He currently coaches his son’s basketball and baseball teams. Ean also loves to travel and comments, “The best vacation is one where I can travel and discuss local issues with people. It’s really about connecting with and understanding people on a personal level.” Whether it’s travel, sports, or his career, Ean likes to experience the unusual.
He has also sampled the best of what chemistry and science have to offer. Ean’s educational experience began with the study of bioengineering, and his interests eventually turned him on to biology. Gradually, his deeper curiosity about chemistry took over, and he finished with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. Ean then went on to complete his M.S. in environmental engineering and science.
For the past 11 years, Ean has worked for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Menlo Park, CA. Working for the USGS has provided Ean with unique opportunities to investigate interesting environmental challenges, such as the yearly “Dead Zone” in the Gulf of Mexico and how microorganisms caused a house explosion. Ean has served the Santa Clara Valley Section as section chair, councilor, and chair of the Finance Committee.
He has participated in Web initiatives, the Younger Chemists Committee, and National Chemistry Week. “Volunteering for the ACS has provided me with a lot of opportunities to give back to the local and scientific communities as well as to grow in ways I would not have otherwise been able,” says Ean.