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Christian Fritsen Joins U of I as Idaho EPSCoR Director

May 17, 2018

The Office of Research and Economic Development is pleased to announce that Christian Fritsen is the new director for Idaho EPSCoR, effective July 23, 2018. 

Idaho EPSCoR represents a federal-state partnership to enhance the science and engineering research, education, and technology capabilities of states that traditionally have received smaller amounts of federal R&D funds. 

Fritsen comes to the University of Idaho from the National Science Foundation, where he has served as program director of Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems since 2015. He has a doctorate in biological sciences from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and bachelor’s in biological sciences from Montana State University in Bozeman.

During my career I developed a passion for serving students, faculty and institutes in their pursuit of knowledge and for sharing in the joys of discovery. These passions have led to opportunities where I have been honored to serve as a facilitator of research,” Fritsen said. “Despite varied travels, pursuits and assignments I have always longed to return to the mountains and serve the people and communities of the mountain states. I am grateful and look forward to the opportunity to do so once again.”

Fritsen brings to this role a unique combination of academic and research experience. He has worked as a research professor and vice president of academic and faculty affairs at the Desert Research Institute, and also served as the director of the Nevada Space Grant Consortium and Nevada NASA EPSCoR Program from 2005-2014. He has extensive experience working with contractors and federal agencies, as well as the military and international scientists.

“Dr. Fritsen is a highly qualified researcher who brings a combination of strong scientific expertise and demonstrated ability to build solid working partnerships between various agencies and organizations,” said Janet Nelson, Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of Idaho. “The Idaho EPSCoR program will be exceptionally served under his leadership.”

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