I have 30 years of experience, and specialize in the field of organic chemistry with specific knowledge in the areas of pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and process chemistry. I have published on such topics as insect control chemistry, heterocyclic chemistry and organometallic chemistry. I received both the B.Sc. in chemistry and the M.Sc. in organic chemistry from Marshall University, followed by the Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Duke University. My dissertation work was directed toward the synthesis of carbocyclic and heterocyclic ring systems via annulation of thermolabile aryllithium intermediates generated at low temperature. My industrial experience includes Senior Chemist and Scientist at stints at some of the world’s most prominent chemical manufacturers, focusing on immunodiagnostics, biochemical, novel herbicide design, custom synthesis research and development, insect control discovery chemistry and pharmaceutical process research and development. I have also served as an Assistant Director of Chemistry and Director of Chemistry Services. While in industry, I also held concurrent adjunct/visiting faculty positions at the university level. I have served as a reviewer for several journals. I am experienced with intellectual property issues, having designed patent strategies and successfully defending over one hundred US patent applications. I am an inventor or co-inventor on more than 150 U.S. and international patents. During my industrial career, I have either led or served on project teams responsible for the discovery and/or development of 15 compounds of commercial interest, three of which are now products. Other compounds from these efforts are currently in development. While my research interests are wide-ranging, they are primarily focused on the development of novel synthetic methodology for the construction of heterocyclic ring systems of biological interest.