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Expert in PhD Analytical Chemists and Federal Contract R&D Manager

Expert ID: 735800 New Mexico, USA

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Expert received his Expert in Analytical Chemistry from N.C. State University in 1984. He received two prestigious postdoctoral appointments, one at the University of Texas at Austin and the second at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He spent 33 years as Scientist (Technical Staff Member) and Manager/Leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory including 5 years as Director of the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (Dept. of Energy national user facility jointly operated by Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories) and 3 years as the Division Leader for the Chemistry Division at Los Alamos. He retired in January 2017 and started a consulting venture. He has been recognized as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Chemists. He currently has over 100 peer-reviewed publications w/~ 4400 citations to date. In addition to his consulting business he remains active in retirement as a researcher at Los Alamos and continues to actively publish his research results in peer-reviewed journals including a recently accepted manuscript for publication in the highly prestigious journal Nature.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Albuquerque, NM - Denver, CO - Phoenix, AZ - Salt Lake City, UT - Dallas, TX

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1984 Degree: PhD Subject: Analytical Chemistry Institution: North Carolina State University
Year: 1978 Degree: BS Subject: Chemistry Institution: North Carolina State University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2017 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Owner and CEO Department: Responsibilities: Expert started his company following retirement from a 33 year career as a research scientist and technical line manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Expert specializes in consultation and assessment of efforts undertaken by bidders and contractors in support of U.S. government sponsored R&D activities. Services offered by include evaluation and consultation for start-up and ongoing RDDTE efforts to optimize performance and effectiveness, assessment and recommendations on facility operational safety and security bases, workforce assessment and enhancement, and assessment of potential environmental and societal impacts from emerging technologies.
Years: 2018 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Research Scientist Department: Chemistry Division Responsibilities: Contract R&D scientist contributing to research projects in support of multiple national missions in the Chemistry Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Years: 2014 to 2017 Employer: Los Alamos National Laboratory Title: Division Leader Department: Chemistry Division Responsibilities: As the Division Leader of Chemistry Division, I led an organization of more than 350 researchers and staff within mulitdisciplinary groups including analytical, inorganic, physical, and radio- chemistry, to execute a portfolio of ~ $140M per year. The organization is dynamic, intellectually rich, and collaborative, with a broad portfolio of fundamental and applied research in nuclear deterrence, nuclear non-proliferation, energy, health, and environment science. The scientific staff has world‐class capabilities in synthesis, characterization, diagnostics, detection, forensic analysis, and spectroscopy and as such collaborates broadly with other technical divisions at Los Alamos in areas such as materials science, nuclear nonproliferation, and plutonium science and manufacturing. Interdisciplinary activities include nanoscience, non‐traditional chemical processing, radio‐pharmaceutical production, nuclear science, and atomic, molecular, and optical spectroscopies. The Division has strong national and international collaborations with academia, industry, and other national laboratories. In addition to technical leadership and management, I engaged in personnel development, recruiting and critical skills retention in the workforce, with a strong record of support for diversity, affirmative action, ESH&Q, security, and community relations.
Years: 2009 to 2014 Employer: Los Alamos National Laboratory Title: Director and Co-Director Department: Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies Responsibilities: As the Director of the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), I had primary responsibility (with the Co-Director at Sandia National Laboratories) for the overall success of CINT, a United States Department of Energy Office of Science Nanoscale Science Research Center National User Facility with an annual operating budget of ~$21M. The Center is structured around four nanoscience thrusts; Nanoscale Electronics and Mechanics, Nanophotonics and Optical Nanomaterials, Soft Biological and Composite Nanomaterials, and Theory and Simulation of Nanoscale Phenomena. As Director, I was also the Group Leader at Los Alamos of CINT within the Materials Physics and Applications (MPA) Division. MPA-CINT is an ~90 person organization (including a substantial postdoctoral and student populations) that carries out R&D for programs for a wide range of sponsors from national security to applied energy, as well as both Basic Energy Sciences (BES) materials core research and user facility support with an annual operating budget of ~$30 M. MPA-CINT’s key capabilities include chemical and physical syntheses of nanoscale and nanostructured materials; biologically inspired approaches to material design; optical, electron, and force microscopies, and micro-spectroscopies for imaging and characterization; ultrafast science; photonics and plasmonics; and metamaterials. As CINT Director, I led successful DOE/Office of Basic Energy Sciences triennial reviews of Center operations in 2010 and 2013 and a Basic Energy Science Advisory Committee Facility Prioritization Review in 2013 at which CINT received the highest grade (Absolutely Central to BES mission). During my tenure as Director the Center’s annual user numbers grew by ~30% from 2009 to 2014 and the peer reviewed publication acknowledging CINT increased by ~15% over the same period. During my tenure as MPA-CINT Group Leader the group grew in size by ~35% and our annual budget increased by ~30%.
Years: 1986 to 2009 Employer: Los Alamos National Laboratory Title: Technical Staff Member / Team Leader / Deputy Group Leader Department: Chemistry and Materials Physics & Applications Divisions Responsibilities: Performed fundamental R&D in support of a broad range of national missions including nuclear waste repository science, environmental restoration, fundamental f-element science, and classified national security research. Research results have led to more than 100 peer reviewed publications to date (publishing is ongoing) in high impact factor peer-reviewed journals. Internationally recognized for advances in spectroscopic applications to discern environmental speciation of actinide elements and establishing spectroscopic and electrochemical signatures for covalent bonding in uranium chemistry.
Years: 1984 to 1986 Employer: Los Alamos National Laboratory Title: Directors Postdoctoral Fellow Department: Chemistry Responsibilities: Conducted basic R&D in transitional metal chemistry for solar energy conversion applications and developing theoretical and experimental links between structure and function in electronic excited states.
Years: 1984 to 1984 Employer: University of Texas, Austin Title: Robert A. Welch Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow Department: Chemistry Responsibilities: Conducted basic R&D in transitional metal chemistry for solar energy conversion applications and developing theoretical and experimental links between structure and function in electronic excited states.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2009 to 2016 Agency: U.S. Department of Energy Role: Program Liaison Description: In my capacity as Director of the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies and as Division Leader of the Chemistry Division at Los Alamos I had weekly interactions (phone conference calls, meetings, etc.) with personnel in the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Science of DOE

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Current member of:
American Chemical Society
American Association for the Advancement of Science (Fellow)
American Institute of Chemists (Fellow)

Past member of:
Materials Research Society
American Geophysical Union
Licenses / Certifications
-Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2015)
-Fellow, American Institute of Chemists (2015)
-Los Alamos National Laboratory Director's Leadership Development Program / University of California Center for Executive Education (2016)
Awards / Recognition
- Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
- Fellows Prize for Leadership in Science and Engineering, Los Alamos National Laboratory
- Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists
- Doctor's Certificate from Phi Kappa Phi, (awarded for the most outstanding Ph.D. thesis)
- Phi Lambda Upsilon National Chemistry Honor Society
- Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

Publications and Patents Summary
To date (11/29/2019) Expert has authored or co-authored 104 peer-reviewed publications relating to his research in the areas of f-element chemistry, transition-metal chemistry, environmental chemistry of toxic metals, and spectroscopy and electrochemistry experiment and theory. Most of these contributions have appeared in some of the highest impact journals including Nature, Nature Chemistry, the Journal of the American Chemical Society, and Angewandte Chemie. He has also co-authored three invited book chapters relating to his areas of expertise. His peer reviewed publications have to date been cited ~ 4400 times (Web of Science statistics) with a current h-index of 42. Ten of his publications have been cited more than 100 times each. He is a co-inventor on one issued patent relating to a disposable electrochemical cell for voltammetric and electrolytic applications.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has been retained recently as an expert witness to evaluate the meaning and validity of industrial analytical laboratory results in a case of potential false advertising. Details of this case remain proprietary and the case has yet to be resolved.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert's consulting firm, was retained in the 2017-2018 period to conduct and report on a detailed assessment of the culture and operational / performance standards of the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), a U.S. Department of Energy national user facility jointly operated. This effort was commissioned as the Center moved into its second decade of operations and following some recent transitions in management. As part of this assessment, he created and executed a detailed web-based survey (using Survey Monkey) of the CINT community and stakeholders with an overall response rate in excess of 50%. CINT management continues to use the results of this assessment to fine-tune operations and enhance community effectiveness in meeting their user facility mission.

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