Biography

Bill Kowallis, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Chemistry here at Carlow University. He has designed and taught over twenty different courses and/or accompanying laboratories in biochemistry, chemistry, computer applications, physics, cross-disciplinary courses, and non-majors courses. 

Kowallis' independent research mainly focuses on the the fields of proteomics and computational modeling of biochemical molecular systems, and his directed research projects with our Carlow students have focused on numerous different topics, including protein modeling, pharmaceutical design, polymer simulation, and fuel cell design and simulation. 

Kowallis has held various leadership positions including co-chair of Faculty Senate, co-chair of University Faculty Assembly, chair/coordinator of various faculty and university committees. 

Kowallis academic positions have included the Director of our Undergraduate Core Curriculum (Carlow Compass), the Director of Carlow's Undergraduate Scholar’s Day, advising for chemistry majors, chemistry minors, chemical engineers, and pre-professional students. He is additionally a co-PI of an NSF (Noyce Scholars) grant and is an administrator for a privately funded (Lisiak Initiative) research initiative for Carlow undergraduates and Campus School students. 

Kowallis lives in the North side of Pittsburgh with his wife Kim and their cats. Here at Carlow, he enjoys having an office right beside the kitchen and the continuous access to food that accompanies it; but even more so, he enjoys having an opportunity to work and laugh with fantastic people and be able to contribute to the lives of our hardworking and inspiring students.

As of May 2020, Kowallis will be on leave from Carlow to serve as an active duty biochemist in the US Army, but will be cheering on Carlow nonetheless.