• Application measurement in the laboratory

    Application measurement in the laboratory

Heidi Tremblay

Laboratory Technician (Matthews, NC, USA)

What is your position at KRÜSS and what are your responsibilities?

Having started at KRÜSS only a few weeks ago, I am a Laboratory Technician at KRUSS USA in Matthews, NC,. My responsibilities include feasibility testing for customers who may be interested in purchasing our equipment. I also carry out contract analysis for customers who are interested in a set of data points, but are not likely to purchase an instrument in the near future. I also communicate with our Technical Consultants and with customers about projects and results.

What kind of degree do you have and what is your career path?

My degree is a Bachelor of Science in Textile Chemistry from Clemson University in South Carolina and some masters classes in plastics engineering. After college graduation I began a career in the laboratory with Burlington Industries in the textile field. I later transferred to Velcro USA where I worked in the Research and Development department for textiles, adhesives, plastics, and injection molded products for personal care applications. After several years at Velcro USA I took an extended break from the industry to raise my daughters. When I went back to work, I worked in accounting and human resources for my family business where I could learn new skills, and still juggle family responsibilities. Now that the children are less dependent, I am re-entering the technical work force and I am very excited to be a part of the KRUSS team where I am back in the laboratory and smiling!

Why did you choose this path?

I chose a technical path because math and science were always very interesting to me. I enjoy learning about relationships between materials and using science and numbers to optimize processes. I enjoy designing experiments and documenting the details.

Have you noticed any changes in the field of science since you started to work?

The biggest change I have noticed since my first days in the laboratory is the use of technology. There is the amazing power of software that can store large numbers of data points, the opportunity to Skype with customers in all parts of the world, the ability to do presentations on a series of computers around the country at the same time, and a database of past work at your fingertips to reference day or night. Experiments and results are more detailed because technology has advanced, and we are able to see things that were not possible to see with the naked eye. All of this makes the world a smaller, more connected place…and makes the work environment more fast-paced.

What was your biggest challenge in this profession?

The biggest challenge for me is just staying up to date on all of the amazing data that is being generated by KRUSS and by the competition. Surface energy and material relationships applies to nearly every industry one can think of, so there is a lot of information out there to learn and apply.

How did you master this challenge?

Since I have just started working with KRÜSS, it would be a bit early to claim having mastered the challenges. I take the opportunity to read application reports and other parts of KRÜSS’s knowledge base. I also ask my colleagues about their experiences.

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