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Chemistry Faculty

Penny Starkey

Penny Starkey

Instructor

Chemistry and Natural Sciences

Phone: 651.846.1710

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At Saint Paul College, Penny Starkey is the Department Chair of Science. She currently teaches Principles of Chemistry 1 and 2, General Physics 1 and 2, and Natural Disasters. She originally was hired at Saint Paul College as a part-time instructor in 2002, and became a full-time instructor in Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2004. Penny has also taught Introductory Physics at Saint Paul College and the College of St. Catherine. She earned a PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, after earning a BA in Physics at the University of St. Thomas. Prior to coming to Saint Paul College, she worked for 5 years in industry, most recently in the biomedical device field. Penny enjoys helping students understand and appreciate chemistry, while also helping them move towards their career goals.

Zubah Gayflor Kpanaku

Zubah Gayflor Kpanaku

Instructor

Chemistry and Natural Sciences

Phone: 651.846.1697

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Zubah Gayflor Kpanaku teaches Chemistry and Natural Sciences courses at Saint Paul College. Originally hired as a part-time instructor in 2004, he is now a full-time instructor in the Chemistry Department. Zubah is a Naturalized American Citizen, originally from Liberia. He received his first M.S. degree in Chemical Education as a 1989 Fulbright Scholar at Purdue University in 1993, and a second M.S. degree in Analytical Chemistry at Ohio University in 1999. His undergraduate degree, earned in 1986 at Cuttington University College in Liberia, was in Chemistry with a minor in Math and Physics.

Between 1987 and present, Zubah has taught many chemistry courses in Liberia and Minnesota including Introductory Chemistry, Principles of Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry I and II. Specifically in Minnesota, he has taught chemistry at several community and four-year colleges. Zubah has also been employed as a Research Assistant in Clinical Chemistry at Purdue University. He worked in industry as a Quality Assurance Chemist in Analytical Services at South Dakota State University where he conducted quality assurance and regulatory analyses on vitamins and minerals in animal feeds, premixes, drug remedies and forages, and also as a Quality Assurance Manager with Analytical Products Group, Inc.

Zubah considers himself a very humble and determined man who loves teaching using innovative instructional technologies in the classroom and scientific laboratories. He aspires to one day earn a doctorate degree in curriculum development and instructional planning.

Travis Mills

Travis Mills

Instructor

Chemistry

Phone: 651.403.4453

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Travis Mills teaches Organic Chemistry 1 and 2 as well as the Chemical and Biological Instrumentation course at Saint Paul College. He also manages the Instrumentation Lab and Cleanroom, which includes chemical instrumentation unique to a 2 year college. Travis was hired as a full time faculty member in the summer of 2013. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 2009 with an emphasis in Materials Chemistry, where he conducted research focused on organic electronics and organic photovoltaic devices. Prior to that, he earned a B.S. in Biochemistry from Saint Cloud State University.

Travis has been teaching Chemistry in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system since 2009 and enjoys interacting with students in the classroom and helping them with career decisions. Outside of school he loves to travel, ski, boat, and spend time with his family.