Dr. Struempler (left) & Dr. Messman
Dr. Arthur W. Struempler was Jerry’s first analytical chemistry professor and mentor at Chadron State College [Chadron, Nebraska USA]. Dr. Struempler was also instrumental in helping Jerry eventually relocate his fledgling scientific calibration company to Fort Collins Colorado USA in 1996 where it still resides today.
Professor James D. Winefordner
Dr. Winefordner was Jerry’s research professor and mentor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Florida [Gainesville Florida USA]. Jerry was especially privileged to be a member of Dr. Winefordner’s large world-class analytical spectrochemical research group which attracted researchers, undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral scientists from all around the world.
Professor Thomas C. O’Haver
Dr. O’Haver was Jerry’s graduate dissertation professor and mentor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland [College Park Maryland USA]. Jerry’s graduate dissertation research in atomic spectrochemical analysis was conducted in collaboration with the National Bureau of Standards (NBS), now known as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), under the insightful guidance and mentorship of Dr. Theodore C. Rains and Dr. Michael S. Epstein in the NBS Analytical Chemistry Division.
Dr. Theodore C. Rains
Dr. Rains was Jerry’s first supervisor and long-time mentor at NBS when he joined the Atomic and Molecular Spectrometry Group (1976) in the Analytical Chemistry Division. Ted was a world-renowned analytical chemist and scientist in sample preparation for atomic absorption and emission spectrochemical analysis.
Dr. Robert W. Burke
Dr. Burke was an exceptional Analytical Chemist that influenced Jerry during his NBS tenure in atomic spectrochemical analysis in the Analytical Chemistry Division.
Dr. Radu Mavrodineanu (circa 1960)
Dr. Mavrodineanu was Jerry’s scientific mentor during his NIST tenure (1988-1992). Jerry was privileged to have been tasked with scientific leadership responsibility for rejuvenation of the prestigious Spectrophotometric Standard Reference Material Program in the NIST Analytical Chemistry Division that Dr. Mavrodineanu and Dr. Burke had originally developed.
Left to Right: Radu Mavrodineau, Melody Smith, John Baldwin, Jerry Messman (circa 1992)
NBS and NIST High-Accuracy Spectrophotometry Heritage in the Analytical Chemistry Division. John Baldwin was Radu’s valuable assistant during the early development days of the modern MAVRO program. Melody Smith was a long-time technician in the program until her retirement from NIST.