Dr. JoAnn Slama Lighty serves as the Dean of the College of Engineering at Boise State University, where she is also a Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering. Prior to this appointment at Boise State University, she was on faculty in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah for almost 29 years. During her tenure as a professor, she was Chair of the department and held several other leadership positions. Since October 2013 until her move to Boise State in July 2017, she served as the Division Director for Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems at the National Science Foundation.
Lighty earned her B.S. and Ph.D. degrees, both in Chemical Engineering, from the University of Utah.