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Adam Abbott

Adam Abbott B.S., Chemistry, Iowa State University (2016)

Adam was an undergraduate in the group who worked on the Critical Materials Institute project doing calculations of heavy elements with proteins. Jeff has moved on to graduate work in physical chemistry at the University of Georgia.

Nick Atoms

Nick Atoms B.S., Chemistry, East Carolina University (2006)

Nick was a graduate student in the group who worked on a task based implementation of Dynamic Nucleation Theory Monte Carlo (DNTMC). He has moved on to bigger and brighter endeavors.
Favorite Color: Cerulean
Favorite Food: Most things with CHEESE on them (not chocolate ice cream)
Favorite Hobby: Video games (time permitting)

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John Baluyut

John Baluyut

Ph.D., Chemical Education, Iowa State University (2015)
M.S., Physical Chemistry, Iowa State University (2012)
B.S., Chemistry, University of the Philippines at Los Banos
M.S., Organic Chemistry, University of Connecticut

John completed his masters studying properties of cellulose. He completed his Ph.D. in Chemical Education in the Holme group at Iowa State University and is now an assistant professor at the University of Great Falls, Montana.

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Kurt Brorsen

Kurt Brorsen Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, Iowa State University (2014)
B.S., Chemistry, University of Oklahoma (2008)

Kurt joined our group during Summer 2007 with the Research Experience for Undergrads program. Kurt went on to graduate with a Ph.D. with Mark Gordon from Iowa State University and is now a postdoc at University of Illinois.


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Lonnie Crosby

Lonnie Crosby Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of Memphis (2007)
M.S., Physical Chemistry, University of Memphis (2004)
B.S., Chemistry, Arkansas State University (2001)

Lonnie was a postdoc in our group. He helped to develop the DNTMC code within NWChem and explored the properties of weakly bound molecular clusters. Lonnie now works at the National Center for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


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Ajitha Devarajan

Ajitha Devarajan Ph.D., Electronic Structure Theory, NCL, Pune, India (1999)

Ajitha was a postdoc in the group who worked on DNTMC within GAMESS and understanding binding in cellulose. She is now a software quality assurance analyst/programmer at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Personal website: http://www.linkedin.com/in/ajithadevarajan/

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Joshua Engelkemier

Joshua Engelkemier B.S., Chemistry, Iowa State University (2011)

Joshua was an undergraduate in the group and participated in the 2010 PIRE program. He is continuing his education in physical chemistry by developing solid-state bonding theory under the mentorship of Daniel C. Fredrickson at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Jacob Felder

Jacob Felder B.S., Chemistry and Computer Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2008)

Jake was a graduate student in the group who worked on the use of GPUs with integral codes. He is currently working at as a software developer at Epic.


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Joseph Groenenboom

Joseph Groenenboom B.S., Computer Engineering, Iowa State University (2013)

Joseph was an undergraduate in the group who worked on interoperability between GAMESS and NWChem. He has since joined the workforce as a software developer for IBM.


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Teena Gulabani

Teena Gulabani M.S., Computer Science, Iowa State University (2008)
B.S., Information Technology, VES Institute of Technology, Mumbai University (2006)

Teena was a masters degree student in our group. Her main work was on the CCA project; she developed the QM/MM CCA interface with NWChem. Teena now works at Cerner in Kansas City.


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Jeff Gustafson

Jeff Gustafson B.S., Chemistry, Iowa State University (2016)

Jeff was an undergraduate in the group who worked on the Critical Materials Institute project doing calculations of heavy elements with proteins. Jeff has moved on to graduate work in physical chemistry at the University of Chicago.


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Sara Anne Bauer (Hobbs)

Sara Bauer (Hobbs) B.S., Chemistry, Bethel College (2005)

Sara joined the Windus group in her first year of graduate studies at ISU. She then decided to join the work force instead of continuing studies.


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Emily Hull

Emily Hull Ph.D., Iowa State University, Iowa (2014)
M.S., Chemistry, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho (2007)
B.S., Chemistry, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho (2005)

Emily graduated with her Ph.D. through her work on properties of transition metal complexes -- UV spectra and kinetics with excited states. Emily is currently working at Lancaster Laboratories.


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Ashley Nashleanas

Ashley Nashleanas M.S., Physical Chemistry, Iowa State University (2013)
B.S., Chemistry, University of Notre Dame (2010)

Ashley received a masters for her work in computational chemistry in the Windus and Gordon groups. She is continuing her education in the School of Education at Iowa State University.


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Heather Netzloff

Heather Netzloff Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, Iowa State University (2004)
B.A., Chemistry and Mathematics, Minot State University (1999)

Heather was a postdoc in the group and worked on quantum mechanical components within the Common Component Architecture. She then decided to pursue her passion for baking by attending culinary school and is now a self-employed culinary artist.


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George Schoendorff

George Schoendorff Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, Iowa State University (2012)
B.S., Chemistry, University of Michigan (2006)

George completed his Ph.D. as a joint student of Professors Mark Gordon and Theresa Windus working on heavy metal chemistry. Upon graduating, he took a post-doctoral position at the University of North Texas with Angela Wilson and Tom Cundari where he continues to study theoretical chemistry.


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Dan Theis

Dan Theis Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of North Dakota (2011)
M.S., Physical Chemistry, University of Minnesota (2006)
B.S., Chemistry, Bethel College (2003)

Dan was a joint postdoc with Theresa and Klaus Ruedenberg and worked on extrapolation methods in high accuracy calculations. He is currently employed as a scientific programmer at Statistics & Control, Inc.


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Aaron West

Aaron West Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, Iowa State University (2012)
B.A., Biology and Chemistry, Augustana College (2004)

Aaron was a graduate student in the group who worked on excited state calculations and dynamics. Aaron is expanding his training in theoretical chemistry as a postdoctoral scholar under the guidance of Professors Klaus Ruedenberg and Mark Gordon at Iowa State University.



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Feng Xu

Feng Xu Ph.D., Theoretical Chemistry, University of South Carolina (2007)

Feng was a joint postdoctoral student with Mark Gordon who worked on periodic Fragment Molecular Orbital methods.