I grew up back east and went to undergraduate school at a small college (Colby College) in central Maine. I moved out west to get my PhD from the University of Utah in the area of hybrid organic-inorganic magnetic materials, trying to isolate and identify unusually unstable organic compounds. After five years in Utah, I decided that I wanted to stay out west. I received a National Academies of Science (National Research Council) Postdoctoral Fellowship, and got to play around with some of the strangest organic materials (ionic liquids) for energy and materials applications at the US Air Force Academy. From there, I was offered a position at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, where my broad experience in Chemistry allowed me to get involved in large projects and large teams that attempted to solve some of the biggest challenges we face today in energy and national security. I have always wanted to teach and work with undergraduate students, and Dixie State is a great place for this. It’s also a great location for my hobbies of exploring, hiking and biking outdoors, and photography.
For more information about my research, please visit my Research page here.