Dr. Dale Russell’s history with Boise State University tells the story of this university as a high-caliber research institution. Soon after Dr. Russell joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 1995, she netted Boise State three of its first patents, and in a 17-year period, she secured 45 funded proposals worth a total of nearly $5.5 million. Dr. Russell participated in a thriving research culture by helping to build the Masters in Materials Science and Engineering degree program — serving as mentor to its first graduate — as well as the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering program. Her research focuses at Boise State have included remediation of nuclear waste and contaminated mine sites, the design of portable field chemical sensors, and forensic analysis of materials and trace evidence. Dr. Russell influenced many students over her tenure and due to this was sought after as a preferred instructor. Her passion and kindness for her students formed their enthusiasm for Chemistry.
Prior to joining Boise State, Professor Russell worked for Hewlett Packard, where she was the lead inventor on nine of 11 patents secured by the tech company, and the sole inventor on four. Her patents in electrophotographic toner, image transfer in electrophotography and dye polymers contributed to the quality, efficiency, cost and environmental impact of HP print products and the success of its line of LaserJet printers in the 1990s.
The Endowed Scholarship in Dr. Dale Russell's name will serve as a lasting legacy for Dr. Russell, while benefiting students in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.