Kevin S. Kolack

Adjunct Professor

Kevin Kolack (Adj. Professor of Chemistry, Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, Indiana University; B.S., Organic Chemistry, The University of Virginia) has more than 20 years of college teaching experience and tutoring at the elementary to high school and college level. Professor Kolack has a highly eclectic background including 10 years as a firefighter/EMT, licenses for New York City taxi, ambulance, fire truck and helicopter, professional puppeteer experience, training as a fire eater, he competed at the Olympic level in smallbore rifle, and he really enjoys indoor skydiving in a vertical wind tunnel. Dr. Kolack also wrote and starred in “The Professor K Show,” a topical, environmental educational TV program.  For the past 2 years, Professor Kolack has supervised the Cooper Union chemistry department's summer research internship program for advanced New York City high school students.  Professor Kolack and his wife, the Reverend Diane Kolack, live in New York City with their dog, Queso Blanco.

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