Title: Associate Professor
Company: University of Missouri
Location: Columbia, Missouri, United States
Dr. Reginald E. Rogers, Jr., Associate Professor at the University of Missouri, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in chemical engineering.
Dr. Rogers attributes his involvement in his profession to breaking things apart and putting them back together. Since he was a young child, he always tried to figure it out how things worked. He recalled taking his mother’s curling iron apart and not being able to put it back together. He was always able to talk to people, engage them and catch their interest. Teaching came naturally to him. Dr. Rogers was a swim coach and he recalled the parents would tell him he should become a teacher. He teaches chemical engineering and takes courtesy appointments in civil, environmental and mechanical engineering. Before becoming a teacher, Dr. Rogers earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001. He then received a Master of Science in chemical engineering from Northwestern University in 2004. Continuing with his education, he earned a Doctor of Philosophy in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan in 2010.
Dr. Rogers believes the fact he was able to change a number of lives was a highlight of his career. He is also proud that his former students keep contacting him after they graduate. He gets the most enjoyment from seeing his students succeed. He feels like he accomplished his mission when he walks out of the classroom knowing he was able to capture the student’s imagination. Dr. Rodgers began his career in 2001 as a research and development engineer at Procter & Gamble, remaining for a year. He then became a research and development intern at DuPont in 2004. In 2010, he joined the staff at the Rochester Institute of Technology, remaining until 2019. He started as a post-doctoral fellow, moving up to assistant professor and then professor. Since 2019, he has been an associate professor at the University of Missouri. As a testament to his success, Dr. Rogers received an Award of Diversity in Chemical Science from the American Chemical Society in 2019 and was named Educator of the Year in 2018.
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