Introducing Benjamin Bloss, and farewell to Dr. Joel Creswell
We are thrilled to announce the recent hiring of Mr. Benjamin Bloss as our new Director of Product Development. As an electrical engineer and oceanographer with experience managing oceanographic instrument design at NOAA, Ben possesses an amazingly strong combination of scientific and engineering knowledge that will guide our future instrument development projects. His passion for science and instrumentation has led him across the Pacific Ocean on an exploration ship, as a commissioned officer with the NOAA Corps. While at NOAA, Ben won several awards for his engineering and project management achievements. When not in the lab and field for work, he enjoys spending time building his own home electronics lab, getting out on the water sailing / kayaking, and listening to old time radio shows.
Ben is taking over the managements of the R&D and Engineering group at Brooks Rand Instruments that was until recently led by Dr. Joel Creswell. Sadly, Joel is leaving BRI and Seattle for a new position in Washington D.C. He’ll be an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow working at the EPA’s Office of Research and Development. Joel started working at BRI five years ago as the company’s Technical Support Manager. He held several different roles during his tenure, culminating in the position of Director of Research and Development. He was responsible for bringing in the company’s first Small Business Innovation Grant in many years, which allowed the research and development team to grow considerably. He also started up and ran the company’s well-known interlaboratory comparison study for five years. Outside of the lab, he will be best remembered for his dog Max, his Hawaiian shirts, and his home bartending. From all of us at BRI, we thank Joel for all of his great contributions to our company and to the mercury research community at large, and we wish him the best in his new endeavor.