Washington and Lee University
Please see Handbook
of Instrumental Techniques For Analytical Chemistry Frank A. Settle,
Education | Courses
Taught | Educational Experience
| Research Interests | Consulting
| Editing and Publishing | Awards
| Publications |
Settle, Ph. D. Chemistry
from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville
TELEPHONE: (540) 458-8616
E-mail: (home) firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Number: A317
- 1964 Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
1960 B.S. in Chemistry, Emory and Henry College
- Chem 311 Analytical Chemistry
- Chem 195 Seminar on the Atomic Bomb
- Professor of Chemistry, Washington & Lee University,
Lexington, VA 24450, July 1998 to present. Taught courses
in analytical chemistry and directed a seminar on the development,
use, and legacy of the atomic bombs.
- Program Director for Chemistry, Division of Undergraduate
Education, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA 22230,
September 1995 to present. Managed grants in all of the
Division's program's. Edited the 1997 Program Announcement
for all the Division's programs. Worked on special projects
in undergraduate education in analytical science, the use of
technology in undergraduate education, and the development of
a national center for the education and training of chemical
- Visiting Professor, Department of Chemistry, Bridgewater
College, February 1994, lead an intensive seminar on the development,
use, and impact of the atomic bomb.
- Adjunct Professor, James Madison University, Harrisonburg,
VA; Spring 1994; directed interdisciplinary honors seminar on
- Visiting Professor of Chemistry, US Air Force Academy, USAFA,
CO; July 1991 to May 1992; taught physical chemistry and instrumental
analysis (fall semester), atomic bomb seminar and freshman chemistry
- Member of faculty of the VMI Chemistry Department, Lexington,
VA; 1964 to 1992; courses taught include general chemistry, analytical
chemistry, laboratory automation, computer applications for chemistry,
introductory and advanced physical chemistry, chemical information,
an honors seminar on the making and use of the atomic bomb, and
a course on common computer software (word processors, spreadsheets
- Instructor in American Chemical Society short courses in
expert systems (1990), digital electronics (1976) and computer
- Director of summer short course for junior college teachers
(funded by US Office of Education), "Digital Electronics
and Microcomputers", Lexington, VA, 1978-79.
- Visiting Professor of Chemistry, Christopher Newport College,
Newport News, VA, summer 1974.
- Visiting Associate Professor of Chemistry, Virginia Tech,
Blacksburg, VA, 1972-73.
- Teaching assistant in general and organic chemistry, University
of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1960-64.
- Alsos Digital Library for Nuclear Issues ( http://alsos.wlu.edu/
) This project is funded by the National Science
Foundation ($525,000). The library is a collection of references
to resources that offer a broad, balanced perspective on the
origins, functions, and legacies of the Manhattan Project. These
materials include books, articles, videos, and vetted web sites.
The Alsos project attempts to integrate these references into
a structured collection that allows users to examine this important
period of history from many perspectives. It will strengthen
of education in the sciences, mathematics, engineering,
and technology by connecting different disciplines, issues, and
ideas. Searching and indexing tools facilitate the exploration
of these materials for general readers and specialists alike.
A clear, intuitive user interface provides seamless navigation
through all of these components.
- The Avtex Environmental Case Study - The objective of this
project is to develop and implement an environmental case study
that can be used by students and teachers in undergraduate courses
that address environmental problems. These courses include
both science and conscience courses. The study in based
on the history of the Avtex rayon plant at Front Royal, VA, that
became Virginia's largest Superfund site. This material
will be suitable for use in undergraduate environmental studies
programs as well as chemistry, biology, policy, and economics
courses. It will be available on a Web site and also in
printed format. Funding to date has been internal.
- Consultant to Labseek.com, Minneapolis, MN, January 2001
to December 2001. Assisted in the design of computer software
for linking clients requiring chemical analyses and physical
measurements to laboratories that provide such services.
- Consultant to Metara Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, November 2000 to
December 2000. Provided advice on the design and implementation
of automated chemical analysis for the semiconductor industry.
- Burlington Industries, Inc., Greensboro, NC, November 2000
to December 2000. Provided advice to legal department on
a fiber coating issues at the Hurt, VA, plant.
- Consultant to Department of Energy's Chemical Analysis Automation
Project, Los Alamos National Laboratory, April 1993 to
1996. Visited DOE sites involved in the project, evaluated
project, wrote scientific articles describing the project.
Provided guidance on integration of software components for the
automated analysis system.
- Consultant, Zymark Corporation, Hopkinton, MA, October 1992
to 1995. Developed "Windows" interface to automated
drug extraction equipment for chemists and technicians.
- Editor for Analytical Chemistry, Encyclopedia Britannica,
June 1999 to June 2000.
- Editor, "HANDBOOK of Instrumental Techniques for Analytical
Chemistry, ", Prentice Hall, 1997. Organized the project,
recruited the 54 knowledgeable authors required to produce this
- Consulting editor in analytical chemistry, John Wiley and
Sons, 1993 to present. Review proposals for books and edit manuscripts.
- Consulting editor for laboratory automation and information
management, American Laboratory, 1994 to present. Recruit authors
and write articles.
- Member of editorial boards of Laboratory Robotics and Automation
(1989 to 2002) and the Journal of Chemical Information and Computer
- Editor of the chemical instrumentation feature for the Journal
of Chemical Education, 1983-90.
- Project Manager and editor for NSF sponsored scientific instrumentation
information network, 1980-86.
- Co-author of the 6th and 7th editions of Instrumental Methods
of Analysis, 1980 to present.
- Editor of Digital Directions, newsletter for a microcomputer
users group sponsored by E & L Electronics, Debby, CT, 1974-78.
- American Chemical
Society Analytical Divisions 2005 Calvin Giddings award
for excellence in education
- 1992 Pioneer in Laboratory Robotics Award - International
Symposium on Laboratory Automation and Robotics, Boston
- 1992 Outstanding Virginia Faculty Award - Virginia Council
of Higher Education, (one of 11 given state-wide in 1992)
- 1991 VMI Faculty-student Research Award
- 1990 VMI Distinguished Teaching Award
- 1988 Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
- 1983 VMI Faculty Research Award
- 1964 DuPont Teaching Award, University of Tennessee
- Settle, F. A., Blackmer,
E. R., and Whaley, T. P., Using the Alsos Digital Library for
Nuclear Issues, The Physics Teacher, 2005, 43 (2),
- Settle, F. A., Whaley,
T., and Blackmer, E., Alsos Digital Library for Nuclear Issues,
The Journal of Military History, 2003, 67, 921-23.
- Groves, S., and Settle, F., "The Avtex Saga: National
Security versus Environmental Protection", J. Chem. Ed.,
79(6), 685-691, 2002.
- Settle, F. A., "Analytical Chemistry and the Manhattan
Project" Analytical Chemistry, 74(1), 36A-43A, 2002.
- Wiesner, E., and Settle, F. A., Politics, Chemistry,
and the Discovery of Nuclear Fission, Journal of Chemical
Education, 78 (7), pp 889-895, 2001.
- Settle, F. A., The 21st Century Chemical Technician
Workforce, American Laboratory, pp 6-10, September 2000.
- Settle, F. A. , and Scott, F.I., Software and Related
Developments at the 2000 Pittsburgh Conference, American
Laboratory News Edition, pp 8-13, May 2000.
- Settle, F. A. , and Pleva, M. A., "The Weakest
Link Exercise", Analytical Chemistry, 4 (7), pp 538A-540A,
- Settle, F. A., "Nuclear Chemistry and the Community",
ChemCases.Com, Kennesaw State University, [http://www.chemcases.com/nuclear/index.htm],
- Settle, F.A., "Laboratory Automation and LIMS; The Continuing
Drama Of Pittcon", American Laboratory News Edition, May
1999, p. 4.
- Settle, F. A., and Scott, F. L., "Laboratory Information
Management Systems and Scientific Software at the 1999 Pittsburgh
Conference", American Laboratory, June 1999, pp. 38-45.
- Settle, F. A., "LIMS and the Information Marketplace",
American Laboratory, March 1998, 21-25.
- Settle, F. A., ed., Handbook of Instrumental Techniques
for Analytical Chemistry, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River,
Back to the Top
and Staff Page | Chem
Dept.'s Homepage | Washington
and Lee Univ.