Prof. Spencer obtained his B.S. from SUNY-Potsdam and his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Iowa State University in 1984.
Spencer joined the faculty at Syracuse University in 1986 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia.
He has received several honors for his research and teaching work, including the Distinguished Achievements in Boron Science Award from the BUSA International Conference.
He was recently appointed the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence, the Associate Dean for Science, Mathematics, and Research in the College of Arts and Sciences, and he was presented with the 2009 University College Award for Excellence in Teaching.
He has chaired scientific meetings for the American Chemical Society, Boron Science International Conference (BUSA), and the Foresight Conferences on Molecular Nanotechnology, among others.
Spencer has presented numerous invited lectures including at the IME BORON X International Conference, the Gordon Research Conference in Inorganic Chemistry, and the International Symposium on Solid State Imaging and CVD. He has served as a consultant for the Lockheed Martin, General Electric, the Merix Corporation, UltraSolids Inc., JGB, and IBM, among others.
Spencer’s research interests involve the exploration and application of inorganic compounds to important technological problems. He is the author of more than 75 papers, holds eight patents, and has presented more than 150 research lectures at regional, national, and international meetings.
Spencer also serves at the Music Director of the national award winning Syracuse University Brass Ensemble.