Posted September 29, 2011
Idaho State University has appointed R. Scott Rasmussen interim dean of the ISU College of Technology.
Rasmussen had been executive director of the Energy Systems Technology and Education Center (ESTEC) in the College of Technology for the past four years. Prior to this position, he served as department chair of the Electronics Department for 10 years.
In 2007, Rasmussen was instrumental in the creation of ESTEC with successful grant proposals to the National Science Foundation and the Department of Labor totaling over $2.6 million. Under his direction, ESTEC has grown from three original programs to six, with the most recent being Nuclear Operations Technology. ESTEC places sought-after graduates with energy companies and other manufacturing firms across the country.
Rasmussen's employment with ISU began as an instructor in the Electronic Systems Technology program where he taught radio frequency principles for eight years. He received the Outstanding Professor of Industrial Technology award by the National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT), where he served as chair over membership in the Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Technology Division for several years.
Prior to joining the ISU faculty, Rasmussen was employed by Union Pacific Railroad in the communications department, with responsibilities for systems maintenance and trouble shooting of a wide variety of analog and digital radio frequency systems.
He holds an Associated of Applied Science degree from the Electronics Systems Technology program at the College of Technology at ISU; a Bachelor of Science degree from ISU with a dual major in vocational-technical education and corporate training; and a Masters of Education degree from ISU. He completed his thesis on the "Comparative Analysis of the Effectiveness of Electronics Troubleshooting Curriculum in Laboratory-based versus Theoretical Presentations." While seeking his master's degree, he was named College of Education Student of the Year.
Rasmussen and his wife, Pat, are the parents of six children and 10 grandchildren.