Williams-Wright Award
Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
1:30 PM Room: S401bc

Karl S Booksh, University of Delaware

1:30 PMIntroductory Remarks - Mary W. Carrabba
1:35 PMPresentation of the 2009 Williams-Wright Award to Jerome J Workman, Luminous Medical, Inc., by Mary W Carrabba, President of the Coblentz Society
1:40 PMThe Most Serious Challenges Associated with the Next Generation of Multivariate Spectrometers, Jerome (Jerry) Workman
2:00 PMPattern Recognition Assisted Infrared Library Searching, Barry Lavine
2:20 PMChemometric Calibration Without Matrices (Almost), Howard Mark
2:40 PMA Novel Instrumental Approach Combining Simultaneous Morphological and Raman Spectroscopic Measurements: Applications to the Characterization of Complex Materials, Neil Lewis
3:00 PMRecess
3:15 PMPortable Spectrometers: Challenges and Opportunities, Richard Crocombe
3:35 PMCompact TDLAS Sensors for In-Situ and Non-Contact Standoff Gas Sensing in Harsh Environments, Mark Druy
3:55 PMAn Evaluation of SERS Substrates for Automated Raman Analysis, Steve Lowry
4:15 PMNear-Infrared in the 21st Century Pharmaceutical Industry, Emil Ciurczak

This symposium is organized to congratulate the winner of the yearly William Wright Award sponsored by the Coblentz Society. The purpose of the Coblentz Society is to foster the understanding and application of vibrational spectroscopy. The Williams-Wright Award is presented annually at the Pittsburgh Conference to an industrial spectroscopist who has made significant contributions to vibrational spectroscopy while working in industry.

The 2009 recipient is Dr. Jerry Workman from Luminous Medical Inc. Over nearly 30 years Jerry has become a leader in near infrared, as well as applied chemometrics or statistical methods to spectroscopic problems, process analysis, and instrumentation. He has worked with a diversity of spectroscopic techniques from ultraviolet to microwave measurements. Jerry has done primary development in areas of calibration methodology, sample selection, instrument standardization, and extensive calibration development for commercially pre-calibrated instruments. He has developed intellectual property in areas of intelligent instrument software, spectroscopy reference standards, fluorescence detection of various analytes using fluorescence probes or advanced techniques, data fusion, and real-time measurement and detection methods for UV-Vis, NIR, IR, and Raman.

Jerry has continued to improve technical approaches to difficult spectroscopic challenges related to commercialization and application of multivariate spectroscopic methods. He has published prolifically in textbooks, journal papers, tutorials, software scripts, standard methods, short courses, and intellectual property. His award address will focus on, “The most serious challenges associated with the next generation of multivariate spectrometers.”