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A Message from the Dean

Dean Snyder standing next to the historic archway

This Fall Semester is a time like no other. Our students, faculty and staff, as well as our society at large, are navigating a global pandemic, concerns over civil rights and a struggling economy. Life feels a bit out of sync, a bit abnormal. The College of Science and Engineering stands as a shelter in the storm of these difficult times. Our dedication to our students and their current and future success remains steadfast. We have worked through the summer to find safe ways of delivering our courses in person, particularly our laboratory classes. Hands-on learning is key to the academic and professional advancement of our graduates.

Because we are in a time when an in-person environment has not been possible for all of our students and faculty, we have spent the summer investing in technology and developing techniques for effective mixed platform and remote learning. We’re now a few weeks into the semester and the summer’s hard work is paying off. Students, faculty and staff are happy to be back in the classroom and back in the lab. We are happy to have them!

Majors and graduate studies in the sciences and engineering provide a gateway to satisfying, high paying and secure jobs. The curriculum is rigorous but our instructors are dedicated to student success. We offer degree programs in nuclear engineering, civil and environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, biology, chemistry, geology, physics, biochemistry, health physics and mathematics.

We welcome students from all walks of life and have resources to support you, instructional and financial. Please call the College at (208) 282-3099 or drop us an email ( to learn more.

Have a safe and happy fall!

Dean Snyder's Signature

Scott D. Snyder, Ph.D.

Office of the Dean

Scott Snyder, Ph.D.


Office: Colonial Hall

(208) 282-3099/4539

Robert Fisher

Associate Dean

Office: PS 319C

(208) 282-3664

Portrait of Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar

Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar

Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Associate Dean, Reactor Administrator, and American Nuclear Society President

Office: CAES 284 and LEL 235B

(208) 533-8111

Portrait of Fred Parrish

Fred Parrish

University Business Officer

Office: Colonial Hall 235

(208) 282-2768

Miriam Dance

Executive Director of College Relations

(208) 282-4361

Rich Ballou

Rich Ballou, CFRE

Director of Development

(208) 709-1174

April Robinson portrait

April Robinson

Management Assistant

Office: Colonial Hall 227

(208) 282-3134

Portrait of Tiffany Waggoner

Tiffany Waggoner

Administrative Assistant 2

Office: Colonial Hall

(208) 282-5793

Jennilee Overocker

Administrative Assistant 1

Office: Colonial Hall

(208) 282-3099

Portrait of Jack Bradley

Jack Bradley

Systems Administrator

Office: Physical Science 326

(208) 282-5162

Portrait of Mikel Mecham

Mikel Mecham

Operations and Support Analyst 1

Office: Physical Science 326

(208) 282-5162