I hold a Bachelor of Science in Zoology/Medicine (April 1996) from Brigham Young University and a Master of Science and Public Health (June 1998) from the University of Utah.
I am a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), American Board of Industrial Hygiene; a Certified Laser Safety Officer (CLSO), Board of Laser Safety; and an Associate in Risk Management (ARM) from the American Institute for CPCU and the Insurance Institute of America.
Where do you work?
I work at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) as a Team Supervisor for an Environmental Health & Safety team. I supervise a team of staff members who coordinate the ESH and Security programs for Sandia’s Microsystems Science, Technology and Components (MSCT) Center. The MSCT is one of SNL’s largest organizations and includes the MESA Fabrication facilities and over 100 research and development labs involved with designing and fabricating electronic devices, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), optoelectronic and photonic integrated circuits and sensors for a variety of national security applications.
Becoming an LSO and CLSO
How did you become the LSO?
In a previous position at Sandia, I was selected to become the Laser Safety Officer for Sandia. With a background in Industrial Hygiene, I understood the hazards and the general science associated with lasers. I was not an expert. With the help of other laser experts mentoring me as well as through the process of obtaining my CLSO, I was able to fulfill the duties of the LSO and provide leadership in maintaining and improving Sandia’s laser program.
These experiences and certification continue to benefit me in my current job, as there are a large number of laser operations and users in my organization.