Mike Seymour Ph.D.

Completed his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN in 1972.  After completing his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Arizona he started teaching at Hope College in 1978, where he still continues his academic career.  His exposure to computer/instrument interface projects throughout his time at the U of A influenced his early research at Hope, where his students assembled a Heathkit H89 computer with 48k of memory for a simple automated titration.  After a serendipitous meeting with John Amend at a national ACS meeting in 1990, Mike joined John’s team working on the NSF funded Computers in Chemistry Laboratory Instruction (CCLI) Initiative, which used the early version of the LabWorks interface.  Since a NSF ILI grant in 1994 provided computers to fully implement the LabWorks interface as an integral part of the Hope General Chemistry lab program, the LabWorks/microLAB approach to collecting high quality data as a way to probe and understand chemical processes continues to be an important aspect of student learning at Hope.  Over the past 15 years, which included 10 years as Chemistry Department Chair, Mike has assisted in a variety of teacher workshops, beta-tested hardware advances, visited schools for on-site demonstrations, and contributed to the development of new laboratory experiments.  He enjoys working with new microLAB users, as they often have ideas about trying something from a different perspective.

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