Spotlight on: Dustin Grimm '08
Here's a Q&A with Dustin Grimm '08, an analytical forensic chemist for AIT Labs in Indianapolis, Ind.
Q. How did you get interested in forensic chemistry?
A. Once I reached the later years in high school I decided I wanted to help people by using science. So, I did some investigating and came upon forensic science. Here is this scientific discipline in which science is used to help solve a piece of the puzzle in criminal investigation. That fact sparked in interest in me for the scientific discipline of forensic science. Then I came to Malone and concentrated in on one aspect of forensic science, which is forensic chemistry.
Q. What is your specific job?
A. I currently work at AIT Labs in Indianapolis, Indiana. AIT stands for American Institute of Toxicology. I am currently an Analytical Forensic Chemist 1. I analyze biological samples that have been through the extraction process on instrumentation such as LC-MS/MS, GC-FID, and HPLC-UV. I also complete basic maintenance on instrumentation and analyze data that comes from the instrumentation.
I have been with AIT for almost two years. I started off as an extractions chemist and just got promoted to analytical forensic chemist 1 in June 2011.
I love all the instrumentation and people I get to work with. This job is challenging for me, which keeps me on my toes. I never really have a boring day at work.
Q. What do you value about your time at Malone?
A. I really enjoyed my time at Malone, I have a lot of good memories. I miss what some students call "the bubble." Malone's bubble has such a good community feel and everyone from students, staff, and professors are friendly. I also came to have a relationship with Christ because of attending Malone, which I will always cherish.
I was involved in FSM (Future Scientists of Malone) and Student Senate when attending Malone. During my junior and senior years, I was the Commuter Director of Student Senate. Being commuter director for two years allowed me to give back to Malone community. I was also on the debate team for a couple of years and loved it. I would suggest to any future forensic chemistry majors to join the debate team to work on their public speaking skills because courtroom testimony can be essential part of a forensic science position. Overall, I would tell any future student to get involved in some organization at Malone because it will make the college experience much more meaningful.
Q. What did you like about the Forensic Chemistry program at Malone?
A. I liked my professors Dr. Chen and Dr. Goff. They were very wise and knowledgeable. It was also neat to be the first student to go through the program and get to help shape the program.
Dr. Goff helped me from the time I started at Malone and thorough out my college career. The main thing I learned from him was to not be afraid of being a scientist who believes in God. Once science students leave Malone, you get bombarded with people who think that science and God cannot coexist. If I hadn't had the opportunity to take a class had with a science professor like Dr. Goff, I really would have had a hard time keeping my faith strong after Malone. Dr. Goff had a deep and rich foundation in his beliefs and was able to show how science and religion can coexist. I am truly blessed to have been one of his students.