Jerrold Foote, former president of Questronics Inc., has been appointed deputy director of Utah's Business Creation/Centers of Excellence Program in the Utah Department of Community and Economic Development, according to Stanley B. Parrish, executive director.

Foote worked with the Division of Artificial Organs at the University of Utah for six years, with responsibility for designing safety monitoring devices for artificial kidneys.As a research instructor in surgery, Foote's emphasis shifted to the artificial heart, Parrish said. He also made significant technology contributions for early detection of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

In 1972, Foote and his associates created Questronics Inc., which went public. Recently, the company merged with Globesat Holding Co. and Foote was appointed director.

G. Michael Alder, program director, said Foote's background in materials, engineering and computer science will dramatically augment the opportunity to create new technology-based business in Utah.