Fall 2012
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New Chair

The department has a new chair with broad interests in chemistry, Daniel Buttry. Buttry graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 1979 and earned his Ph.D. in electrochemistry from Caltech in 1983. From Caltech he went to the famous Almaden Labs of IBM but then decided for the academic life, becoming an assistant professor at The University of Wyoming, in 1985. His research effort was initially focused on applications of the quartz crystal microbalance in electrochemistry, thin film materials and chemical sensor research and development. He became full professor in 1992 and department head in 1999. In 2008 he moved to the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Arizona State University as a professor of chemistry. His recent research interests include electrochemistry of battery and fuel cell materials, interfacial chemistry in corrosion, electrochemical behavior of nanoscale materials and nanocomposites, and the chemistry and electrochemistry of carbon dioxide. Many agencies and companies, including the W. M. Keck Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Army Research Office and the Department of Energy, including ARPA-E, have supported his group.

New crew on board

Mary Ann Bucciarelli
Office Specialist Sr (DCB main office)

Mary Ann Bucciarelli was born and raised in Sharpsville, PA (Western PA) and received her bachelor of arts from Thiel College in psychology and minored in education. She relocated to Arizona in 1989 and began her career in academia as a student advisor for post- secondary private colleges and recently left the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, AZ. She began her career at ASU in July as an Office Specialist in the Chemistry and Biochemistry department.

She enjoys biking, hiking, cooking, and movies. Mary Ann enjoys reading; some of her favorite authors are Patricia Cornwell, James Patterson and Joel Osteen. Mary Ann has two dogs, a Siberian Husky, Maggie and a dachshund, Neko. She is happy to be part of the ASU community and hopes to have a long and successful career at the university.

Wyetta “Etta” Lane
Executive Assistant (DCB Chair's office)

Go Devils! Formerly a student at Arizona State University in the early 80’s, Wyetta returned as an employee in January of 2005 after spending 20 years in the Customer Service Industry. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education in Spring 2008, and loves mentoring students (Maroon & Gold/ Obama Scholars). The highlight of her tenure at ASU thus far was in the spring of 2010 when she had the privilege of teaching LIA 194 for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Prior to joining the department of chemistry & biochemistry, she worked in the College of Education, Student Engagement- West Campus, and the School of Mathematical & Statistical Sciences. She has two children, a son who graduated from St. Francis College in Brooklyn NY (May 2012) and a daughter who is in her junior year at NAU. Wyetta is very involved in her church, loves football, college basketball, and would like to start a nonprofit organization to assist foster children with resources once they “Age Out” of the foster care system.

Carol Schumacher
Administrative Assistant (DCB main office)

Carol is a Sun Devil, having received her Bachelor of Science degree in Justice Studies from ASU. Following graduation, she worked at the Juvenile Court Center, a private adoption agency and a law office. Prior to joining the Chemistry and Biochemistry department, she had worked at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at the Downtown Phoenix campus. Carol is married and has two children; a son who is a sophomore at NAU, studying biology and a daughter who is a senior at Desert Vista High School and volleyball player. In her spare time, Carol enjoys hiking, attending sporting events and travelling.

Jo Anne Sercl
Coordinator, Sr. (DCB main office)

Jo Anne has taken on the onerous task of maintaining the department's class schedule. She also assists our Associate Chair, Professor Wilson Francisco. Her other responsibilities include roster contact, design of seminar posters, department keys, room scheduling and general office contact.

Jo Anne appreciates all of the support and encouragement she has received from faculty and staff in the department as well as across campus. This position offers many new challenges and she is learning something new every day.

Grant Baumgardner
Electronics Engineer (DCB Electronics Shop)

Grant was born in Minnesota and spent time growing up in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He attended high school in Madison Wisconsin. After high school Grant received an Associate in Electronics Engineering Technology from the Wisconsin School of Electronics in Madison. After graduation from W.S.E. Grant worked for Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia Illinois. Concurrent with his employment at Fermi Lab, he served in the Illinois Air National Guard with the 126th Air Refueling Wing as an Assistant Crew Chief on the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, these were based at O'Hare Airport in Chicago. Before leaving the Air National Guard he had attained the rank of Sergeant.

After several years at Fermi Lab, Grant went back to school to obtain a B.S.E.E. from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. While attending SIU some of his National Guard enlistment was spent in the Illinois Army National Guard training to maintain and operate microwave link data link radios. After graduating from SIU, Grant worked in an engineering capacity at a small semiconductor equipment manufacturing company located in Morgan Hill California that made parametric testers for discrete semiconductor devices.

Grant has been employed at ASU for the last 10 years. Initially he was employed in the Center for Solid State Science as a Principal Engineer. His duties included the operation, maintenance and applications development for the Nova 200 Dual Beam and other electron microscopes. Grant moved to the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department's Electronics Shop as an electronics engineer in July of this year.


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