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2021 EAS Award for Outstanding Achievements in Chemometrics

L. Scott Ramos is the Chief Technical Officer at Infometrix, Inc, Seattle, where he has been employed for 37 years. He received a B.S. in Chemistry in 1971 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.S. in Environmental Science in 1972 at Washington State University and a Ph. D. in Chemistry in 1988 from the University of Washington working with Professor Bruce Kowalski. Prior to joining Infometrix, he was a Senior Scientist at the Amazon National Research Institute (INPA) in Manaus, Brazil.

During his tenure at Infometrix, Scott has both lectured on and led development of methodologies utilizing chemometrics for several companies and organizations in the US and in the UK, Japan and Brazil among others. He has been an invited speaker at the annual meetings of Pittcon, FACCS/SciX, EAS, AOAC, and the Gordon Conferences, as well as at the Sociedade Brasileira de Química, Congresso Brasileira de Química, the Congresso da Alago Sobre Geoquímica Orgânica meetings in Brazil, the Congreso Mexicano del Petróleo in Mexico, and the IFPAC/PAT Summit in Puerto Rico. He also served as visiting professor at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas and the Universidade Federal do Pará.

Throughout his career, Scott has been involved with studies of trace constituents in the environment, of origin both anthropogenic and natural. The relationship developed with Prof. Kowalski led to his application of chemometric tools to arrive at a deeper understanding of the sources and patterns of distribution of mixture components. Current interests include full automation of multivariate calibration of complex chemical systems, optimization of varietal blending for natural product simulation, and online quality control of multi-stream production of cannabinoid materials.