Optics Expert: Analytical Instrument Design, Applied Optics, Accident Reconstruction and Quantitative Analysis of Evidence
Technical Consultant #661
Applied sciences expert, interdisciplinary problem solver. Principal expertise includes:
- Analytical instrument design and system integration.
- Optical metrology, optical signal detection, optical waveguide sensors, and planar waveguide optics.
- Holographic and diffractive optics.
- Thin film science.
- Nondestructive testing.
- Laser cutting.
- Biomedical measurements.
- Magnetic resonance.
- Cell and photobiology and radiation biology.
- Heavy ion interactions in solids.
- Vehicle collision reconstruction and analysis; quantitative analysis of evidence.
- SPIE Tutorial short-course instructor
- Optical Techniques for the Medical Diagnostic Laboratory
- The Optics of Chemical and Biological Analysis
- Photonic Technologies for Biomedical Diagnostics
- Optical Fundamentals of Clinical Instrumentation
- Clinical Diagnostic Instrumentation
- In Vitro Diagnostic Instrumentation
- Guided Wave Chemical and Biochemical Sensors
- Planar Guided Wave Chemical/Biochemical Sensors
- Holographic Nondestructive Testing in Medical Manufacturing
- Testified on traffic accident analysis and reconstruction, instrument science and technology, personal injury and intellectual property in Illinois, Wisconsin, California, North Dakota, and West Virginia.
- Quantitative analysis of evidence in these areas for cases in these states plus New York, Minnesota, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Michigan, Texas, and Indiana.
Undisclosed Company, President and Consultant, 1993 - Present
- Project planning and negotiation, staff and budget decisions, research and development from inception through market introduction or final report.
- Instrumentation system research, development and integration.
- Accident reconstruction and analysis. Analyzed and led teams to reconstruct mishaps across a broad spectrum of areas.
- Evaluated numerous vehicle collisions with regard to determining cause.
- Devised methods of employing standard spreadsheet software to collision analyses.
- Optical metrology.
- Applied optics for instrumentation.
- Instrumentation and metrology tutorials.
- Technical education and course leader.
- Authored extensive sets of notes for courses on clinical instrumentation and on guided wave sensors and biosensors.
- Developed and brought to market a low cost monitoring detector for radon gas in homes and other buildings and structures for the consumer market
Abbott Laboratories, Diagnostics Division, Abbott Park, IL, 1979 - 1993
- Senior Research Instrument Scientist, 1989 - 1993
- Instrument Scientist, 1979 - 1989
- Originated, planned, conducted, and managed projects in instrumentation and applied physical optics from initial research through product development and market entry.
- Installed improvements on high-speed laser cutting system for pilot manufacturing operation.
- Developed technique for characterizing photon counting detectors in clinical instruments.
- Investigated coherent optical correlation as a potential method of optical detection and testing.
- Manager and Lead Scientist of research program to devise analytical instruments for clinical applications which employed only holographic optical elements for light processing.
- Demonstrated feasibility of multilayer thin film biosensors for high sensitivity immunoassay detection.
- Started thin film optics research program with responsibility for project management and design, fabrication, analysis, and application of devices.
- Led project which developed prototype holographic non-destructive testing system to examine disposable reagent packages for integrity.
- Developed prototype blood bank positive patient identification system for hepatitis screening immunoassays.
- Developed automated immunoassay system prototype for new reagent system by interfacing clinical analyzer to desktop computer.
- Designed, fabricated and verified performance of optical detecting system for high precision immunoassay spectrophotometer.
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, Assistant Professor of Physics, 1973 - 1979
- Established research program in cell membrane photobiophysics, supervised thesis research and undergraduate research assistants, taught and developed courses.
- Manager and Lead Scientist for implementation of biophysics laboratory including high sensitivity electron spin resonance equipment and yeast cell culture facilities.
- Installed facilities for quantitative measurement of yeast photobiological inactivation.
- Developed quantitative molecular probe analysis of membrane involvement in yeast cell inactivation.
- Supervised graduate research and undergraduate participation of numerous students successfully employed in academics and industry.
- Developed new components for upper level undergraduate physics and graduate chemistry courses.
Argonne National Laboratory, Molecular and Biological Sciences, Argonne, IL, 1978 - 1979
- As a Consultant, investigated development of yeast mutagen screening analogous to Ames test.
- Demonstrated difficulty of yeast mutagenicity screen for coal combustion products.
Pennsylvania State University, Department of Biophysics, University Park, PA, 1971 - 1973
- As Postdoctoral Scholar/Fellow, conducted research on cell membrane and radiation biophysics using physical techniques.
- Demonstrated relationship of impurity diffusion to hydrocarbon matrix structure by means of molecular probe analysis.
Honors & Publications
- Research: Energetic Heavy Ion Interactions in Solids
- Thesis: Ranges and Range Straggling of 150-Sm in Cu and Ag
- Seven journal articles, twenty-five contributed papers, co-author (text book and hand book), co-editor, and an invited paper.
- Ph.D. Experimental Nuclear Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
- M.A. Applied Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
- A.B. Physics, Columbia University, New York, NY