ATA Chemistry Lab

Arnold Air Force Base

Tullahoma, Tennessee 37389


B.S. Chemistry - David Lipscomb University, 1976

Course work toward an Associate of Science in Computer Science at Motlow State Community College, 1988.

Certified Quality Control Technician (certification number 17106) 


1994 - Present   Arnold Air Force Base, Chemist

1985 - 1994     The University of Tennessee Space Institute, Tullahoma, Tennessee, Chemist

1983 - 1984      Breed Corporation, Lincoln Park, New Jersey, Quality Control

1978 - 1981      Teledyne Firth Sterling, Lavergne, Tennessee, Laboratory Technician

1976 - 1978      Associated Water and Air Resource Engineers, Nashville, Tennessee, Laboratory Technician


Perform chemical metals analysis on all environmental hazardous waste samples, NPDES permit samples, landfill permit samples, NIOSH air filters and laboratory metals certification samples associated with Arnold Air Force Base.  Responsible for making sure the lab is using appropriate EPA methods for sample preparation.  I have trained an assistant who helps me prepare samples for analysis.  I am responsible for maintaining all quality control charts for data on samples analyzed in the metals department.  Responsible for daily maintenance of an Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometer, a MAR5 Microwave System, a Flow Injection Mercury Analyzer and a Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometer.  I assist in the Fuels Dept. by running jet fuels for density, viscosity, flashpoint, and BTUs. I assist in the Wear Metals Dept. by running wear metals on oil samples.  I assist in the Wet Chemistry Dept. by running pH, Solids, Alkalinity, Hardness, Anions, Cyanide, Oil and Grease, Conductivity, and TOC analysis. I assist in prepping samples to be analyzed on gas chromatographs. 


 ACS - Arnold Air Force Base - Experienced in use of Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometer, Graphite Furnace, Atomic Absorption Spectrometer, MARS5 Microwave Digestion System, Refractometer, Hydrometers, Viscometers, Gas Chromatograph, Block digester, Ion Chromatograph, Flow Injection Analyzers for Mercury, Ammonia, and Cyanide.  I use various PC programs such as Microsoft Word, Power point and Excel.  I enter data using a LIMS. Attended training courses for Ion Coupled Plasma Spectrometer, Latchet Flow Injection Analyzer, Microsoft Word, Power point and Excel. I am familiar with EPA Methods for Wastewater, Drinking Water, and Hazardous Waste samples.  I am also familiar with NIOSH Methods, ASTM Methods and Mil. Stds. for fuels.  I am a certified Quality Control Technician (certification number 17106).

University Tennessee Space Institute - Experienced in use of Scanning Electron Microscope, Energy Dispersive X-ray analysis system, AA Spectrometer, Ion Chromatograph, Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometer, Gas Chromatograph, Sulfur Analyzer, C-H-N Analyzer and various PC programs such as Word Perfect, Quattro Pro, Quick Basic and LIMS.  Limited experience with Thermo gravimetric Analyzer.  Assisted in collection and recovery of particulate samples during testing of a coal-fired furnaceAttended training courses for the Scanning Electron Microscope, Energy Dispersive X-ray analyzer, and the Gas Chromatograph.

Breed Corporation - Began setting up a new Quality Control Department.  Created procedures for test monitoring and for troubleshooting problem areas.  I wrote the Quality Control Manual that was to be used for a Ford Motor Company airbag sensor contract.  Responsible for seeing that quality control functions for the Ford Motor Company airbag sensor contract were in compliance with Ford Quality Standard Q-101.  Graduated from the Ford Quality Standard Q-101 training classes in Detroit.

Teledyne Firth Sterling - Performed physical testing of tungsten heavy metal.  Tests performed were compressions, bends, tensile strengths, impacts and hardness.  Equipment used to perform these tests were a Material Testing System, Dynatup 5000 and a Rockwell Hardness Tester.  Examined fractures of metals with a Scanning Electron Microscope.  Conducted chemical testing of tungsten alloy powders using an AA Spectrometer and a Leco Carbon Analyzer.  Because of Teledyne's government contract, I became familiar with D.C.A.S. procedures and specifications.  Attended training courses for the Atomic Absorption Spectrometer and the Scanning Electron Microscope with an Energy Dispersive X-ray analyzer.

Associated Water and Air Resource Engineers - Responsibilities included chemical testing of wastewater, drinking water, field tests and bioassays using AA Spectrometer, pH Meter, Fluorometer, Turbidity Meter, TOC Analyzer, Dissolved Oxygen Meter and Gas Chromatograph.


American Chemical Society

American Society for Quality

Society of Applied Spectroscopy

Quality Control Technician (certification number 17106)