Chancellor Blackketter's Biography
Dr. Donald M. Blackketter became Chancellor of Montana Tech on July 1, 2011. Blackketter received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Wyoming, 1985, 1986, and 1989, respectively. He was at the University of Idaho from 1989-2011 as an Assistant, Associate, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Blackketter held positions as department Chair and was Dean of the College of Engineering from 2008-2011. Blackketter was the acting director of the National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology (NIATT) in 2004 as well as holding the position as Director and as director of NIATT’s Center for Clean Vehicle Technology from 1998 to 2005. He is an active researcher and the author of 27 journal publications, 10 technical reports, 34 conference publications and presentations, and three textbooks and instructional manuals. In 2003 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Quito, Ecuador. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Society of Engineering Educators (ASEE), and the American Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). He is a registered professional engineer in Idaho and Montana.
Don and his wife Vicki have three children all of whom are married. Son Riley and Meghan, live in Vancouver, B.C. Canada, daughter Britni and Jonathon live in London, England, and son Shadd and Heather live in Surrey, B.C. Canada. Don and Vicki are the grandparents of Stella Mae, daughter of Britni and Jonathon and Tenley Jaye, daughter of Riley and Meghan.