A Conversation with Ben
What would you tell a student who is thinking about attending A&M-Commerce?
“A&M-Commerce offers small size classes. Professors are readily available to students. Students who want close attention and mentorship from professors should choose to attend A&M-Commerce.”
What draws you to your discipline?
“Chemistry is a fascinating subject. It helps people understand how things work at the molecular and atomic levels. It also demonstrates why waste and contaminants are problems. Understanding chemistry gives you the power to solve questions that benefit society.”
What has been your favorite course to teach?
“Thermodynamics is my favorite subject to teach. It covers three basic laws of thermodynamics. Once you learn all the knowledge of thermodynamics, you understand how things work in a beaker, on earth and in the universe.”
Tell us about a project you are currently working on or recently completed?
“Recently, I have been working on a project converting algae to bio-oils. Algae can grow in wastewater to minimize environmental issues. Converting algae to bio-oils and other products help solve energy and environmental issues at the same time.”
- Postdoc, Heterogeneous Catalysis & Process Engineering, Research Triangle Institute International
- DSc, Applied Chemistry, University of Texas at Arlington
- BS, Chemistry, National Taiwan University
- Regents Professor, Texas A&M University System, 2014-Present
- Professor, Chemistry, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2007-Present
- Head, Chemistry, TAMUC, 2007-2014
- Program Director, REU, TUES, S-STEM & Noyce projects of National Science Foundation at TAMUC, 2006-Present
- Assistant Head and Associate Professor, Chemistry, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2003-2004
- Associate Professor, Chemistry, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2001-2007
Awards and Honors
- Faculty Development Leave Award, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2006-2007
- American Chemical Society