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Ryan Bouldin

Ryan Bouldin
(207)801-5732 | rbouldin@coa.edu| Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Ryan Bouldin is a new faculty member at COA in chemistry and mathematics. He recently received his doctorate from the department of chemical engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Ryan’s graduate school research focused on utilizing enzymes to synthesize electrically conducting polymers and developing environmentally benign non-halogenated flame retardants from renewable resources. Prior to attending UML, Ryan completed a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Tufts University. He additionally holds bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering from Columbia University and a degree in chemistry from the University of the South.

His course offerings include sustainable material development, green chemistry, and a variety of engineering based topics.

Here at COA in conjunction with the U. Massachusetts Lowell, he plans to explore the use of naturally occurring polysaccharides as alternatives to nonylphenol ethoxylate surfactants.

Outside of school, Ryan is an avid rock climber, hiker, swimmer, and waterpolo player.

Courses Taught

ES024Chemistry for Consumers

This class is designed to introduce the perspective from which chemists view their world. It begins with examining how life reflects properties of bio-molecules, moves to discussions of the chemistry of nutrition, cooking, agriculture and medicines. The class then shifts gears and discusses how the properties of useful materials such as metals, ceramics, polymers reflect their microscopic structures. Evaluations are based on participation in classes and labs and a final project.  Offered every other year. 

Level: Introductory. Prerequisites: none. Lab fee $20.  *ES*

ES575Industrial Ecology

Industrial ecology examines the relationships between the production of material goods and the effect this process has on humans and the environment.  We will systematically examine the process of material production from extraction, processing, production, distribution, and consumer use by quantifying material and energy flows through every step of the cradle to grave process.  Students will examine their own carbon footprint as a small-scale model for understanding the complex balance between satisfying human needs and wants.  We will also cover a variety of topics that in addition to life cycle assessment will help supplement our definition of a sustainable relationship between industry and the environment.  These topics may include a survey of environmental concerns, aspects of risk assessment, survey of relevant policies and practices, and examination of industrial symbiosis. The course can be taken as a standalone introduction to the engineering and process of the materials pipeline or as a two term planning and practice course when coupled with Sustainable Material Design (ES561).  Evaluations will be based on student participation, homework, and two projects. 

Level: Introductory. Prerequisites: None. Class Limit: 15. Lab Fee: $15.  *ES*

ES560Mathematical Modeling

Do you want to understand how social networks can grow from almost nothing to over 100 million users seemingly overnight or are you concerned with how long nuclear waste must be stored before it is safe? Are you interested in understanding enzyme kinetics or how heat and air diffuse through your home? In this course, we will address these phenomena from a mathematical standpoint. Specifically we will develop mathematical models to predict and understand the behavior of physical and biological systems in our world. An emphasis will be placed on writing equations that govern the behavior of a given system and subsequently solving for and interpreting their solutions. Students will learn to solve differential equation by hand through a variety of analytical techniques and numerically with the computer algebra and graphics program, Maple. Evaluations will be based on weekly problems sets and two modeling projects during the term. Level: Intermediate, Prerequisites: Calculus I & II or equivalent; students are also strongly encouraged to have taken either an entry-level course in Physics, Chemistry, or Biology prior to enrollment. Class limit: 15. Lab fee: none. *ES* *QR*

ES561Sustainable Material Design

This course will look at designing safe, environmentally friendly materials from renewable resources. With a focus on polymers, we will delve into how one would begin the practice of developing a new product from initial raw material selection through processing/fabrication and into its afterlife as new material. Students will learn in-depth aspects of the chemical structure-property relationship of renewably sourced polymers (plastics), like natural rubber, starch/cellulose, poly(lactic acid), and poly(hydroxyalkonates). We will also examine the recent expansion of biorefineries and microbial fermentation as a means for the production of biobased commodity chemicals. By the end of the course, students should be able to evaluate target applications for renewably sourced materials and understand their potential human health and socioeconomic impacts. Chemical structures will be presented; therefore students will be expected to learn small portions of organic chemistry throughout the course. Evaluations will be based on class participation, a mid-term examination, and a final report and poster presentation. Level: Intermediate. Prerequisites: Chemistry I; a general course in economics concurrently or prior to enrollment will also be helpful. Class Limit: 20 Lab fee: $20. *ES*