As an Ohio native, I found my way to the South leaving me accentless but a lover of sweet tea. I spent my teenage years in Florida where the humidity is overbearing and the rain operates around a predictable schedule. After college, I made my way to Mississippi where I have been ever since.
It is quite lovely here.
I have been teaching large sections of Chemistry I and II and a variety of other classes since 2014. I have taught, on average, 394 students per semester (cumulative total of 5117 students) not including summer terms.
I have learned a lot from my students.
I was introduced to the world of computational chemistry as a sophomore undergraduate student in 2006 when I applied for a summer research job to help pay the bills. Prof. Robert A Vergenz was my mentor and he guided me into my first project, mapping out a reaction mechanism for a simple amino acid condensation reaction. In graduate school, Prof. Gregory S. Tschumper introduced convergent quantum chemistry to me and sophisticated methodologies. When I was a post-doc, Prof. C. Edwin Webster exposed me to a wide range of applications including NMR chemical shift modeling, organometallic chemistry, excited-state characterizations, and more.
I am very grateful to each of these incredible people.
Be sure to check out the new SMACS website!
SMACS is the “Student Members of the American Chemical Society”, a professional organization for undergraduates interested in chemistry. I have been the faculty advisor to the Mississippi State SMACS chapter since 2016. We have managed to do a lot of great things with a lot of help from others.
It has been a lot of fun.
I recently (Fall 2020) became one of the faculty advisors to the MSU Esports group. Be sure to check out their widespread, online presence.