Get to Know Us

Get to Know Us

Chris Durell

Chris is the market and business strategy lead for the FLARE technology.  He has served the Remote Sensing, Space and Aerospace communities for over 25 years for Labsphere.  He has played many roles including product development sales, marketing and executive leadership for our company.  He currently is our liaison to NASA, ESA and all space agencies for radiometric solutions, master calibration and test systems.  Chris has helped to specify, design and implement many flying space craft calibration solutions with industry satellite providers such as Raytheon, Harris, Lockheed Martin, Airbus and many others.  He designed and implemented Labsphere’s flagship calibration product line “HELIOS”.  He was the originator and is the current chair of the IEEE P4001 for Hyperspectral Standardization with a team of over 260 global leaders engaged in creating testing, terminology and data standard for this innovative remote sensing technology.  Finally, Chris also works closely with global National Measurement Institutes (NMIs) like NIST, NPL and PTB to ensure that Labsphere’s traceability is at world-class standards to ensure the highest caliber products for our customers. BSEE, MBA

Email me: cdurell@labsphere.com

Jeff Holt

Jeff is working to Calibrate the World using new technology and innovative solutions. First stop, the Labsphere FLARE network where Jeff leads technical design, development, and deployment efforts. Jeff has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and experience in Automation, Software Engineering, UI/UX, and the Production and Analysis of Light. With a passion for creative design, problem solving, and a drive to make a meaningful impact Jeff is excited to contribute to this ground-breaking work that will truly change the way we see our world.

Email me: jholt@labsphere.com

Will Arnold

Will is accelerating the development of revolutionary FLARE technology by augmenting the leadership team with expertise in all aspects of technical project management. He has fulfilled various engineering leadership roles within Labsphere since joining the company in 2016 and currently serves as the Director of Engineering. Throughout his tenure in industry and at Labsphere, Will successfully drove innovative improvements in design development, departmental processes, daily project and task management, and organizational health. He has a chemical engineering degree with a mechanical engineering minor from WPI along with an MBA from Plymouth State University. Will is passionately applying his deep technical leadership and business acumen to the rapid development of this groundbreaking calibration technology as Labsphere seeks to begin Calibrating the World, one imager at a time!

Email me: warnold@labsphere.com

Dr. Brandon Russell

My research involves the use of optical sensing techniques in a variety of fields including satellite and airborne calibration/validation, bioluminescence, remote sensing, camouflage, benthic mapping, coral reef studies, and the classification of floating vegetative wrack. I’m most interested in leveraging new technologies, particularly hyperspectral imagers and autonomous sampling, for biological, ecological, and remote sensing research questions. As a part of FLARE, I bring expertise in Earth observation, particularly in the challenging coastal and marine environments. I have 10 years of experience in ground truthing and cal/val activities for satellite and airborne sensors, end use and analysis of remote sensing data for natural sciences. I have worked closely with agencies including NASA, NOAA, NRL and have ongoing collaborations with university and government researchers. Next generation Earth observation platforms like PACE, HyspIRI, GLIMR, CHIME, and cubesat platforms are promising to revolutionize the way satellite remote sensing is used to study our planet at such an important time. Unfortunately, calibration programs have not been able to keep pace. FLARE has the potential to enable on-orbit characterization, radiometric accuracy, and data inoperability in a transformative way.  I am truly excited to see FLARE’s impact both current research and in the new questions scientists will be able to ask using this new tool set.

BS – Biology, Boston College, 2007  Minor: Environmental Studies PhD – Oceanography, University of Connecticut, 2016 Dissertation:  Application of a Portable Hyperspectral Imaging System to Field Studies in Animal Camouflage and Coral Reef Symbiosis Post-Doctoral Fellow 2016 – 2018 University of Connecticut | Coral Reef Airborne Laboratory | Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute | Novel technology to explore mesopelagic ocean

Email me: brussell@labsphere.com

Paul Mascia

A creative and passionate product development engineer with experience from initial conception and analysis through production. The Flare program provides many design challenges Paul is passionate about including engaging the space industry, off-grid design, and optomechanical design. Winter or summer, when not “Flare-ing”, you can find Paul hiking the White Mountains of New Hampshire or the Northern Greens of Vermont, looking for new splitboarding lines. Prior work experience: Motim Industries (Mechanical design, engineering analysis, and prototyping of medical devices); Wilcox Industries (Systems engineer, mechanical & optomechanical design in defense industry); Davidson Laboratory (Mechanical and system design on vessel arrest system)  

ME in Space Systems Engineering, BE in Mechanical Engineering, focus in Aerospace and Structures, from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Email me: pmascia@labsphere.com

Michael Dann

Mike is an Electrical Design Engineer that has been with Labsphere since 2017 on the New Product Development team. He has specialized in tunable LED lighting circuit design, system architecture design as well as product conceptualization for improving Labsphere’s product offerings. He has former experience developing lighting circuitry for harsh environments as an aerospace lighting engineer. His lighting designs are flashing in the sky on airplanes that fly overhead every day. Mike also has experience as an Electrical Safety Engineer working at a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory on UL, CSA, IEC, and SEMI S2 standards for commercial electrical equipment, electric vehicle charging stations, and semiconductor industry equipment used in clean room manufacturing environments. Mike received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering degree from SUNY Binghamton in a joint program at SUNYIT in 2009 with a focus on analog circuit design.

Email me: mdann@labsphere.com

Erik Skarin

Erik Skarin joined Labsphere in September 2015 as a Product Engineer. He continues to work in this capacity on OEM projects and system design on New Product Development. His main areas of focus are spectroscopy instruments, light measurement tools and spectrally-tunable uniform sources. He received a B.A. of Engineering from Dartmouth College in 2014 and a B.E. with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering from the Thayer School of Engineering in 2015. His contributions to FLARE include system design input for the mirror turret and tracking solar radiometer as well as calibration and characterization work on the solar radiometer. He is excited to be working on technology that can aid in the understanding and mitigation of climate change by enabling more accurate on-orbit atmospheric measurements.   

Email me: eskarin@labsphere.com

Dan Scharpf

Dr. Scharpf has been with Labsphere for ten years with roles spanning Sales, Engineering Management, and Executive Management. He has contributed to the design of standard and custom systems for Labsphere’s full range of products including light metrology, remote sensing systems, and diffuse targets. Prior to joining Labsphere Dr. Scharpf worked at ANSYS and Boeing where he was involved in testing, modeling, and analyzing engineering solutions in the areas of fluid dynamics, turbomachinery, acoustics, thermal management, and uncertainty. He holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton and Masters and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

Email me: dscharpf@labsphere.com

Mark Duquette

With over 30 years experience working with Labsphere’s products,  Mark brings a background heavy in machining and manufacturing engineering to the FLARE project. Starting as a Journeyman Machinist and Tool Maker, Mark easily made the transition to Mechanical Engineering and has worked on some of Labsphere’s most intricate engineered solutions. His early experience in the Machine Shops allows him to produce cost effective designs that are not only manufacturable but robust, easy to assemble, and maintain. Having designed many small complex optical systems which one can carry, Mark looks forward to the challenge of designing a much larger system like FLARE.  

Email me: mduquette@labsphere.com