Stauffer Named Idaho Engineering Dean

Wednesday, April 25 2012

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho has appointed Larry Stauffer as dean of the College of Engineering. He currently is interim dean of the College of Engineering, as well as professor of mechanical engineering and engineering management. He will officially become dean on April 29, 2012.

"Larry Stauffer is an exceptional thinker in the field of management and has a long track record of successful leadership experiences," said Doug Baker, provost and executive vice president. "His vibrant vision for the College of Engineering, and its role in the ongoing statewide renaissance of the university, makes him the ideal person to lead the College of Engineering in the years to come."

Prior to serving as interim dean, Stauffer served as the senior associate dean of the College of Engineering and the director of the engineering management and technology management degree programs. Stauffer has been with the University of Idaho in various capacities since 1987. He was a professor of mechanical engineering, the director of the College of Engineering in Boise, and the U-Idaho director for TechHelp, Idaho’s manufacturing extension organization.

"The College of Engineering has played a significant role at the University of Idaho since its beginning over a century ago," said Stauffer. "We have a tradition of excellence supported by a team of very accomplished faculty and staff. Our students are some of the best in the country and our alumni are engaged. It is a privilege to be asked to serve as the next dean."

Over the course of his 25-year career in academics and private industry, Stauffer has conducted research, taught, and worked directly with many companies in the areas of product design, Six Sigma, and Lean. He has served the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and other professional organizations in many capacities since 1986. Stauffer is the associate editor of the Engineering Management Journal and has written works published in the Journal of Engineering Design, Journal of Manufacturing Systems and spoken at events such as the American Society for Engineering Management National Conference.

"I am committed to providing our students with an exceptional educational experience and advancing the research and outreach mission of the College. I am highly optimistic about our future," Stauffer added.

Stauffer earned his bachelor and master degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and his doctorate from Oregon State University. He is also a licensed professional engineer with the state of Idaho.

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