Mar 28, 2018
When Darrell Davis completed his undergraduate degree in chemistry, he had aspirations of teaching. However, a networking connection at a NOBCChE conference temporarily altered that path, and he began his career as a forensic chemist with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Though several years of hard work and being open to opportunity, he became the laboratory director for the South Central District of the DEA. He became an expert in clandestine laboratories, and he made sure he remained true to his passion of teaching and and ensuring that young people had access to the equipment and training needed to pursue STEM degrees.
After he retired, things truly came full circle when he established STEMversity--a non-profit organization headquartered in Milledgeville, Georgia on the grounds of the historic Central State Hospital Campus-- to provide state-of-the-art, hands-on STEM training to underrepresented students in middle school through college, as well as, to professionals.
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