Alumni Spotlight: Joseph Johnson

EKU Alumni - Johnson Photo

Our Chemistry Alumni Spotlight focuses on Joseph (Joe) Johnson who graduated in Spring 2013 with a Bachelors of Science - Chemistry and also received the EKU Chemistry Emerging Chemist Award (in the same semester).  We had a chance to chat with Joe who is currently an Analytical Chemist with KD Analytical that provides instrument training and support for Homeland Defense:

"I began working with KD Analytical Consulting as an Analytical Scientist in September 2013.  We work to maintain the National Guard Bureaus Civil Support Teams (CST).  Each state and American territory has at minimum one CST with larger states having two.  We mainly focus on analytical chemistry equipment for these teams.  Their primary missions is to quickly provide qualitative and quantitative reports for a chemical warfare attack or environmental incident as well as providing decontamination and medical support in the event of an incident.  A coworker and I were on site for a week during the West Virginia chemical spill providing support to the CSTs.  We maintain all of their equipment, which includes portable gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC/MS) system, radiation detection, bio detection, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) as well as a mobile lab that includes most of the above list with a benchtop GC/MS and glovebox.  As of December 2013, I began teaching the training classes for the new model of our portable GC/MS.  I travel approximately two to three weeks of the month all across the US and to American territories (currently in San Juan).  I have found that my undergraduate research has allowed me to accomplish many more tasks with this job that I would not have been able to do otherwise."

We wish Joe the best of luck and keep up the good work!!

Decontamination Demo PhotoEKU Alumni Joseph Johnson providing a tour of decontamination equipment and mobile lab to the officials from the National Guard Bureau (and other state officials).

Published on March 06, 2014