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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.

College of Science and Engineering Professional Achievement Award Recipient

David J Jeppesen

David J Jeppesen

College of Science and Engineering

David Jeppesen was appointed in January 2019 by Governor Little to be the Director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, a cabinet position in the Governor's administration. A native of Burley and Ammon ID, he earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from ISU. He also holds a Masters of Applied Statistics degree from The Ohio State University. He serves on the ISU Foundation board where he has been finance committee chair, investment committee chair, vice chair, and chair. He currently serves as the immediate past chair and nominating committee chair. After graduation, he worked at Capital One in Richmond Virginia where he eventually became the Deputy Chief Risk Officer. He then moved to Barclays Bank’s United Kingdom Retail Bank in London as the Chief Marketing Officer. In 2009, the Jeppesen’s moved back to Eagle, Idaho, and David started a successful international bank consulting business. Starting in 2012, he worked at Blue Cross of Idaho where he was the Chief Marketing Officer. David is married with four children and three grandchildren.

 

College of Science and Engineering Outstanding Student Award Recipients

Camille Hansen

Camille Hansen

Bachelor of Science in Microbiology

  • 4.0 GPA 
  • Multiple scholarships
  • Extracurricular activities
    • Microbiology Club
  • Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Biology
  • Honors and awards
    • Dean's List
  • Presented research on the pathogen, streptococcus pneumoniae at regional and national conferences

 

Robert Spiers

Robert Spiers

Honors Bachelors in Physics, Minor in Mathematics

  • 3.97 GPA 
  • Multiple scholarships 
  • Extracurricular activities
    • Rock Climbing Club 
  • Honors and awards 
    • Dean's List
  • University Honors Program
  • Undergraduate Award in Applied Spectroscopy 2021
  • Posters on the Hill 2021 Winner (Council for Undergraduate Research)
  • 1st prize of Student Poster Award 2019
  • Student Speaker for Honors First-Year Convocation 2021