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Jennifer Rivet

Lab Manager Chemistry / Biochemistry 1700 University Avenue
3-218 MC

Cheryl Samaniego

Assistant Professor Biology, Chemistry / Biochemistry 2212E - AB

Stacy Seeley

Department Head, Professor, Program Director Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry / Biochemistry 1700 University Ave
3-213 MC
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Dr. Stacy Seeley, Department Head of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Program Director of Chemical Engineering; and Professor of Biochemistry

Professional Preparation:
B.S. Chemistry,1989 - Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI
Ph.D. BioPhysical Chemistry,1995 - University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Post-Doc Biochemistry 1997-1997, Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston, MA

Seeley has taught at Kettering for more than eleven years and feels that some of the best descriptors of Kettering students are motivated, bright and hard-working. Additionally, she says that Kettering students are more driven to succeed and learn, and more focused than students at other institutions.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of teaching at Kettering for Seeley is the chance to work with students in labs, since this provides the best opportunity to get to know her students better. She also says that when looking at institutions where she would like to teach, she held Kettering in high regard, since the school is focused on teaching.

Hot tip for prospective students: "Come to Kettering!  Our programs are rigorous but we provide a nurturing environment"

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Julie Simmons

Administrative Specialist Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry / Biochemistry 1700 University Ave
3-101 MC

Michael Stogsdill

Lab Specialist Chemistry / Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
3207 MC
1700 University Ave.

Lihua Wang

Associate Professor, BioInorganic Chemistry Chemistry / Biochemistry 1700 University Ave
3-109 MC
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Dr. Lihua Wang, Associate Professor of BioInorganic Chemistry
Ph.D. in Bioinorganic Chemistry from Purdue University, with expertise in the study of the properties of anti-cancer metal complexes and in the synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds and nanomaterials for biomedical imaging applications.

Wang sees Kettering students as good communicators, who are mature and capable and feels these qualities are the result of the cooperative education experience. She enjoys teaching and interacting with the high quality students at Kettering and was initially drawn to Kettering by their outstanding quality.

During one of her general chemistry classes, Wang mentioned that stomach acid is made of HCl. A few weeks later, she discussed the reaction of Zn with HCl to form ZnCl2 and hydrogen in class. One student who was interested in fuel cells quickly made an interesting connection between the two. He joked, "So, theoretically, if I swallow a piece of Zn, my stomach can generate the hydrogen gas that can be used to power fuel cell cars." (Warning: Danger! Do not try this at home!) This "Human Hydrogen Generator" will not work well in practice. However, imagination and innovation are the spirit of Kettering students.

Wang has two pieces of advice for prospective students. First, "as a Kettering student, you will not only gain classroom knowledge of science, engineering, or business but also gain valuable real-world work experiences" through Kettering's unique cooperative education program. This cooperative education provides the student "with the competitive edge that is necessary to face the ever more challenging global economy in your future career." Second, "you are not only expected to fulfill the academic requirements of a regular four-year college degree within 4-5 years, but also finish at least 15 months of co-op work within the same time period," making good time management and organizational skills very important in order to be successful at Kettering.

Hidden talents and outside interests: When not involved with teaching or her students, Wang enjoys travel, listening to music and reading.

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Ali Zand

Professor, Organic Chemistry Chemistry / Biochemistry 1700 University Ave
3-219 MC
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Dr. Ali Zand, Professor of Organic Chemistry
Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Organic Chemistry.

Zand views Kettering students as dedicated, goal-oriented and driven, and feels that the cooperative education program distinguishes them from other college students. He enjoys the interactions with students that result from Kettering's smaller class sizes.

His advice for prospective students is "if you are driven, like a challenge, and want to know what real-life education is all about, give Kettering a try."

Hidden talents and outside interests: Zand gets in touch with his inner sportsman by playing golf and soccer.

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