Laura Haupert, Ph.D., is the chief scientific officer for OMI Industries, where she leads research and development, regulatory, safety and quality control. She earned her B.S. in chemistry from Manchester College and Ph.D. in physical chemistry at Purdue University, working with bond energies of solvated clusters. Dr. Haupert also completed her post-doctoral research at Purdue where she focused on the development of mass spectrometric methods for the structural elucidation of lignin catalytic degradation. Dr. Haupert has developed and directed OMI’s many product lines — and she has overseen the state-of-the-art laboratory and production facility in Rising Sun, Indiana — for more than 10 years.