KEITH D. BEYER received a B.S. (Honors) in chemistry with a minor in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology working with Nobel Laureate Mario J. Molina. He was a postdoctoral associate with A. R. Ravishankara at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Aeronomy Lab in Boulder, CO. Dr. Beyer then joined the faculty of Wisconsin Lutheran College (Milwaukee) in the chemistry department where he served as department chair and acting chair of the natural sciences division. He also served as chair of several college-wide committees during his tenure there such as the ad hoc committee on governance and the faculty affairs committee. In 2004 Dr. Beyer moved to UW – La Crosse for the position of Associate Dean in the College of Science and Health. He also holds a tenured appointment of Professor in the chemistry department at UW-L, and returned to full time teaching in the department in Fall of 2006. Dr. Beyer has been very active in research with undergraduates in the area of atmospheric chemistry, studying the impact of pollution on cloud formation in both the stratosphere and upper troposphere. In 2000, 2003, and 2008 Dr. Beyer was awarded research grants by the National Science Foundation Atmospheric Chemistry program for 36, 60, and another 60 months, respectively, for a total of over $1,000,000 in funding. As a result of his work, Dr. Beyer has been the author or co-author of over 40 publications and presentations on both atmospheric chemistry research and chemical education. Dr. Beyer has been active in Project Kaleidoscope Faculty for the 21st Century (Class of '95), Council on Undergraduate Research, American Chemical Society, and American Geophysical Union.
Dr Beyer and family enjoy exploring the various regions of Wisconsin including Lake Superior, Door peninsula, and the Coulee/Mississippi region.
He is also an avid collector and operator of "postwar" Lionel toy trains and is an author of several articles for hobby magazines.
Dr. Beyer also enjoys woodworking with hand tools in the tradition of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He also enjoys cross country skiing, sledding and biking with his family.