Derrik S. Helfer is a new assistant professor of chemistry at William Woods University.
Helfer graduated summa cum laude from Thiel College in Greenville, Pa., with a B.A. in chemistry. He later completed his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at University at Buffalo, the State University of New York in Buffalo, N.Y.
Before moving to Mokane recently, Helfer lived in Tonawanda, N.Y., and was a postdoctoral associate at the Institute for Lasers, Photonics, and Biophotonics at the State University of New York, Buffalo.
He also was a research assistant and teaching assistant at the State University of New York since 2000. He completed a summer internship at Praxair Inc., in Tonawanda, N.Y., in 2003.
Helfer received the Silbert Fellowship Award in 2003 and the Mattern-Tyler Teaching Award in 2002. He was elected to participate in 52nd Meeting of the Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany, in 2002.