Greetings from a Chemistry Studio Tech!

I am Paul Shires. My wife is Julie Janzen Shires, who works for the Lucia Mar School District. We have two sons, born in 1994 and 1996.

I was the Instructional Support Technician for the Chemistry Studio in building 38, room 121. I started working for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Cal Poly University San Luis Obispo on December 16, 2002. I now am working in the Baker Center out of the General Chemistry Stockroom in 180-333. We now have 4 general chemistry studios.

Before working at Cal Poly I worked for the geotechnical engineering firm Cotton, Shires and Associates in Los Gatos, performed contract ag research in San Luis Obispo and served as a Lab Technician for the Science Department at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.

Palm Tree on Island   Before and after working in Kansas, I spent nearly 13 years in Indonesia and Bangladesh. Below is a photo of my extended family taken the day before Easter, April 7, 2007. My father, who passed away 2 months later, is in one white rocking chair, my mother in the other one.
  I administrated community development projects for the Mennonite Central Committee, which is a relief, service, and peace agency of the North American Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches. Julie also worked with MCC in Somalia and then with me in Indonesia from 1995 until 1999. Shires Family Easter 2007


My current duties include troubleshooting problems on the Chemistry Studio computers, file server and the chemweb web server. I also prep labs in the studio and maintain equipment and stock supplies as needed. Give me a call at 805-756-6231 or email me at: if you have a question or need assistance.


From left, my father, Orlin, younger brother Preston, my older brother Patrick and me taken in front of Preston's Nebraska home in 2003:  Here is my family at Moonstone Beach in Cambria in December 2005. From left, Bill, Julie, Adam and Paul.

Video to left is of Arroyo Grande JV Volleyball team. Kevin serves, Bill bumps, Kevin sets and Bill puts it away!

See ad showing why the West would have been different if they only had ponies...

Check out this animation of a Tom Lehrer song about the elements:

Or check out rare video of Tom Lehrer talking before performing four mathematics songs...


Check out Paulding Middle School 8th Grade Band playing from "Pirates of the Caribbean"!

My son Bill is playing tenor sax, wearing black dress coat just to left of white drum (see 1:20-1:28, 4:30-4:38).

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