Alan Ford is currently a lab manager at GRT Rubber Technologies, focusing on the development of rubber compounds. Previously, he was a staff scientist at Alakai Defense Systems, focusing on the development of chemometric algorithms for the detection of CBRNE materials using Raman spectroscopy. He also has previous research experience working on laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy applications, IR studies of polycyclic aromatic compounds, and design of computer codes for large data management in cluster computing. He holds a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from the University of Arkansas and an M.S. and B.S. in chemistry from Arkansas State University.