Randy obtained his B.S. in Chemistry and Olivet Nazarene University in 1998 while working at Reedy Scientific Instruments, where he helped develop a microFTIR technique to analyze GC effluents cryogenically captured in an Argon matrix. In 2001 Randy obtained his M.S. in Chemistry at Washington State University, where his researched visible and near-infrared photoluminescent properties of Mn2+:ZnS nanocrystals under high pressure using diamond anvil cells. After graduating, he worked as a Technical Support Engineer American Xtal Technology, Inc (Fremond, CA) where Randy investigated processing problems in the manufacture of GaAs and other III-IV semiconductor substrates. In 2003, Randy took his current position at the NSLS, where he develops beamline instrumentation and general impovements on several infrared beamlines. He also serves as local contact for beamlines U2B and U10B where he instructs visiting scientists on beamline operation and support users in integrating experiments to beamlines.