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Executive Director of Advancement

Mailing Address:
College of Engineering
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1012
Moscow, ID 83844-1012

Phone: 208-885-5303

Email: bhughes@uidaho.edu

Associate Director

Phone: 208-334-2087

Email: tschaecher@uidaho.edu

Alumni and Donor Relations Coordinator

Mailing Address:
College of Engineering
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1012
Moscow, ID 83844-1012

Phone: 208-885-5201

Email: sspear@uidaho.edu

Lou Edwards Endowed Chair for Chemical Engineering

We are now in our final phase to fully fund the Lou Edwards Endowed Chair to reach our goal of establishing the first endowed faculty position in University of Idaho Department of Chemical Engineering.

Join Your Class In Support!

View the generous alumni who have donated since July 1, 2019 from your class decade, and join them in support of this endowed position.

Lou Edwards Fund Leaderboard
Decade Total Given this
Fiscal Year
ChE Alumni

1970s

$201,150 Richard Abbott
Ronald Baldus
James Batdorf
Ralph Cavalieri
David Crea
Keith Euhus
Clayton Freeberg
Wayne Hager
Marjorie Hatter
James Haynes
George Hoech
Jeffrey Holmes
Donald James
Jerry Keely
Christopher Kellogg
Duane Koch
George Kurdy
David McFarland
Anders Ohlsson
Arlin Olson
Don Schaechtel
Kirk Stedman
Godwin Tongo
Paul Warner
Raymond Wong
ranked #1

1960s

$59,650 Larry Arnold
Wayne Eckert
Robert Harrell
Robert Keller
James Okeson
Rob Pabst
Lyle Parks
Donald Scully
George Simmons
Richard Smith
Durward Stolp
Steve Strecker
William Thomson
Gary Van Stone
Patrick Wicks
ranked #2

1980s

$49,299 Doug Asbe
Thomas Busmann
Candis Claiborn
Kirk Daehling
Julie Erickson
Robert Hart
Bridgette Hendricks
Erika Johnston
Rakesh Kadakia
Timothy Kast
David Kubosumi
Larry and Pene Lloyd
Terence McHugh
David Nelson
Chris Niederer
Mark Nordquist
Dan Oakes
Barry O'Brien
Holton Quinn
James Rushton
Gayle Schaeffer
Pami Singh
Andrea Slayton
Janis Stevenson
Emmitt Steverson
Eva Strand
Julia Tripp
Steven VanSlyke
Matt Wigle
ranked #3

1990s

$28,625 Eric Aston
Jeremy Dillon
Shannon Fuchs
Max Hueftle
Derrick Kraus
Stephen Martin
Kent Robarge
Elizabeth Scott
Daniel Smith
James Yates

Other
Supporters

$9,545 Chevron Corporation
Clare Moore
ConocoPhillips Company
Donald Baer
Jesse Brown
Lois Tretter
Michael Gondek
Randy Nebel Charitable Fund
The Dow Chemical Company Foundation
Tom Yu

1950s

$14,600 Robert Furgason
Glenwood Robinson
Bess Vance

2000s

$3,225 Andy Bussey
Ed Cimbalik
Kyle Hansen
Aashika Jain
David Juhasz
Kurt Krohmer
Sean Mollberg
Elizabeth Schierman
Jason Stedman
David Thrasher
Gary Vance

1940s

$1,000 Arthur Humphrey
Anonymous

2010s

$250 Kyle Koelsch
Danielle Milligan
Theodore Warner

We'll Match Your Gift

A group of generous donors pledged $250,000 as a matching challenge. Act now to have your gift matched!

Graph with $500,000 goal, $250,000 available to be matched, $142,000 donated so far, $108,000 remains to be matched.
Updated May 27, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. PST

Reaching our goal will complete the $2 million campaign which will bring in an annual disbursement of $90,000 that the endowed chair will use to support research, students and program advancement.

The University of Idaho College of Engineering is one of the leading engineering programs in the Northwest.

Part of that prestige lies in our excellent faculty, who attract highly-skilled students to our hands-on programs and research opportunities.

The Lou Edwards Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering will continue Lou’s tradition of excellence in leadership, teaching and research, and enable U of I to attract and retain top faculty members.

An endowed chair is a distinguished faculty position funded through an endowment.

“An endowed chair builds the reputation of our program. It indicates a certain distinction in teaching and provides opportunities to pursue research with a high potential for return. ” ERIC ASTON, Chair, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering

Why give to an endowed chair?

Your gift provides resources beyond what the university alone can offer, including:

  • A stable and permanent revenue source for excellent faculty
  • Building our college’s reputation as a top-tier research university
  • Hiring and retention of top faculty members
  • Funding for undergraduate and graduate research positions working alongside faculty
  • Connection between our college and national industry leaders

Earlier efforts to establish the Lou Edwards Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering were led by Emeritus Professor William “Bill” Thompson led that effort, raising over $1.3M toward the $2M goal.

We are now in our final phase to fully fund the Lou Edwards Endowed Chair and are working toward reaching our goal of raising the final $700,000.

About Lou Edwards 1936-2016

Lou Edwards, 1936-2016, received several awards for his contributions to teaching and research and was a talented faculty member who made a difference in the lives of many U of I students.

Originally from Montana, Lou earned a bachelor’s degree at Rensselaer Engineering and a master’s at the University of Delaware. He first came to Idaho in 1961, and was one of the Department’s first Ph.D. students, receiving his doctorate in 1966. He received the Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry’s Pulp Manufacture Division Technical Award and Johan C.F. C. Richter Prize in 2014. During his career, he published more than 100 technical papers and served as a consultant to over 30 pulp and paper companies worldwide.

Contact Us

Executive Director of Advancement

Mailing Address:
College of Engineering
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1012
Moscow, ID 83844-1012

Phone: 208-885-5303

Email: bhughes@uidaho.edu

Associate Director

Phone: 208-334-2087

Email: tschaecher@uidaho.edu

Alumni and Donor Relations Coordinator

Mailing Address:
College of Engineering
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1012
Moscow, ID 83844-1012

Phone: 208-885-5201

Email: sspear@uidaho.edu