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Janet Callahan, Ph.D.

Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering
Phone: 208-426-5983 | Fax: 208-426-4466 | Office: RUCH 338B
Janet Callahan

    Dr. Janet M. Callahan came to Boise State University in 2004 as one of four founding faculty of the new department of Materials Science and Engineering, recruited to help launch the new B.S. program. In 2005, Dr. Callahan was appointed Founding Associate Dean for the College of Engineering. In this capacity she is Chair of the ENGR department, oversees the Advising and Outreach office and is Head of Academic Affairs. Since 2005, student enrollment has nearly doubled, reaching 2,450 (fall 2013); two Ph.D. programs have been launched; and the faculty has increased by almost 90%. As Chair of the Scholarship Committee since 2006, Dr. Callahan has brought in more than $2.5 million dollars in external funding for academically talented engineering, mathematics and computer science majors through awards from the National Science Foundation and private gifts. In response to regional needs, and as a result of return on investment shown by the research productivity of the faculty, in 2011 her home department received a $13 million gift from the Micron Technology Foundation to launch a doctoral program in Materials Science and Engineering. As of fall, 2013, the MSE department has 20 faculty including two joint appointments, five research professors and a Distinguished Research Fellow.

    Dr. Callahan began her academic career at the Georgia Institute of Technology as Assistant and Associate Professor following a post-doctoral appointment at CSIRO in Melbourne, Australia. While an assistant professor, she was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER award, and with this funding established a new method for creating embedded metal nanoparticles in dielectric materials, using ion implantation of reactive elements. Dr. Callahan was company co-founder and Director of Research for a medical device start-up and pursued this full-time for two years.

    Dr. Callahan holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science, an M.S in Metallurgy, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, all from the University of Connecticut at Storrs. The University of Connecticut recognized Dr. Callahan's achievements by appointing her in 2004 to its Academy of Distinguished Engineers. Dr. Callahan's research interests include medical devices; brachytherapy and related materials synthesis; biomaterials; oxidation of high temperature and refractory alloys; ion beam synthesis of nanomaterials; thermal barrier coatings; and combustion chemical vapor deposition. She is also active in STEM education research, studying freshmen retention, STEM teaching and learning, and self-efficacy. Her interests in STEM education and community engagement led to her living on campus between 2010 and 2012 as 'Faculty in Residence' for the Engineering Residential College, a living-learning community at Boise State University.

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