Faculty Biographies

Dr. Howard Vogel

Dr. Howard Vogel Title: Associate Professor of Chemistry
Email: howard.vogel@oc.edu
Degree: University of Texas - B.S.; Texas Tech University - Ph.D.

Office: NSW-HSH 202N

Dr. Vogel is interested in analytical chemistry, firefighting and arson investigation, and forensics. He worked as a firefighter/EMT for the fire department in Austin, Texas, for eight years before returning to school to earn a bachelor’s degree. In between earning his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees, Dr. Vogel worked for two years in the chemical industry, formulating and processing ultra-pure chemicals for microprocessor fabrication. 

He says he works at OC because: “I taught at Texas Tech as an adjunct for a year before coming to OC. I had 500 students, and I knew none of their names. My first semester here, I had 75 students, and I learned all of their names. I love that I am making a difference in people’s lives  people that I know.” His favorite memory of OC is: “When one of my students worked his heart out in my class. At the end of the semester, he had earned his A, by one question on the final.” 

Dr. Vogel is married to Kena (who was his best friend in high school). They have three children: Courtney, Cameron, and Morgan. Dr. Vogel and his family live on a small farm in Guthrie, where they attend Poplar and Warner church of Christ. Dr. Vogel is the education minister there; he and his wife put together the bulletin.