Photo by Rebecca Miller
Meet the Russ College’s new crop of faculty and staff members this year in this series of interviews, and stop by their offices to greet them in person.
Parisian-born Marc Singer brought his love of science and teaching all the way from the Pyrénées Mountains to the Appalachian foothills.
How did you make your way to these parts?
I was born in Paris, France, and completed my undergrad and my master's in two regions of France famous for their spectacular wines — Bourgogne and Sud-Ouest. I moved to the U.S. in 2001, originally for a six-month internship with Ohio University. I have since been “living the Appalachian dream.”
Where did you prepare for your profession, and what was special about it?
I received my master's in chemical engineering from ENSGTI, a relatively new and innovative school in Pau, France. The view of the Pyrénées Mountains from the city is breathtaking. I later enrolled as a part-time Ph.D. student in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at OHIO, graduating in the summer of 2013. The view of Athens from The Ridges is breathtaking, too, in its own way.
Was there a moment you knew you'd become an engineer?
I always wanted to join the army, to my mother's despair. However, I gradually realized how much you can achieve, and how much impact you can have on your community, if you understand the science, the processes. Being an engineer and a teacher is so rewarding in so many ways.
What will you teach and research at the Russ College?
This semester, I’m teaching Fundamentals of Materials Science, which I enjoy very much thanks to my terrific students. In addition, I’m working at the Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology, probably the largest research group in the world focused on understanding and preventing internal corrosion of oil and gas pipelines.
What would you say is your professional superpower?
I am a world expert in T.L.C., which does not stand for what you think it does. [Editor’s note: “TLC” is the acronym for “top of line corrosion,” which occurs when, in multiphase flow, water vapor condenses at the top and the sides of the pipeline, leading to a severe corrosion attack that is difficult to mitigate.]
At the Russ College, we "create for good." You'll be hearing this a lot because it's true. How will you "create for good" while you're at the Russ College?
I would like to continue building bridges between our students' research work and the industry. I believe university research work is real, but it is only relevant if it can have practical applications.
What's the most awesome thing about Athens so far?
It seems to be a magnet for awesome people.
What’s the best local food you’ve had?
Salaam and Zoe are probably my two favorites, and then there is Avalanche Pizza, The Village Bakery, Casa, the Farmers Market ... and whatever my beautiful wife is cooking right now.
What do you do when you're not creating for good?
Let my adorable 10-month-old daughter pull all the books off my bottom bookshelf, one at a time.
Name a top travel destination.
Bunker Bay in Western Australia – without the sharks and the flies. That's where we spent our honeymoon.
What's something your students would never guess about you?
I served in the French police force, so I would tell students to stay out of trouble at Halloween — or at least not get caught.