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My education achievements as a student are given below. This includes obtaining three degrees in Chemical Engineering, picking up a Certificate in Computer Science, and taking college courses too.


As Full-time Student

Center for Information Resources (Handisoft, later called Abilitech, in Philadelphia, PA) - Certificate in Computer Science.  Outstanding admissions scores and class grades.

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass.   Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering.  Fellowship from the U.S. Bureau of Mines. Thesis entitled, "The Overall Kinetics of Hot Gas Ignition." Graduate Student Representative.

Penn State University, University Park, PA   M. S. in Chemical Engineering. Teaching Assistant and Staff member. Thesis entitled, "The Liquid Phase Oxidation of Cyclohexane."

Villanova University, Villanova, PA  B. in Chemical Engineering. Thesis entitled, "Determination of Viscosity by a Wavelength Measurement Technique."

Springford High School, Royersford, PA   Diploma, Academic curriculum. Activities included basketball, wrestling, track, cross-country, and the chess club. Took a course in personal use typing.

Additional Courses - Continuing Education

Web Programming Course at Elms College (Auditing)

Art History Course at Elms College (Auditing)

Robotics Course at Holyoke Community College (Auditing)

Biochemical Engineering Course at UMass

Astronomy Course at UMass

Graduate Course in Molecular and Systems Biotechnology at UMass

Course in Introductory Environmental Biology at UMass

Course in Dynamic Earth at UMass

Course in Biochemistry at Elms College (Auditing)

Course in Oceanography at UMass

Course in Philosophy at Springfield Technical Community College

Course in, "Concepts of Modern Biology" at Elms College (Auditing)

Short courses online at Fathom

Course in, "Principals of Environmental Science" at Holyoke Community College - outstanding grades

Courses in C & C++ at Holy Family College in Philadelphia

Statistics at the University of Pittsburgh

Short Course in Advanced Infrared Technology at the University of Michigan

Courses in "Safety in Chemical Labs and Pilot Plants" and "Advances in Gas Fluidization" at the Center for Professional Advancement in Woodbridge, N.J.

Fossil Fuel Technology, Effective Presentations, and Technical Writing at Combustion Engineering in Windsor, CT

Courses Capable of Teaching (with Brushing up)

Physics – Fundamental Courses, Including Labs

Chemistry – Fundamental Courses and Physical Chemistry, Including Labs

Mathematics – Calculus - Differential (Ordinary and Partial) Equations and Integrals

Computer Science – Introductory Survey Course, Introductory Programming (in Basic, C/C++, Fortran, Cobol, or Visual Basic), and Applications (Word Processing, Databases, Spreadsheets, and Presentations - Mainly Microsoft)

General Science – Introductory Physical Science, Including Lab; Living in a High-Tech/Overpopulated World

Chemical Engineering – Introductory Course - Stoichiometry; Unit Operations & Transport Phonomena - Heat, Mass, and Momentum Transfer; Combustion; Modern Bioengineering; Applied Math; Lab and Plant Safety; Kinetics; and Thermodynamics

Awards and Honors

National Honor Society and Engineer-in-Training Award at Springford High School

National Science Foundation Traineeship, Chemical Engineering Department at Villanova

Scored a 750 in the Graduate Records Math section

Fellowship from Shell Oil Company, Chemical Engineering Department at Penn State

Fellowship from the U.S. Bureau of Mines, Chemical Engineering Department at UMass

Engineer-in-Training (Passing a Necessary, Open-Book, Undergraduate Exam in Order to Obtain a Professional Engineer License)


Through online education, computer programs, and books, I have done a great deal of studying on a wide variety of subjects. They include Science (Genetics, Astronomy, Anatomy, Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Biology); Technology (Solar Energy, Meteorology, Oceanography, Geology, and Building Trades); Liberal Arts (Philosophy, Literature, history, the Bible, and Fine Arts); Business (Accounting); and Law. I am also interested in Futuristic (non-intrusive/invasive) Medicine.


Below are four papers that I have written on varying subjects. The first is on the unification of combustion resulting directly from my Ph.D. thesis.

The second paper is on the nature of coal combustion. The work behind this paper was at the U.S. Bureau of Mines.

The third one is a college course term paper on Wolves at Yellowstone Park. This emphasizes my concern for Nature.

The fourth paper is on overpopulation of the human race. While not the best of my writings, I feel it is the most important to get out than any of the others.

Unification of Combustion

On the Nature of Coal Combustion

Click to Read Wolves Term Paper

Click to Read Overpopulation Term Paper Draft

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