Like the fictional Dr. Indiana Jones—professor by day, international man of intrigue by night—Dr. Tom Jourdan leads a dual life. In May, you could find him at UCO’s Forensic Science Institute teaching a classroom full of students, but prior to that, he was jetting off to Amman, Jordan, to work on a project for INTERPOL, the International Criminal Police Organization. “Every trip means I come back with new material for my courses,” says Jourdan.
While completing his own degrees in business administration and chemistry (including specialties in biochemistry, organic chemistry and nuclear chemistry), Jourdan met FBI analysts working on projects using nuclear chemistry. Their work stayed with him. After a brief teaching stint, he realized that joining the FBI was a “natural evolution” for him. “I kept hearing in my head that old adage, ‘those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.’ I thought, ‘why not?’”
As an FBI field agent and laboratory examiner, Jourdan’s career took him around the world. His forensic chemistry background had him working on such high profile cases as the 199