Howard Mark is President of Mark Electronics, Suffern, New York. He was previously affiliated as a Senior Scientist at Technicon Instrument Corp. in Tarry town, New York. He holds a B.S. degree from City College of New York, an M.A. from City University of New York, and a PhD from New York University. His professional interests include instrument development, especially for spectroscopy; statistical and chemometric data analysis; and Custom software development, especially for implementation of data analysis algorithms. He received the 2003 Eastern Analytical Symposium Award for Achievement in Near Infrared Spectroscopy. He holds 6 U.S patents and has published 2 books and numerous book chapters. He has acted as Associate editor for the Handbook of Vibrational Spectroscopy, Wiley (2001). He has served as Past president of Council for Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (CNIRS), Treasurer of the New York section of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, and as Past Chair of the New York section of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy. In addition he acts as Contributing editor and member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Spectroscopy. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers dealing with design and development of scientific instrumentation, new concepts in computerized instrumentation and data analysis. Jerome (Jerry) J. Workman, Jr. is the Director of Research, Technology & Applications Development in the Department of Molecular Spectroscopy & Microanalysis at the Thermo Electron Corporation. He was formerly Chief Technical Officer and Vice President of Research & Engineering at Argose Inc. In his career, his focus has been on molecular spectroscopy, including near infrared, infrared, ultraviolet-visible, and Raman, process analysis and chemometrics. He received the B. A. degree in natural sciences and M. A. degree in biological sciences and genetics from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, the Ph.D. degree in biological chemistry from Columbia Pacific University, and is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. In 2002 he was the recipient of the Eastern Analytical Symposium Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Near Infrared Spectroscopy, the ASTM International Award of Merit, and IBC International Scientist of the Year. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists, the American Society for Testing and Materials International, and the Royal Society of Chemistry (U.K.). He is also a Chartered Chemist (CChem) of the Royal Society of Chemistry (England) and a Chartered Scientist of the Science Council (Europe). He has served as Chair of the Industrial Advisory Board for the Center for Process Analytical Chemistry (CPAC) at the Univ. of Washington; and has been Chairman of the ASTM Main Committee E13 on Molecular Spectroscopy and Chromatography since 2000. He serves on the U.S. National Academies NRC Panel for assessment of NIST programs. He has published 8 text volumes, several hundred scientific papers, 4 commercial software programs, and multiple U.S. and international patents.