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Spring 2019 Chemical and Materials Engineering Newsletter


Dear Alumni, Students, Friends and Families,

Our faculty had another near-record year of research activities, with major grants newly awarded from the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. As with the rest of the University of Idaho, so goes the College of Engineering’s enrollment. For the first time this decade, enrollment was down across the college, and our Department unsurprisingly matched that trend.

Despite it all, our students remain strong and hardworking. We affirm that size matters not in the pursuit of quality educational experiences.

With that goal, we focus this year on two activities to improve our department, even in the face of continuing budget cuts and other university-level financial challenges that include bringing faculty and staff salaries closer to market-based targets over the next several years. Thanks to the generous lead gift from LifeLast, a company led by our alumni Jeff Buratto, Mark Burrato and Kit Harper, we have launched our first full-room renovation plan in BEL this millennium—a teaching lab and design space remodel. Professors Moberly and Bernards will oversee the lab upgrade in honor of Dr. David C. Drown’s many years of service in excellence. Secondly, we are identifying alumni class chairs to help us complete fundraising for the Lou Edwards Endowed Chair. We have renewed focus on this effort and raised over $30k from generous donors in the past six months. With the help of class chairs, we hope to build more momentum and support to fully fund this endowed faculty position in memory of Lou, who was also a department icon for many decades.

Thank you for making the time to be a part of our support system and staying informed of our activities and achievements this past year!

Please update your contact information with us at or

— Eric Aston,
Department Chair


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Buchanan Engineering Building Rm. 308

Mailing Address:

Chemical & Materials Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1021
Moscow, ID 83844-1021

Phone: 208-885-7572

Fax: 208-885-7462

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