In 1976, Geoff was awarded a Ph.D. in chemistry at Colorado State University for working with Rod Skogerboe, esteemed mentor, humorist, and friend. He has M.A. (1972) and B.A. degrees in chemistry from DePauw University. After a brief postdoctoral with David F.S. Natusch, he began his academic career at the University of Georgia. In 1983, he moved to the University of Alabama. His research interests centered on applications and fundamentals of plasma emission spectrometry. Geoff considers himself very fortunate to have worked with more than a dozen M.S. and Ph.D. students during his academic career and is pleased that most are still speaking to him in polite, if not entirely gentle terms.
Geoff left academia in 1988 for greener pastures at Leeman Labs, then Fisons (ARL and VG), and Thermo, working first as an applications chemist and eventually as a product line manager. In 2002, he moved back to Colorado to join Meinhard where he is responsible for manufacturing, research and development, and sales and marketing.
Geoff has been active in SAS since the mid-1970s. Working with Rick Browner, Scott Goode, Ivan Glaze and others, he was involved in the formation of the Piedmont Section of SAS and briefly served as its Treasurer. He has been a tour speaker, has chaired the Program Committee and the Honorary Membership Committee. Geoff has been a member of the Editorial Board of Applied Spectroscopy, the Publications Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the SAS Governing Board.
In retirement, he will most likely be found sailing on the Great Lakes or near Chair 6 at Breckenridge.