Paul Shelley (1992) Receives Award from Pierce
This past spring, Paul Shelley (1992) received a Distinguished Alumni
Award for 2002 from Pierce College. Paul attended Pierce College, a community
college in Lakewood, WA. After Paul finished his first two years at Pierce
College, he attended PLU graduating in 1992. As a former Nicolet employee
in sales and service on FTIRs, Paul was a great help in working on our
Nicolet FTIR. Paul went on to graduate school at the University of Washington
in chemistry. He focused his graduate work on analytical chemistry at
the UW's Center for Process Analytical Chemistry. Paul is now employed
in Boeing's research and development division. Below is the description
from the award. Congratulations Paul!
"He tried it but didn't like it ... at
first. Paul Shelley did the college thing when he was young, but left
school to join the Navy. He learned electronics and eventually pursued
a career in the civilian world. As a technician for a scientific instrument
company, he helped Pierce College with a FITR (infrared detection unit)
in the organic lab. Shelley was at a point in his life where he realized
he needed a degree to advance his career, so he became a high-achieving
student at Pierce, finishing his bachelor's at Pacific Lutheran University
and going on to earn a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Washington.
He was immediately hired by Boeing's research and development division.
The extensive raised-bed vegetable and bulb garden he maintains with his
wife, Diane Downie, was featured on Pierce's first garden tour. He has
remained an active member of the Science Club and often speaks to engineering
classes. Shelley also volunteers with the regional Science Olympiad hosted
by Pierce College Fort Steilacoom. (More
information at Pierce College)"
Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award: Neil Kelleher
excelling in the field of bioanalytical chemistry, Neil Kelleher 1992,
assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Illinois, receives
the 2001-2002 Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award. Kelleher received his
BS in chemistry and BA in German from PLU. Upon graduation, Kelleher won
a Fulbright Scholarship and went on to conduct organic synthesis research
in Germany. Kelleher earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from Cornell in 1997.
While at Cornell, Kellehers research bridged the realms of analytical
chemistry and microbiology. After earning his Ph.D., Kelleher won a National
Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship to Harvard University Medical
School. He then joined the faculty at the University of Illinois. Kelleher
has also been honored with the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Young Investigators
Award, the Searle Scholar Award and the Henry Dreyfus Foundation Award
for New Investigators. He has also formed the Kelleher Group, a 17-student
team engaged in biological research for organisms with completely sequenced
genomes. He and his wife, Jennifer 91, live in Urbana, Ill., with
their daughters, Emily and Lauren. Congratulations Neil!
Rebecca Beard (2000) in Seattle Post-Intellegencer
Rebecca Beard (2000) is an employee of CombiMatrix
Corp. (Mukilteo, WA) and was featured in a photograph of an article
in the Seattle Post-Intellegencer about technology used to detect
biowarfare agents. CombiMatrix is developing a hand-held detector
that would sense anthrax and other agents.
Photo caption from article:
The chips with which CombiMatrix supervisor Rebecca Beard works in
Mukilteo are being developed to detect biowarfare agents, including
anthrax. Phil H. Webber / Seattle Post-Intelligencer