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 www.promega.com/spectrum to receive regular, exclusive updates about Spectrum CE).
Today we introduce Jon Drobac, Global Technical Support and Training Manager.
How did you come to work at Promega? How long have you been working here?
After completing my Master’s Degree in Forensic Science, I accepted a position in the Forensic Biology Section of a local crime laboratory, where I worked on screening evidence for the presence of biological materials and then further characterizing those stains using DNA analysis. After nine and a half years in the crime laboratory, I wanted to expand upon my knowledge and joined Promega as a Technical Support and Training Specialist in the Genetic Identity group. In April of 2013, I became Manager of the Technical Support and Training Group. This month will be my five year anniversary at Promega.
Tell us a little bit about what your role is on the Spectrum project.
As the Global Technical Support and Training Manager, my role is to ensure that the training and support infrastructure is in place by the time Spectrum is launched. This, of course, mostly rests on the shoulders of the great teams we have in Madison and across the globe. We aim to continue to provide the best training and support our customers have learned to expect from us and what we’ve taken pride in.
Are you a Star Wars or Star Trek fan or neither?
A Star Wars fan, I think. Well, if you count making your kids turn off and on lights or open and close doors so you can pretend you have the force a fan, then yes, I’m a Star Wars fan.
If you could have one super power, what would it be?
I think I pretty much answered that already. I would like to have the Force… who wouldn’t like to use the Force to grab a beer at will or be able to Jedi mind trick the wife into thinking it’s ok to play golf and watch sports all day.
What is your favorite sport to watch?
This is a tough one. I like watching all sports, especially if it’s a Chicago team, which makes life very hard living in Madison! If I had to pick one, it would be hockey. I can’t think of another sport where you can pick up your teeth, crack your nose back into place, receive 10 stitches, and be out on the ice for the next shift. Go Hawks!!
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