Title: Technical Consultant
Location: Enid, Oklahoma, United States
Laurence Swink, Technical Consultant, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in technical science.
Dr. Swink became involved in his profession because a lot of people needed consulting to update their quality system for the ISO9000. He always liked chemistry in high school but found himself mostly drawn to the technical side of it. In addition, his chemistry professor at Brown University, Gene B. Carpenter, was exceptionally influential in the trajectory of his career. He was also influenced by Professor Richard Feynman who taught at the University of California Los Angeles where he had taken additional coursework. Dr. Swink first earned a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry at the University of Wichita in 1957. He continued at Iowa State University to receive a Master of Science in 1959. Dr. Swink later received a PhD in chemistry at Brown University in 1969.
The highlight of Dr. Swink’s career was solving crystal structures which he did in graduate school. Dr. Swink is also most proud of the work that he did in the Air Force because he had to turn into a EE and a vacuum expert to get the information for the Bata Panel to characterize Soviet weapons. He served as a nuclear research officer in the United States Air Force from 1960 to 1963. What Dr. Swink liked the most about being with the Air Force was the work. He was converting the electron microbeam analyzer into a usual system. In this line of work, he updated the electronic systems and the vacuum systems.
Since 1999, Dr. Swink has provided his skills and expertise as the president of AZ/TEC Consulting. He previously worked as a senior technology consultant for Quari Electronics, as a senior project manager for Siemens Transmissions Systems and as a technology director of Multi-Plate Co. Earlier in his career, he garnered experience as an advanced systems manager of Xerox Corp., vice president of Amorphous Materials and as a laboratory manager of Texas Instruments. Throughout his career, he has maintained membership with the American Crystallographic Association.
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