Professors honored

“In recent weeks, Dr. Shelley Baranowski, Dr. Minel Braun and Dr. Chrys Wesdemiotis, were promoted to the rank of Distinguished Professor at the University of Akron. Distinguished professors are recognized as being exceptional scholars and teachers. These professors have excelled in teaching and are recognized through out the world in their fields.”

In recent weeks, Dr. Shelley Baranowski, Dr. Minel Braun and Dr. Chrys Wesdemiotis, were promoted to the rank of Distinguished Professor at the University of Akron.

Distinguished professors are recognized as being exceptional scholars and teachers. These professors have excelled in teaching and are recognized through out the world in their fields.

Dr. Chrys Wesdemiotis achieved the status of Distinguished Professor of Chemistry by making major advancements in gas phase ion chemistry and mass spectrometry. According to a press release from the University of Akron Wesdemiotis created a Mass Spectrometry Center at the University of Akron to facilitate interdisciplinary research in chemistry, polymer science, engineering, and biology. He also authored more than 180 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and is the editor of the European Journal of Mass Spectrometry.

An essential quality of a distinguished professor is the love of teaching. I look forward [to] coming here every morning at 8:00 or 8:30 and staying here until 5:30 or 6:00. I mostly love discussing science and other issues with my students, and [as I said] before, not only teaching them, but learning from their questions and their inquiries, Wesdemiotis said.

Prior to his career at the University of Akron, Wesdemiotis earned his P.h.D at the Berlin Institute of Technology in Germany and was a research associate at Cornell University. In 1988, Wesdemiotis was drawn to the University of Akron when he noticed an ad in the Chemical and Engineering News, the magazine of the American Chemical Society. After applying to all available positions, the University of Akron invited Wesdemiotis for an interview. I was impressed by the fact that they were giving me an instrument to start my studies. I had a few other offers, but this was the best one, Wesdemiotis said.

Although Wesdemiotis made several achievements in his field, he stressed that the most important thing to come of his research was the thirty-five students that earned their P.h.D’s and Master’s Degrees. I think that’s as big or a bigger achievement, Wesdemiotis said.