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Engineering dean will soon step down to resume career of teaching

After serving as Boise State’s Dean of Engineering for the last six years, Amy Moll will be stepping down from her position in the near future and return to being a faculty member in the Micron School of Material Science and Engineering. 

The new dean, JoAnn Lighty, will take over for Moll on Monday, July 17.

“I want to foster a supportive environment for innovators and advocate for positive change—when and where needed,” Lightly said. “I am committed to the power of convergent research—the merging of ideas, approaches and technologies from widely diverse fields of knowledge to stimulate innovation and discovery.”

Lighty has been a professor of Chemical Engineering for the last 29 years at the University of Utah. During that tenure, she served as chair for the Department of Chemical Engineering, director of the Institute for Combustion and Energy Studies and associate dean for academics in the College of Engineering. She has also received more than $15 million in research funds and has published over 260 peer reviewed publications.

“I am extremely honored to have the opportunity to be the next dean to lead the College of Engineering,” Lightly said. “It will be important to me to be an advocate for the College’s faculty, staff and students.”

Moll has been a Boise State employee since 2000, and she accomplished several things since then, including co-founding the Material Science and Engineering Department at Boise State. 

Moll was made interim Dean of Engineering in 2011 and officially became the dean in 2012. According to Moll, she stepped down because of her love of teaching. Moll said that during her time as dean, the department grew exponentially. 

“I’m very interested in making sure the culture of engineering is a good place for students. Over the course of my time as dean, we’ve grown a lot. We’ve gone from about 1,400 students to 2,400 students,” Moll said. “We’ve grown responsibly, and we’ve continued to maintain a balanced focus on both research and teaching.”

Moll recounted a few moments which stuck in her mind from her time as dean.

“Well there was meeting Obama—that was kind of big,” Moll said. “Another one that really struck me, was when the first Ph.D. student finished in Material Science and Engineering. That was a program that started about the time I started as dean. Because I helped start the department—to see that growth and to be part of it—that was pretty cool. Honestly, I love every commencement—I love to see students and what they can accomplish.”

1 Comment on Engineering dean will soon step down to resume career of teaching

  1. How can you not mention Jelly? She is much bigger than a visit from Obama!! Congratulations on going back to your passion for teaching us how to be amazing engineers and even better people Amy! You are truly an inspiration!

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