Office of the Dean
Phone: (208) 885-6470
Fax: (208) 885-6645
Janssen Engineering (JEB)
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1011
Moscow, ID 83844-1011
Contact Denise Engebrecht
Phone: (208) 364-6123
Fax: (208) 364-3160
Idaho Water Center
322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702
Contact Debbie Caudle
Phone: (208) 282-7983
Fax: (208) 282-7929
1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402
Richard T. Jacobsen
B.S. Mechanical Engineering 1963
Dr. Richard Jacobsen is Executive Director for
Research and Technology Transfer and Professor of
Nuclear Engineering at Idaho State University (ISU).
M.S. Mechanical Engineering 1965
Ph.D. Engineering Science 1972
He supports campus-wide research and related efforts as the Interim Vice President for Research and Economic Development.
Dr. 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, Dr. 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, Dr. 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 Dr. 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. Dr. Jacobsen was a faculty member in the U of I Mechanical Engineering Department for 42 years and is currently a Professor Emeritus.
Dr. 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, Dr. Jacobsen earned a Bachelor’s degree and in 1965 a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Idaho and a Ph.D. in engineering science from Washington State University in 1972. Dr. 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.