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Willis, Bennett
Phone:230-3583
Office Location:HS-212G
Dept:Chemical Technology
Title:Faculty, Chemical Technology/Chemistry

Biography



Bennett Willis
Assistant Professor of Process Technology and Chemistry

I teach two types of classes.  Most of my teaching responsibilities are part of our process technology curriculum.  But I also teach Introductory Chemistry (CHEM1405) through the Virtual College of Texas and occasionally Analytical Chemistry.  Most of my classes are taught "on line" so I spend a lot of time at the computer.  On line classes have a lot of homework that needs to be graded so they are actually more work than a lecture class (once the initial preparation has been done for the lecture class).

I worked for Dow Chemical Company for 33 years and have been at Brazosport College since January, 1999.  My work at Dow usually involved looking for better (or new) ways to produce some chemical.  I spent a lot of time closely involved with production and trouble shooting of process problems--and a lot of time in the lab.  [In 33 years there is a lot of time for more than one thing.]  As a result of this industrial experience, I tend to try to be "practical" about what I present in the classes--and I have a lot of stories. 

We often have industrial training--when the economy is good.  We generally train operators (new hires) for The Dow Chemical Company and for BASF.  On occasions we have employees from other companies involved in our training.  I am absolutely convinced that working in a chemical plant is a very reasonable way to make a good living--and that Brazosport College can help you get that job.  Most (almost all) of our students are already working in "the plant," but for a person right out of high school, two years at BC will get you a job (with good benefits) that pays around $40-50K with overtime available--and sometimes a lot of overtime.  [Good news/bad news :)]  There are the standard disclaimers.  It helps if you actually are interested in mechanical things, can think clearly, do well in our classes and are willing to work shift work--but it is a good job from the point of view of actually making a living for both men and women.  We have a number of people in our classes who got tired of "almost making a living."

I have two daughters.  One has a degree in chemistry from Rice University and is firmly on the "mommy track" (three children).  Her husband teaches at Taylor University in Indiana and they live in Upland.  My second daughter has a degree in Music Theater and technical theater from American University.  She is a union stagehand and works out of Washington, DC.  My wife and I live in Lake Jackson, Texas.  I grew up on a farm in Tennessee and my wife is from this area (Brazosport).


Education



M.S. Chemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia
B.S. Chemistry, Union University, Jackson, Tennessee


Awards & Honors



None.

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