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Engineering Physics (EP)
Room 324K

875 Perimeter Drive MS 0902
Moscow, ID 83844-0902


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Phone: (208) 282-7983
Fax: (208) 282-7929
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Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402

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Engineering Outreach
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David Alexander

David Alexander, Ph.D.

Office: EP 324M
Phone: 208-885-9447
Email: dalexander@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: 875 Perimeter Drive, MS 0902

Moscow, Idaho 83844-0902

College of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Clinical Assistant Professor

Home Town: Rochester, Minnesota
Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 2001

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Advanced energy technologies
    • Vehicle system modeling and simulation
    • Heat transfer
    • New product development
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Technology transfer
  • Biography

    Dr. Alexander comes directly from 10 years of work in industry most of which were as CEO of IVUS Energy Innovations – a technology start-up company that he and three partners formed around unique fast changing technology. As CEO, he raised over $2 million in equity financing, secured a worldwide license agreement, and managed the commercialization and launch of the industry’s first 90-second rechargeable flashlight. In total, 150,000 units were produced and shipped worldwide within two years.

    His research and professional areas of interests and expertise are in advanced energy technologies, vehicle system modeling and simulation, heat transfer, new product development, entrepreneurship, and technology transfer. He developed a closed loop throttle controlled complete system model of a purely ultracapacitor hybrid electric vehicle. His model was used to select components and control strategy for a class 8 commercial hybrid concept vehicle as well as a small hybrid sedan. Vehicle road testing was performed and validated the system model. In addition he is co-inventor on four U.S. patents and has presented numerous times at advanced energy technology conferences in the areas of business and technology development.

  • Selected Publications
    • Alexander and Blackketter, “Optimized Solution Strategy for Solving Systems of Equations,” Engineering Computations: International Journal for Computer-Aided Engineering and Software, Vol. 20, no. 2, pp 178-191, 2003.
    • Alexander and Smelser, “Delivering a Hands-On Laboratory Using the Post Office, Internet, and a Campus Visit,” Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 92, no. 1, 2003.

  • Outreach Projects
    • Board of Trustees, Idaho Technology Council
    • Board Member, Clearwater Economic Development Association, Workforce Development Council

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