Letter from the President

November 6, 2012

Dear Friend of Idaho State University,

Every day, scientists at Idaho State University are making new discoveries and answering questions that could impact our lives in the future.

In May 2011, Idaho State University, seeing a need for more unique research facility space, purchased the former Ballard building on Alvin Ricken Drive in Pocatello, and the Idaho State University Research and Innovation in Science and Engineering Complex (RISE) was born.

Researchers began moving into the facility in November 2011, and less than a year later, the complex is supporting national research in fields from national security to nuclear energy.

Research at RISE varies from developing advanced radiation detectors and measuring fuel inside nuclear reactors to using electron accelerators to scan cargo containers. It can grow giant crystals to support nuclear science and engineering programs, and grow new and cutting-edge semiconductors. It also has its own prototyping shop, where researchers can manufacture their own parts and equipment at a highly precise, computer-controlled machine shop.

The RISE Complex's capabilities include a Nanotech Fabrication Laboratory, Applied Microscopy Laboratory, NanoRad Fabrication Laboratory, Crystal Growth Laboratory, Homeland Security Laboratory, Semiconductor Processing Laboratory, Wet Chemistry/Extraction Laboratory, Radio-Bio Safety Laboratory, High Power Laser/Optics Laboratory and an Imaging Laboratory and a Human Interactive Environment Simulation Laboratory. Along with providing a wonderful learning environment, businesses and researchers from around the world are asking to visit and use our facilities.

Researchers at Idaho State University are working with businesses and other universities to build a better tomorrow, and they are doing it with the help of our students, who are learning as they work. At the RISE complex, more than 40 students from technicians to doctoral candidates, are working on real-life projects and answering important questions. The students come from a variety of backgrounds including computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering, physics and College of Technology technical programs.

We are looking towards the future, and our hope is to continue to nurture future leaders in the all-important fields of science, engineering and energy research. I have confidence that the research happening today at the RISE Complex will continue to be a benefit to our society for generations to come.

Go Bengals!

Letter from the President

Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209