Corporate Mission:
Our mission is to develop an internationally recognized chemical detection system for use in industrial, government, and chemical warfare situations.

Our Team:
Louis Haerle, MS., MBA., President, founder, has over 24 years of business operations experience. He has been involved in managing, planning and building numerous business organizations. Prior to starting Seacoast Science, he was the director of network operations for Graviton's, Inc. where he was responsible for building and managing the Network Operations Center and Wide Area Network Engineering Organizations. Mr. Haerle was previously with AT&T. During his tenure there he held numerous management positions, the most recent of which was the Director of Process Engineering for Enhanced Network Services in San Diego. In this role he was responsible for the standardization and streamlining of key operational processes to support the growth and scaling of AT&T dedicated web hosting business. Prior to his move to San Diego, he held the position of Manager for AT&T's Network Systems platform & planning organization. He had responsibility for a portfolio of large-scale system development projects with a budget totaling $74 million dollars. He also held the position of AT&T's Network Control Center 5ESS Operations Manager where he led the 24/7 tier I and II technical support team. This team was responsible for day-to-day surveillance, control, analysis and repair for three of AT&T's 5ESS based networks. Mr. Haerle holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems and a Masters of Science in Information and Communication from Ball State University. He received his Masters of Business Administration from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sanjay V. Patel, Ph.D., Vice President of Research and CTO, founder, earned his B.S. in chemical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1992, and his M.S.E. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1993 and 1997, respectively. His doctoral research involved studies of chemical interactions of combustible gases with thin metal/semiconducting films and MEMS hot-plates for use as gas sensors for automotive exhaust emissions. Dr. Patel joined Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM in 1997 where he researched microfabricated hydrogen sensors and polymers-based chemiresistors for the detection of volatile organic compounds. In July of 2000 he joined Graviton, Inc. to develop microcantilever-based gas sensors, and helped to invent a chemicapacitive gas sensor technology. In February of 2003 Dr. Patel co-founded Seacoast Science, Inc. Dr. Patel has published numerous patents and journal articles on microsystems, thin films, and gas sensor technology.

Stephen T. Hobson, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, received his Bachelors of Science (cum laude) in Analytical/Inorganic Chemistry from Wheaton College in 1992 and his Ph.D. in Organic and Materials Chemistry from the University of California , Irvine in 1997 in the group of Professor Kenneth J. Shea.  His Ph.D. research was on the synthesis and characterization of organic bridged polysilsesquioxanes.  In 1998 Dr. Hobson entered active duty (CPT, MSC) in the United States Army as a principal investigator at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USARMICD) in Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.  At USAMRICD he gained extensive knowledge and experience in Chemical Warfare Agents, including physical and toxicological properties, protective schemes, and medical countermeasures.  He also became familiarized with Biological Warfare Agents by his review of SBIR proposals and his successful completion of the Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties Course in 1998.  His primary research involved research and development of an active topical skin protectant that prevent injury from percutaneous exposure of chemical warfare agents (CWAs) and neutralize the CWA.  This project resulted in the award of a U.S. Army Research and Development Achievement Award in 2000.  At USAMRICD he also performed research into the synthesis and SAR of novel compounds as medical countermeasures to blister (HD) and nerve agents (GD).  Doctor Hobson eventually reached the rank of Major in the U. S. Army Reserve.  In May 2003, Dr. Hobson joined the private sector in biotechnology as a Senior Scientist leading the synthesis and optimization of g-PCR active agonists, allosteric enhancers, and antagonists.  In March 2005, Dr. Hobson joined Seacoast Science as the Senior Research Scientist with a focus on novel materials and biological applications of MEMS-chemicapacitive sensors.  In 2006 he became Principal Scientist at Seacoast Science in charge of polymer/material development and the application of sensors to novel fields.  Dr. Hobson is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Electrochemical Society, and has (co)authored peer-reviewed journal articles (9), patents (8), and patent applications (4) in the fields of medicinal chemistry, chemical agent protection/decontamination, and high capacity hybrid organic-inorganic materials as metal sorbents.

Todd E. Mlsna, Ph.D., Chairman of the Board, founder, graduated with a B.S. from Albion College in Albion, Michigan in 1985, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, in 1991. Both degrees were in chemistry. His graduate work focused on synthetic organic fluorine chemistry, as did his postdoctoral work at Clemson University. From 1994 to 1998 he worked at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Washington, DC, on the development of absorbent polymer-film-based chemical sensors. While working at NRL his paper ‘Aromatic Fluoroalcohol Coatings for Chemical Warfare Agent Detection’ won Best Paper at the International Sensor Conference in Beijing in 1998 and his work on pulsed laser deposition of polymer films won recognition in 2000 as one of the year’s best patent applications. In 1998 he joined Sensor Research and Development Corporation where he continued his work on chemical sensor development as Director of Analytical Chemistry. He held the position of Senior Staff Scientist at Graviton from 2000 to February 2003 where he developed polymer formulations for Graviton’s volatile organic compound sensor system. In February of 2003 Dr. Mlsna co-founded Seacoast Science, Inc., where he was President and CTO. Dr. Mlsna’s work has been presented at scientific conferences and published in journals and books on numerous occasions. While at Seacoast he has won several grants from government agencies including the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security for the development of chemical microsensors.  Dr. Mlsna joined the chemistry faculty at Mississippi State University in 2009.



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