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Dennis L. Mark

Member PhotoDennis L. Mark
IndustryFederal government
TitleChief, Laboratory Automation
ExpertiseEnvironmental chemistry, laboratory information management systems
Current OrganizationAir Force Institute for Operational Health
Type of OrganizationGovernment laboratory
Major ProductLab analysis
Area of DistributionInternational
University/DegreeM.S., Biochemistry, Duquesne University, 1981
BornNovember 29, 1956, Lebanon, Pennsylvania
AffiliationsA.O.A.C. International; American Chemical Society; National Registry for Environmental Professionals
Hobbies & SportsWorking with computers, reading
Career AccomplishmentsIn 1986 brought first successful sample preparation robot to the Air Force Institute of Operational Health to prepare oil samples for PCB analysis; In 1996 expanded robotic sample preparation to micro liquid-liquid extraction and solid phase extraction of drinking water samples for pesticide and PCB analysis; In 1999 oversaw the $750,000. upgrade of all Chemistry Division analytical instruments for Y2K compliance; Also inherited a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) upgrade for Y2K compliance; In 2003 implemented a new Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) that was geared to Environmental and Occupational Chemistry Analysis to replace the existing generic LIMS, saving over $10,000. in yearly maintenance service contract; From 1997 to present, have grown the Laboratory Automation Function from a single chemist working part-time as a LIMS administrator to a 3-person function (one full-time chemist and 2 full-time programmers); The Laboratory Automation Function now provides all the Chemistry Division's information technology support, including document management, billing, payment of contract labs, and interfacing with Air Force (Command Core) and DOD (Defense Occupational and Environmental Health Reporting System (DOEHRS) repositories for occupational and environmental health
Work History1973-78, Orderly at Lebanon Valley General Hospital, Lebanon, PA; 1978-79, Psychiatric Assistant at St. Joseph's Hospital, Lancaster, PA; 1979-81, Teaching Assistant in General Chemistry at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA; 1982-present, Air Force Institute of Operational Health (AFIOH), Brooks City Base, TX: Started as a Chemist in the Pesticide Analysis Function; Became Chief of the Pesticide Analysis Function in 1987; Became Chief of Pesticide and Trace Organic Analysis in 1990; Became Chief of Laboratory Automation in 1997
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