Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel
    Boston, Massachusetts, United States
    3 November 2008
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    Speaker Biographies

    Learn more about conference speakers below.

    David W. Ball is Professor of Chemistry and Deputy Director of the Honors Program as Cleveland State University in Ohio. He received his Ph.D. from Rice University and performed post-doctoral research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory before joining Cleveland State.

    Ball's spectroscopy experience includes research in infrared and magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy; current interests include computational chemistry on new high energy materials. He has over 150 publications, equally split between research papers and articles of educational interest. He currently has four books in print, including two books on spectroscopy published by SPIE Press. He is a contributing editor of Spectroscopy magazine, writing “The Baseline” column since 1994.

    Ball presented Spectroscopy – An Overview at the conference.


    Andrew Whitley is Vice President, Raman Spectroscopy, Molecular and Microanalysis Division, Horiba Jobin-Yvon. He was born and educated in the UK. His qualifications include BSc(Hons), Dunelm, Chemistry and MPhil. Ph.D. “Vibrational Spectroscopic Studies on the Model Lubricant 2-Ethylhexyl Benzoate” both degrees were obtained at the University of Durham in the UK.

    Andrew has concentrated his career in vibrational spectroscopy product development and sales. Prior to his current position, he was the US Raman Product Manager at Renishaw. He also worked for Renishaw in the UK and prior to that he was at Bruker during the FT-Raman breakthroughs of the early 1990’s.

    During the last seven years Andrew has been involved in the marketing and development of key Raman products including the LabRAM IR combined Raman/FT-IR microscope, the LabRAM ARAMIS fully automated Raman microscope, the LabRAM HR NANO combined Raman/AFM tool and the recently released low cost XploRA Raman microscope.

    Andrew's Professional memberships include the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, the Coblentz Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the UK Infrared and Raman Discussion Group. He is a regular participant, presenter, and session organizer at FACSS, Pittcon, EAS, and numerous other conferences and meetings in the US and Europe.

    Whitley presented Spectroscopy: Imagine All the People Using Raman Today and Tomorrow at the conference.


    William Yang, Ph.D. is the President, CEO and co-founder of BaySpec, Inc., located in the Silicon Valley (Fremont, California). Dr. Yang received his BS and MS in Lasers and Optoelectronics from Tianjin University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in Laser Specroscopy. With over 20 years experience in applied spectroscopy, Dr Yang's industry experience covers semiconductor metrology, biomedical, opthamology, telecom and industrial spectroscopic device markets. Dr Yang is a member of SPIE, OSA and the Society of American Photobiology.

    Yang presented From the Telecom Boom and Bust Towards Pervasive Spectroscopy at the conference.


    Richard Crocombe, Ph.D. is Business Development Manager at Thermo Fisher Scientific. Crocombe studied chemistry at Oxford University in England, and earned a Ph.D. at the University of Southampton, working on infrared and Raman spectroscopy of unstable inorganic species.

    Crocombe joined Bio-Rad Digilab Division in Cambridge, MA, and had a wide variety of roles over a period of twenty years, being responsible for developments in step-scan FT-IR, infrared microscopy, and spectroscopic imaging using infrared focalplane arrays. He moved to Axsun Technologies in 2003 to take Axsun’s micro-optical technologies into the analytical instrumentation field, and develop ‘chip-sized’ spectrometers. He joined Thermo Fisher Scientific in 2007, continuing work in portable and handheld spectroscopic instruments and analyzers.

    Crocombe presented Miniature Spectrometers: Technologies, Challenges and Opportunities at the conference.


    Jason Eichenholz is Vice President of Research and Technology at Ocean Optics Inc. He is responsible for Ocean Optics’ research, technology, and product development activities worldwide and is charged with maintaining Ocean Optics’ technology and product leadership position in the optical sensing and spectroscopy markets.

    He has been actively involved in laser and photonics research and product development for more than 15 years, and has written and delivered over 30 papers at conferences and in refereed journals in the areas of photonics and solid-state lasers.

    Eichenholz holds six US Patents on new types of solid-state lasers, displays, and photonic devices. Dr. Eichenholz served as the principal investigator for Air Force and DARPA STTR's and SBIR's. He Eichenholz is a member of SPIE and OSA and has served on membership and technical leadership committees for those societies.

    Eichenholz presented Applications of Modern Mini-spectroscopy Systems at the conference.


    Steven Beres is Senior Scientist at PerkinElmer SCIEX. His responsibilities include the development of new ICP-MS technologies and systems.

    His experience in instrumentation development extends back to 1985 and has concentrated solely on ICP-MS since 1990. He is author of several papers and holds patents regarding ICP-MS.

    Beres presented 25 Years of Development in ICP-mass Spectrometry at the conference.


    Jerry Dulude is President of Glass Expansion, Inc., a manufacturer of consumables and accessories for ICP-OES and ICP-MS instrumentation located in Pocasset, Massachusets.

    Mr. Dulude received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1973 and his Masters of Science in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in 1982.

    He began his career working with electro analytical techniques and moved into atomic spectroscopy in 1979. Mr. Dulude occupied several positions at one of the major manufacturers of spectrometric instrumentation including AA product manager, applications scientist, and consumables product manager.

    Dulude presented Dealing with the Form of the Sample in Optical Emission Spectrometry (OES) at the conference.


    Richard Driver is Director of Engineering and Development at Headwall Photonics. He brings thirty years of engineering and applications expertise in the development and introduction of spectral instrumentation and related technologies to the industrial and medical marketplaces.

    Previously, as Senior Director of Engineering at PrimeraDx, he lead the engineering effort to develop a new generation of multiplexed gene assay instrumentation. At Clinical Data he helped launch a new generation of optically based blood chemistry analyzers for the Point of Care market and also developed process based spectroscopic instrumentation for their NovaChem BV industrial division. At Galileo Electro-Optics he oversaw the development of the Remote Sensor product line.

    The majority of his working career has been spent in small entrepreneurial startup companies, with a strong technology base in the optical sciences.

    Dr. Driver carried out his early research in Physics at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds a BSc in Physics and a PhD in Atomic and Molecular Physics from Imperial College, University of London. He has published numerous papers, patents and books.

    Driver presented Advances in Spectral Imaging Technologies at the conference.


    Moon Kim, Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist at the USDA Agricultural Research Service. Dr. Kim’s research interests are in developing novel nondestructive technologies for detecting defects and contaminants on agricultural products, and transforming these technologies into practical instrumentation suitable for commercial use.

    Dr. Kim collaborates with leading optics and sensing equipment companies to develop innovative solutions for the agricultural industry. He has authored/co-authored over 140 scientific and technical publications for development and applications of multispectral/hyperspectral fluorescence and reflectance imaging techniques.

    Kim presented Development of New and Improved Hyperspectral Systems to Enhance Food Safety Inspection at the conference.


    Samuel Lawrence currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Aetos Technologies, Inc. and President and CEO of Eagle Aquaculture, Inc. and CytoViva, Inc. Mr. Lawrence has held these positions since 2004.

    Prior to 2004, Lawrence was Director of the 737/757 Lean Transformation Office with Boeing Commercial Aircraft. In that position, Mr. Lawrence was responsible for integration of total Lean efforts from design to delivery. He was formerly factory manager of the Interior Responsibility Center, Boeing Commercial Aircraft, in which capacity he supervised over 600 people involved in the production of aircraft interior components.

    Mr. Lawrence has also served as a management consultant for Deloitte & Touche. Mr. Lawrence has a BS degree in aerospace engineering from Mississippi State University and a MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

    Lawrence presented Hyperspectral Imaging for Optical Microscopy Applications at the conference.


    David Walsh is the editor-in-chief of Spectroscopy and LCGC North America. He has over ten years of experience in the field of scientific publishing and is a member of ACS and ASMS.

    Walsh presented Market Trends and Closing Remarks at the conference.