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School of Arts and Sciences | Chemistry Faculty

Ursuline Professor Melissa Barranger-Mathys talks about the future of Chemistry from Ursuline College on Vimeo.

Mary Kay Deley, M.S.
Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Chair
440 449 2227
Office: Dauby 213B

Professor Deley is the Interim Chair of the Chemistry Department where she teaches the physics course sequence along with chemistry and earth science.  Her background is a blend of real world experiences and teaching.  She holds degrees in chemical engineering and biomedical engineering and has worked extensively in industry for the development of alternate fuels and medical adhesives.  She holds two patents for the development of innovative adhesives and has numerous publications in energy research.

She taught several years at Lakeland Community College before coming to Ursuline College where she has taught for 13 years.  She coached Science Olympiad Teams for middle school students where the teams competed in state and national programs. 

She was the recipient of the 2012 Marie LoPresti Award for Community service. Her interests include birdwatching where she helped with the formation of the bluebird program on campus.

Melissa Barranger-Mathys, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
440 684 6006   Office: Dauby 223B

Dr. Barranger Mathys is the newest faculty member of the Chemistry Department. She joined Ursuline College after spending 13 years teaching chemistry and biochemistry at Mercyhurst College. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Akron and her Ph.D. at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. At Ursuline College she teaches Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Most recently she was chosen to be the college mentor of the National Chemistry Olympiad team. This team consists of four of the brightest high school students and a team of three mentors. In July of each year, this team competes with 76 other countries for the gold in chemistry.

Sarah Preston, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chemistry
440 684 6073
Office: Dauby 316

Sarah S. Preston was born in Cincinnati, OH and received a B.S. degree in chemistry from Ohio University in 1999, her M.S. degree in 2002 and her Ph.D. in 2006, both from The Ohio State University working with Jon R. Parquette. At Ohio State, she was a University Fellow, a GAANN Fellow and a Proctor & Gamble Industrial Fellow. After completing her graduate work, she became a faculty member at Ursuline College, where she currently serves as department chair and explores interests in technology in education and ligand synthesis for asymmetric catalysis. She lives in Mentor with her husband, Adam.

Sheri Israel, M.S.
Chemistry Lab Coordinator
440 646 8125
Office: Dauby 125

Constanta Petcu
Chemistry Tutor