Laboratory Director



Raymond Martrano

Ray is a Penn State graduate with a BS in Chemical Engineering with 25 plus years of experience in the Environmental Sciences field.  His previous work experience includes Science Applications International Corporation’s (SAIC) environmental chemistry laboratory as a GC and GC/MS chemist.  He later progressed to an engineering role working on EPA’s Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation (SITE) Program.  Here he studied and participated in field testing and evaluation of new and innovative remediation technologies which included chemical, thermal, physical, and biological technologies.  With his laboratory foundation, he was responsible for designing and implementing sampling and laboratory work plans and held titles from Field Sampler to Project Manager.  He closely interacted with contracted laboratories auditing their facilities and interpreting data generated from the demonstration test of these innovative technologies.

He later moved to Analytical Laboratory Services Inc. (ALSI) and served as the Laboratory Manager and Technical Director overseeing all departments of this full service environmental chemistry laboratory.  He then moved to Microbac Laboratories Inc. and served as Division Manager overseeing laboratory operations.  The division Ray managed was heavily involved with EPA’s Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR2) and drinking water testing.  Presently, as the Laboratory Director at Seewald Laboratories Inc., Ray oversees all laboratory sections and operations and is responsible for providing technical leadership and problem solving skills to the laboratory staff and Seewald customers.

The Laboratory Director is a full time member of the managerial staff that reports directly to the owner.  The Laboratory Director may also be referred to, or identified as, the Technical Director or Laboratory Manager.   This individual is responsible for the direct day-to-day supervision of testing, analysis, overall quality, and reporting of data, as well as, safety, financial, technical, human resource, and service performance of Seewald Laboratories, Inc.  He administers and oversees the entire Laboratory services provided to industrial, municipal, and commercial clients, as well as state and federal environmental agencies. The director ensures that the Laboratory’s QA/QC process couples production goals with a high quality product and service.  He maintains or obtains experience and/or knowledge in the fields of accreditation for which the laboratory maintains or seeks accreditation.  He ensures all records required by our accreditations are maintained. He certifies each analysis is accurate and valid and that all tests are performed in accordance with all conditions of accreditation. The Laboratory Director ensures this by reviewing, approving, and signing final Reports of Analyses.  The Director of Operations and/or Quality Director assume his responsibilities in the event of his temporary absence. Responsibilities also include, but are not limited to:• Ensuring that personnel are free from any commercial, financial, and other undue pressures that might adversely affect the quality of their work;

  • Ensuring that all analysts and supervisors have the appropriate education and training to properly carry out the duties assigned to them and ensuring that this training has been documented;
  • Ensuring that appropriate corrective actions are taken to address analyses identified as require such action by internal and external performance or procedural audits. Procedures that do not meet the standards set forth in the Quality Manual, laboratory SOPs, or laboratory policies may be temporality suspended by the Laboratory Director;
  • Scheduling technical training/seminars
  • Development of a proactive program for prevention and detection of improper, unethical, or illegal actions
  • Establishing and implementing procedures and processes for preventing departures from policies and procedures
  • Technical review, operational review, and signing of analytical SOPs
  • Technical review of data for QA/QC acceptance/rejection criteria and conformance to QA/QC requirements.
  • Ensuring proper documentation/document control program is being followed
  • Coordination of analysis and projects
  • Ensure all laboratory equipment if appropriate and operational, and;
  • Monitoring performance data and the validity of the analyses for the laboratory.