James O’Brien

Member-at-Large
(858) 336-0654

Jim is a 22-year member of ACS with the Inorganic division, and most recent national conference attendance was presenting research from his company, Off Grid Research, at the 2019 San Diego fall meeting. Graduating from UC San Diego, he was a teaching assistant for 21 classes, lecturer for 8 classes and adjunct professor at University of San Diego for 24 classes. As such, he has been involved with the teaching of chemistry to 10,000+ students in the local area. Moving on to industry in 2001, he continued regular attendance, presentations and exhibiting at national meetings with Quantum Design, specializing in SQUID based magnetometers. With that job, he has mentored many international chemistry students and professors on how to acquire data for major publications. His well-known motto is “do a demo for every lecture”, to effectively engage the students and achieve superb attendance. With that experience, there will be a commitment to serving the local section through National Chemistry Week activities and supporting STEAM programs in San Diego Unified School District.  His periodic table, first released at the American Physical Society meeting in 2011 during the international year of chemistry, was updated in 11/2016 for global marketing of a magnetic separator product. Jim just started a new position with TE Connectivity, making ceramic thermistors for the disposable medical thermometer applications.