Education and Experience
2016 – Present: Teaching Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, School of Mines, Golden, Colorado
2015 – 2016: Senior Chemist at Accutest Laboratories Inc.
2010 – 2014: Professor at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology
2005 – 2011: Quality Control Chemist at Experchem Laboratories Inc.
2014: M.Sc. In Chemistry at York University, Toronto, Canada
2010: B.S. in Environmental Science from University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada
2006: Diploma in Chemical Engineering Technology from Seneca College, Toronto, Canada
My graduate work at York University focused on identifying organics peroxide formation during monoterpene oxidation experiments. I looked at the ability of an atmospheric pressure chemical ionization mass spectrometer for selectively identifying these compounds using various tandem mass spectrometry analysis modes (i.e., neutral loss mode).
When I’m not in the lab, I like to keep active. I strength train 3 days a week, I snowboard and go snowmobiling every winter, and I love to go for bike rides. I love to travel since it gives me an opportunity to learn about different culture and gain new experiences. In fact, my favorite quote by St. Augustine states “The world is a book and those who do not travel, read only one page.”
How I became a scientist
As a kid, I knew I wanted to make a difference in the world. I always wanted to inspire others and in return be inspired to do more. However, science did not come easy for me and I struggled throughout high school since I was limited to what I read in textbooks. This all changed when I went to college. I had an excellent mentor who encouraged, challenged, and inspired me by throwing away the boring textbooks and showing me everyday science through demonstrations and historic anecdotes. From the day he told me “put away the textbook”, I developed a genuine love for Chemistry and never looked back.