Jake Plummer is our visiting professor of organic chemistry this year and will teach the lecture section and some laboratory sections this Fall and next Spring. Plummer earned a B.A. in Chemistry from Northwestern College (in Iowa) where he also picked up a B.A. in History and a minor in Religion. Plummer comes to us with several years of teaching experience from the Claremont Colleges (of California) and Greenville College (in Illinois).
Before obtaining his Ph.D. in Chemistry at Notre Dame in 2009 Plummer worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals for eight months where he picked up valuable information about the industry side of chemistry. Plummer also had a brief postdoctoral experience at Harvey Mudd College (in California). In addition to his interests in history and religion as evidenced by his undergraduate record, Plummer is a martial arts aficionado and has studied almost as many fighting styles as there are functional groups in organic chemistry. He also loves to spend time with his wife, newborn son, and two chihuahuas. While Plummer is not new to Indiana we want to welcome him to IU South Bend and especially the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.