Name: Dr. Jason M. Hudzik
Academic Rank: Associate Professor
Department: Biology and Chemistry
School: Health Professions and Natural Sciences
Office: SH 250
Education: Ph.D., M.S., B.S., New Jersey Institute of Technology
A.S., County College of Morris
Hired: August, 2013
Dr. Jason Hudzik, assistant professor of chemistry at County College of Morris (CCM), began his chemistry career by attending CCM in 2001 and then came full circle when he returned to teach at the college. In between, he studied at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) earning his bachelorâs, masterâs and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry.
âI realized I enjoyed chemistry after taking general and organic chemistry at CCM,â he says. âI was fascinated by the critical thinking aspects of those courses as well as how they applied to so many different fields of study.â
He remains active in the research he began while working on his Ph.D. âI keep in touch with my academic advisor at NJIT. We still do research and publish the results,â he says. âRemaining active with research keeps me current with whatâs going on in the field. Our research uses theoretical and computational chemistry to analyze compounds related to fuels.â The work he does has the potential for worldwide impact in the development of sustainable and alternative fuel sources.
âWe collaborate with many different people throughout the country and the world who are doing this research and share our findings through publications,â he says. âOne of the most rewarding moments of my career was the first time I had a research article published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry A. Other people took my findings and built upon them to make further advances, and I realized I was making an impact in the global scientific community.â
He finds it equally satisfying to make a difference in the classroom. “When a student doesnât understand something, works very hard and finally has that âahaâ moment, thatâs a great feeling.â His students come from all walks of life and backgrounds and he enjoys learning about their goals and dreams.
âOne of the most important aspects of education is teachers caring about their students, and you get that at CCM. Since Iâm a teacher now, I feel that I owe that to my students. Being able to talk to your professors and have them show an interest in you is really motivating and I think students respond to that.â