Is There a Doctor in the House?

Dr. Ryan Lerud with diploma
Dr. Ryan Lerud with diploma

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Ryan Lerud who just completed his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Portland State University, Portland Oregon. Dr. Lerud’s thesis titled “Sensors and Portable Instruments for Postharvest Agriculture” focused on advancing the state of the art for electrochemical and spectroscopic analyzers and the accompanying data collection and processing protocols for the tree crop industry. The findings of his manuscript can be extended to enhance the product offerings from Guided Wave. 

Dr. Lerud is a recognized expert in spectroscopic analysis of fresh produce and has several publications dealing with the multi-variate analysis of spectral data and analyzer hardware design. He is an elected delegate-at-large for the Council for Near Infrared Spectroscopy, serving in that capacity until 2020.

Meet Guided Wave’s Product Manager and Application Specialist

Ryan Lerud, joined Guided Wave last year and filled the position of Product Manager and Application Specialist. His primary focus is application development, providing pre and post-sales support, including technical presentations, equipment demonstrations, system troubleshooting and customer training. Dr. Lerud brought with him over six years of industry experience in hardware/software development, field service and installation, instrument repair and maintenance as well as new product development.

Dr. Lerud earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Physics from Portland State University as well, and an Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Mt. Hood Community College, Oregon.  Prior to coming to Guided Wave, Dr. Lerud worked as an Application Scientist for an Oregon based manufacturer of BioScience equipment. While employed there his work primarily focused on spectroscopic and gas sensing technologies for various instruments.  His responsibilities included customer support, field service engineer, R&D testing of next-generation instruments, QA product validation, as well as developing application-specific product documentation and instrument manuals.

Expert in Spectroscopic Analysis

Dr. Lerud is a recognized expert in spectroscopic analysis of fresh produce and has several publications dealing with the multivariate analysis of spectral data and analyzer hardware design.  He is an elected delegate-at-large for the Council for Near Infrared Spectroscopy, serving in that capacity until 2020.   “Dr. Lerud came to us with extensive engineering and application skills, which was and is an instant asset to Guided Wave”, states Susan Foulk, Guided Wave President. “He is a tremendous addition to our sales and marketing team and will interact with all departments throughout the company “added Ms. Foulk.  

Dr Lerud and Guided Wave President Susan Foulk have published an article to the Journal of NIR News titled “Automated NIR analyzer validation (ASTM D-6122) for the Oil and Gas Industry”. Their article describes an automated validation system suitable for near infrared process analyzers.

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