Dr. Bijoy Dey earned his B.S. with honors in chemistry, his M.S. with specialization in physical chemistry and Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry. He has researched extensively at such prestigious institutions as Princeton University, University of Toronto, McMaster University, University of Waterloo and the Institut fur Theoretische Physik in Berlin on a von Humboldt Fellowship.
Dr. Barry Eichler is the department's Inorganic chemist. His research focuses on organic-inorganic hybrid materials, especially those that are electroluminescent (glows when electricity is passed through them). He specifically studies organosilicon compounds called “siloles” and hopes to incorporate them into organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). He is working on a paper entitled
Symmetric Diarylacetylenes: One-step Syntheses and Solution Photoluminescence.
Brandon Gustafson is the new stockroom manager and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) coordinator. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in chemistry from North Dakota State University and is a synthetic methodology organic chemist by training. His graduate research involved template-controlled, enantioselective Diels-Alder reactions.
An organic methodologist by training. She received a presidential appointment to United States Military Academy (West Point) but was discharged as a disabled veteran due to injury. Before and after earning her B.S. at Boise State, she worked for the Boise Forensic Laboratory on arson, rape, drug and homicide cases. Her Ph.D. research centered on novel antibiotics, and today her research still centers on the synthesis of novel heterocyclic compounds with some biological applications.
Dr. Jared R. Mays joined the Augustana faculty in 2009 and teaches courses in General Chemistry, Survey of Organic and Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry/Medicinal Chemistry. He received his bachelors degree in chemistry and biochemistry from Gustavus Adolphus College. His doctoral work in pharmaceutical sciences was completed at The University of Wisconsin where he worked toward the development of prodrug histone deacetylase inhibitors under the direction of Scott R. Rajski. He completed a postdoctoral appointment with Brian S. J. Blagg in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Kansas working on C-terminal Hsp90 inhibitors. His multidisciplinary research program at Augustana bridges the boundaries between chemistry and biology and is focused on the medicinal chemistry of glucosinolates and isothiocyanates, anticancer natural products found in broccoli.
Dr. Steve Schultz
Dr. Schultz holds a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College and a Ph.D. in chemistry/biochemistry from the California Institute of Technology. He completed his post-doctorate work at Yale University and received his M.P.A. in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota. Most recently, he served as a chemistry instructor at Minnesota West Community and Technical College. From 1991 to 2000, he served as an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
The analytical chemist on staff, Dr. Duane Weisshaar's research is a collaborative effort with Dr. Earl centered on using dimethyl carbonate as a greener route to quaternary ammonium compounds (quats). Millions of pounds of quats are manufactured each year for uses ranging from fabric care to asphalt emulsifiers to ionic liquids. In the last 4 years, Dr. Weisshaar and Dr. Earl have engaged 25 Augustana students in summer research on facets of this project and are finishing a paper exploring the stability of the methyl carbonate quats.
R. Roy Kintner (1957-1994)
Arlen Viste (1964-2002)
Milton P. Hanson '60 (1964-2004)
Gary W. Earl '62 (1994-2009)
Marlys Vant Hul '94
Marlys has worked at Augustana for more than twenty-five years. She and her two daughters are Augie grads. Marlys is also the Science Day Coordinator, and this event brings about 300 high school junior and senior students to Augie every fall for a day of hands-on science experiences. Marlys thoroughly enjoy the students; it is a privilege to be surrounded by the very best college students and watch them grow throughout their four years at Augie. Marlys loves to shop, garden, and read. She also loves to spend time with her grandchildren and especially likes watching their sporting events.