My personality is very suitable for being an efficient teacher. I am patient and understanding, upon need, I can rephrase the explanation, I can provide appealing examples for each discussed topic.
I have extensive experience in both teaching and scientific research. I earned a Ph.D. degree in Analytical Chemistry from West Virginia University. I had an 8 years long tenure at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, where I performed cutting edge research in fuel cells and nanotechnologies. For 4 years served as a full time chemistry faculty at the University of Memphis, TN, and over the past decade I instructed College Chemistry and Organic Chemistry at Northern Virginia Community College, at the Alexandria Campus, in Virginia.
In the classroom, I give Power Point presentation, and provide detailed additional explanation on the board. I am interactive, ask many questions, and encourage student comments and questions. My pay attention to students, so that they can keep up with my pace of lecturing. I tie chemistry topics I instruct to everyday examples of where those topics are important and applied. Given my experience in research, I can provide relevant examples.
In one on one tutoring adapt successfully to my student's learning style, can help in improving in any area, can strongly motivate my students toward hard work, and even embracing chemistry-related careers.
My teaching experience spans over two decades. An estimated number of students I instructed is 300 at the University of Memphis, TN, and over 1000 at NOVA University in Alexandria, VA.
As I support my students with letters of recommendation, they keep me posted on their career pass. Students, who enroll in Organic Chemistry lecture and laboratory are usually targeting studies in the medical field. Over 200 of my students were accepted to Med School, School of Pharmacy, Dental School, Physical Therapy or Graduate studies. One of my top students got accepted to Harvard Medical School, and is currently pursuing studies there.
• Interest in teaching College Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Laboratory Courses, student mentoring, supporting students with letters of recommendation, and serving on various committees, as needed by the school
• Writing and submitting proposals to NSF - Division of Undergraduate Education, for the improvement of cross-curricular activities and acquiring instrumentation and equipment for undergraduate laboratories
• Planning and managing various scientific projects for undergraduates, many of them involving interdisciplinary teams; defining tasks, milestones, and timelines of such projects
• Conducting complex scientific measurements and experiments, and evaluating their outcome
• Electrochemical energy conversion
• Electro-organic synthesis and scale-up of the technological process
• Miniaturized sensors and reference electrodes for voltammetric and potentiometric applications in aqueous, mixed aqueous-organic and organic media
• Instrumental analysis, including FT-IR, GC, GC-MS, TLC, and LC
Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 1996 (Title: Two-Terminal Voltammetric Sensors, Advisor: Prof. Harry O. Finklea)
Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania, 1991 (Title: The Non-Dimerizing Electroreduction of Activated Olefins, Advisor: Prof. Liviu Oniciu)
NOVA University, Alexandria Campus, 3001 Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311-5097
• Adjunct Associate Professor, January 2005-Present
• Instructed College Chemistry I and II with related laboratories (CHM. 111 & 112), General Chemistry I (CHM. 101), Organic Chemistry I (CHM. 241), and Special Topics in Organic Chemistry Laboratory (CHM. 245)
• Wrote 121 letters in support of 70 undergraduate students; most of the students were admitted to the school of pharmacy, medical schools, or graduate programs
FlexEl, LLC, 387 Technology Drive, College Park, MD 20742-3371
• Senior Scientist, February 2010-Present
• Developed and optimized electrochemical energy conversion (galvanic cells and reserve batteries)
BAE Systems, 810 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore, MD 21211
• Senior Electrochemist, August 2000-February 2010
• Built hybrid power sources and researched new avenues toward portable desalination devices
Naval Research Laboratory, CBMSE - Code 6900, Washington, DC 20375 (employed via Nova Research, Inc., Alexandria, VA 22308)
• Senior Staff Scientist
• Performed cutting edge research in microbial fuel cells, nanotechnologies, and surface modifications
The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
• Assistant Professor, Chemistry, 1997-2002
• Visiting Assistant Professor, Chemistry, 1996-1997
• Instructed Quantitative Analysis, Instrumental Analysis, Organic Chemistry II, Introductory Chemistry, and College Chemistry I and II, advised Undergraduate and Graduate Research
• Wrote letters in support of 31 undergraduate students, 29 graduate students, and 14 alumni.
West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
• Research and Teaching Assistant, Chemistry, 1991-1996
• Initiated a project of powering commodities, which received $6 M in corporate funding (2011-2014)
• As the Principal Investigator led a project for developing a sea water battery, which received $980 k from NavAir
SUMMARY OF PUBLICATIONS AND CITATIONS:
Articles in ISI journals: 63 with over 1400 citations
Most cited paper: 383 citations; 2nd most cited: 185 citations; 3rd cited: 162 citations; 4th most cited: 160 citations; 5th most cited: 158 citations
Patents: 7 (5 RO + 1 USA + 1 Internl.) + 1 provisional patent + 1 provisional patent disclosure
H value: 13, Average citation number: 22.3
Books: 2, Book Chapters: 9, Referenced Conference Publications: 15 (20 citations)
National and International Conference Presentations: 68, Invited Talks: 6, Presentations at Universities and in Industry: 17, Presentation Authored with Students: 35, Research Reports and White Papers: 32
AWARDS AND HONORS
• Nicolae Teclu Prize of the Romanian Academy of Sciences (1987)
• Alan Berman Award for best Scientific Publication, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (2003)
• Honors Diploma for Outstanding Service to Education, Northern Virginia Community College Alumni Federation (2006)
• Honors Diploma for Outstanding Service to Education, Northern Virginia Community College Alumni Federation (2014)
• Diploma of Completion Phase II NavAir Project, U.S. Department of Navy (2015)
• Five Years’ Service Award, FlexEl, LLC (2015)
• Editorial Member at Research & Reviews: Journal of Material Sciences (Electronic and Print Version, e-ISSN: 2321-6212, p-ISSN: 2347-2278) - since June 2016
• June-Sept. 1997: Assisted pro bono Cell Therapy Foundation (Memphis, TN) in putting together their web page. Offered them on a regular basis translation services from and to Hungarian language.
• On April 22, 2004: Gave two short presentations on the bio-fuel cell project to high school students visiting Naval Research Laboratory in the framework of the Take Your Children to Work program.
• Fall 2004: Neighborhood volunteer in fund raising of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, National Capital Area Chapter (Alexandria, VA)
• Fall 2005: Neighborhood volunteer in fund raising of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, National Capital Area Chapter (Alexandria, VA)
• Nov. 2005 - Jan. 17, 2007: Served as the chair of the Hungarian Club of Washington, D.C. Organized monthly meetings, invited guest speakers, moderated meetings, introduced the guest speakers, provided technical assistance to speakers, kept in touch with the club members, mediated in conflict situations, and documented the activity of the Club by taking meeting notes and photographs. In 2006-2009 gave Power Point overviews of the yearly activities of the Club.
• January 17, 2009 – Present: Served as a member of the Board of the Hungarian Club of Washington. Advises the President upon need, suggests speakers, and approves presentations.
• Sept. 29, 2010: Served as the presenter of the Panorama World Club Meeting at the Kossuth House in Washington, D.C.
• Starting 1992, I have contributed to My Survey – Shaping the Future with Your Opinions (Toledo, OH), filing their surveys without interruption, while moving from one state to another, from West Virginia to Tennessee, and then to Virginia.
• On September 3, 2011 called for a meeting at the Jewish Community of Cluj, Romania, for discussing the funding sources and grant proposals to be submitted for creating a Jewish Heritage Collection, representative to the city.
• 2000-Present: Served pro bono as an Editorial Board Member and journalist for the American weekly published in Hungarian language Amerikai Magyar Nepszava (New York).
• On Oct. 29, 2013 delivered a talk to honor Professor Adam Heller, on his 80th birthday. The festive dinner, organized at Le Colonial restaurant in San Francisco, CA, was attended by 35 university professors and scientists.
• April 31, 2016: Talked about the cultural tradition of Cluj/Kolozsvar at the American Hungarian Educators’ Association (AHEA) Meeting in College Park, MD. (ca. 50 attendees)
• May 1, 2016: Conducted round-table discussion with Judith Havas (from Budapest) following her presentation at the Hungarian House of Wa
Daniel has always gone above and beyond what is typically expected of professors. He is knowledgeable, caring, and dedicated toward his students' success. He has experience both in industry and academia, and is able to give guidance in both the theoretical and practical applications of organic, general, and analytical chemistry with equal aplomb.
I first met Daniel as an undergraduate at the University of Memphis, where he took me under his wing and convinced me to join the graduate program there. He served as a caring and able MS advisor. I owe a good portion of my PhD to him, as without his guidance I would likely haven't made it into Vanderbilt.
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