Joshua B. Halpern - Resume

EMAIL: jhalpern at howard dot edu
SNAIL MAIL: J.B. Halpern, Chemistry, Howard University, Washington, DC 20059, USA

Department of Chemistry
Howard University
525 College St NW
Washington, D. C. 20059

EMAIL: jhalpern at howard dot edu
TELEPHONE: (202) 806-6883
FAX: (202) 806-5442


Ph.D. Physics Brown University  June 1972
B.A. Physics The Johns Hopkins University  June 1966


Professor of Chemistry Howard University  August 1990 - to present
Director  Howard University /Johns Hopkins University
Prince George's Community College
Partnership for Research and Education in Materials
June 2006 to present
Associate Director DC Space Grant Consortium March 1995 to present



NASA Faculty and Student Team Program
Goddard Space Flight Center
2006 - present
Co-Director NASA Faculty Fellowship Program
Goddard Space Flight Center
1994 - 2005
Adjunct Research Professor American University 1999 - 2004
Visiting Scientist Physikalisches Institut, Universitaet Muenster, Germany March 2002 - August 2002
Visiting Scientist Combustion Research Facility, Sandia National Labs, CA November 2001 - February 2002
Director DC Space Grant Consortium March 1991 - February 1995
Research Group on the Interactions of Oriented Molecules
Zentrum fuer Interdisciplinar Forschung, Universitaet Bielefeld
October 1996 - January 1997
Visiting Scientist
Fachbereich Physik, Universitaet Essen
June 1996 - September 1997
August 1993 - July 1994
Associate Professor Howard University August 1984 - July 1990
Visiting Scientist Physical Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford University July 1986 - July 1987
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Howard University August 1979 - July 1984
Assistant Research Professor Howard University October 1976 - July 1979
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter Fakultaet fuer Physik, Universitaet Bielefeld July 1973 - October 1976
Post-doctoral Assistant Radiation Laboratory, University of Notre Dame July 1971-June 1973


Visiting Fellow Trinity College, Oxford 1986
Sigma Chi Brown University 1968
NASA Fellowship Brown University 1969 - 1972
NDEA Fellowship Brown University 1966 - 1969
General & Departmental Honors Johns Hopkins University 1966



         *Energy transfer in small molecules                *Laboratory studies of planetary atmospheres
                      *Fabrication of nitride nanowires           *Laser pulsed desorption growth of III-V material
                              *Spectroscopy and kinetics of small free radicals.   *Dissociation dynamics


American Chemical Society  American Geophysical Union Materials Research Society
American Physical Society AAAS  


Journal of Physical Chemistry

NASA Department of Energy
Chemical Physics Letters NSF Journal of Chemical Physics


Member University Teaching, Learning & Technology Committee 2004 - 2008
Chair College Technology Committee 2002 – 2004
Member College Appointments, Promotions and Tenure Committee 2003 -  2007
Chair University Joint Research Advisory Committee 1989 - 1993
Member University Senate Research Committee 1990 - 1992
Member University Senate Budget Committee 1988 - 1990
Member Graduate School Executive Committee 1989 - 1992


Associate Chair Department of Chemistry 2005 - 2006
Chair Service Course Committee 2004 – 2008
Chair Appointments, Promotions and Tenure Committee 2005 - 2006
Chair Safety Committee 2002 -  2004
Chair Strategic Planning Committee 2001 - 2002
Member Executive Committee 1995-1996, 1999-2001, 2004-
Member Undergraduate Education Committee 2003-4



General Chemistry Topics in Quantum Chemistry
General Chemistry Laboratory Kinetics of Chemical Reactions
Physical Chemistry Mathematical Methods for Chemistry
Physical Chemistry Laboratory Advanced Physical Chemistry


Virginia Ayers, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI
John Burris, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
Askar Fahr, National Institutes of Science and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD
Wen-Bin Gao,
Hangzhou Institute of Electronic Engineering, China
Garry Harris, Howard University, Washington, DC
Mao Qi He, Howard University, Washington, DC
Steven J. Klippenstein, Sandia National Laboratory, Livermore, CA
Andrew McIlroy, Sandia National Laboratory, Livermore, CA
Charles Pibel, American University, Washington, DC (currently at NSF)
L.J. Salamanca Riba, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Frank Streibel, Universitaet Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
Craig Taatjes, Sandia National Laboratory, Livermore, CA
R.D. Vispute, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Helmut Zacharias, Universitaet Muenster, Muenster, Germany


Katina Patrick (Ph.D. 2002) now Assistant Professor at Norfolk State University
DaNa Carlis (M.S. 2001) now with National Weather Service, Washington, DC

Recent Undergraduate Research Students: Calvin Archibald, Tricia Silverton
Current Undergraduate Research Students: Iverson Bell, Tiffany Hall, Courtney Goode, Aminebueh Bello

Current Graduate Student: Marc N’Duomi


Director, Howard University/Johns Hopkins University/Prince Georges Community College Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (6/2006) see for details

Member Department of Chemistry Executive Committee (2005 - )  Responsibilities include supervision of the service courses (General Chemistry Lecture and Lab, Chemistry for the Health Sciences Lecture and Lab, Organic Chemistry Lecture and Lab)

Associate Chair, Department of Chemistry, Howard University (2005 - 2006) and chair of the department Appointments, Promotions and Tenure Committee.

Co-Director, ESMD Summer Research Program at Goddard Space Flight Center(2006)
Academic Dean (Summer 2005)NASA Faculty Summer Research Opportunity (NSFRO)
Co Director (1995 - 2004)NASA Faculty Fellowship Program (NFFP) at Goddard Space Flight Center
– The NFFP brought ~ 30 faculty to NASA/GSFC (including GISS in NYC) each summer for ten weeks of research.  The follow on NSFRO was a smaller program this year.  Goddard has recently been awarded ~$225,000 for a faculty summer research program which I designed and wrote the winning application.  I am responsible for administration of the program including recruitment (in collaboration with the American Society of Engineering Education), selection (with the GSFC University Affairs Office), operation of the program during the summer, and evaluation (with the University Space Research Association).  This responsibility has linked me to hundreds of Fellows from universities across the nation, as well as the community of Co-Directors at other NASA Centers, NASA center UAO officers, many scientists and engineers at NASA, and ASEE and USRA staff.

Director (1991 - 95), Associate Director (1995 -) DC Space Grant Consortium– Space Grants are a congressional established national network of colleges and universities which supports NASA's aeronautics and space programs through science, and engineering education, research, and outreach.  I was the founding Director of the DC Space Grant Consortium, and wrote the winning proposal.  I now serve as Associate Director and the Consortium point of contact at Howard University.  Through the DC Space Grant I have (had) contact with many university colleagues across the nation, and many NASA scientists, engineers and administrators.  The DC SGC at Howard provides scholarships and fellowships, support of teaching and small research support grants, obtains and refurbishes surplus computer equipment and provides software licenses for teaching and research.

Chair (2002-4), College Technology Committee – Under my leadership the Committee has drafted a Technology Plan for the College of Arts and Sciences.  It is now under consideration by the faculty.  A copy is available on request.

Chair (2002-4), Department Safety Committee – I drafted a new Safety Handbook for the Department which was approved by the faculty.  I then took the lead in instituting the plan across the department.  A copy is available on request.

Department Strategic Plan (2001) – In 2001 I drafted a Strategic Plan for the Department of Chemistry which was adopted and has guided the program since.  One outcome of this planning exercise has been our selection as a partner department in the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate.  A copy is available on request.

Chair (1989 – 93), University Joint Research Advisory Committee – This committee is responsible for awarding and administering the start-up and internal research grants at Howard.  Approximately 1.8 M$ was awarded by the committee each year.  In my time as Chair, we emphasized support of new faculty, as well as establishing technical shops and shared facilities. 

Grants and contracts:  ~ $5.1 Million in research grants spanning chemical dynamics, photochemistry, atmospheric science, materials science and biology.  ~ $3.1 Million in education grants.  Also I have been a member of two large (> $1 Million/year) research centers at Howard.  The first was materials science oriented (MSRCE), and the second atmospheric science oriented.  I wrote the winning proposal for the atmospheric science center (CSTEA).


Fluent in German


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