UI Names Lee Ostrom New Associate Dean for College of Engineering

Monday, December 16 2013


MOSCOW, Idaho — Following a national search, the University of Idaho has appointed Lee Ostrom as associate dean for the College of Engineering and director of academic programs for the university’s Idaho Falls Center. Ostrom currently serves as the director of the college’s industrial technology program and will begin his new role effective Jan. 5, 2014.

“As a faculty member at the Idaho Falls Center, Lee Ostrom has a detailed understanding of the opportunities and challenges for both students and the university in the region. Building on this understanding, he will ensure that the University of Idaho continues to deliver high-quality, relevant educational programs to the residents of Idaho Falls and eastern Idaho,” said Bob Smith, associate vice-president and executive officer for the Idaho Falls Center.

Ostrom is eager to assume his new leadership responsibilities and further the university’s mission in eastern Idaho.

“The University of Idaho has over a 50-year relationship with the community of Idaho Falls, eastern Idaho and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). The local economy is ever changing, and we look forward to building our current relationships — and developing new ones — as we seek to meet the educational needs of the current and future workforces and their employers,” said Ostrom.

Dean of the College of Engineering, Larry Stauffer, commenting on Ostrom’s appointment notes that, “for many decades the UI College of Engineering has been providing engineering education and conducting research in Idaho Falls. I recall taking an engineering class myself in 1980 when I was a young engineer working for Westinghouse at the INL. It is essential that our Idaho Falls program be strong and continues to support the technical workforce and industry of the region. Having worked with Lee for several years now, I have great confidence in his leadership and the future of the Idaho Falls Center.”

Ostrom is an industrial engineer and has taught at UI since 1989. He has served as both a teacher and administrator directing the industrial technology program at the Idaho Falls Center. Prior to his employment at the UI, he worked for the Idaho National Laboratory. Ostrom’s research has focused on workplace ergonomics and risk assessment with an emphasis on aviation maintenance and inspections. Ostrom is both a board certified safety professional and ergonomist.

Ostrom graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Idaho. He then went on to earn his master’s and doctorate degree in 1980 and 1988, respectively, at Texas Tech University.

The Idaho Falls Center provides research-based science, engineering and technology education to over 300 students annually and has awarded 1,390 advanced and 654 undergraduate UI degrees since first offering classes in 1954.



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