Anna Reinsel, Ph.D. ’06
Associate Professor of Env. Science and Chemistry, Department Chair
Academic Center 12
Even when Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Chemistry and Chair of the Department of Environmental Science Anna Reinsel, Ph.D. ’06 talks about her favorite place, she includes her students.
She says Iceland is one of her favorite places and her description of the tiny island nation with the extreme environment included a description of the “looks on students’ faces” when they experienced the stunning scenery and severe weather. Reinsel helped organize a student trip there in 2019.
“My favorite thing about my job is my students,” she said. “The relationships that we build that continue beyond Thiel.” She said an alumnus reached out recently to get a recap of notes from a class that would be relevant for a job he was starting.
She believes scientific knowledge is one of the keys to achieving a sustainable future. Environmental science is an interdisciplinary field that provides a big-picture understanding of the world and our influences on it while chemistry provides a way to analyze the composition of our Earth’s materials, she said.
Her research plan is to study the use of nano-scale materials for environmental applications including the detection, control and remediation of environmental pollutants. She investigates environmental issues on campus and in our community and relates those to issues on a global scale. For example, as a member of the committee that arranges and organizes Thiel College’s Earth Day celebrations, she has helped bring speakers to campus to discuss global warming, the Flint, Mich. water crisis and other environmental topics. She has led campus tree plantings and campus recycling initiatives and organized presentations by Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Science Center.
Along with her time in the classroom and lab as well as in the field, Reinsel has taken part in Thiel College cycling club trips and was given an Excellence in Teaching award from the campus chapter of The National Society for Leadership and Success.
Reinsel graduated from Thiel College in 2006, so she loves the College on multiple levels. After Thiel, she earned her doctoral degree from the University of Akron.