Diploma Mineral Industries, G.G., F.G.A.

Employment History
Gemological Institute of America, Crowningshield Research Lab, Carlsbad, CA, U.S.A. (1995 – 2008) - Analytical Equipment Supervisor, Research Gemologist
  • Advanced characterization studies of natural, synthetic and treated gem materials
  • Research, develop, implement and report on advanced gemological testing techniques
  • Develop fast portable spectrometers for testing coloured stones and cryogenically cooled diamonds, reducing analysis time from 20-30 minutes to less than 20 seconds

    Conservation Resources Inc., Seattle, WA, U.S.A. (1992 – 1994) - Vice President

  • Coordinated all phases of the construction of recreational suspension bridges and trails

    Western Digital Semiconductor Corporation, Corporate Analytical Services, Irvine, CA, U.S.A. (1987-1992) - Supervisor of Materials Analysis, Associate-Principal Engineer

  • Founding member of the Material Characterization Group within Corporate Analytical Services
  • Designed, developed, implemented and coordinated spectrometry procedures
  • Supported R&D and manufacturing with materials characterization and failure analysis

    Avery International Research Center, Pasadena, CA, U.S.A. (1986) - Electron Microscopist, Materials Analysis Group

  • Materials characterization support for R&D and production

    Hi-Rel Laboratories, Monrovia, CA, U.S.A. (1981-1984) - Electron Microscopist/Member of Technical Staff, Materials Characterization Group

  • Materials characterization and failure analysis support for aerospace and manufacturing industries

    High Duty Alloys, Technical and Research Services, Slough, U.K. (1978-1980) - Electron Microprobe Technologist, Analytical Group

  • Materials characterization and failure analysis support for R&D and the foundry division

    Characterization Techniques
    Extensive “hands-on” experience for the following instrumentation and characterization techniques: Instrumentation Training
    Spectroscopy Short Courses