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K-State Today

April 25, 2011



College of Engineering names Bruce Snead to head Engineering Extension

By Erinn Barcomb-Peterson

Bruce Snead has been named director of Engineering Extension at Kansas State University. The appointment took effect April 17.

Snead has been a state extension specialist in residential energy, radon and indoor air quality at K-State since 1982. In the 1980s much of his work involved energy efficiency in existing and new homes, and solar energy applications for homes and businesses.   

He also spearheaded K-State's role in the Kansas Radon Program for 21 years and is currently leading the National Radon Program Services and projects for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which provides technical assistance to the public through toll-free phone lines and Web-based services. He has conducted radon industry training in the Midwest since 1989 as part of the Midwest Universities Radon Consortium in partnership with the University of Minnesota.

"I'm extremely pleased to welcome Bruce Snead to this leadership position," said John English, dean of the College of Engineering. "Engineering Extension and the college will be well served by his strong credentials and demonstrated skills."

Snead has a bachelor's in architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He has served the Manhattan community the past 16 years as a city commissioner, recently completing his fourth term as mayor.

Snead succeeds former director Richard Nelson, associate professor, K-State Center for Sustainable Energy.