Colin Thomas

Dr.  Colin Thomas

B.S. UC Davis  (2000)
Ph. D. Georgia Institute of Technology (2006)
NSF-RSEC postdoc, Wichita State University  (2006 - 2007)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Gonzaga University  (2007 - 2008)
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Carroll College  (2008 - 2012)
Associate Professor of Chemistry, Carroll College  (2012 - 2016)
Instructor of Chemistry, Columbia College  (2016 - present)


Dr. Thomas was born and raised in the South Bay and Sacramento areas.  After spending 7 years as a remodel carpenter in Land Park, he began his college career at Sacramento City College where he experienced the impact that teachers can have on a student.  Upon transferring to UCDavis to complete his B.S. in chemistry he found his interest deepening in chemical science and how research could produce solutions to the complex and often conflicting areas of technology and sustainability.  Pursuing those research aims at Georgia Institute of Technology he received his Ph.D. in 2006 where he worked with engineers to couple reaction strategies (catalysts, heat & mass transfers) with purification methods that reduce one or more environmental stresses. After a short post-doctoral appointment at Wichita State University, he accepted a short-term teaching position at Gonzaga University, followed by an 8-year, tenured position at Carroll College

Dr. T is happy to return to his home state and engage students in a similar academic place to where he was over 20 years ago.  Dr. Thomas lives with his wife Denise, his daughters Molly and Rachel, and his expanding collection of other consuming, then emitting, organisms.  In his non-work life, he enjoys cutting wood (sometimes into pre-planned shapes), cooking, science Fridays with his kids, and several other hobbies.