Faculty and Staff

Kelley Whitley

Department Head, Chemistry, Physics & Engineering
Office:  Wharton campus - Science 227B
Phone:  979-532-6326
Email:  whitleyk@wcjc.edu

Mrs. Whitley received a B.S. in chemistry from Sam Houston State University and M.S. in chemistry from University of California at Riverside.  She has more than 15 years of community college teaching experience.  She teaches introductory and general chemistry at the Wharton and Sugar Land campuses.

Ramiro Acevedo
Instructor of Physics and Chemistry

Office:  Sugar Land campus -Brazos Hall 212
Phone:  281-243-8590
Email:  acevedor@wcjc.edu

Dr. Acevedo joined the full-time WCJC chemistry faculty in August 2011 after completing his Ph.D. in applied physics at Rice University.  He is also a graduate of the University of Houston, earning a B.S. in chemistry.  He has taught both chemistry and physics courses at WCJC.

John Bankston
Instructor of Chemistry

Office:  Fort Bend Technical Center campus - FBTC 140J
Phone:  281-239-1563
Email:  bankstonj@wcjc.edu

Mr. Bankston received his B.S. degree from the University of Houston.  He received his M.S. degree from the University of Washington.  Mr. Bankston has been an instructor for Wharton County Junior College since 2002, where he has instructed general chemistry as well as organic chemistry.

Frank Carey
Instructor of Chemistry

Office:  Sugar Land campus - Brazos Hall  239
Phone:  281-243-8550
Email:  frankc@wcjc.edu
Faculty Website:  http://facultyweb.wcjc.edu/fcarey/

Mr. Carey received his B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from the University of North Texas (Denton).  He has more than ten years of experience in college teaching and more than 25 years corporate industry management experience.  He has supervised over 100 professional engineers, chemists, and technicians.  He was responsible for product development, technical service, quality assurance, and project management for several large and small companies including Dow Chemical, Raytheon (Amana), and Goldschmidt Chemical (now Degussa).  He served on national industry-government consortium committees (CFC abatement) and presented papers at numerous international technical marketing conferences on polyurethane foam technology.

At WCJC, Mr. Carey has been a full-time instructor of chemistry since 2001 and teaches freshman chemistry (1405, 1411-1412) and organic chemistry (2423-2425) classes.

Sean Collins
Instructor of Chemistry

Office:  Wharton campus - Science 207
Phone:  979-532-6572
Email:  collinss@wcjc.edu

Mr. Collins joined the chemistry faculty in 2011 after completing his M.S. at Texas A&M University in 2010.  He teaches freshman chemistry lecture and lab courses at WCJC.

Obiageli Nwosu
Instructor of Chemistry

Office:  Sugar Land campus - Brazos Hall  113
Phone:  281-243-8539
Email:  nwosuo@wcjc.edu

Mrs. Nwosu received her B.S. degree in industrial chemistry from FUTO Nigeria and her M.S. degree in chemistry from Prairie View A&M University. She joined the WCJC chemistry faculty in 2013.  She currently teaches introductory and general chemistry at the Sugar Land campus.


Hui Zhao (Henry)
Instructor of Chemistry

Office:  Fort Bend Technical Center campus - FBTC 140J
Phone:  281-239-1564
Email:  zhaoh@wcjc.edu

Dr. Zhao joined the full-time WCJC chemistry faculty in January 2014.  He completed his Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2000.  He teaches introductory, general and organic chemistry classes at Sugar Land and FBTC campuses.


Part-time faculty 

Christopher Anukwuem

Email:  Anukwuemc@wcjc.edu

Dr. Anukwuem joined the WCJC Chemistry department as a part-time instructor in the spring of 2015.  He has a M.S. in Analytical/Organic Chemistry and Ed.D. in Higher Education from Texas Southern University.  Dr. Anukwuem teaches Introductory, General and Organic Chemistry at WCJC, Sugar Land campus.

Silvano Grosso

Email: grossos@wcjc.edu

Mr. Grosso holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemistry and worked as a Sr. Research Chemist for Dow Chemical USA, in both Midland, MI and Freeport, TX.  He also has international experience with several large corporations such as Dow Chemical, Hoechst, and Nalco.  He is a native of Rome, Italy and speaks multiple languages.  Since 2006, he has been a part-time instructor of chemistry and math tutor at WCJC.

Emmanuel Ewane

Email: ewanee@wcjc.edu

Dr. Ewane re-joined the WCJC chemistry faculty as a part-time Instructor in June 2011.  He has a Ph.D. in environmental chemistry from Texas Southern University.  He teaches freshman and organic chemistry classes primarily at the Sugar Land campus.

Thomas David Griffith

Email: griffithd@wcjc.edu

Dr. Griffith earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1970 and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1977.  He has been teaching at WCJC since January 2012.

Thomas Whelan, III

Email:  whelant@wcjc.edu

Dr. Whelan joined the WCJC faculty as a part time instructor in Chemistry during Summer 2015.  He earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Oceanography from Texas A & M University in 1971 and most recently, served as Professor of Chemistry at University of Texas Pan American.  Dr. Whelan teaches Introduction to Chemistry and General Chemistry at the Fort Bend Tech Center.

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