The Department of Chemistry Leadership Board was established in the Spring of 2011 to provide guidance and support for the Department’s continual drive for excellence. The Board, made up of business, academic, and community leaders, adopted the mission statement: “To offer leadership and guidance, to provide financial strength, and to achieve national acclaim as a top 10 Department of Chemistry.”
Michael J. Collins Ph.D.President & CEO CEM Corporation
Michael J. Collins graduated Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. He received his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Texas. His research focused on the use of microwave spectroscopy for structural determination of small molecules.
CEM Corporation was co-founded in 1978 by Dr. Collins, who is currently president and CEO of the company. CEM is the leading provider of microwave solutions for the laboratory and life sciences marketplace, with over 35,000 systems sold worldwide and more than 200 patents for microwave and related technologies.
Dr. Collins has received many entrepreneurial awards since the founding of CEM and in 1990 was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” for North Carolina by Inc. Magazine. He is a current member and board director of ALSSA (Analytical & Life Science Systems Association). He has had numerous publications in various trade journals and was a contributing author in a ACS professional reference book entitled, Introduction to Microwave Sample Preparation, Theory and Practice. He also was co-author of a chapter in the recently published book entitled Microwaves in Organic Chemistry.