Associate Teaching Professor of Chemistry
I teach organic chemistry. I became interested in chemistry in high school; I had a very charismatic chemistry teacher, and he helped me learn that chemistry can explain nearly everything about my daily life. My favorite part of my job is discussing this with students and connecting organic chemistry to their interests. When not at work, I enjoy photography and travel with my wife, dog and guinea pigs.
My College Experience
I majored in Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where there was only one type of chemistry major. I earned a W in Human Biochemistry! I performed undergraduate research in two different research labs, the second lab was an organic chemistry lab, and my 18-month experience there set me on the path to where I am today. I earned a Ph.D. in organic and polymer chemistry from Cornell University in 2009.
What have I Learned?
I became a professor at Ball State right after completing my Ph.D. I was grateful that I had the opportunity to be an organic chemistry TA in grad school. I was able to give several lectures to organic chemistry classes, which gave me some experience speaking to students. I wish I had learned more MS Excel and management skills before starting my teaching position!
Cornell University Ph.D. (2009)
Cornell University M.S. (2006)
University of Wisconsin Madison B.S. (2004)