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Visiting Science Scholar

The Visiting Science Scholar program brings successful BHS alumni to the district to share their experiences and help students see the potential of careers in science.

Visiting Science Scholar

The BCSF Visiting Scholar Program was started through a sizable donation to the Bettendorf Community Schools Foundation by a Bettendorf graduate to be used to recognize BHS graduates who have gone on to secure successful careers in a field of science as well as recognize the impact of the late Donald Schaefer, a retired Bettendorf High School science teacher. The program helps to give students a better understanding of the link between science studies and career possibilities.

2017 James Wetzel Experimental High Energy Particle Physicist Class of 2004
2016 Ryan Park Silicon Valley Software Engineer Class of 1997
2015 Dr. Mikka Appel GP with John Deere Medical Group Class of 1991
Dr. Christine Sharis Radiation Oncologist Trinity Medical Center Class of 1987
2014 Bryan Arnold Senior Engineer - Sealers and Adhesives Development - Toyota Class of 1991
2013 Jeff Hanley Director, Human Exploration Development Support Office - NASA Class of 1979
2012 Dr. Susan Hippler Research Supervisor - Exxon Mobil Class of 1982
2011 Dr. Sam Silverstein ATLAS Detector Collaboration - Stockholm University
Class of 1985
2010 Hiram “Chip” Levy II Senior Research Scientist, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory - NOAA Class of 1958
2009 Dr. Lynn Hudson, Ph.D Nanotechnology with Spinal Cord Injuries
Dr. Denes V. Agoston, M.D. Molecular & Cellular Mechanism of Stem Cell Differentiation
2008 Greg Couch Designer - Blue Sky Studios Class of 1974
2004 Dr. Stephen Wharry Petroleum Energy
2003 Annu Palomaki International Environmentalist, Finland Class of 1998
2002 Teresa Pangnan, Ph.D. Nutritionist
2001 Thomas Heinold, Jr. Military Engineer
2000 Dr. Cheryl Willman Professor of Pathology - University of New Mexico School of Medicine Class of 1973
1999 John Albright Propulsion Engineer - NASA Class of 1985