Melvin Wesley Hanna, PhD

Melvin Hanna

Title: Chemistry Educator and Missionary
Company:  Youth With A Mission (YWAM)
Location:  Centennial, Colorado, United States

Melvin Wesley Hanna, PhD, chemistry educator and missionary for Youth With a Missionary, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education.

Dr. Hanna is an accomplished professor who is regarded by colleagues and former students as someone whose passions in academia extended to developing meaningful relationships with others and viewing life from many perspectives, including those of the supernatural and spiritual. Today, he finds success as a chemistry educator and missionary for Youth With A Mission, a faith-driven community called to mobilize and multiply the followers of Jesus Christ. Dr. Hanna came to this role after performing prominent work at the higher education level. He worked at the University of Colorado at Boulder for 26 years in several roles, including associate professor, assistant professor and professor of chemistry. His former positions in academia also include his time as the associate dean of the College of Counseling and Health Care at the University of the Nations in Kailua Kona, HI, as well as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow then Arthur A. Noyes teaching fellow at the California Institute of Technology.

Known for his professionalism and integrity in his field, Dr. Hanna feels that he has been successful because of the impact his own education has had on his professional endeavors. Growing up in a home where his father was unable to attend high school, it has always been a point of pride that Dr. Hanna has been a success in education. He earned a Bachelor of Science from UCLA in 1954 followed by a PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1959. To remain at the top of his field, he has committed himself to a lifetime of learning and professional development. To do this, he has been incredibly involved in his professional community as a member of the American Chemical Society and Phi Beta Kappa. In the years to come, Dr. Hanna intends to continue in his impactful work for Youth With a Mission while taking on new opportunities to inspire others in the future.

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