Monday, July 22, 2019

Lieutenant Colonel to staff scientist is a little unusual

Interesting 2nd (?) career for a former Air Force chemist:
...In October 2017, James Rohrbough became the first staff scientist in the Marty Lab. 
Rohrbough spent nearly 21 years in the U.S. Air Force as a chemist and taught chemistry as an assistant professor at the Air Force Academy. But 18 months into retirement, Rohrbough, who retired as a lieutenant colonel, was bored. When he saw that Michael Marty, an assistant professor of chemistry at the UA, was hiring, Rohrbough picked up the phone. 
“I thought, ‘I can actually use my degree back at the university,’” says Rohrbough, who grew up in Tucson and received both his undergraduate degree and his Ph.D. from the UA. 
“James told me he’d like to get back into a lab, and with someone of his level of experience, I was happy to have him,” Marty said.
Read the article (really, a press release) to see how Professor Marty and Dr. Rohrbough are working to bring veterans to the sciences.

1 comment:

  1. Hard to say if this was Rohrbough's path, since there's very little information online, but the military does seem to offer people an opportunity to retire very young with full benefits. This offers certain advantages in a job search. In one case, the army offered an early retirement to a full colonel in his early 50s; he took that opportunity to become a consultant. (He'd gotten a PhD before entering the service and then spent 20ish years in uniform, IIRC.)


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