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Dakota Roberson Receives Distinguished Under 40 Award

December 01, 2022

University of Idaho, Idaho Falls Assistant Professor Dakota Roberson was recently recognized by the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce as a Distinguished Under 40 honoree.

The annual awards program, exclusive to Eastern Idaho, honors 10 young professionals who have gone above and beyond to accomplish great things in their careers, community and education.

A 2019-2020 White House Fellow, Roberson spent a year working at the White House and the U.S. Department of Defense. His expertise in critical infrastructure security led him to the national leadership and public service program. He has served as a senior technical advisor to the Air Force Chief Scientist as well as a member of several Defense Science Board studies.

At U of I, Roberson leads an interdisciplinary research team studying electrical grid stability and security and is an appointed nuclear engineering affiliate faculty.  He has collaborated with national laboratories, electric utilities, private stakeholders, military services, and other universities to develop high-performance control systems and detection algorithms to address challenges which, left unmitigated, threaten critical infrastructure. His engineering courses are structured to prepare students for careers in this area.

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