Dr. Tim Brooks
Class of 2007
Highest Departmental Honors in Chemistry
During the summer after his freshman year as a Brock Scholar, Tim Brooks began research
with Dr. Gretchen Potts in the UTC chemistry department, investigating a new method
of reliably and efficiently distinguishing human cremains from other visually similar
materials. His research led to a joint publication with Dr. Potts and Professors Tom
Bodkin (Anthropology) and Stephanie Smullen (Computer Science) in the Journal of Forensic Science in 2006. Tim graduated summa cum laude in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, earning highest departmental
honors in chemistry for his thesis entitled Answers in Ashes: Elemental Analysis of Cremains by ICP-OES.
After graduation, Tim attended the Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State
University, where he participated in the Rural Primary Care Program focusing on providing
health care in under-served communities in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
After receiving his M.D. in 2001, he interned at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth,
Virginia. In 2012, he was assigned to Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan, where he serves
as the Squadron Medical Officer for the U.S. Navy's Destroyer Squadron Fifteen. His
duties include oversight of the medical operations of seven destroyers and the care
and medical readiness of over 2,100 active-duty sailors.