I enjoy teaching because it's a fantastic feeling to be able to share knowledge and lead students to that "aha!" moment as they learn the intricacies of our world. Nothing is more satisfying than hearing someone exclaim that they "finally get it!" Also, teaching is an excellent way to learn more about yourself and the subject you teach, since there are so many individuals involved in the process who all bring their unique perspectives and insight to the table. WPI students are in a league of their own in terms of preparation and desire to learn. It makes a great difference in the classroom experience when the majority of the students WANT to be there. As a (relatively!) young professor I enjoy being able to interact on a more personal level with students and relate to them in a way that isn't traditionally encountered in higher education. Studying and teaching inorganic chemistry is a great way to explore future possibilities for ensuring energy independence. I am strongly influenced by issues involving renewable energy and the feasibility of current/future sources of energy worldwide.