Bill Trenkle

Division of Investigative Oversight, Office of Research Integrity, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
B.S., Chemistry
Class of 1994
Alma Mater:
Alma College

Independent Alum of the Day

Dr. William Trenkle has served as a Scientist-Investigator for the Division of Investigative Oversight in the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) in the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Dr. Trenkle received his B.S. from Alma College, his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine and was an NIH NRSA postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University.  Upon completion of his post-doctoral training, Dr. Trenkle started his independent career as a professor in the Chemistry Department at Brown University.  Prior to joining ORI, Dr. Trenkle served as the Director of the Chemical Biology Core Facility in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and as a Program Director with the Division of Pharmacology, Physiology and Biological Chemistry in the National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Dr. Trenkle’s area of expertise lies in the areas of organic chemistry, spectroscopy, and chemical biology.  At ORI, Dr. Trenkle is the chemistry subject matter expert and consults on forensic analysis of images, electronic evidence and computer files.

Dr. Trenkle has been appointed to serve in the new National Institute of Standards and Technology Forensic Sciences, Organization for Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) as a member of the Imaging Technology Subcommittee.  OSAC will coordinate development of standards and guidelines for the forensic science community to improve quality and consistency of work across areas including Imaging Technology.

My motivation

Professionally, I receive a great deal of satisfaction helping to safeguard the public trust in research results. On a more personal level, I am delighted to watch my daughter grow into a remarkable woman.

My latest accomplishments

Being named one of the 402 members selected for the Forensic Science Standards Organization.  I also was recently named an Imaging Technologies Subcommittee member of the Organization for Scientific Area Committees (OSAC). 

Next big goal

My next big goal is to enjoy the limited time before my daughter goes to off to University.

Why is choosing your own path important?

Selecting a path that fills you with excitement is critical to success.  I fully agree with Ralph Waldo Emerson, who said “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

Favorite place on campus

My favorite place on campus is Ronald O. Kapp Science Laboratory Center where I began a journey of scientific discovery.

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