Dr. Kyle Strode
Dr. Kyle Strode
Professor of Chemistry
Education: Ph.D. Montana State University, B.A. Manchester College
Areas of Interest: Analytical Chemistry
Courses Taught: General Chemistry, Quantitative Analysis
Dr. Strode grew up in rural Indiana and attended Manchester College, where he majored in chemistry and biology. There he learned the value of one-on-one interaction between students and faculty. He also developed a love for travel in the developing world and realized the importance of service to others from participating in two study-abroad programs to Dominican Republic and Costa Rica in which the class set up a medical clinic in a rural village without access to adequate medical care. During his time at Manchester, he also ran intercollegiately, qualifying for NAIA nationals once in cross country and twice in track (3000 m steeplechase). After college, he spent a year in Buenos Aires, Argentina on a Rotary Foundation Graduate Scholarship at La Universidad del Salvador.
Dr. Strode attended graduate school in chemistry at Montana State University, where he studied gas-phase ion chemistry and helped to develop a new analytical tool, the photodetachment-modulated electron capture detector. At Montana State, he also discovered his love of teaching in his work as a teaching assistant in general and analytical chemistry. Following graduation, he worked in advanced plastics recycling, directing an industrial pilot project that worked out the technical details of recycling mixed post-consumer plastics by thermal depolymerization to create a liquid hydrocarbon product that was acceptable as a refinery feedstock.
In 1995, Dr. Strode and his wife, Julie Flynn left their jobs in the United States and served for two years in the U. S. Peace Corps in the West African country of Togo. Dr. Strode worked in plant and soil analysis as part of a team that aimed to improve soil fertility for West African farmers. After finishing his service, he taught chemistry at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa for two years before joining the faculty at Carroll College in 2000.
At Carroll, Dr. Strode teaches first-year chemistry courses along with advanced courses in analytical chemistry. He has mentored numerous students in undergraduate research projects. In 2001, one of his students discovered high levels of heavy metals in the wetland sediments of Helena's Spring Meadow Lake, a heavily-used Montana State Park, resulting in a two-million dollar cleanup project at the lake. In recent years, his research students have addressed environmental analytical topics such as spatial and temporal distribution of heavy metals in wetland areas, uptake of heavy metals by plants and aquatic organisms, and the use of ion-exchange resins to clean up metal-contaminated water. Other research students have worked on topics in chemical education, including a statistical study of volumetric versus gravimetric titrations in chemical analysis, and the development of an undergraduate laboratory unit on water disinfection by electrolysis of aqueous sodium chloride.
Dr. Strode lives with his wife, Julie Flynn and their daughter, Clare. He still attempts to run competitively, and enjoys races from the mile to the marathon. He and his family enjoy international travel, hiking, backpacking and fly fishing in the beautiful mountains of Montana, along with attempting to make vegetables grow during the short Montana gardening season.