Meet Andrea Chow, Sr. Director of Integrated Engineering and Member of the Spectrum CE Team

29160613_l Promega will introduce the Spectrum CE System for forensic and paternity analysis. Building this system requires the efforts of many people from many disciplines–from our customers who have told us their needs to the engineers and scientists building the instrument and ensuring its performance. Periodically we will introduce our Promega Connections readers to a team member so that you can have a sneak peak and behind-the-scenes look at Spectrum CE System  and the people who are creating it (of course if you truly want to be the first to know, sign up at to receive regular, exclusive updates about Spectrum CE).

Today we introduce Andrea Chow, Sr. Director, Integrated Engineering.

26062336-portrait-WEB“My role is a lot like being a parent, sometimes an advisor, sometimes a cheerleader, sometimes a laborer, and once in a while even a dictator, but most of the time a proud witness of the creation of a delightful entity.” I coordinate the engineering team – hardware, software, and firmware – to create the overall instrument concept, and collaborate with the full project team to ensure that the instrument architecture works well with consumables and chemistry kits to meet all requirements.

What are you most excited about working on for Spectrum?
I am most excited about the challenge and reward of working with a diverse and passionate team of scientists, engineers and genetic identity experts to develop a complete solution that potentially enhances the productivity of the end users. The process of bringing innovative solutions to broaden spectral capability and increase workflow flexibility of the Spectrum CE System is a lot of fun because of the great team dynamics.

Describe your perfect day.
My perfect day definitely involves having family and/or friends around sharing good food and a lot of laughs. It can be anywhere, any season, and any meal; it is who I am with that makes a day perfect.

If you could describe yourself in 3 words, what would they be?
Curious, optimistic, collaborative. I wanted to say “gorgeous, charismatic and brilliant” but that would be a complete lie!

What was the last thing you heard or saw which made you laugh out loud?
Tina Fey playing Sarah Palin on SNL – again! Can’t we just be done with that skit??

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Promega products are used by life scientists who are asking fundamental questions about biological processes and by scientists who are applying scientific knowledge to diagnose and treat diseases, discover new therapeutics, and use genetics and DNA testing for human identification. Originally, founded in 1978 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, Promega has branches in 16 countries and more than global distributors serving 100 countries.

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