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About Janet M. Callahan

Dr. Janet M. Callahan came to Boise State University in 2004 to help launch the BS in Materials Science and Engineering. Between 2005 and 2016, she served the College of Engineering as the Founding Associate Dean. Her first academic appointments were as assistant and associate professor at The Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, where she was also company co-founder and Director of Research for RadioVascular Systems, Inc. She holds a PhD in Materials Science, an MS in Metallurgy, and a BS in Chemical Engineering, all from the University of Connecticut at Storrs.

Dr. Callahan's research interests include medical devices; brachytherapy and related materials synthesis; radioactive coatings; biomaterials; oxidation of high temperature and refractory alloys; ion beam synthesis of nanomaterials; thermal barrier coatings; and chemical vapor deposition of oxides. She is also active in engineering education research, studying freshmen retention, e-learning, service learning, self-efficacy, faculty development, evidence-based instructional practices, institutional change and more.


2004 - 2018 Professor, Boise State University ‐ Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests

Materials Science and Engineering and Engineering Education

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Honors and Awards

  • 2010-2012: Faculty in Residence, Engineering Residential College
  • 2010: Student Choice Award for Excellence, College of Engineering, Boise State University
  • 2009: Idaho Women Making History
  • 2006: Provost’s Excellence in Advising Award, Boise State University
  • 2004: University of Connecticut Academy of Distinguished Engineers
  • 1996-2003: Career Grant Recipient, National Science Foundation

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