Chancellor Blackketter's Biography
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.
He is an active researcher and the author of 27 journal publications, 10 technical reports, and 34 conference publications. In 2003 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Quito, Ecuador. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Society of Engineering Educators (ASEE). 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 and Jessie, son and daughter of Britni and Jonathon; Tenley Jaye, daughter of Riley and Meghan; and Madelynn, daughter of Shadd and Heather.