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 Kristina Pearson, Operations Lead.
Tell us a little bit about what your role is on the Spectrum project.
For the Spectrum project, I am the Madison Operations Lead overseeing Operations tasks. I work closely with Brian Hayman who is the overall Project Manager for the project. On the Operations side, we have a fun team of people consisting of Purchasing, Packaging Engineering, Product Quality and Manufacturing that meet regularly to keep our tasks aligned with the overall project timeline. This involves:
- Overseeing the molding process for our new Spectrum consumables such as the Anode and Cathode containers
- Implementing our filling and sealing processes
- Determining QC testing for consumables and reagents that will be used on the instrument
- Creating labels and shelf cartons for the new reagents
What are you most excited about working on for Spectrum?
Where do you want to travel to, but have never been?
My husband and I would love to travel to Alaska. The beauty and the serenity of the landscape is very appealing to me. The idea of traveling in pristine, untouched nature is a lifelong goal. Alaska has everything from snow to oceans from freshwater to saltwater from sunburn to frostbite. Everything in Alaska is built tough. I would love to experience it firsthand.
If you could have one super power, what would it be?
I am not sure if this is a super power, but I would love to be able to touch other living beings and see what they see or have seen. For example, when I am hiking, I would love to be able to touch a tree and see what changes the tree has stood witness to over the course of its lifetime.
Also, we recently adopted an 8 year old cat. She is afraid of fast movements but comes running right to us whenever you make a loud noise. She really does not like women but seems to love every man that walks into our house. I would love to be able to pet her and understand why she does some of the things she does.
What was the last thing you heard or saw which made you laugh out loud?
I had a birthday recently. One of my presents from my family was at “Crazy Cat Lady” coloring book. Those close to me know that my long-term life plan is to become a Crazy Cat Lady. The coloring book came with a quiz to confirm my status as a cat lady. Of course, I passed with flying colors. Meow!