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Bryan Ray|Chemistry Alumni

My name is Bryan Ray and I am currently the Project Manager for SERS products at API Technologies.  I have taken my education in Raman spectroscopy and surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) from the University of Wyoming and applied it to the development of SERS substrates and applications.  I am currently both working in the lab and on business side to design and release new SERS products.  I am directly responsible for the development new SERS substrates in the lab by applying photolithography techniques to create new novel nano-structures.  Using these well defined techniques we are able to produce a quality and reproducible SERS substrate.  Many hours are spent of verifying the quality of the products using different spectroscopic techniques.  Once the substrates are verified I am also responsible for creating applications such as in food safety with a melamine in milk test and in security with ambient TNT detection.  We are also combining SERS with unmanned aerial vehicles that can be used to monitor environmental exhausts from industrial factories.  Working in a small project center I am also responsible for developing marketing campaigns and sales strategies for our products.  It is very rewarding to see something you developed go from an idea, to product and then into the hands of other researchers.

When I am not at work I enjoy the outdoor life with hunting, fishing, and hiking, which are just a few of many things I enjoyed while at the University of Wyoming. 

Bryan in a boat

Bryan dancing with the locals

Bryan Ray dancing with the locals

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My experiences at the University of Wyoming have truly affected my life and career. The education I received was in cutting edge technology that has boomed in the recent years with its implementation into many different applications. An entrepreneurial spark was awakened by my professors at the University of Wyoming that has guided me throughout my professional career. Doing research is one thing but taking it to the next level by continuing to develop the idea into a business or product is exciting and rewarding. Many of the professors at the university have strong experience not only in the academics but in industry as well and can guide you in making a better decision about your education. And if you enjoy the outdoors there is no better place to enjoy, skiing, hiking, fishing or hunting than the University of Wyoming.

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