Stuart McHugh, Ph.D.


McHugh, Stuart

Materials Engineer
Lockheed Martin, Advanced Technology Center
Palo Alto, CA, USA
Industry: Sciences
Field: Materials Science

An interest in geology and geophysics led Dr. Stuart McHugh to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Geophysics, which he earned in 1971 through the University of Nevada, Reno. He subsequently earned a second Bachelor of Science, in Geological Engineering (1972), a Master of Science in Geophysics (1974), a Master of Science in Science Materials (1976), and finally a Ph.D. through Stanford University (1977). With an extensive educational background and nearly four decades of experience, Dr. McHugh currently serves as a materials engineer for Department A044S of the Advanced Technology Center for Lockheed Martin.

Having garnered expertise in materials science, solid state physics, research and hardware design examination, Dr. McHugh is well-equipped to conduct stress and fracture analyses of aerospace structures and materials, and perform computational analyses, items with which he is tasked as a materials engineer. Additionally, he has published more than 100 scientific papers, including “Dislocation Modeling of Creep-Related Tilt Changes,” which was featured in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, and “Thermomechanical Characterization of a Membrane Deformable Mirror,” included in Applied Optics, a journal produced by The Optical Society.

Dr. McHugh is affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Geophysical Union. He is also a senior member of The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In 2012, he received a special recognition award from the Advanced Technology Center of Lockheed Martin for his participation with the ATC Graphene Molecular Filtration Team.

When he is not working, Dr. McHugh enjoys scuba diving, traveling, and studying languages and linguistics. He is also an avid reader of Science Magazine, Fortune, and Bloomberg Businessweek. Continue reading

Elsa Gomez, MS


Gomez, ElsaDirector of Quality Assurance for Research and Development (Retired)
Actavis Inc.
Quality Assurance Department
Corona, CA, USA
Industry: Sciences
Field: Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance

Elsa Gomez, director of quality assurance for research and development within the Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Quality Assurance Department, began her career as an auditor of companies that provide pharmaceutical products to the United States Department of Defense. By being involved in all aspects of pharmaceutical manufacturing and all of the associated quality control systems, she gained the necessary experience to fulfill her present-day role. Since her employment with Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. fourteen years ago, she has helped to grow the quality company – which produces generic pharmaceuticals and specializes in pain relief medications and oral contraceptives – from 80 employees to more than 1200.

As a quality assurance professional for one of today’s leaders in the generic pharmaceutical industry, Ms. Gomez stands by her word by providing affordable, high-quality pharmaceutical products that will enable people to effectively manage their health conditions. She asserts that doing her job effectively requires that she listen to others’ points of view in an objective and open manner. “I don’t micromanage,” she elaborates. “I give them the assignment and leave myself open to their questions.” She oversees the quality assurance oversight of the research and development activities of the company’s pharmacists and chemists while ensuring the use of proper manufacturing practices in the internal research and development department according to regulatory agency guidelines. “I ensure that the appropriate quality systems are in place and that any information and documentation submitted to regulatory agencies meets current requirements,” she states. In addition, Ms. Gomez assists managers and employees in the research, development and quality assurance departments, and prepares for regulatory agency inspections as needed.

Ms. Gomez received a Master of Science in chemistry in 1972 and a Bachelor of Science in chemistry in 1967 from the University of Puerto Rico. She is a member of the American Society for Quality and the American Chemical Society.

In her spare time, Ms. Gomez enjoys reading history books, traveling and studying archeology. She reads Pharmaceutical Technology, Chemical & Engineering News and Quality Digest. Continue reading

Reginald W. Bennett, MS, FAAM


Bennett, Reginald

Office of Regulatory Science
Senior Policy Analyst
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
College Park, MD, USA
Industry: Sciences
Field: Food Science

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “an estimated 76 million cases of foodborne disease occur each year in the United States.” This alarming statistic is what Reginald W. Bennett is trying to decrease as senior policy analyst for the Office of Regulatory Science of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which is responsible for protecting the public health. Within this government organization, he conducts research on and analyzes food involved in bacterial food poisoning. When asked to describe his duties, Mr. Bennett couldn’t help but to laugh when replying, “I can’t afford to run out of energy. Too many people are counting on me.” It is this light-heartedness in the face of grave responsibility that has kept his work refreshing and interesting after half a century.

More than 50 years ago, Reginald Bennett was sitting in class at the University of Pittsburgh, where he first gained knowledge of pathogens, and realized that he wanted a career in microbiology. Over the years, he has contributed his knowledge on food microbiology to each and every job. Starting as a medical bacteriologist for the Presbyterian Hospital of Pittsburgh, Mr. Bennett also served as a medical technologist and bacteriologist for Braddock General Hospital, a bacteriologist for the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and an assistant professor of microbiology for Benedict University before becoming a microbiologist for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1960. His career vision statement, which reads “A good method renders more service to science than the elaboration of highly theoretical speculations,” reflects the philosophy that sound action and practice are the most effective tools in reaching a desirable outcome. In the future, he hopes to contribute to government regulations of food.

A member of the Institute of Food Technologists and the International Association for Food Protection, Mr. Bennett began his conquest of the field of microbiology in 1955 when he received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh. Three years later, he earned a Master of Science in Microbiology, also from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a Fellow of The American Society for Microbiology, the American Academy of Microbiology and the Association of Official Analytical Chemists International. Continue reading