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IEC TC76 is the International laser/LED product safety committee comprised of the leading world experts chartered to write the IEC 60825 series of laser/LED product safety standards. The US TAG is comprised of United States expert delegates to serve IEC TC76, and the US National Committee (USNC) housed at the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in New York. The USNC serves as secretariat for IEC TC76. Mr. Puckett currently serves on these International laser safety committees alongside the world experts, including Mr. Jerome Dennis, director of the US FDA CDRH, chairman of the US TAG, and also chairman of IEC TC76.
- Served as ULs Primary Designated Engineer (PDE) for laser and
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Mr. Puckett currently serves on several international laser safety committees including ANSI ASC Z136 SSC-1 (Control Measures), ANSI ASC Z136 SSC-2 (Telecommunications) and ANSI ASC Z136 SSC-4 (Radiometric Measurement) Committees, the United States Technical Advisory Group Committee (US TAG), administered by the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA), and the International Electrotechnical Commission Technical Committee No. 76 (IEC TC76 Safety of laser and LED products) where he serves as Secretary to Working Group 3 (WG3), Laser Measurements, and Secretary to Working Group 5 (WG5), Fiber Optic Telecommunications. .
He also currently serves the IECEE Committee of Testing Laboratories (CTL) Expert Task Force (ETF11) for Laser Measurement and Expert Task Force (ETF5-ECS/OSM-LUM) for LED measurement. Mr. Puckett is a technical instructor for laser hazard analysis, and most notably, was invited to lecture on laser radiation hazard analysis and radiometric measurement to the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA.
Mr. Puckett has extensive product testing and evaluation experience in the field of product safety, for a broad range of equipment types, i.e. Lasers, LEDs, UV sources, IR sources, Information Technology Equipment, Telecommunications, Audio/Video, Medical, Laboratory, Research, Photographic, Power Supplies, etc., as well as experience implementing and maintaining ISO/IEC/EN 17025 laboratory accreditation.
His Certifications include United States Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Radiometric Measurement, North Carolina State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers, Measurement Uncertainty, American Society for Quality A2LA, DEMKO International Inc., Copenhagen, Denmark, IEC 60825 Reviewing Engineer, and Rockwell Laser Institute, Laser Safety. Mr. Puckett holds an AS in Physics and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Carolina.
Dr. J. Chris Luft, Ph.D.
Dr. Luft currently serves as Team Leader of Cellular Pharmacology for NanoVector Inc., a nanobiotechnology company located in Raleigh, NC. NanoVector's technology involves the successful modification of a common plant virus so it delivers drugs only to specific cells inside the human body, without affecting surrounding tissue.
Dr. Luft has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international scientific conferences and has served on the Industrial Advisory Board for the Center for Biomodular Multiscale Systems at Louisiana State University.
Chris was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Millsaps College and Doctor of Philosophy in Immunology from the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Dr. J. Roland Yow, Ph.D.
Dr. Roland Yow has served on multiple National Committees including American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Committee on Nuclear Air and Gas Treatment (CONAGT) and various subcommittees for General Requirements, Structural Design, Ductwork and Instrumentation; American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Committee on the Qualification of Mechanical Equipment for Nuclear Power Facilities (QME), Main Committee; and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Committee on the Design of HVAC Supports for Nuclear Power Facilities, Main Committee. He has extensive knowledge and experience on seismic design and environmental qualification (both analytical and testing) of equipment for nuclear facilities, and on solving mechanical and structural vibration problems and for designing and fabricating equipment to operate in rough terrain.
As a Corning Glass Works Senior Development and Systems Engineer, Dr. Roland Yow worked with the development group in the Corning Data Systems Department, with the objective of developing the Corning Remote Computer Graphics Terminal. His responsibilities and accomplishments included the setup of a special cathode ray tube development production process; the study of photochromic glass properties and development of an activation system; and software development applications. In addition, he consulted on problems related to localized phosphor heating, vacuum techniques, strain rate measurements, and mechanical design.
In addition to his early work in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at North Carolina State University on the Senior Mechanical Engineering Laboratory Handbook, Dr. Roland Yow has authored or edited several texts used for teaching seismic and Environmental Qualification Seminars. He has written many technical papers presented and published by organizations, such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and Harvard University, in conferences held around the world. He has been the principal Lecturer at many Qualification Seminars, both Seismic and Environmental, in several United States locations as well as Visiting Guest Lecturer at several qualification seminars presented in France and the United Kingdom.
Dr. Roland Yow holds an Associate in Arts, Pre-Engineering, from Gardner-Webb College, a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of North Carolina, Commonwealth of Virginia, State of South Carolina, State of California, State of Washington, State of Pennsylvania, and the State of New Jersey.
Peter J. Boden
Mr. Boden's core area of expertise is with laser and photobiological safety standards, compliance & regulation - U.S. 21CFR, FDA CDRH, IEC60825-1, IEC62471, UL/IEC60601-1 medical device particular for optical radiation safety, ANSI Z136.1, ANSI RP-27, and ACGIH for UV safety. In this regard he has developed standard requirement proposals, administered training, and consulted with numerous name-brand customers, agencies, and industries including the FDA CDRH, U.S. Army (White Sands Missile Range), Abbot Medical Diagnostics Division, and Amazon.com to name a few. He developed many proposals for UL safety standards including UL1995 for UV safety, UL8750 for photobiological safety, and UL60601-1 particular for laser safety.
As an IECEE Registered Lead and Technical Assessor of Testing Laboratories in the Electrotechnical Sector against the ISO/IECEE 17025 and IECEE Rules and Procedures, and has conducted assessments of laser testing laboratories in the U.S., Japan and Europe. He presently serves on the U.S. Technical Advisory Group TC 76 - Optical Radiation Safety & Laser Equipment. He also served on IEC60825-1 Expert Task Force 11, IECEE CTL WG6 for photobiological safety (LEDs), and the ANSI Z136.1 standards committee. In addition, he led the development of many IEC laboratory testing documents including TRFs, Equipment Lists, Enquires, and Proficiency Testing Programs.
Mr. Boden has been invited to speak at numerous venues the latest of which will be held in Chicago, June 2014: "Next Generation - Laser Technology Components & Applications", conference.
Mr. Boden has numerous technical publications and awards. He holds a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University, BS in Health Sciences from Northern Michigan University, and AAS in Electrical Engineering Technology from Michigan Technological University.
Jerry represented the agency in leadership roles in international and national standards organizations, IEC TC 76, ANSI Z136, B 11.21, and NFPA TC 115. He guided CDRH reviewers in report review criteria and regulatory policy. In addition, he developed and presented training courses on the Radiation Control Act and its regulation and on radiation physics and biological effects.
Jerry Dennis is the immediate past Vice Chairman of ANSI Z136. He served as General Chairman of the Laser Institute of America (LIA)'s International Laser Safety Conferences in 1997 and 1999. Jerry has authored and co-authored numerous papers and articles on laser safety standards.
Prior to joining the CDRH, Jerry had spent 15 years in industry. He was the Manager of High Energy Laser Products for Hadron Inc. in New York. Here he was responsible for engineering support for terawatt Nd glass laser systems from CGE in France that are used in fusion research as well as for the firm's domestic product line of pulsed and CW laser systems and their industrial applications. He had been with TRG Inc. in New York when Hadron had spun off from TRG in 1968. At TRG he was involved in research and development of high power pulsed laser systems for military and industrial applications.
Jerry's early experience was with the Naval Material Laboratory in New York where he was in research on the effects of optical radiation from nuclear weapons.
Jerry holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Fordham University in New York City. He currently serves as Chairman of IEC TC 76. He also currently serves as Technical Advisor for the US National Committee for the IEC and Chairman of the US committee of expert delegates in laser and optical radiation safety.
R. Timothy Hitchcock, CIH, CLSO
He has been responsible for a broad spectrum of industrial hygiene programs in industry, but has focused on nonionizing radiation safety and laser radiation safety. Tim has more than 15 years of experience as a laser safety officer (LSO) and more than 10 years of experience in corporate responsibility for laser safety and nonionizing radiation for IBM. He has worked as a consultant in the area of nonionizing radiation protection for over 20 years.
Tim is a Fellow in the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), a member of the Nonionizing Radiation Committee of the AIHA, a Senior Member of the Laser Institue of America (LIA), a member of the Board of Directors of the LIA, and a member of the Board of Laser Safety. Tim has served as a member of the Nonionizing Radiation Advisory Committee of the North Carolina Radiation Protection Commission for over 15 years. He has been a member of Accredited Standard Committee Z136 on laser safety since 1988 and currently serves on its Administrative Committee, three Technical Subcommittees, and twp Standards Subcommittees.
He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Environmental Engineering Department of the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina, and a faculty member in the UNC Educational Resource Center. Tim has given numerous presentations on various topics in nonionizing radiation at professional conferences and has taught courses ranging from worker safety training to professional development courses at conferences to graduate courses in university settings. Tim is a Laser Safety Officer instructor.
Tim has written a book on radio-frequency radiation and has authored or co-authored the AIHA's Nonionizing Radiation Guide Series. He has written numerous book chapters in books such as Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology and The Occupational Environment-Its Evaluation and Control. He is the recipient of the AIHA's 2004 Edward J. Baier Technical Achievement Award for the most significant contribution to industrial hygiene in recent years. He received inaugural the Friends of the AIHA Press Award in 2000, presented by the AIHA Publications Committee and AIHA Knowledge Group. The AIHA's Nonionizing Radiation Committee presented Tim with the Distinguished Service Award in 1996 and an Excellence Award for development of the Nonionizing Radiation Guide Series in 1999.
Robert H. Walton Jr.
Mr. Walton is experienced in Quality Engineering and functioned as a Lead Assessor for UL�s Quality & Reliability Department, and as a Designated Field Engineer, supervising various New England inspection centers.
He has extensive experience as a Quality & Regulatory Affairs Manager/Document Control Coordinator specializing in system quality aspects, technical report writing, maintaining ISO/IEC/EN 17025 accreditation and training related to quality, maintaining all documentation, forms, manuals and control documents and ensuring quality system implementation.
Mr. Walton holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from State University of New York @ Stony Brook. He is a Certified Quality Engineer by the American Society for Quality Control. He is a Certified ISO 9000 series Lead Assessor by AMTAC/BSI. He is a Certified Third Party Reviewing Engineer and 510K Reviewing Engineer by the US Food And Drug Administration, Center For Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) Staff College. He is Certified in Laser Safety (laser hazard analysis, classification, safety interlocks, biological effects and controls measures) by Rockwell Laser Institute, Cincinnati, OH.
Michael J. Gaczewski
Mr. Gaczewski has extensive working knowledge of and experience in the installation, de-installation, testing, troubleshooting and repair of automated production line equipment that utilizes Lasers, AC/DC Control Boxes, PLC, Pnuematics, Sensors, Cameras for Positioning and Inspection.
He has extensive experience in installation, deinstallation, troubleshooting and repair of Automatic Test Equipment (ATE) for semiconductor devices. Leading edge high speed digital logic and control for testing the functionality of microprocessors, gate arrays and custom logic devices. Implementation of preventive maintenance procedures on the same tools and equipment. Implementation of field changes and retrofits on the same tools and equipment.
He has hands on experience with Air Pumps, Air Blowers, Fluid Pumps, Fans, Heat Exchangers, Valves, Relays, Solenoids, Thermocouples, Resistive Heating Elements, Switches, Sensors, AC and DC Power Supplies, and AC and DC Motors. Digital Multi Meters, Oscilloscopes, Signal Generators, Frequency Generators and Variable DC Power Power Supplies. Electrical diagrams, schematics, mechanical drawings, technical documentation and procedure generation, interpretation and analysis.
Mr. Gaczewski is Certified in Laser Safety (laser hazard analysis, classification, safety interlocks, biological effects and controls measures) by Rockwell Laser Institute, Cincinnati, OH. Mr. Gaczewski also holds a Bachelor�s of Science in Electronics Engineering from the Ohio Institute of Technology.
John L. McNeish,
Mr. McNeish has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of product safety testing and evaluation for a broad range of equipment types, i.e. Telecommunications, ITE, Power Supplies, Photographic Equipment, Power Distribution, Lasers, Battery Chargers, Communication Circuit, Kiosks, Inverters, Isolated Loop Circuit Protectors, Power Cable Assemblies, Primary Protectors, Solenoids, and Telephone Equipment.
Mr. McNeish has extensive experience in designing and implementing production line programming logic controllers (PLC) hardware and software, automation controls support and robotics technology. He is an Automations Engineer, and holds a Certificate in Industrial Controls from Wake Tech, Raleigh, NC, Department of Automation Technology. He is Certified in Laser Safety (laser hazard analysis, classification, safety interlocks, biological effects and controls measures) by Rockwell Laser Institute, Cincinnati, OH. Mr. McNeish also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Robert W. Wilcox, CISSP, CCNA
Mr. Wilcox served as a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Maritime Law Enforcement Officer, BM2-E5 enforcing Federal Maritime Law inland and on the high seas. He served as a Qualified/Certified Search and Rescue boat operator and a Qualified/Certified Maritime Law Enforcement-Boarding Officer/Instructor. He was awarded Sailor of the Year � 1997, Station Carquinez, CA, USCG. He also served as the Information Systems Administrator U.S. Coast Guard - San Francisco, CA, maintaining a Secret security clearance. He served as USCG network administrator for the computer systems of the Search and Rescue Operation Center, at Mare Island, Station Carquinez, and Station Francisco, CA.
He is a former U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Officer, Lieutenant. He is an International Information Systems Certification Consortium (ISC) Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). He is a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Cisco Systems, Inc. He is a Certified SANS Network Security Associate. He is also a Certified US Military Information Systems Administrator. He is Certified in Laser Safety (laser hazard analysis, classification, safety interlocks, biological effects and controls measures) by Rockwell Laser Institute, Cincinnati, OH.
Jim has extensive experience in EMC design, such as component placement, decoupling, board stack-up, ground-power segmentation, clock routing, grounding and ground/power breaks, shielding, filters, connector grounding cable design, etc., as well as extensive experience in EMC compliance testing.
He has vast experience in implementing and maintaining ISO 17025 laboratory accreditation. Jim has expertise in compiling compliance test reports and creating Technical Construction Files (TCF) for the EMC and R&TTE Directives as well as radio transmitter certification packages for the FCC and Canada. Jim also has experience creating emissions test site registration packages for FCC, Canada and Japan VCCI.
Jim has received formal training and education in multiple areas of EMC, such as FCC Certification Body training, EMC Directive Competent Body training, R&TTE Directive Notified Body training, EMC Design training, and CISPR 22/FCC Part 15/ANSI C63.4 training.
Jim served as Section Chair for the IEEE EMC Society and is a NARTE Certified EMC Engineer. Jim is currently an active member of NARTE. Jim holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.