Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Chemistry
St. Mary's University of Minnesota
Master of Science (M. Sc.) - Analytical Chemistry
Wayne State University
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) - Analytical Chemistry
University of Illinois-Champaign Urbana
Technical Interests and Experience
Cargill Incorporated, Wayzata, MN
2000 - Present: Principal Research Scientist,
Role: Provide project leadership and support ensuring analytical needs met through project understanding and application of appropriate technologies in a timely manner. Manage and mentor staff of the Analytical Center. Identify key resources and technologies required for the Analytical Center to perform as a high performance team. Provide project analytical support as part of project teams. Develop and apply analytical methods as needed.
Part of core team that developed new chemistry for producing vegetable oil based products to replace petroleum-based products. Provided analytical support to the production of a natural high intensity sweetener currently commercialized. Provided analytical support for development of soy oil polyols for polyurethane production Supported Biotech production of industrial chemicals.
Pillsbury Company, Minneapolis, MN
1992-2000: Senior Scientist
Role: Senior staff member worked with product development, process engineering, regulatory and production to assist in solving problems. Managed areas of lipids, off odors and taints, packaging, metals analysis, and general analytical support. Supported regulatory efforts for new products and processes. Worked on projects as part of multidisciplinary team providing input to assist in problem solving to move projects forward. Developed new analytical methods.
Identified potential contaminant that would limit application of new dual ovenable packaging and means of its elimination. Part of core team that studied source of contaminant in major product and determined its elimination resulting in new broiler design. Organized and presented series of instructional seminars on analytical methods: theory, application, limitation.
James River Corporation, Neenah, WI
1987-1992: Senior Research Chemist
Role: Supported research and development efforts and assisted in solving product quality problems. Supported regulatory for new product food contact safety. Developed and supported internal quality control and assurance program. Develop new analytical methods.
Key driver of new quality control program for physical testing lab. Identified source of major contaminant in microwave susceptor packaging resulting in its elimination