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