College of Science and Engineering


Professional Achievement Award Winners

Professional Achievement Award recipients are alumni who have made important contributions to their careers or profession, to the social, political or economic well-being of the world around them and have shown continued community and civic involvement in addition to their association with and contributions to Idaho State University. Individuals selected for these prestigious awards have been out of school at least 10 years and have excelled in their chosen field, attaining significant success and accomplishments.

Archie Chue Shum, PhD.-Professional Achievement Award, College of Science & Engineering- Natural and Physical Sciences

Raised in Hong Kong, Archie Chue Shum came to the Idaho via Hawaii to attend college. He obtained both his bachelor's and master's degrees in microbiology from Idaho State University. He completed his doctorate in microbiology at the University of Iowa. Archie met his wife Wilma, at ISU. She is also an ISU graduate with her degree in pharmacy. Shum became a U.S. citizen in 1988.

Shum began his career as an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Public Health at California State University, Los Angeles California. He obtained additional clinical training at UCLA. He served 11 years as a clinical microbiologist at St. John's Regional Medical Center, directing the operations of the microbiology department and provided consultation to the medical and nursing staff. From 1988 until his retirement in 2006, Shum was a clinical microbiologist and immunologist at UCLA Medical Center. He participated in the NIH multi-center study of "History of Aids," taught pathology and infections disease residents and participated in clinical research and diagnosis of cellular immunology, microbiology and mycobacteriology.


Kelly L. Lively-Professional Achievement Award, College of Science & Engineering-Engineering

Kelly L. Lively graduated from Idaho State University in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in engineering/measurement and control sequence. She specializes in electrical engineering. She is a long-time employee of the first Argonne National Laboratory-West and for the past nine years of Idaho National Laboratory.

Since 2003, Lively has been associated with the radioisotope power systems (RPS) program at the Materials and Fuels Complex. This is the host site for the RPS program and provided the fueled RPS for the January 2006 launch of the Pluto New Horizons NASA mission. Lively was the lead engineer to install several pieces of equipment in the RPS program. She was reassigned from installing equipment to full- time duty as lead ground support engineer for the Pluto New Horizons Mission at Kennedy Space Center. Her efforts as lead ground support engineer led directly to the successful launch of the mission.

Lively has been recognized for her accomplishments and efforts with the NASA Achievement award. However, by the time the award was presented, she was the project manager for the Lab's next effort in preparing a newly designed multi-mission radioisotope thermoelectric generator for the Mars Science Laboratory mission. She is also manager for the radioisotope power systems department with a staff of 25 engineers and technicians. The Mars Science Laboratory mission was successfully fueled, tested and launched in 2011. At the time of the launch, Lively had moved on to the next challenge of leading the INL's efforts on the potential space-bound RPS, the Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator.

Lively has been recognized with the 2012 DOE Secretary Achievement Award, the NASA 2013 Achievement Award and the Energy Advocate Award.