Dr. Mark S. Gordon

A weekend outing in central Iowa View from the Bridge
Mark Gordon working
Mark Gordon working




EDUCATION: B.S.-Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY,1963     

                            Ph.D.-Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1968 (Advisor, John A. Pople)



Postdoctoral Associate, Iowa State University, Ames,Iowa:  11/67-11/70          

Assistant Professor, North Dakota State University:  12/70-6/73

Associate Professor, North Dakota State University:  7/73-6/77


Professor, North Dakota State University: 7/77-8/92


Professor, Iowa State University: 8/92-present

Distinguished Professor, Iowa State University, 4/98-present


Visiting Professor, UC-Irvine: 11/78-2/79 


Chair, Department of Chemistry, North Dakota State University: 7/81-89 


Visiting Fellow, Minnesota Supercomputer Institute: 9/85-3/86


  Visiting Scientist/Program Officer, Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, National Science Foundation, 9/89-9/90  


Technical Advisor, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, 9/1/90-10/31/92                          

Ministry of Education Visiting Professor, Institute for Molecular Science (Japan), 12/1/91-2/29/92

Director, Applied Mathematical Sciences Program, Ames Laboratory, 8/97-present


American Chemical Society (Secretary-Treasurer, Physical Chemistry Division)    

                        American Institute of Physics 

                        World Association of Theoretically Oriented Chemists (Board Member since 2005)

Theoretical Chemistry Accounts (Associate Editor)

THEOCHEM (Editorial Board)     

                        Sigma Xi                      



Meritorious Faculty Member Award, NDSU Chemistry, 1979.

                    Fargo Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Professor, 1987.

                    NDSU Faculty Lecturer, 1988.

LAS College Award for Excellence in Research, Iowa State University, 1997.

Coulson Lecturer, University of Georgia, 1997.

Roseman Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University, 1998

Fellow, American Physical Society, 2001

Fulbright Senior Scholar, 2003-2004

American Chemical Society Midwest Award, 2004

International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science, elected 2004

ISU Award for Research or Artistic Creativity, 2005

ISU Master Teacher Award, 2005



North Dakota State University

1.  Fred J. Marsh,  M.S.,  Chemistry, 1976, "Ab initio and Semi- Empirical Investigations of Second Row Molecules".      


2.  James W. Caldwell, M.S., Physics, 1974, "CNDO Calculations on Molecules Containing Metals in the First Transition Series". 


3.  Patrick M. Saatzer,  Ph.D., Chemistry, 1976, "Structure and Bonding in Excited States of Saturated Molecules".      


4.  James W. Caldwell,  Ph.D. Chemistry, 1981, "Ab Initio Studies of Ethane Excited States".         


5.  Kim K. Baldridge, M.S., Mathematics, 1985, "A Computer Tutorial for Physical Chemistry."            


6.  Kim K. Baldridge, Ph.D., Chemistry, 1988, "A Theoretical Play in Two Acts: Metal-Substituted Aromatics and Dynamics". 


7.  Jerry A. Boatz, Ph.D., Chemistry, 1989, "Hypervalency, Ring Strain and Other Mythical Creatures".   

Iowa State University

 8. Theresa L. Windus, Ph.D., Chemistry, 1993, “Unusual Bonding in a Parallel World”.

 9. Kiet A. Nguyen, Ph.D., Chemistry, 1994, “Potential Energy Surfaces for Highly Strained Systems:Fuels for Thoughts”.

10. Nikita Matsunaga, Ph. D., Chemistry, 1995, “Theoretical Studies of Possible High Energy Density Materials”

11. Jan H. Jensen, Ph.D., Chemistry, 1995, “Glycine and the Hydrogen Bond: Toward a Model for Solvation”

12. Jon Rusho, M.S., Chemistry, 1996, "The Chemistry of Silaformyl and Silaacetylide Anions"

13. Galina M. Chaban, Ph.D., Chemistry, 1997, "New Chemical Sources of Energy: A Theoretical Study"

14. Simon P. Webb, Ph.D., Chemistry, 1997, "Bridges, Derivatives, and Solutions"

15. Brett M. Bode, Ph.D., Chemistry, 1998, “Visualizing Silicon Chemistry”

16. Kurt Glaesemann, Ph.D., Chemistry, 1998, “Electron Correlation”

17. Dmitri Fedorov, PhD, Chemistry, 1999, “Theoretical Study of Spin-Orbit Coupling in Molecules”

18. Vassiliki-Alexandra Glezakou,  PhD, Chemistry, 1999, “A Diatribe on Quantum Chemistry”

19. Yousung Jung, M.S. Chemistry, 2001, “The Si(100) Surface and its Modifications in Organic Chemistry”

20. Mark A. Fraitag, PhD Chemistry, 2002, “From First Principles: The Application of Quantum Mechanics to Complex Molecules and Solvated Systems”

21. Michael Pak, PhD. Chemistry, 2002, “Rockets, Magnetics and Spin: A Theoretical Perspective”

22. Yuri Alexeev, PhD Chemistry, 2002, “Scalable Electronic Structure Theory: New Developments and Applications”

23. Ivana Adamovic, PhD, Chemistry, 2004, “Solvation!”

24. Heather Netzloff, PhD, Chemistry, 2004, “Dynamics: Boom, Splash and Speed”

25. Jamie Rintelman, PhD, Chemistry, 2004, “Quantum Chemistry, an Eclectic Mix: From Silicon Carbide to Size Consistency”

26. Jonathan Mullin, M.S. Biochemistry, 2005, “Computational Studies of Biomolecules”

27. Sergey Varganov, PhD, Chemistry, 2005, “Cool Clusters Correctly Correlated”

28. Christine Aikens, PhD, Chemistry, 2005, “Hiking the Valleys of Chemistry”

29. Ryan Olson, PhD. Chemistry, 2006, “electron Correlation: Theory and Practice”