Phillip J. Vergamini - Curriculum Vita

Curriculum Vita:

Phillip James Vergamini received his Master of Science degree in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 1968, after earning his Bachelors degree at the University of Wisconsin, Superior. He completed his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in the fall of 1971 and joined the staff at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. He was actively involved in basic chemical research at the laboratory for 22 years. He developed a research program involving inorganic and organometallic synthesis and structure utilizing spectroscopic and crystallographic techniques. In the spring of 1980, he took a position with the neutron scattering group at Los Alamos; he took responsibility for the construction and utilization of the Pulsed Single Crystal Diffractometer (SCD), one of the first two instruments at the Los Alamos Neutron Scattering Center to be placed into an international users program. He developed a research program utilizing the SCD in a wide range of experiments from the structure of organometallic complexes containing molecular hydrogen to the study of the structure of original crystalline mineral in dinosaur bones. In 1989, Phil began his involvement in several educational programs at Los Alamos and then joined the University Research and Science Education Office (URSE) at the laboratory. During his tenure with URSE, he developed educational programs involving the application of technology and telecommunications to distance learning. In addition, he coordinated programs to enhance the scientific curricula in principally minority educational institutions and developed collaborative research programs between the laboratory and academic institutions across the United States. Phil retired from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in November of 1993. He then established himself as an internet consultant focusing on assisting non-profit institutions to develop an internet presence. In 1998, Phil took a Permaculture Design Course at the Permaculture Institute, USA, and became actively involved in the establishment of a financial institution based on the principles of permaculture earth care ethics, the Permaculture Credit Union (PCU). He was elected to be the first Chairman of the Board of Directors, a position he held during both the chartering process and the startup of the PCU in August of 2000. He remained on the board until May of 2002 and is still actively involved in the PCU as a volunteer committee member. Phil has recently completed building his home in which he incorporated a number of permaculture principles, including active and passive solar heating systems, roof water catchment systems, and the utilization of recycled materials.


Ph.D. Degree in Inorganic Chemistry, November 1971 University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin M.S. Degree in Inorganic Chemistry, August 1968 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota B.S. Degree in Chemistry, June 1965 Additional Major in Mathematics and Minor in Physics University of Wisconsin, Superior, Wisconsin


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A listing of over 35 publications in refereed journals and titles of over 50 oral presentations at professional society meetings is available on request.