North Central College - Naperville, IL
Hooke College Instructor

Craig Schwandt is among the dozens of incredibly experienced chemical microscopy instructors at the Hooke College of Applied Sciences. He’s an expert in studying minerals—he earned a doctorate in geology and worked for NASA for many years to help analyze and identify particles from meteorites.

“The biggest advantages of studying chemical microscopy here are the hands-on approach and the fact we have an incredibly small number of students compared to faculty and a large amount of equipment,” Craig says. In classes at Hooke, an instructor will often work with no more than two students at a time, and students gain valuable experience working on cutting-edge equipment.

“We get them comfortable using methods in a very short amount of time,” he says. “Students get to apply methods right away under the supervision of instructors.”