Heidi McMahon was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When she was younger, Heidi was not particularly interested in chemistry. However, while she was pursuing an English degree, Heidi discovered chemistry – and has been obsessed ever since.
Heidi received a BS in chemistry at Minnesota State University, Mankato. (You can practically hear the long ‘oooos’, can’t you?) Heidi continued her studies at the University of Iowa, where she earned a MS in analytical chemistry. Heidi continued her education at UCLA, where she earned a second master’s degree in physical chemistry and was fortunate enough to research under the distinguished Dr Paul Weiss.
A is for Atom: ABCs for Aspiring Chemists is Heidi’s first foray into the world of writing. However, as a chemistry professor and chair of the chemistry department at College of the Canyons, in Valencia, CA she is passionate about getting students excited about chemistry. Now she’s excited about the opportunity to get kids hooked on science even earlier.