Congressman Tim Murphy visited RJ Lee Group, Inc. headquarters in Monroeville, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, April 15, for a tour of the laboratories, a chili cook-off, and a discussion of the company’s current initiatives and his priorities in Congress. The Congressman was wrapping up his Spring District Work Period by spending time with businesses located in his district. Dr. Richard J. Lee, President of RJ Lee Group, along with several other company representatives, congressional staffers, and representatives from the Pittsburgh Technology Council, held a wide-ranging discussion with the Congressman that touched on several of RJ Lee Group’s developing initiatives and on the Congressman’s top priorities: they discussed healthcare, clean energy production, resource recovery, infrastructure, consumer product safety, nanotechnology, and education.
RJ Lee Group’s Delta-Energy waste tire resource recovery project was discussed at great length as the process produces a number of high-value products including fuels and emission control agents for use in coal fired power plants. The Congressman compared Pittsburgh to the Cape Canaveral of the energy technology movement because of its natural resources and the strong history the region has in the energy industry.
They also discussed RJ Lee Group’s work on sustainable infrastructure modeling, which accurately predicts corrosion and degradation of bridges, roadways, and other concrete structures based on the particular composition of the building materials used and specific chemical conditions.
During the discussion on healthcare, Dr. Lee presented the company’s service lines relating to USP 797 compliance, monitoring healthcare facilities for hazardous drug contamination, and hospital construction oversight. The Congressman discussed his concern over the growing cost of healthcare and the lack of support for chronic conditions.
While discussing education and the importance of reestablishing technology development and high technology manufacturing in the United States, Dr. Lee touched on RJLEducation’s current programs whose aim is to attract more students to the fields of scientific research. The programs currently provide web-based microscope simulators to a few public schools in Southeastern Pennsylvania which are enrolled in their RJLEducation’s pilot program. RJLEducation hopes to expand its offerings to incorporate mobile laboratories and personal scanning electron microscopes for students K-12 and at community colleges and universities. The microscopes and laboratories would be manufactured in Southeastern Pennsylvania.