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Andrew Wolff

Instructor of Chemistry

Contact Information

Wubben Science Center 223H

970.248.1161

awolff@coloradomesa.edu

Education 

PhD, Inorganic Chemistry: University of Wisconsin 
BS, Chemistry: University of California 

Biography 

Andrew Wolff claims that chemistry, especially first-year chemistry, is not an easy subject. He gets that.

First and foremost, he argues that chemistry is not a bunch of facts and equations to be memorized and spit out on demand.

"Chemistry is a way of thinking about the world. It is a discipline of logic and reason, and as a foundation science has provided a platform upon which we have built a society that can invest in leisure and luxury at a higher level than ever before in history."

Wolff said, he cannot learn chemistry for a student. Nor can he simply copy and paste chemistry skills into a convenient section of a student's mind. Chemistry is a subject that must be learned from scratch by each student. Each student will approach that learning from a unique perspective. Wolff's endeavor in his classroom is to provide a safe place where students can experiment with their understanding of the material and help each other to master the concepts and skills that make up chemistry.

Will a student work hard in his class? Yes. Will the knowledge and skills gained be worth the work? If he didn't believe this, he would not be teaching here!

Wolff has been an industrial chemist for about 30 years. He has held positions at NASA, PPG, BASF, Turtle Wax, Benetech and Cabot Microelectronics. During that time he taught chemistry in the evenings whenever he could. In 2016, he decided to pursue his love of teaching full-time. In August 2017, he joined the Colorado Mesa University faculty as a full-time instructor. Wolff has authored 18 U.S. patents with an additional two patents pending.