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EMU Grad's Experiences as an Industrial Chemist

Gerald Artman - Posted April 2014Dr. Gerald Artman

Gerald Artman came to EMU in 1996 and was an outstanding student.  After initially flirting with the idea of becoming a history teacher, he was drawn to the excitement of a career in chemistry.  While at EMU, he actively participated in independent research with Prof. Arthur Howard studying the effects of microwaves in organic synthesis.  He graduated with a Professional Chemistry major in 1999 and received the Bert W. Peet Award as that year's outstanding graduating Chemistry major.

HDr. Gerald Artmane went on to earn his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Penn State University.  His Ph.D. adviser was Dr. Steven Weinreb (a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient in 1983).  Dr. Artman has subsequently pursued a career in industrial research.  After spending three years focusing on eye-related diseases at Novartis in Cambridge, MA, he moved to Kalexsyn in Kalamazoo, MI, where he continues to do organic synthesis related to drug development.

To quote Dr. Artman, "I continue to trace my success back to EMU. The dedicated professors, the intimate exposure to independent research and the challenging course work provided me with the solid foundation needed to be a chemist in these exciting times."

Read more about Dr. Artman on pages 4 & 5 of this spring's Chemistry Department Newsletter.


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