“The goal of the Measurement Science Conference is to provide a professional training forum and venue to advance education, renew and expand professional contacts and partnerships, and provide emerging ideas, insights and innovations in the measurement science profession.”
-MSC Conference website
The annual Measurement Science Conference is nearly upon us, taking place on March 18th-20th this year. Blue Mountain employee Marcus McNeely will once again be attending this year’s MSC Conference. Marcus contributes an increasing amount of time volunteering, teaching, and presenting at the MSC Conference every year – truly embodying the conference’s goal. For the last five years Marcus has given a course at the MSC focusing on Healthcare Metrology Best Documentation Practices.
For MSC 2015, Marcus’ course will touch upon current and future GDP trends such as GDPs becoming increasingly stringent in nature. He will also provide a foundation for adaptation through developing and implementing SOPs related to software documentation. This course will provide an excellent continuing education opportunity for those who already have a background in the industry. Those who are new to Life Sciences Metrology will have the chance to learn more about Healthcare Metrology Documentation Practices while also gaining assistance for setting-up their own Calibration Master Plan.
If you plan on attending the 2015 MSC Conference, don’t forget to check out Marcus McNeely’s course, it will surely become one of your SOPs for future MSC Conferences!
Business Process Analyst
Marcus McNeely has been in the field of Biotech and Pharmaceutical metrology and validation for over 20 years. As a Business Process Analyst with Blue Mountain Quality Resources, Marcus consults with biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device companies on best practices in every step of establishing, managing and maintaining a calibration program. Marcus is the Vice President, Northeastern US Division of NCSL International.
About the Measurement Science Conference (from MSC website)
The Measurement Science Conference (MSC) is a 501(C) non-profit organization established in 1970 to provide a professional forum for government, industry and academia that offered: education and training in testing, calibration and measurement; information on testing, calibration and the latest advances in measurement; challenges and issues facing the national measurement and traceability chain; and an event which furthered professional contacts, business opportunities and government/industry/ academia interaction and understanding. The annual Measurement Science Conference is held in Southern California in the January to March timeframe. MSC was heavily focused towards the Southern California defense and aerospace industries although it has since expanded its scope over the past decade to include a broader range of industries and companies. The defense sector remains a large participant in MSC, including participation by the Navy, Army, Air Force and Marine Corps test, measurement, and calibration activities and metrology engineering centers along with many major defense contractors and test and measurement system suppliers/producers.
The Measurement Science Conference consists of three intense days of activities with the first 2 days (Wednesday and Thursday) focused on education and training through offering of a multitude of seminars and tutorials that cover a myriad of technical topics. The final day includes a series of technical sessions, morning hand-on product demonstrations and an afternoon plenary panel discussion. Wednesday evening of MSC week highlights the opening of the exhibit area where some 100 or so companies provide exhibit booths that display the latest in technology. All three days include a keynote speaker. The keynote luncheon speakers highlight an area of general interest with critical concerns and challenges facing an area of government, industry or academia. The technical program tracks are given by various experts in the field of the topics being covered. The Friday luncheon addresses are often a break from the technical programs and offer the attendees a bit of interesting history, humor or thought provoking advice. The Conference wraps up on Friday when exhibits close and the technical sessions end.
The Measurement Science Conference typically has about 950 attendees annually with approximately 100 exhibit booths. Over 100 companies, government activities and academia participate each year. The many MSC sponsoring government activities include the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Sponsoring professional activities include IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society, American Society for Quality (ASQ), Instrument Society of America (ISA), National Conference of Standards Laboratories International (NCSLI), International Metrology Organization (IMEKO), and many others. Academic sponsors include various California State University campuses such as Long Beach, Dominguez Hills, and Pomona.