Stauffer Appointed as Interim Dean of College of Engineering

Friday, July 22 2011

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho has appointed Larry Stauffer, senior associate dean in the College of Engineering to serve as the college’s interim dean. He takes up the post July 24.

"Larry Stauffer brings a great depth of experience and a sense of continuity in his new position,” said Doug Baker, Provost and Executive vice president. “His scholarship and leadership in both Moscow and Boise as a professor and administrator will greatly benefit our faculty, students and institution alike.”

His duties will include fostering a culture of empowerment, optimism, equity, trust, integrity and respect; strengthening collaborative and participatory processes to develop integrative solutions; building a clear fiscal path through budget challenges; enhancing vertical and horizontal communications, continuing to build strong relationships with stakeholders and donors; and working to help junior faculty to be successful, particularly the college’s new hires.

“This college is one of the best engineering programs in the west. We have very talented faculty, competent staff, and a terrific student body,” said Stauffer “I feel honored to be given the opportunity to serve our program in this way.”

Stauffer joined the University of Idaho faculty in 1987. For the last two years, he has served as senior associate dean of the college on the Moscow campus. In the 14 years prior to that, he concurrently served as the director of the College of Engineering in Boise, director of the Engineering Management Graduate Program, director of University of Idaho TechHelp and professor at University of Idaho Boise.

Stauffer not only brings administrative and academic success to the position, he also has a working knowledge of the engineering industry. Twice, he has assisted Hewlett-Packard Corporation to investigate design and manufacturing issues and has provided similar technical assistance to numerous firms in the northwest over the years, often with colleagues from Boise State and Idaho State universities. In addition, he has also taught workshops on these areas of expertise for industry across the United States and Mexico.

“After I transferred from Moscow to Boise in the mid ‘90s, a significant part of my position was to work with industry and my students were predominately engineers from industry in the Boise area and around the country. I often felt as if I was the student, as I gained valuable insights into the challenges companies face and what our students can expect when they graduate,” said Stauffer. “Since moving back to Moscow two years ago, these experiences have been a major influence in how I approach my role as senior associate dean and will continue to be a major influence this year as the interim dean.”

Stauffer has earned several honors, including The American Society for Engineering Management Meritorious Service Award, the Merrit Williamson Best Conference Paper Award at the 29th Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management, Leadership Boise graduate and the College of Engineering Outstanding Young Faculty Award early in his career.

Additionally, Stauffer serves as an associate editor of the Engineering Management Journal and sits on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Bi-Annual DESIGN Conference. He was a member of the Executive Team for the Idaho Quality Award and has been a reviewer for both the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST).

He earned his PhD in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University and an MS in agricultural engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he also earned his BS in mechanical engineering.

The search for a permanent dean will commence at the beginning of the fall semester. Stauffer replaces Don Blackketter, who stepped down to become chancellor at Montana Tech.
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