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Adam Brustkern

Division Head of Natural Sciences and Professor of Chemistry/Physics



I grew up in Evansdale, IA, just outside of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area.  I earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa (2002), a Master’s degree in Forensic Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2003), and my Ph.D. in Chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis (2009).  I guess you could say that I got around, at least academically.  As a graduate student, I conducted research in the field of mass spectrometry, specifically Fourier-transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry.  After a short stint as a research fellow at the Food and Drug Administration in St. Louis, I joined the faculty at Simpson College.  Here I teach courses like general chemistry, quantitative analysis, instrumental, and forensics.

Besides teaching, I enjoy everything that the outdoors has to offer.  I like to hunt, fish, camp, trap and target shoot, to name a few.  My wife and I have been married for nearly eight years and have a 4 ½ year old daughter.  When I am not at school, or preparing for classes, I enjoy spending time with my family, indoors and out.  Even though our daughter is only 4 1/2, she is quite an accomplished fisherman.  I have found that I get more enjoyment out of watching her catch a fish than I do out of catching one myself.


  • B.S., University of Northern Iowa, 2002
  • M.S., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2003
  • M.A., Washingtin University in Saint Louis, 2005 
  • Ph.D., Washington University in Saint Louis, 2009