"The University of Idaho has been the cornerstone of my entire higher education experience. I spent eight years at Idaho earning both graduate and undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering. After many years of difficult coursework, a career in engineering no longer felt like what I wanted to do. I liked working with people rather than with machines and mathematical models; however, I wanted scientific discovery and solving problems to remain an important part of my life. The College of Law provided the skills needed to synthesize all of my skills and interests into once focus: Intellectual Property Management. The professors, of course, were excellent at passing on the legal skills necessary to work in IP Management, but they also challenged my thinking about the social justice issues inherent in IP law (such as access to technology, agricultural products availability, and restrictive trade practices).
Washington State University Research Foundation
At the Washington State University Research Foundation I have the opportunity to work with a skilled team whose mission is making sure that new technologies developed at our university are put to good use for the benefit of the public. Whether we are giving away new crop varieties, developing safer and healthier food products, creating the next generation of fuels or making vaccines to protect both humans and animals, every day we get to do challenging work that improves the lives of people and the environment. This is what I was meant to do; without the College of Law, I never would have known."