Speaker Profile: Brian Augustine
Brian Augustine is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry at High Point University, in High Point, NC where he been since August 2013. He has hired eight out of the twelve full-time faculty and staff members in the department, has overseen the complete overhaul of the undergraduate chemistry and biochemistry curriculum, and has created a summer undergraduate research program called SuRPS in the Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Physics which he has run since 2014. He has worked closely with the architects, laboratory planners, facilities managers, department chairs and faculty on the design of the $65M Wanek School of Undergraduate Sciences at HPU scheduled to open in June 2019. His teaching and research interests are in general chemistry, materials science and nanotechnology and he studies the surface chemistry of polymeric materials that have application in biomedical devices. He has mentored over seventy undergraduate research students, is the author on twenty nine publications, has been awarded two patents and has been the principal investigator responsible for over $1.8 million in research grants primarily from the National Science Foundation. In 2009, he served as a Fulbright Scholar teaching "The Science of the Small: An Introduction to Nanotechnology" at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Prior to HPU, Brian was a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Center for Materials Science at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA for 16 years.
Brian received his B.A. degree in chemistry from the State University College of New York at Geneseo in 1990, and his Ph.D. in materials chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995 studying the properties of nanocrystalline silicon-based materials. He was a post-doctoral researcher at the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina in Research Triangle Park, NC working on piezoelectric materials integrated with microelectromechanical system (MEMS) devices prior to his first faculty appointment at JMU.