Outstanding Alumnus - Dennis Barket
Former Shepson Group member Dennis Barket (Ph.D., 2001) was recently named one of the Purdue Department of Chemistry 2014 Outstanding Alumni. Way to go, Dennis!
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Dr. Barket co-founded Griffin Analytical in November of 2001 with aspirations to bring lab-quality analysis to field applications. He has led the analytical instrumentation company from its inception through its merger into ICx Technologies and subsequent acquisition of ICx by FLIR Systems. Dennis now serves as Vice President of FLIR Detection.
Since 2001, Griffin has been awarded numerous contracts from the United States Department of Defense and other Federal agencies. In 2006, Griffin achieved national recognition by winning the TIBBETTS Award for excellence in Small Business and Innovation Research (SBIR). Griffin is currently focused on delivering monitoring and chemical detection equipment to the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security with an emphasis on fieldable mass spectrometry.
Dr. Barket obtained his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Purdue University. His graduate work was funded by a NASA Graduate Research Fellowship award in the area of applied mass spectrometry focused on analysis of biogenic precursors of ground level ozone. While concluding his Ph.D. work, Dennis also completed the Applied Management Principles Program through Purdue’s Krannert School of Management, which provides scientists and engineers with a "mini-MBA" experience.
Dr. Barket earned his undergraduate degree at Indiana University with a double major in Biology and Chemistry. Subsequent to his undergraduate work, he joined Procter and Gamble as a Research Associate where he worked as a member of an upstream product development team.