Title: Director Mycology Laboratory
Company: Eastern Michigan University
Location: Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Paul Albert Volz, Director of the Mycology Laboratory at Eastern Michigan University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the fields of science and medical education.
Dr. Volz pursued an education in business administration and botany at Heidelberg College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1958. While there, he met his mentor and professor, Dr. A.G McQuate, who was greatly interested in the space program. Originally, Dr. Wolz intended to enter the ministry, but Dr. McQuate explained that he should minister the space sciences instead and with his encouragement, Dr. Volz switched his major. He has made science and teaching his career and he has never regretted that decision.
Continuing his studies at Michigan State University, Dr. Volz earned a Master of Science in botany and plant pathology in 1962 and a Doctor of Philosophy in mycology in 1966. He completed postgraduate coursework at the University of Houston from 1970 to 1972 and obtained an additional doctorate from Century University in business administration in 1991. Dr. Volz began his professional career as an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin, before transitioning to Purdue University in 1968. From 1969 to 1971, he excelled as a senior postdoctoral fellow in biospace technology for NASA. In the same year, he entered Eastern Michigan University as an associate professor and currently serves the school as a professor and the director of the mycology laboratory.
Additionally, Dr. Volz has found success as a visiting professor at National Taiwan University, Wayne State University, and Haifa University. He has acted as a science consultant for the American Standards Testing Bureau and a consultant of mycology for a number of hospitals. As well as being an avid contributor of articles to professional journals, Dr. Volz has been a delegate to Egypt, Israel, Turkey, and China. Proud of having applied his disciplines to space research and to his students, he is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science International Society Human and Animal Mycology, the American Institute for Biological Sciences, the American Society of Microbiology, the Royal Geographical Society, and the American Society for Engineering Education, among others. As a testament to his success, Dr. Volz has received a Kholodny Medal from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and Fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the NASA Langley and Virginia Commonwealth University, and NASA.