Electrical Engineering Student

James B. Foresman, Ph.D.


  • Post-Doc., Yale University, 1991-93
  • Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University, 1991
  • B.S., Chemistry, Elizabethtown College, 1986


  • Physical Chemistry
  • General Chemistry
  • Chemistry Recitation
  • Independent Study

Research Interests

  • Electronic Structure Calculations - calibration of methods
  • Simulation of NMR, uv-VIS, IR, and VCD spectra
  • Solvent-solute interactions
  • Electronically excited states


  • O.F. Stambaugh Chemistry Alumni Award (Elizabethtown College)

Recent Publications

  • “Students Own their Introductory Chemistry Experience: Becoming an Element for a Semester,” J.M. Fautch and J.B. Foresman, J. Coll. Sci. Teach. 46 (4), 40 (2017).
  • "Exploring Chemistry with Electronic Structure Methods," 3rd edition, J.B. Foresman, AE. Frisch, Gaussian, Inc., Wallingford, CT, 532 pages (2015).
  • “Substituent Interactions in Aromatic Rings: Student Exercises Using FT-NMR and Electronic Structure Calculations,” J.B. Foresman and D. D. Clarke, Chapter 12 in “NMR Spectroscopy in the Undergraduate Curriculum,” Ed. D. Soulsby, L.J. Anna, and A.S. Wallner, (ACS Books, Washington, D.C. 2013).

Recent Presentations

  • Introduction to Gaussian: Theory and Practice, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, August 2018
  • Introduction to Gaussian: Theory and Practice, University of Nanjing, China, August 2017


  • York College Academic Senate President (2005-2007)
  • Treasurer and Alternate Councilor, Southeastern PA section of the American Chemical Society