The IWU Division of Natural Sciences faculty have excellent educational backgrounds from institutions such as Purdue University, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Illinois, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. Some professors also have diverse employment backgrounds in government laboratories and industry.

Most importantly, our science faculty are sincere followers of Christ who believe that all truth is God's truth. They endeavor to integrate their faith into their science teaching and provide each student with a road map to find God's calling within a scientific career.

Dennis Brinkman; PhD Professor; Chemistry | Assoc Dean; Physical and Applied Science dennis.brinkman@indwes.edu Department - Chemistry Division - Natural Sciences


Born and raised in Salina, Kansas, Dr. Brinkman started college as a math major, but soon switched to chemistry as his fascination with the subject grew. After careers in government and industry research, he is now enjoying teaching as a way to pass along his excitement for chemistry.

Educational Background:

  • B.S., 1972, Ottawa University
  • Ph.D., 1976, University of Michigan


  • Environmental and forensic analytical chemistry
  • Works with industry in the areas of used oil recycling and solvent cleaning issues