The Chemistry faculty at IWU have diverse backgrounds, coming with industrial, government, and even seminary experience. The many years of experience represented by the faculty listed below offer students a variety of viewpoints on how chemistry can be used and why chemistry is important. Active research projects involve everything from the discovery of new antimalarial drugs to development of fiber optics to environmental and forensic chemistry. Research is seen as such a vital part of the education process that all students are required to become involved in at least one of the projects for a part of the time they are at IWU.

Click on a faculty member's name below to learn more about that individual.

Dennis Brinkman; PhD Assoc Dean; Physical and Applied Science dennis.brinkman@indwes.edu


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

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