Analytical chemistry is based on the notion that we cannot understand what we cannot measure.  No matter what area of science an individual goes into, they will have to make reliable measurements and interpret data in order to fully understand their results.  My teaching philosophy is based upon this tenet and I use it to motivate students to go beyond simple memorization and apply their newly found knowledge to every aspect of their science education.  My teaching interests involve General Chemistry (Chem112), Quantitative Analysis (Chem 221), Instrumental Analysis (Chem 440), as well as the instrumentation laboratory experiments for upper level students (Chem 441 and 443). Quantitative Analysis deals with learning how to make analytical measurements, and how our understanding of chemical behavior in a given sample affects these measurements.  In the Instrumental courses, I attempt to remedy a student’s “fragile black box” perception of scientific instruments and let them see what is inside an instrument and how different settings impact the analytical measurements.  The experiments are designed to encourage a student to be independent and confident in the laboratory.  To see the research going on in my lab, click the Research tab at the top of the page.


31 Hammermill

School of Science

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Erie, PA 16563

Phone: (814) 898-6123


Post-Doctoral Research, University of Michigan

Ph. D.,  Michigan State University - 2006

B. S., SUNY Oswego - 2001

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