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EPA appoints SwRI scientist to environmental laboratory advisory board

San Antonio -- November 15, 2006 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has appointed Dr. Reza Karimi, a director in the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), to the U.S. EPA Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) for a two-year term ending in September 2008. Karimi will serve as a representative of non-federal interests and will represent the Institute for National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation.

"Dr. Karimi has extensive experience with research and technology development in analytical and environmental laboratories, which will be quite an asset to the advisory board," said Dr. Michael G. MacNaughton, vice president of the SwRI Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division. "We are pleased to have him represent the Institute on a national level."

In 1995, ELAB was established in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act to gather expert advice about NELAC procedures for laboratories. Members of ELAB advise the EPA on laboratory standards and procedures and other issues. 

"My goal is to bring issues relating to the introduction of new technology unto environmental analysis," Karimi said. "We will give input to EPA, and the EPA may generate new testing methodologies based on the board’s recommendations. "

Introduction to new technologies and instrumentation, will require updating testing procedures and methods for verifying compliance.”

He added, "I'm excited about this opportunity to provide input to the EPA."

The advisory board provides advice for NELAC processes and procedures based on members' laboratory experience and expertise. Karimi's experience with a nonprofit research and development organization was cited as a "great asset," according to his letter of invitation from the board.

Karimi received a doctorate in analytical chemistry from Oklahoma State University, a master of science degree in petroleum engineering from The University of Tulsa, a master of science degree in analytical chemistry from Eastern New Mexico University and a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Pars College. 

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For more information contact Tracey M.S. Whelan at (210) 522-2256, Communications Department, Southwest Research Institute, PO Drawer 28510, San Antonio, TX 78228-0510.

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