Your challenges have never been greater, whether analyzing contaminants in wastewater or drinking water, measuring indoor air quality, or identifying emerging contaminants. Environmental analysis must be done more reliably, more efficiently, and with even higher quality results than ever before. Learn from thought leaders in Environmental Analysis about the latest analytical and regulatory developments from the comfort of your laboratory, home or office! The summit will feature both live presentations and on-demand topics.
BS in Microbiology at University of Arizona
PhD in Analytical Chemistry at University of Arizona
Deputy Director over treatment, research & innovation at Pima County RWRD
25 years of experience in the water utility sector and one of the creators behind the UofA WEST Center
Dr. Susana Y. Kimura-Hara is an Assistant Professor and Canadian Research Chair (Tier 2) in Analytical and Aquatic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Calgary. Prior to joining the University of Calgary, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Kimura-Hara obtained her M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A primary focus of her research is to develop and integrate chemical and toxicological analysis to evaluate the efficacy of new water treatment processes to produce safe waters from wastewater-impacted water sources.
Dr. Young is a Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis, who specializes in measuring and modeling the fate and transport of trace organic compounds and heavy metals and in assessing their environmental impacts. His recent research focuses on applications of high-resolution mass spectrometry in environmental monitoring and remediation to identify unknown contaminants of potential health concern. He has applied these tools to assess the quality and safety of drinking water, wastewater, house dust, ambient surface water, biosolids, and biomethane and how these can be improved (e.g., by treatment or source control) or degraded (e.g., by wildfires). Dr. Young has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, a master’s degree in Public Policy and a PhD in Environmental Engineering. He has authored more than 110 peer-reviewed publications and currently serves as the Associate Director of the UC Davis Superfund Research Center. He has previously served on the Environmental Engineering Committee and the Hydraulic Fracturing Advisory Committee of the US EPA’s Science Advisory Board.
Kurt Thaxton has been the International Product Manager for Thermal Desorption and Pyrolysis at GERSTEL GmbH in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany since 2013. Over the last 25 years he served in several roles in mass spectrometry, including research scientist, product specialist, business development manager, and director. Kurt also is the secretary of two groups in ASTM and ISO, and is the ISO Liaison for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
Jenny Nelson received her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati in 2007, and her MBA from Saint Mary’s College of California in 2011. Currently, Jenny is an Application Chemist for the Life Science and Chemical Analysis team at Agilent Technologies, joining in 2012 (with a step away in 2019). Jenny is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at University of California, Davis since 2013. Jenny has been very active with AOAC and ASTM over the past 8 years, serving on expert review panels, chairing committees, and volunteering to develop new methods needed by the industry. Jenny has extensive experience in operating and method development for Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS) and Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES). Jenny has broad knowledge and experience in different speciation analysis for many sample matrices using GC-ICPMS, LC-ICPMS. As well as vast experience with sp-ICP-MS, for many applications.
Dale Walker is a Senior Applications Scientist with Agilent Technologies where he has worked to improve methods and techniques for the challenging analyses of semi volatiles, volatiles, pesticides, dioxins, and PCBs including updates to challenging methodology, Dale uses the newest technology to help Scientist reach todays lower detection limits. Dale has been working in the analytical chemistry field since 1980. During his 40-year career in the environmental industry, Dale has held several positions including Technical Director, Senior Scientist, Senior Technical Engineer, Senior Field Service Engineer, and Western United States Sales and Service Manager. Dale’s efforts along with those of his customers and colleagues have contributed to a greater understanding and stewardship of our environment. Interestingly, Dale is a second-generation scientist whose focus is on gas phase mass spectrometry; his father was part of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory team who placed the first mass spectrometer on Mars
Jim McCurry is a senior applications chemist specializing in analytical chemistry measurements using gas chromatography (GC) and mass spectrometry (MS). His current work is in multidimensional GC, trace analysis in complex matrices, and fast GC, and GC/MS. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM). Jim holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Scranton and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Lehigh University.
Greg began his spectroscopy career in 1987 in Colorado, working at a series of environmental labs. After 14 years working in the world of commercial environmental labs, he moved on to a spectroscopy instrument manufacturer where he performed service and sales functions over the course of 11 years. He has been with Agilent Technologies, Inc., since 2012 in the role of Application Scientist for ICP-OES, MP-AES and AA products.
Previously, he was an LC-MS applications scientist at Agilent, focused on developing analytical methods for emerging contaminants in environmental and food matrices including PFAS, PPCPs, Algal Toxins, Veterinary Drugs and non-target identification using advanced mass spectrometry. He has over a decade of experience with focus on analytical solutions for environmental testing. Prior to joining Agilent, Tarun graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemical & Environmental Engineering from the University of Arizona with a focus on water treatment strategies for water reuse and identification of emerging contaminants in the environment. Tarun has an MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Chemical Engineering.
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