Dr. Lee Warren
School of Arts & Sciences
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
On a personal level, I really like to get students excited about
chemistry and the sciences, not just science majors but also through the
general education program.
Lee Warren's office is in one corner of a maze of rooms in Rogick Hall, but that doesn't mean he's walled off from the rest of The College of New Rochelle community.
In fact, one of the things the Assistant Professor of Chemistry likes most about CNR is the ease with which he can connect with his fellow educators, in the sciences and beyond. "It's important to talk to people outside of your discipline," he says.
That interest in the intersection of different fields of study has been present throughout Warren's academic career. As an undergraduate at Newberry College in South Carolina, he majored in both chemistry and mathematics. "I kind of wanted to be an engineer," he says.
But after his junior year, he conducted a research project at Clemson University and became interested in computational chemistry, the branch of chemistry that uses computers to help solve chemical problems. "The area that I teach is really physics, just physics for very small things, things that we can put together in models," he says.
As he pursued a Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee, his interest in teaching grew alongside his passion for research as opportunities for classroom experience presented themselves. "I found it very rewarding," he says.
Warren's ongoing research involves looking at algorithms that allow calculations to run faster on parallel computers. For that, he's working with a colleague whose background is in electrical and computer engineering. "It's very interdisciplinary," he says.
So while Warren would like to increase the number of chemistry majors, it's not surprising that he also wants to engage students of all kinds. "Chemistry is often called the central science," he says, since its important to nursing students and other science disciplines. "On a personal level, I really like to get students excited about chemistry and the sciences, not just science majors but also through the general education program."
One of the advantages of The College of New Rochelle's chemistry department, Warren says, is its ability to adapt quickly "in ways larger schools can't do because they're locked into their methods."
"Plus, we can talk to our students," he says. "There's a lot of opportunity for really helping students develop their opportunities."
Before joining CNR, Warren was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Yeshiva University for three years. He says he really likes the atmosphere at The College of New Rochelle. "The students are excited and very eager to learn," he says. "They're very open to a lot of different possibilities, and I think that's great."