Juan Gonzalez-Gonzalez


Juan was an unlikely person to go into chemistry (at one point he was a music major). However, finding the right mentor at the right time put him down the path of the chemical sciences as an undergraduate. Juan became a founding member of the Student Affiliate chapter at Southwestern College before transferring to San Diego State University to finish his Bachelor’s degree. A couple of years later, Juan returned to San Diego State for graduate study. There he specialized in nanochemistry and device applications. Juan has spent the majority of his professional career in STEM education. He worked for 12 years as a high school STEM teacher in both public and private school systems before transitioning into higher education. He is now a tenure-track professor of chemistry at Southwestern College as well as the Student Affiliate chapter advisor.