Oct. 21: Froemke Chemistry Lecture Series with Dr. James Sands '93

Event Details

Date: October 20, 2013

Times: 4 p.m.

Location: Gilbert Science Center, room 241

Ticket Info: Free and Open to the Public

The John A. Froemke Chemistry Lecture Series presents "Chemistry in the Pursuit of Life, Liberty and Happiness" with Dr. James Sands ’93 at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, in the Gilbert Science Center room 241.

The event is free and open to the public.

A reception will preceed the lecture beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the GSC Pendulum Lounge, and a banquet following the lecture is set for 5:30 p.m. in the Halverson room (Morrison Commons). Contact Marlys Vant Hul at 605.274.4710 to register for the banquet.

Dr. John Froemke (1893-1988) was a professor of chemistry at Augustana from 1930 to 1964. During Augustana’s development as a major educational institution in South Dakota, Froemke and his wife, Mary, made numerous important contributions to the chemistry department and the College. The John A. Froemke Chemistry Lecture Series was established to honor his contributions, featuring notable Augustana chemistry alumni.

This event features Dr. James Sands ’93, acting branch chief of the Composite and Hybrid Materials Branch, Weapons and Materials Research Directorate of the U.S Army Research Laboratory. His technical research interests include composite processing, manufacturing, and repair. Specifically, Sands is interested in new materials technologies that impact composite response to mechanical deformations across various time domains. He leads a group of 42 government and contract employees with expertise ranging from materials synthesis to computational modeling.

The lecture, “Chemistry in the Pursuit of Life, Liberty and Happiness,” will demonstrate how a foundation in scientific skill, achieved through a degree in chemistry, has impacted faith, family, and fortunes – all the components of the American dream of life liberty and happiness.

About Dr. James Sands ‘93

Dr. Sands received his Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry and mathematics from Augustana in 1993. As part of his Augustana experience, Dr. Sands spent two summers in Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) programs at University of Kansas and at Oklahoma State University, where he learned to apply the classroom and laboratory training.

Sands earned a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1997. After spending a year in the industrial marketplace, Sands joined the United States Army Research Laboratory (ARL) as a contract hire in 1998. He was awarded a position in civil service with the ARL in 2000.

Sands’ primary research emphasis is in materials for composite fabrication, maintenance and repair. He has successfully developed a number of chemistry formulations to reduce emissions for low-cost composite manufacturing. He develops concepts and methods of composite repair that will allow the U.S. Army to field appropriate support methods and equipment for future composite technologies. He is also a critical part of evaluations for new fiber technologies in fiberglass, polymer and carbon reinforcements for future composite designs that support ballistic protection for soldiers.

To date, Sands has accomplished more than 100 publications, and has multiple national and international patents in his portfolio. He continues to be a leader for the department of defense as an engineer, scientist, and supervisor. Sands currently leads a team of nearly 40 personnel in solving critical materials challenges that face our nation’s soldiers.

Marlys Vant Hul
Natural Science Division Coordinator