Heinz Koch graduated from Haverford College in 1954 with a BS in engineering. He then went on to obtain a masters of chemistry from Haverford College in 1956 and was awarded a PhD in organic chemistry from Cornell University in 1960. After working with Andrew Streitwieser at the University of California, Berkeley for a two year post-doc, Koch went on to work for three years at DuPont Corporation's plastics division in Wilmington, DE. Professor Koch finally came to Ithaca College in 1965 to pursue a career in teaching, and to develop a program for undergraduate research.
Professor Koch's teaching experience includes teaching as: an NSF faculty fellow and visiting professor at Cal-Berkeley from '71-'73., professeur associe at the Univ. Scientifique et Medicale de Grenoble, France, in 1979, visiting professor at the Univ. of Aukland, New Zealand, in 1980, professor associe at the Universite Joseph Fourier de Grenoble, France, in 1988, and a Dana Visiting Professor at the University of Rochester in 1991, and over 30 years of teaching classes at Ithaca College. Professor Koch teaches Organic Chemistry I, Experimental Chemistry II, Experimental Chemistry III, and occasionally offers sections of Advanced Organic. Despite his efforts in the lecture hall, his largest contribution to the chemistry program has been his extensive work in undergraduate research.
Practical, hands-on work performed by undergraduate students, ranging in ability from freshman to senior, has been the cornerstone of Professor Koch's approach towards his work. He has published many journal articles listing students as co-authors for the research they themselves have done.