Dr. Emanuel Waddell

Associate Dean for the College of Science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville

Dr Emanuel Waddell was born and raised in Bull City, also known as Durham, North Carolina.  He decided to head south where he attended Morehouse College, an all male HBCU in Atlanta, Georgia.  After becoming a “Morehouse man” and completing his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Emanuel set his compass north and joined the graduate program in Chemistry at the University of Rochester in the State of New York.  He completed an MS in Physical Chemistry and then joined the Department of Chemistry at LSU.  He worked in Professor Steven Soper’s research group.  His dissertation was titled, “The Design, Construction, and Application of Novel Near Infrared Time-Correlated Single Photon Counting Devices.”  Emanuel successfully defended and graduated with his PhD in Analytical Chemistry in May of 2000.  When asked what he appreciated most about his time at LSU as a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry, Emanuel answered, “I appreciated departmental diversity and student empowerment at LSU.”


In terms of changing directions, Emanuel says, “My turning point was coming to LSU.  I came to LSU after an unpleasant experience at another university where I did not receive adequate support for the doctorate.  I cannot state enough, that without the LSU experience, I would not be where I am today.”  Following graduate school, he was a National Research Council (NRC) Post-Doctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD, where he became interested in the laser ablation of polymer substrates and its application in microfluidic (lab-on-a-chip) devices.


Emanuel currently serves as the Associate Dean for the College of Science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, AL.  He is a tenured faculty member in the Department of Chemistry.  “In my role as Associate Dean, I ensure that critical processes in the College of Science run appropriately.  These processes include course approvals, accreditation, coordination of the advising office, grant approval, course scheduling and interacting with faculty and staff from the college’s seven departments.  In my role as a chemist, I currently advise one graduate student, several undergraduate students and coordinate the LSAMP and minority graduate students.”


Would Emanuel do anything differently if he had his time again?  He answered, “I would have taken more notes when individuals gave me advice.”  He also offers this gem to current graduate students:  “Enjoy being a graduate student!  …. even though you may be financially poor, the time of being a graduate student and post-doc are the most intellectually stimulating times of your life.  Push yourself.”