IEST names Spector, Mielke to exec board

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL – Helping the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) grow as well as changing the perception of the organization are two goals for Robert Spector as president-elect of the executive board.

“We are a tremendous resource not just for those who are new to the industry and for what we publish, but because of our members. I have found that there are very few people in this organization who are not approachable,” says Spector, adding that he will seek the help of the board's new membership vice president, Ian Wallis, of Microcomplete Cleaning Service Inc. (Wilmington, MA). Spector, IEST's former technical vice president of contamination control, works as the director of sales at Prudential Cleanrooms Services (Round Rock, TX). Robert Mielke, of Abbott Laboratories (North Chicago, IL) now holds the post of technical vice president of contamination control. Mielke is one of two technical vice presidents. Michael Roy, of Northrop Grumman (Baltimore), won the other seat and will oversee design, testing and evaluation/product reliability.

Mielke agrees with Spector regarding the perception of the organization, saying he has learned a great deal from IEST members. “The members are very approachable, and by putting an effort in for the IEST, I have found that you get much more back in knowledge and friendship,” he says.

As far as his goals go, Mielke says he will take the present work of the IEST standards and education programs that have been developed and enhance them further for the cleanrooms industry. “I want the organization to grow and both from a technical point of view and membership point of view,” he adds.

Also assuming roles on the IEST board, effective, July 1, are:

  • Jeffry Schutt, of Trace Laboratories (Palatine, IL), president;
  • George Olear II, of Contech Research Inc. (Attleboro, MA), immediate past president;
  • Mitchell Mazer, of AIL Systems Inc. (Deer Park, NY), fiscal vice president;
  • Owen Grossman, of Honeywell Inc. (Minneapolis, MN), communications vice president;
  • Robert Predmore, of PPM (Scottsdale, AZ), education vice president;
  • Michael Fitzpatrick, of Lockwood Greene (Tempe, AZ), national director vice president.

Mark A. DeSorbo


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