Rich Ozanich has worked in the chemical and biological detection field for over 25 years. He leads Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) staff on multiple projects with the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology National Urban Security Technology Laboratory System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (NUSTL SAVER) program, where he works closely with first responders from across the nation to test and evaluate a wide range of products.
Rich and his colleagues also developed a universal operational field assessment process for emerging innovative technologies to improve technology transition to emergency responders. He is a subject matter expert in field detection technologies and has a broad base of knowledge in chemical hazards (including synthetic opioids), biothreat agents, and testing and evaluation of instrument performance. Rich has led various biological threat and chemical detection equipment testing efforts as well as the development of ASTM international standards to improve field detection of biothreat agents and fentanyl.
Rich serves as the deputy director of the Northwest Regional Technology Center, operated by PNNL.
Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, University of Washington