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Fall 2016 Chemical and Materials Engineering Newsletter


Dear Alumni, Students, Friends and Family,

As we officially welcome our two newest faculty this year, we are also phasing into two planned retirements (Professors Dean Edwards and David Drown) as we have come to a major change-point for our department. We have more assistant professors (7) on the tenure-track now than full-time tenured faculty (6), and the current administration is pointing us in the direction of becoming a Carnegie highest research activity institution (R1). Our goal is ever toward high quality of teaching and research in service to our main constituency — current and future students.

We also lost two legends of our Chemical Engineering program this summer: professors emeriti Jay Scheldorf and Lou Edwards, with over 90 years of combined university teaching. As we do our best to plan for the future of our department, I hope that we will regularly look behind us to keep learning from the ones who kept our programs going through the inevitable ups and downs of education.

We have a large and vital senior class this year with many top-notch students ready to graduate this spring. Thank you all for your support over the years and for taking the time to catch up with us here and whenever we see you next.

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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