Scholar Profile

Brandon Presley

Voted Most Likely To:
Become a Chemistry Professor

Graduated:
Temple University
Class of 2010

Currently Working As:
Abuse-Deterrent Formulations Team Leader, NMS Labs

What do you love about your job?
The most rewarding part of my career is knowing that through my work, I am making a positive impact on scientists in all stages of their careers around the world. I have managed special lab projects for international pharmaceutical companies; taught analytical chemistry to graduate students at several universities; written multiple peer-reviewed publications; and trained and mentored several young scientists.

What has been the most exciting part of your career so far?
I love the opportunities that I have been afforded to represent my company at scientific conferences and other professional forums. Presenting research data publicly and working on publications is the most exciting part of my work. I have traveled to several countries to work on international projects with colleagues. I have spent time in South Korea, Denmark and Brazil since 2015 working with the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.

What would you tell yourself at age 18?
There are so many things that you can do with a chemistry education! A career in chemistry is very rewarding. Be open to new opportunities, and take advantage of training and continuing education throughout your career. Always share your experiences with others; you never know who's life you may change. Travel as much as you can and experience many cultures; this will change your life!

How has ACS Scholars impacted your life and career?
ACS Scholars was very key in my educational development. This program provided me with a scholarship that I used to complete the last two years of my undergraduate chemistry degree. I also had the opportunity to meet other scientists and staff members at ACS that I am still connected with to this day. This is a very important network of knowledgeable and caring individuals that are very encouraging towards current students and ACS Scholars alumni.