Sue Gasper works with individuals throughout Cook County to enhance their understanding and appreciation of all sciences, with an emphasis on chemistry. She provides programming to students and teachers, as well as parents and other groups of adults that want to learn about the wonders of chemistry.
Sue graduated from Loyola University in Chicago with a bachelor of science in chemistry and a minor in physics. She began her graduate work in organic chemistry at the University of Illinois and relocated to the Georgia Institute of Technology with her research group where she completed her PhD. She has also completed a minor in biochemistry at the graduate level. The theme of her academic research was mechanistic organic photochemistry.
After graduate school, Sue worked in R&D at Corning Incorporated for nearly 10 years where she investigated polymeric coatings and managed a research project on organic semiconductors. She returned to the Chicago area in 2008 and became a volunteer in the U of I Extension Master Gardener program. She joined Extension at the end of 2008 as the Master Gardener Coordinator for Chicago and held that position until 2012. She is currently a S.T.E.M. educator in Cook County.
Sue is an author on several publications in peer-reviewed journals and is the inventor on two US patents. She has presented her research at national meetings of the American Chemical Society and at the RadTech conference. She served as the president of the Loyola University Student Affiliate of the American Chemical Society and as the Treasurer of the Corning Section of the American Chemical Society. She was the recipient of Loyola University's Chemistry Department Service Award as well as a Department of Energy Fellowship for Nuclear Chemistry Summer School. At Corning Incorporated, Sue was a member of the team that received the Outstanding Publication Award in 2007.
She is currently a member of the American Chemical Society and its Division of Chemical Education.