Don Smith Steps Into Laboratory Director Role of Columbia Basin Analytical Laboratories


RJ Lee Group is pleased to announce Don Smith has accepted the position of Laboratory Director of Columbia Basin Analytical Laboratories (CBAL), the west coast division of the company. Don is stepping into his new role with the goal of expanding the laboratory’s services to include more environmental work, such as PCBs, metals, organics, and air analysis, in addition to the lab’s focus on industrial hygiene work.

Don’s past experiences working in commercial laboratories have given him a working knowledge of fulfilling projects with high throughput and fast turnaround times successfully. He hopes to continue streamlining the lab’s processes for its commodities work, while using his knowledge of environmental issues and industrial hygiene gained from many years of working for the Environmental Protection Agency. His roles in the EPA included Program Manager, Chemist, Branch Chief for the NEIC, and Supervisory Physical Scientist for the National Enforcement Investigation Center. These roles have prepared him for the extensive work performed for the Hanford Tank Farm by RJ Lee Group.

“I’m very excited to help with the Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometry (PTR-MS) project that we’re currently running at the Hanford facility, which helps monitor the air quality and protect the workers and the environment. We’re hoping to expand the utilization of this technology to include projects outside the tank farm, such as vapor intrusion remediation for other customers,” Don said recently.

“We plan on expanding our services into several new industries over the next few years, and I’m looking forward to working with our lab in Monroeville to begin offering our local companies both the lab services and the consulting expertise. We look to help answer their operations questions for failure analysis, materials characterization, industrial hygiene, environmental services, and more. Plus, we want to continue growing our educational partnership with Columbia Basin College.”

We welcome Don into his new role, and are excited to watch CBAL grow.

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