Chemistry is truly the central science and underpins much of the efforts of scientists and engineers to improve life for humankind. TheMIT Department of Chemistryis taking a leading role in discovering new chemical synthesis, catalysis, creating sustainable energy, theoretical and experimental understanding of chemistry, improving the environment, detecting and curing disease, developing materials new properties, and nanoscience.
The Chemistry Education Office staff is responsible for administering the educational programs in the Department of Chemistry. Students can find answers to many questions about the undergraduate and graduate programs on the department website, and they are encouraged to stop by and see the staff in the office located in 6-205.
The student-run outreach programs in the Department of Chemistry aim to bring the excitement of chemical sciences to the community through lively demonstrations designed to illustrate a broad range of chemical principles. Graduate students visit science classes in high schools and middle schools in the Greater Boston area with a view to demystifying chemistry through hands-on experiments. ClubChem, an undergraduate chemistry organization, conducts Chemistry Magic Shows for elementary schools and youth programs in the Greater Boston area.
Chemistry is truly the central science and underpins much of the efforts of scientists and engineers to improve life for humankind. MIT Chemistry is taking a leading role in discovering new chemical synthesis, catalysis, creating sustainable energy, theoretical and experimental understanding of chemistry at its most fundamental level, unraveling the biochemical complexities of natural systems, improving the environment, detecting and curing disease, developing materials new properties, and nanoscience.
Dr. Jan Krouwer, PhD ’73 and his wife, Ruby, have established the Jan S. (1973) and Ruby S. Krouwer fund to support graduate students in the Department of Chemistry.
Jan, a native of New York, got his BS from Tufts University followed by a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at MIT under the late Professor Glenn Berchtold. After MIT, Jan was a post-doctoral fellow in enzymology at the New England Medical Center under Dr. Bernard Babior and then joined Technicon Instruments. While serving as a manager of an analytical clinical chemistry group he developed an interest in data analysis and statistics.
From 1984 to 2001, he was at Bayer Diagnostics (and its previously acquired companies of Chiron Diagnostics, Ciba Corning, and Corning Medical), and was the Director of the Evaluations and Reliability Department, an internal consulting group that he created and staffed.
In 2001, he established Krouwer Consulting. As a consultant, he solves medical device quality problems, using his experience in statistics and reliability including helping companies get FDA approval.
When asked why he had established the Krouwer fund, his reply was straightforward. “I have always been extremely impressed with the caliber of professors carrying out teaching and research in the Department of Chemistry and this is my way of giving back to the department and enabling other students to have the superior training that I did. Without a doubt, having a MIT PhD was instrumental to my successful career. I know education is expensive and I am pleased to assist.”
When Jan is not working, he is an avid windsurfer and an instrument rated pilot who flies a Cirrus SR22.
Liz McGrath Senior Individual Giving Officer Department of Chemistry Room 18-388 77 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 617-253-4080