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College of Engineering Inducts Class of 2016 Academy of Engineers

October 18, 2016

The College of Engineering will induct eight members into its Academy of Engineers at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the annual Academy of Engineers induction ceremony in the Whitewater/Clearwater Rooms of the Idaho Commons. The Academy of Engineers, now in its sixth year, honors eminent engineers who are University of Idaho alumni or engineers deeply connected to UI’s strong legacy of global engineering impact. Academy members are recognized for their personal contributions to engineering achievement, leadership, engineering education and a lifetime commitment to advancing the quality of life through service to the profession and society.

This year’s UI Academy of Engineers inductees are:

  • Richard W. Allen of Scottsdale, Arizona and McCall, Idaho – B.S., agricultural engineering, 1973
  • Corby G. Anderson of Golden, Colorado – Ph.D., mining engineering - metallurgy, 1987
  • Lynn D. Davis of Albany, Oregon – B.S., M.S., metallurgical engineering, 1971, 1972
  • William Eisinger of Boise, Idaho – B.S., electrical engineering, 1975
  • Majorie Mink Hatter of Blaine, Washington – B.S., M.S., chemical engineering, 1977, 1980
  • David M. Kohli of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – B.S., mechanical engineering, 1956
  • Jim W. Linford of Eagle, Idaho – B.S., mechanical engineering, 1971
  • Arnfinn Rusten of Park City, Utah – B.S., M.S., civil engineering, 1975, 1977

As part of their induction, the new academy members will spend the day touring UI’s engineering complex. They will meet with faculty and students and have the opportunity to visit the college’s state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.

Prior to their induction, the college is holding the inaugural Grand Challenge Scholars Program pitch event beginning at 5 p.m. in TLC 030. New and existing academy members will serve as judges for nine students seeking funding for their projects that address one of the Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century. The Grand Challenges for Engineering were identified by an international group of leading technological thinkers and codified by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) into fourteen categories, such as securing cyberspace, providing access to clean water and making solar energy economical. The University of Idaho is one of only 37 U.S. engineering schools approved by the NAE to educate a new generation of engineers expressly equipped to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing society and the only university participating in Idaho.

“One of the distinguishing things about having the new class of Academy of Engineers come to campus this year is that they have the opportunity to meet our inaugural class of students participating in our Grand Challenge Scholars Program, ” said Larry Stauffer, dean of the College of Engineering. “Having our Academy members here to provide feedback to our Grand Challenge students will be a great advantage to our students as they embark on solving some very complex problems. It’s a full circle of our college’s best and brightest.”

Detailed biographies of the Class of 2016 Academy of Engineers are available at:

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College of Engineering, University of Idaho

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