Richard T. Jacobsen
Richard Jacobsen is executive director for Research and Technology Transfer and professor of Nuclear Engineering at Idaho State University (ISU).
He supports campus-wide research and related efforts as the interim vice president for Research and Economic Development.
Jacobsen serves as the associate director for the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) and Technology Transfer Officer at Idaho State. Prior to his current appointments, Jacobsen served as the dean of Engineering at ISU from 2006 to 2010.
From 1999 to 2005, under the management of Bechtel BWXT Idaho LLC, Jacobsen was chief scientist and concurrently served as deputy and associate laboratory director at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL), now Idaho National Lab (INL) in Idaho Falls.
At the University of Idaho in Moscow Jacobsen served as dean of the College of Engineering from 1990 to 1999. He was the director of the Center for Applied Thermodynamic Studies (CAT S) from 1986 to 1999 and associate director from 1985 to 1990. He served as the chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering from 1980 to 1985. Jacobsen was a faculty member in the U of I Mechanical Engineering Department for 42 years and is currently a professor emeritus.
Jacobsen is active in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) holding several elected national offices, including chair of the board on Research and Technology Development, vice president for Finance, Knowledge and Community Sector, vice president for Research and vice president for Professional Practice, in addition to various committee assignments.
In 1963, Jacobsen earned a bachelor’s and in 1965 a master’s in mechanical engineering from the U of I and a doctorate in engineering science from Washington State University in 1972. Jacobsen’s research publications include 11 books and chapters in books; 60 refereed journal publications; 11 refereed conference proceedings; and 108 research reports, notes and technical reports.