SCIENCE

I've had a passion for science and nature since I was a kid, taking summer classes at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.  I majored in chemistry and physics in college, and at the time was drawn to physics for its fundamental simplicity.   After college I spent a year in Geneva Switzerland working at the CERN laboratory on a particle physics experiment.  In graduate school I specialized in experimental high-energy particle physics.  My thesis was on the fragmentation of high energy gluons and quarks in the CDF experiment at FermiLab near Chicago, the highest energy hadron collider at that time.  I understood early on that I was not a theoretician, but only later did I come to realize that I like designing things and prefer real-world applied science to particle physics. 

CDF experiment

CDF experiment

NASA image

NASA image

Our earth is an amazing place, full of mystery and magnificence wherever you look.  Understanding the different facets of the planet and how they sustain us has become my primary interest.  

ENGINEERING

I enjoy working with physics, chemistry, electronics and software.  At our company Innov-X, we combined all these in our x-ray fluorescence (XRF) instruments.   The blue "gun" shown here was our first, the earliest available tube based handheld XRF analyzer, which we introduced in 2002.  Subsequently we built and sold a variety of alloy analysis, environmental, mining and oil analysis systems, and even some large separation systems for metal and glass recycling facilities.  The yellow instrument shown, known as the  Delta, was the most advanced handheld XRF at the time, able to analyze metals in a couple seconds and trace elements at ppm levels as well.

doubledelta