstaff and Best Western.  I also want to thank our college staff and EXPO organizing committee.  And the over 50 judges who will dedicate their time and expertise to give project feedback to our students.  But mostly I want to thank our senior capstone students and project teams, they are the heart and soul of Design EXPO and without their commitment to engineering and passion for hands on learning there would be no EXPO.

Engineering Design EXPO is a unique student experience and showcases the best of the College of Engineering.  If you are on campus May 2nd between 8 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. I encourage you to stop by the Student Union building.


Larry A. Stauffer, Dean


Virgina Valentine Key Note Speaker 2014 EXPO University of Idaho On May 2, the University of Idaho 21st Annual Engineering Design EXPO presented by the Micron Foundation welcomes honorary chair and keynote speaker Virginia Bax Valentine, who will speak on, “Embracing Failure as the Path to Succeeding in Engineering and Life.”  Valentine is a member of the Class of 2012 University of Idaho College of Engineering Academy of Engineers. She graduated from the UI in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering and earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2000. Valentine’s keynote speech is free to the public and will take place in the Student Union Building, Vandal Ballroom May 2, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. The speech will also be streamed live at www.uidaho.edu/live.  Click here for more information on Virginia Bax Valentine and Engineering Design EXPO.   


Micron Donation College of Engineering University of IdahoThe Micron Technology Foundation recently announced a $1 million gift to the University of Idaho to fund an endowed professorship in microelectronics in the College of Engineering. The gift from the Foundation will support UI’s College of Engineering as it continues to enhance its position in microelectronics education and research.   The Micron Endowed Professor in Microelectronics will also head up the Next Generation Microelectronics (NGeM) Research Center in the College of Engineering. NGeM is a new interdisciplinary research center.  Click here for more information on the Micron Foundation’s generous gift.


Academy of Engineers Medals 2014The annual Academy of Engineers induction ceremony honors eminent engineers who are University of Idaho alumni, retired faculty or engineers deeply connected to the University of Idaho’s strong legacy of global engineering impact.  This year’s academy inductees include:  Donald E. Eddy, B.S., mechanical engineering, 1955; Louis L. Edwards, Ph.D., chemical and materials engineering, 1966, and UI professor of 50 years; Robert M. Griffith, B.S., chemical engineering, 1951; James H. Milligan, retired professor and chair of the civil engineering department; James C. Okeson, B.S., chemical engineering, 1962, and UI Fulbright Scholar, Netherlands; James H. Ritter, B.S. and M.S., mechanical engineering, 1968, 1971; and Frank J. Thomas, B.S., electrical engineering, 1952. Click here for more information on the lives of these accomplished individuals.


Dumidu Wijayasekara College Awards College of Engineering University of IdahoWe recently also recognized 2014 outstanding faculty, staff and students.  Eleven undergraduate seniors were recognized, one and in some cases two from each of the college’s departments.  Graduate students Andrew T. Weakley of Chemical Engineering and Dumidu Wijayasekara of Computer Science were recognized for their outstanding research.  And associate professor Indrajit Charit of Chemical and Materials Engineering and assistant professor of civil engineering Michael Lowry were also singled out by their peers for their exceptional work.  Click here to learn more about all of the College of Engineering Faculty, Staff and Student Award Winners.


500 jr high and high school students 2014 EXPO University of Idaho College of EngineeringThis year the College of Engineering was able to garner additional support from industry partners the Mircon Foundation and Avista Utilities to bring nearly 500 students to the University of Idaho campus, providing stipends to schools for transportation and meals.  Many of the students joining us for the day would not otherwise have the opportunity to visit the University of Idaho campus.  Students will spend the day touring EXPO and learning about engineering fields and programs, tour campus and talk to college recruiters to learn more about college life.  Click here to find out more about 2014 Engineering Design EXPO and our sponsors.


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