Chemistry Faculty at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Dr. Joe Golab is Chemistry Faculty at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA). He teaches chemistry by providing personalized, competency-driven, inquiry-based, problem-centered, and integrative learning experiences that promote scientific habits of mind. The broader IMSA science program aims to immerse students in STEM inquiry, beginning with teacher-directed activities in class and progressing to the student-driven inquiry which often culminates in independent study work.
Joe is a Molecular Modeling & Simulation expert for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. He is a computational scientist with more than twenty-five years’ experience adding valuable contributions and insights in the petrochemical industry. He is an industrial trustee of the Computer Aids for Chemical Engineering Corporation (CACHE) and an adjunct professor in the Department of Chemistry at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a contributing author on over 38 refereed journal articles, several book chapters, and one book and has spoken on industrial applications of molecular modeling around the world.
Specialties: Judicious application of theoretical and computational chemical and engineering techniques to solve problems of industrial interest; Development of accurate, quantitative, computational techniques and methods to practical problems; Using computation for better technical business decisions; Calculating thermochemistry; Creating reaction mechanisms; Predicting kinetics; Using fluid dynamics to better understand product consistency, reducing operating costs, and optimizing processes; Exploiting computer technology to extract trends, correlations, and knowledge from scientific data; and Catalysis in general.