I am very interested in the integration of Christianity with the sciences. I am able to share this with both undergraduate and graduate students as the Chair of the Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Department, and as the Academic Director for Biola's M.A. in Science and Religion program. I live in La Mirada with my family, but some of my students think I live in my office.
In addition to a number of years teaching chemistry, I have experience as a freelance technical writer and had a career developing and marketing spectrophotometers. I love my students and the energy that they bring, an energy that I try to match through kayaking, sailing, swimming, wind-surfing, and skiing. Valerie is married and has three adult children.
I was among the first graduates of the Master’s in Science and Religion program here at Biola, coming back to teach organic chemistry after earning a doctorate in the field. I love teaching, especially informally in small groups in my office.
I came to Biola after 18 years in industry developing new technologies for biomedical research and medical diagnostics. My teaching at Biola spans chemistry, physics, and engineering, and I enjoy caring for students across this spectrum of interests. I welcome student involvement in my research interests, which include the application of sensors and new signal processing methods to chemical analysis and to music, including the dynamics of bowed string instruments.