Associate Professor of Criminalistics and Chemistry
Areas of Expertise: Light and electron microscopy, vibrational spectroscopy and image analysis to physical evidence examinations
I got involved in forensic science by serendipity and long before the advent of CSI television or the O.J. Simpson Case. In the early 1970s the country was in a recession and the research company for which I worked doing government defense research closed. I was in the habit of eating and sleeping in a warm and dry place (so was my wife), so I joined the Nassau County Police Department. After graduating the police academy, I was assigned to patrol duty. After I spent a year on the street, the Department realized that I possessed a MS in Chemistry and transferred me to the crime laboratory. I was eventually promoted to Detective and spent 23 years there until I retired from service in 1995. While at the crime laboratory, I became very interested in the analysis of micro-transfer evidence by light and electron microscopy and microspectrometry.
The Department was one of the first municipal laboratories to obtain a Scanning Electron Microscope with X-ray Analyzer (SEM-EDS) to perform GSR analysis. While there I obtained my law degree from St. John’s University and was admitted to the New York State Bar. Subsequent to my retirement from law enforcement, I spent three years as the forensic application specialist for a leading SEM Company and was recruited and joined the full-time faculty of the Science Department at John Jay College, where I continued my interest in criminalistics. I was recognized by The Criminalistic’s Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences with the Paul Kirk Award.
Upon my completion of my PhD, I was promoted to Assistant Professor of Forensic Science and Chemistry at John Jay, eventually was advanced to Associate Professor instructing classes in forensic instrumentation, advanced physical evidence, expert testimony and research ethics. I also teach chemical separations and analytical spectroscopy courses within the Doctoral Chemistry Program at the CUNY Graduate Center.